House to Astonish

Al and Paul are back (on what seems to be a three-weekly schedule, though don't go setting any recipe timers by it) with discussion of the Daredevil Netflix show - not spoilery in terms of plot details, though they do discuss tone and so on - as well as the Agents of Shield and Arrow/Flash spin-off shows, the Luke Cage showrunner, Valiant's next crossover, James Stokoe's return to Godzilla and Marvel's latest Secret Wars tie-ins. There are also review Convergence: The Question and Kaijumax. Oh well I never, was there ever a cat so magic as the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe? Mmm, probably.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:33 PM

Paul and Al have got a good solid 95 minutes of comics chat for you this time round, with (brief) discussion of last week's controversies, (less brief) chat bout Marvel's slate of books going into Secret Wars, the artistic changes on Star Wars, the new Hopeless Savages OGN, the first wave of casting for the Preacher TV show, Universal's Chrononauts deal, Oni's open submissions period and DC's returnability for their June releases, and a (very non-brief) blitz through a packed wave of solicitations. They've also got reviews of Invisible Republic and Giant Days. Give a man the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, he'll be bemused. Teach him the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and he won't thank you for it.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:57 PM

After eight months away, Paul and Al have returned to the House, to resolve their cliffhanger. They're also here to give you their thoughts on Convergence and Secret Wars, a few of the books out of the Image Expo, Marvel and DC's upcoming movie slates and the Marvel/Kirby Settlement. They've also got reviews of Curb Stomp and Thor Annual. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is snot about the cha-ching cha-ching, it ain't about the ba-bling ba-bling

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:35 PM

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:51 PM

It's Al and Paul's last episode before their hiatus, and they're talking about Bob Kane's Hollywood Walk of Fame star, DC's new creator royalties structure, Warren Simons's promotion to Editor-in-Chief at Valiant, Elden Henson and Rosario Dawson joining the cast of Daredevil and the latest developments in the Kirby estate case, along with reviews of Outcast, Superman and New Avengers Annual. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe found love in a hopeless place, and a spoon in the knife drawer.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:34 AM

Back to recording without an audience, as Paul and Al talk about the creative changes on Moon Knight, the Edge of Spider-Verse miniseries, the new Deathlok ongoing, the Hawkeye v Deadpool mini (and the numbering thereof), DC's upcoming slate of movies, directorial news for both Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, the casting of the Kingpin, CB Cebulski and Jeanine Schaefer's career moves and ReedPop's Super Week. Theye've also got reviews of Armor Hunters, Infinity Man and the Forever People and... um... Angry Birds. Where does the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe go to my lovely, when it's alone in its bed?

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:45 AM

It's been a long time coming, but here it is - House to Astonish Live, recorded at the City Cafe, Edinburgh in aid of Alzheimer Scotland. Al and Paul are discussing the departures at Marvel Studios, the fallout from the Graphic.ly closure, the cancellation of Iron Patriot and the upcoming Avengers event. They've also got an interview with a comics legend, a live reenactment of scenes from a truly terrible recent comic. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - the other white meat.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:55 AM

It's Paul and Al's last episode before their big live show (which, in case you've missed their many, many reminders about it, is on May 31 at the City Cafe in Edinburgh, with tickets on sale now for £12 and granting you entry to the live podcast, a buffet and the House to Astonish Comics Quiz, where there are bags of prizes to be won). They're talking about Superior Spider-Man issues 32 and 33, Steven T Seagle and Mark Dos Santos's Imperial, the new movie Batman costume, the trailers for Constantine and The Flash and the general state of the comics TV union for 2014/2015, and reviewing Original Sin, Justice League United and United States of Murder, Inc. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe can't dance, The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe can't talk, only thing about it is the way it walks.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:58 PM

Happy Free Comic Book Day! Al and Paul have got over an hour and a half of discussion for you, talking about FCBD itself, the sad passing of Al Feldstein, the changes to the Comixology app, the news from C2E2 (including the death of Wolverine, the Tenth Realm storyline, the new Storm and Star-Lord ongoing series, the 100th Anniversary issues from Marvel, the revival of Dark Horse Presents and the Young Guns 2 initiative) and the Chew animated movie, along with reviews of Southern Bastards, Batgirl Annual and Amazing Spider-Man. Life is like a hurricane, here in the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.

Don't forget to pick up your tickets for the House to Astonish Live show in Edinburgh on May 31!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:34 AM

Paul and Al are back with another 90 minutes of comics chat, discussing Amazon's purchase of Comixology, the launches of Grayson, Multiversity and Earth 2: World's End, and Warren Ellis's relaunch of the Project: Superpowers universe, and presenting reviews of Skinned, Batman: Eternal and Transformers: Windblade. Westley, what about the OHOTOHOTMU? Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe? I don't think they exist.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:30 AM

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