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355: Sizzle War

The mutants are a-comin’! But how? How is Marvel going to fit a whole species into their already bloated slate of movies, TV shows, and other assorted bric-a-brac? That’s what we aim to figure out, this week!

But first: we’ve got a heaping helping of Constantine and Warner Bros Discovery news, the first on Paul Levitz and Alan Davis’s upcoming Avengers book, and we get in depth with Merk’s own comic-skewed version of the Pivot Questionnare from Inside the Actors Studio. All that and Merk being so very, very wrong about steak sauce!

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346: QuicksilvEST!

Blue streak speeds by, it’s just Quicksilver!
Kind of a rude guy, that’s just Quicksilver!
Pietro, yeah he’s pretty fast
But also, he’s a total ass
Quicksilver, this week we try to fix him up!

Also, to celebrate the summer, Bry takes us back in time to go over the history of the comic book swimsuit issue!

Plus a whole bunch of news, including a challenge to Chip Zdarsky to come on the show and explain why he (didn’t really) steal Bry’s idea (I’m sure that didn’t happen) to turn the Penguin into an ecoterrorist (Chip really it’s cool this isn’t libel)!

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339: She Was a W.I.L.F.

Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is upon us! And we can finally tell you that Kevin Feige himself approached us to watch the movie in advance, under a strict embargo not to spoil the movie until it’s released. SO WE’RE BREAKING THAT EMBARGO! But… they made us watch it separately, and… weird, it seems like we each saw a very different movie?? That seems… odd. But it ALSO means THREE TIMES THE VERIFIED DOCTOR STRANGE SPOILERS, dear listeners! And that is a mystery that sells a new listen to a podcast, as we all know! And as an added bonus, learn about all the variant cameos, and what Kevin Feige’s hat choices mean for the future of the MCU!

BUT FIRST! We go through all the news we recently missed: Frank Miller Presents a new publishing company! CW Arrowverse cancellations! Bone PRE-cancelled at Netflix! Ezra Miller’s Hawaiian crime spree continues! And we discuss the work and legacy of the recently departed Neal Adams, a legend who defined the industry forever.

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315: The Skrull Cows Show Up in This!

You KNOW it’s serious when it’s superhero event time and “war” is in the title! Even though it happens with just alarming regularity, really. We dig deep into a wild variety of superhero war stories: The Kree-Skrull War, The Evolutionary War, and the Secret War (not that one)! Some will change comics forever, others will make absolutely no sense at all! But all will say something about the eras they were published in, from the swingin’ early ‘70s, the excessive late ‘80s, and the deeply cynical mid-2000s!

But that’s not all! We play a random-selection game to create all-new Amalgam characters between newer Marvel and DC characters! Hawkeye marketing pokes the hornet’s nest regarding Marvel and creator royalties! And Danny DeVito writes a Penguin comic!? He’s gonna play this stinkin’ podcast like a harp from hell!

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297: Lokio Drift

It’s MCU takeover time! This week the boys discuss both Loki AND Modok in the main topic. Spoilers abound! And for the warm up they talk the newest Shang-Chi trailer and unpack EVERYTHING stuffed into that little gem! All that plus new Transformers movie news, the trial of Magneto for killing _______!!! And how many X-Men #1 covers does it take to sink the comic industry AGAIN? We speculate. Squirtle Recall! And at least 3 awkward jokes about gonorrhea. Join us…. at a respectful distance, won’t you?

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276: Where’s Rambo and Your Scary Dead Boyfriend?

Rambo and dead boyfriends! Wandavision is pretty great, amirite? This week we delve into the mysteries of episode 4 of that MCU show as well as exploring intercompany comic crossovers. What did we love the best? What disappointed us and crushed our comic souls? and then we EACH get to give the elevator pitch …. what company crossover would we want to see? All that plus Netflix Sandman casting, a trip back to the Snyder Castle and Mother Box Happy Meals…..Join us, won’t you?

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274: Several Issues Graphic Novel Podcast

Y’know, we as a podcast may have fallen victim to the super hero industrial complex. We used to talk about comics! This week we take a break from what’s going on in super hero books and TV shows and movies, and focus on some smaller stories, some very good graphic novels that we’ve ready recently.

Oh but before that, we cover Marvel movie and TV news that is mostly baseless rumours, and then talk about WandaVision for like fifteen minutes. Moderation!

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259: I’m a Big First Moira Fan

Let’s smash some super heroes into sitcom archetypes! Doctor Doom as Victor (Beeektor), Reed’s wacky cousin from Latveria, Marvel Knight Court, Beast and Wonder Man as two swingin’ single dudes in da big city, and many, many more.

Also: news! Hot news. More Snyder, Nick Fury TV stuff, and a Warmup where Kyle just talks about a completely different podcast!

(Sorry, we never do an X-Men/Community mashup. We’ve probably already done that, knowing Kyle and Bry. But sheeeesh, Jim Rash in a hoverchair.)

 

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Advent Calendar 25: Fireside Chat

We’ve reached the end of the Advent Calendar! It’s Christmas Day, and after a month of daily episodes, it’s time to relax by the Darth Vader Yule Log and have a nice fireside chat. There’s no plan, no format, just a natural conversation covering comics TV series, the Doctor Strange movie, the new Scarlet Witch comic, The Goddamned, The Massive and Ninth Wave, and even a text battle with Kyle’s daughter!

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