House to Astonish

It's Paul and Al's tenth anniversary episode, where they remember Anthea Bell, laugh for quite a long time about Writer X and the "revelation" of his identity, and chat briefly about Vault Comics' new YA line (in particular, about Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover's Wrassle Castle), before going into extended examinations/rambles/digressions about The Green Lantern and Lost Light, and once again raid the playbook of excellent videogame podcast Bitsocket as they play Is It Canon?. They've also got messages from some of their friends in the comics podcasting world, and the audio from the SILENCE! To Astonish panel which took place at Thought Bubble in September, featuring Gary Lactus and the Beast Must Die of SILENCE! and an all-star line-up of guests (John McCrea, Matthew Rosenberg, Sam Humphries and Babs Tarr).

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:37pm EST

It's NYCC, and there's a whole ton of news just waiting to be chewed over, so it would be rude for Al and Paul not to do that, frankly. On the new House to Astonish, they remember Norm Breyfogle and Carlos Ezquerra, and talk about Die, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt, Wonder Comics, Humanoids' new imprint H1, Avengers: No Road Home, Man Without Fear, Buffy, Three Jokers, The Girl In The Bay, Marvel's 80th anniversary series, Oni Press's webcomics portal, Champions, Savage Sword of Conan, Captain Marvel, Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man, Star Trek: Q Conflict, Flash: Year One, Pearl, Out Of The Blue, Guts, Share Your Smile and r(ender), and they've got reviews of These Savage Shores and Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion. Why do birds suddenly appear, every time, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is near? Just like me, they long to be, fed with crumbs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:27pm EST

Paul and Al are back with an absolute truckload of news for you this time round, as they pay respects to Russ Heath, chew over the announcements of Uncanny X-Men, Marvel Knights 20, Conan the Barbarian, Best Defense, Riri Williams: Ironheart, Batman & the Outsiders and the Green Lantern, and chat through the creative shuffle on Return of Wolverine, Dark Horse losing the Buffy license, Aftershock comics' first-issue returnability, IDW losing another senior member of staff and Legendary Entertainment's option on My Boyfriend is a Bear, as well as reviewing Cold Spots and West Coast Avengers. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has no bananas. It has no bananas... today.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

It's been a sad few weeks for comics, and Al and Paul are here to talk about the deaths of Harlan Ellison, Bong Dazo and, of course, Steve Ditko. In less tragic news, they've got discussion on the Descender sequel Ascender, the end of I Hate Fairyland and the upcoming launch of Middlewest, Boom! aquiring the Firefly licence, Marvel's upcoming Deadpool vs Black Panther and Shatterstar minis, Jared Leto being cast as Morbius, the launch details for DC's new streaming service (including in relation to how comics themselves fit into it all), and reviews of Submerged and Catwoman. Give the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe a fish, and it will have absolutely no idea what you're trying to achieve.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:28pm EST

Paul and Al are back with a compact and bijou hour and twenty of comics chat for you, with discussion of the departures of Diane Nelson and Geoff Johns from DC, Johns's new imprint and his recently-announced 3 Jokers and Shazam series, Vertigo's relaunch, the DC Zoom and DC Ink slates, Ellis and Howard's Cemetery Beach, Brandon Sanderson's partnering with Vault Comics, Edge of Spider-Geddon and Asgardians of the Galaxy, as well as reviews of Immortal Hulk and Justice League. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is not right, but it's okay.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:23am EST

It's been a long time, but Al and Paul have finally returned, to talk about DC's new streaming service and their dropping of digital codes, Man of Steel's returnability, Jeanette Schaefer joining Boom! and John Barber rejoining IDW, as well as to review Avengers and Coda. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe shouldn'ta left you without a dope beat to step to.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:01am EST

It's been a busy couple of weeks, and Paul and Al are back to fill you in on everything that's been going on, from the Image Expo to the Sandman Universe, from Fresh Start to Bendis's Super-Books, and from IDW's Transformers reboot to Boom! and Dynamite stepping up to the Eloi section of Previews, as well as bringing you reviews of Mera and The Beef. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe doesn't know who you are but you're a real dead ringer for love, apparently. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm EST

New year, new podcast, and Al and Paul are back to discuss Marvel's announcements of Kelly Thompson's exclusive and Dan Slott's move, the new Domino and Exiles series, the return of the original Wolverine, John Nee replacing Dan Buckley and the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus, as well as the Eisner Hall of Fame nominees, Promethea's appearance in Justice League and the stellar cast of creators on Action Comics 1000, along with reviews of Strangers In Paradise XXV and Avengers: No Surrender. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - 4 out of 5 dentists recommend it (and the fifth is more of a Who's Who person).

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:42pm EST

It's New Year's Eve, and Paul and Al have the traditional year-in-review show for you, featuring the 2017 Homies Awards. They're handing out gongs for the best comics, creators and moments of the past year, and looking forward to 2018 with a mixture of trepidation, anticipation and X-Nation 2099 (one of these is not true).

Apologies for the sound issues on this episode - we'll have everything shipshape again by the time the next one rolls around.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:38pm EST

Al and Paul have been away a long old time (having a second kid will do that to you) but they're back, with theirr ninth-anniversary podcast. They're talking about DC's Eddie Berganza problem, Marvel's Brian Michael Bendis problem, Funko's IPO problem, the debut of Ken Niimura's Umami, Marvel's most recent book announcements, a quick casting update on Netflix's Umbrella Academy series, Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel's The Magic Order, and The Phoenix's US distribution deal, and they've got reviews of Coyotes and Daredevil. You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger and you don't mess around with the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.

This episode also features the full audio from the SILENCE! To Astonish panel from Thought Bubble 2017, with Gary Lactus and the Beast Must Die from SILENCE! and special guests John Allison and Kieron Gillen. It's very silly.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:03pm EST

Paul and Al are back, talking about the sad death of Len Wein; IDW's Full Bleed Kickstarter and new partnership with Glenat; Madefire Comics' partnering with DC; Oni Press's Spring 2018 OGN slate and Sam Humphries and Tim Seeley's Nightwing/Green Lanterns title swap, and bringing you reviews of Retcon and Runaways. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe wants to walk like you, talk like you, too-oo-oo.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:24pm EST

It's the first House to Astonish following SDCC, and unusually, there's actually quite a lot of comics news to talk about. Al and Paul discuss the mooted Doctor Doom movie, the newly-released details about Doomsday Clock, Jeff Smith's upcoming Bone picture books, Arkham Asylum 2, The Terrifics, Spider-Man vs Deadpool, The Signal, Sonic the Hedgehog's move to IDW, the three newly-announced Black Crown series, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee on Captain America, the new Unicron and Visionaries books, Marvel's digital-first deal with Comixology, Ed Piskor's X-Men: Grand Design, the new creative teams on Doctor Strange and Thanos, Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca taking over Star Wars, the final volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the sad death of Flo Steinberg, as well as reviewing Mech Cadet Yu and Lark's Killer. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook is a cool dude with attitude, kinda groovy.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:58am EST

This time round, Paul and Al are remembering Joan Lee, trying to work out what Legacy actually is, chewing over the controversy surrounding Howard Chaykin's current Image work, and chatting through Titan's upcoming Dan Dare series, DC & Archie's Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica, and Sean Murphy's Batman: White Knight. They've also got reviews of Diablo House and Green Arrow. When 900 years old the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook is, look as good it will not.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:51pm EST

Al and Paul have been away for a little while longer than usual, but that just means that there's plenty for them to talk about. They kick off by discussing the sad death of Rich Buckler, then talk a little about the extra issue recently granted to Secret Empire (as well as the execution of the story so far); the upcoming "Doomsday Clock" story (as well as "The Button" and Watchmen more generally); the abrupt cancellation of Black Panther and the Crew and what it says about Marvel's line overall; the announcements of Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa's Mech Cadet Yu, Ted Naifeh's Heroines and Tom King and Mitch Gerads' Mister Miracle; Scott Snyder's last "proper Batman" story and Sony's Venom movie, then turn their attention to reviews of Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks and Generation X. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe doesn't work, it just makes you worse. Sorry.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:25am EST

It's been a busy couple of weeks, so Paul and Al have got nearly an hour of chat about the comics news, including the sad death of Bernie Wrightson, the closing of ComicsAlliance, Marvel's four-fold woes with digital code backtracking, artists vs writers, diversity and sales, and Ardian Syaf's hidden messages, and the announcement of the New Warriors TV show, along with reviews of Royals and Eleanor and the Egret. I don't have plans and schemes, and I don't have hopes and dreams, I don't have anything, if I don't have the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:42pm EST

Al and Paul are back, and this time round they're discussing Astonishing X-Men, Darth Vader, Edge of Venomverse and Marvel's current creative and sales position generally; the return of Zodiac Starforce; new creator-owned imprints led by Karen Berger and Shelly Bond, Image's announcements from ECCC; and DC's Looney Tunes crossovers, as well as reviewing Grass Kings and Redline. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is on the move, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is loose!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:12am EST

Hot on the heels of their chat with Mike Quackenbush, Paul and Al are back with another regular House to Astonish, talking about the New York Times dropping its comics bestseller charts, the lack of an Image Expo in 2017, December's sales estimates, the retirement of Bernie Wrightson, the relaunching of Rocket Raccoon, Valiant's upcoming Secret Weapons miniseries and the casting of Marvel's Cloak & Dagger and Runaways TV series, as well as reviews of Bullseye and The Spirit: The Corpse Makers. Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today, I want to be a part of it, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:12am EST

As mentioned on their last episode, Paul and Al sat down this week to talk with Mike Quackenbush, the creative mind behind independent wrestling promotion Chikara Pro. They had a great discussion, taking in the upcoming National Pro Wrestling Day; the shifts Mike's seen in Chikara over the past few years both in terms of the wrestlers they've trained and the business and distribution models independent promotions have adopted; the crossover between wrestling and comic books; the 2015 and 2016 Chikara UK tours; their 2013/2014 shutdown angle and accompanying ARG; the ins and outs of IDW's Revolution and much more besides. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:16pm EST

House to Astonish - Episode 151 - Imaginary Mince Pie

It's the end of the year, and as always, Paul and Al are running through the results of the Homies awards, with Paul's picks, Al's picks, and the winners of the listener vote. They've got unexpectedly good books, predictably good creators, astonishingly close votes, and shambolically tabulated results. Come hear what the House enjoyed this year, and what the voting Housemates plumped for. All this plus a wooden piece of wood, a beautiful leather briefcase, and a perfunctory log fire.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:47am EST

It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here - House to Astonish episode 150, commemorating eight years of chat and waffle about comics. This time round, Paul and Al aren't doing their usual news-reviews-handbook format, but instead tackling questions about what current books they'd recommend, what the most ridiculous stories are that they've ever read, the Transformers: Earthforce stories, their secret origin, the concept of the "Reverse OHOTOHOTMU", their greatest hits, and how they'd remake crossover events. Plus their most punsome Amalgam characters, a spot of House to Astonish Theatre and a feature which they straight-up ripped off from another podcast. As a bonus, they've also got the entirety of the House to Astonish vs SILENCE! panel from Thought Bubble 2016, featuring Ryan North, Brenden Fletcher, Emi Lenox and John Allison, for anyone who missed that.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:26am EST

Al and Paul are gearing up for their big 150th episode, with discussion of Charlie Adlard becoming the UK's Comics Laureate; more details on Marvel's Monsters Unlimited event; Scott Snyder reteaming with Greg Capullo; Kieron Gillen and Kev Walker's upcoming Doctor Aphra series; the impending relaunches of Nova and Batwoman; Warren Ellis's revamp of the Wildstorm universe; America Chavez's 2017 ongoing; Thunderbolts anniversary stories and LionForge's new superhero universe, as well as giving reviews to Reborn and Mosaic. Theorising that one could time travel within his own lifetime, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator... and vanished.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:22am EST

Paul and Al remember they have a podcast, and take a canter through the comics news of the past week or so, including the renaming of Death of Hawkman; the announcement of the Justice League/Suicide Squad event and Steve Orlando as Justice League of America writer; the suggested new optimistic direction for the DC Cinematic Universe; Marvel's teases for Ressurexion and Monsters Unleashed; the mooted New Warriors sitcom; Alan Moore's retirement from comics; Image's cross-country move; and Warren Ellis and Coleen Doran's forthcoming webcoming Finality. They've also got reviews of Night's Dominion and Supergirl. The word's on the streets and it's on the news, I'm not going to teach the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe how to dance with you.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:27pm EST

House to Astonish - Episode 147 - Story: Ark

Al and Paul have got absolutely loads to get through this episode, as they run through the Marvel NOW! announcements, take a look at the most recent Direct Market sales figures, look at Spell on Wheels, Ether, Hawkman and Adam Strange: Out of Time and the Lost Boys sequel comic, have a quick chat about the new artist on Black Panther, discuss Plutona's potential move to the big screen, dig into the upcoming Marvel/Fox co-produced TV show and sigh wearily at the Wonder Woman cover thing, as well as reviewing Horizon and New Super-Man. Clap along if you feel like the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe without a roof.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:22pm EST

House to Astonish - Episode 146 - Immune to Terrapins

In which Paul and Al promise not to spend time chewing over the massively-masticated topics of Captain America's Hydra cliffhanger and DC Rebirth's unexpected additions to the DCU, then proceed to spend 15 minutes doing exactly that. They also chat through the Cinemax-optioned Scarlet; the Civil War II #3 midnight openings (and the candidates for the "big surprising death"); the director of the Flash movie and Superman's upcoming guest spot on Supergirl, and review Detective Comics and Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe! The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe!  Kick off your Sunday shoes!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:12pm EST

House to Astonish - Episode 145 -  Being Lex Shrapnel

Al and Paul are back to their regular comics chat this time out, with news of the sad and untimely death of Darwyn Cooke; the cancellation of Agent Carter; the renewal of Supergirl; the woes of Marvel's Most Wanted; a bit of movie chat around Black Panther, Civil War, Suicide Squad and BvS; the end of Darth Vader; the upcoming Section 8 mini; and DC's anti-sexual harassment measures, along with reviews of Punisher and Satellite Falling. Iggle Piggle Iggle Onk, we're going to catch the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:21pm EST

Don't worry, you haven't downloaded the wrong show - Al and Paul are taking a short detour into the world of comic book-influenced wrestling promotion Chikara Pro, catching up with commentator (and fellow comics podcaster) Leonard F Chikarason about Chikara's upcoming UK tour, its new base of operations at the Wrestle Factory, its current Grand Champion Princess KimberLee and lots more besides. If you're just here for comics and not up for wrestling chat, feel free to skip and come back in a few weeks, when Paul and Al will be back to their regularly (un)scheduled broadcast.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:08pm EST

It's been a big few weeks for comics news, so Paul and Al are running through the DC Rebirth announcements, the Image Expo presentation, Gerard Way's new DC imprint, the sale of CBR to Valnet, the (very) minor trinkets of Marvel news from the past couple of weeks and a little bit of chat about Batman v Superman along with reviews of The Fix and Black Panther. Battle not with monsters, lest you become a monster, and if you gaze into the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe gazes also.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:34am EST

House to Astonish - Episode 143 - How to be Tortured With Fruit

A quiet time for comics news as we head towards convention season, but Al and Paul have got some chat for you this time out on the Civil War trailer, the renewed slate of CW DC shows, Amazon's Tick pilot order, Valiant's Deathmate event, Civil War II: X-Men, the revival of the Icon imprint, the planned roll-out of DC Rebirth and the price point and shipping schedule that goes along with that, as well as reviews of Mockingbird and Baker Street Peculiars. If you were the only girl in the world, and I were the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, you'd probably get bored pretty quickly.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm EST

There's an absolute ton of news for Paul and Al to discuss this time around, so they're looking at DC Rebirth; Wal-Mart's move into graphic novels; the Hanna-Barbera comics revamp; the mess that was this year's Angoulême; Si Spurrier and Dylan Burnett's Weavers, the return of Steve Rogers as Captain America; the Supergirl/Flash TV crossover and the Legion show casting, as well as reviewing Spider-Man and Mirror. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe makes our heart sing; it makes everything... groovy.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:39pm EST

Al and Paul are back to normal operations this time round (by which we mean "recorded with sound errors" - for some reason the laptop didn't pick up the mic so the show recorded using the internal mic on the Macbook, which means a slightly echoey experience that long-time listeners will remember from the show's first year). They've got a good bit of chat about Civil War II, the newly-announced Poe Dameron ongoing, the all-new Wasp, Netflix's potential Punisher series, titbits of info on the Wonder Woman movie and the creative team change on A-Force. They're also casting a critical eye over the December sales charts and reviewing Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion and Spider-Man/Deadpool. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:59pm EST

It's the last day of 2015, so an end-of year wrap-up seems appropriate. It's the Homies awards, as is normal for Paul and Al at this time of year, and we're awarding all sorts of gongs and other glittering prizes to the comics, creators and stories that most impressed us this year, including totting up the results of our listener vote. Hark! as they lay a potentially surprising amount of praise at DC's door. Herald! as they try to work out what exactly is Gwenpool. Sing! as they let our central conceit slide with remarkable frequency. There's no news, reviews or Official Handbook this time round, but they've got mince pies and hot chocolate, so you never know who might come carolling. All this plus a human Jaffa Cake, Halley's clockwork comet, Jeff Lemire's Blue Tooth and Monty Python's Secret Wars.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:55pm EST

Al and Paul are back from Battlepod, with a whole bunch of comics and comics-y chat for you. They're looking at Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso's Batman OGN, Marvel's Apocalypse Wars crossover (with assorted Secret Wars dissection waffle), the Batman v Superman and Captain America: Civil War trailers and Telltale Games's upcoming Batman release, and have also got reviews of Mystery Girl and Robin War. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - where does it go? Where does it stop? What's the sign on the lollipop?

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:20am EST

It's part seven of Secret Convergence on Infinite Podcasts, and Al is joined by Elle Collins (of Into It with Elle Collins), Helena Hart (of Journey Into Misery) and Jeff Lester (of Wait, What?) to talk about the comics, characters and creators from the bottom of the barrel whom we love despite their occasionally ostensibly awful nature, those who've never had a fair shake, and those we just feel sorry for. For other episodes of Secret Convergence, and for info on the crossover and its participating podcasts, check out http://secretconvergence.tumblr.com and @scoipodcasts on Twitter.


Paul and Al have got plenty of juicy comics chat for you this time round, with discussion of Fox's two new X-Men TV shows, the upcoming Power Man & Iron Fist series, AfterShock Comics' announcement of American Monster, DC's new Wonder Woman digital series, and all the recent comings and goings on Marvel's movies and TV shows, as well as reviews of I Hate Fairyland and Uncanny Avengers. Once upon a time the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe was falling in love, now it's only falling apart, poor thing.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:46am EST

Al and Paul have got a slightly chunkier episode than usual for you this time round, with just over 90 minutes of chat about Batman Day, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze's Black Panther, DC's recent cancellations (and un-cancellations), Marvel's news out of the Diamond summit (including Moon Knight, Mockingbird and Silver Surfer, along with the Master of Kung Fu omnibus news); the return of Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore's Leaving Megalopolis, and the Gambit movie's woes. They've also got a jaunt through December's solicitations and reviews of Wild's End: The Enemy Within and Exit Generation. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: it's like red but not quite.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

Paul and Al have something of a scattershot selection of news for you this time out, with discussion of Secret Wars being extended to nine issues; the Scarlet Witch artist announcement; Mads Mikkelsen's negotiations to bring villainy to the Doctor Strange movie; the newly-announced Guardians of Infinity series; casting news for the Flash and Agents of SHIELD shows; and Superman's career as a watch thief, along with reviews of Last Days of Ant-Man and Over the Garden Wall. There goes the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, watch him as he goes.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:07pm EST

The world turns, a new day dawns, and there's a new episode of House to Astonish for you. Al and Paul are talking about Channing Tatum's trials and tribulations signing on the line for the Gambit film, Bluewater's ill-advised name change, Chris Pine joining the Wonder Woman movie, Marvel's newly-announced titles and the upcoming Civil War box set, and have reviews of Power Up and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye. I never saw ya, I only heard ya, talking 'bout the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:47am EST

Paul and Al are back after a slightly longer break than usual, with a massive run-through of the All-New All-Different Marvel books, the announcements out of Image Expo, DC's Convergence tie-in launches, Vertigo's new slate, IDW's surprising licensed launches and the return of Tokypop, as well as reviews of Archie, The Spire and Dungeon Fun. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe can't liiiiiiiiiive if living is without youuuuuuu.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:59am EST

Al and Paul are back with chat about the Wicked and the Divine heading to TV, Tilda Swinton potentially joining the cast of Doctor Strange, the Lumberjanes movie landing at Fox, Stephen Amell's dalliance with WWE, Mark Paniccia's step up to X-Men senior group editor, the post-Secret Wars Marvel teasers, Brian Bendis and David Marquez's Invincible Iron Man and DC's half-page ads, along with reviews of The Covenant, Bizarro and Airboy. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe's gonna hate hate hate hate hate.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:14pm EST

It's a relatively quiet week for comics news, but Paul and Al have got a bit of chat for you regardless, as they look at the announcement of We(l)come Back at Boom!, the CBLDF's new "Comics Connector" programme, the cancellations and renewals of a bunch of Marvel and DC TV shows and Bill Jemas's new Ultimate imprint (now with added zombies!), and review Secret Wars and Swords of Sorrow. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has lost its deposit.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:35pm EST

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: 2:33pm EST

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: 3:57pm EST

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: 1:35pm EST

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:51pm EST

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: 7:34am EST

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: 7:45am EST

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: 5:55am EST

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: 1:58pm EST

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: 7:34am EST

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: 7:30am EST

Al and Paul make the most of a quiet but spider-heavy couple of weeks, with discussion of Original Sin 3.1-3.4, Original Sins, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Verse and Amazing Spider-Man's huge preorders, along with Grant Morrison and Rian Hughes' new comic for the BBC and Vertigo's new detective series Bodies. There are also reviews of Inhuman, Aquaman and the Others and Dead Letters (with some spoilers). Sometimes the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe shines on unkind people.

Don't forget that House to Astonish Live is taking place in Edinburgh on May 31; tickets are available at http://housetoastonishlive.brownpapertickets.com, with all profits going to Alzheimer Scotland.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:26am EST

Paul and Al have got a whole load of great chat for you this time round, with discussion of DC's top brass moving to California, Oni press's upcoming projects, the Harley Quinn SDCC one-shot and the new Star-Spangled War Stories series, as well as the June solicitations and reviews of Daredevil, Sovereign and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. There's also a big announcement about House to Astonish's most ambitious project to date. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is like red but not quite.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:11am EST

Al and Paul have a juicy hour and a quarter of comics chat for you, with talk about the Comixology hack; Archie's new CCO (and new writer); Boom!'s new director and their Big Trouble in Little China series; the IDW Cartoon Network crossover; the new writers of Thunderbolts; Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore's Leaving Megalopolis moving to Dark Horse; Titan's new Doctor Who ongoing series; Skottie Young's Rocket Raccoon; the Stan & Sharon Sakai benefit auctions and Eric Stephenson's speech to ComicsPRO, along with reviews of Moon Knight, Evil Empire and The Auteur. If you were the only girl in the world, and I were the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, you'd be very unlucky.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:08am EST

It's a big week for movie news, as Paul and Al look at the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer, the potential Black Widow movie and the Fantastic Four casting, as well as ReedPop's new New York convention and the May solicitations (no, they didn't do Dark Horse, but you could probably write those yourself), as well as reviewing Undertow, New Warriors and Loki: Ragnarok and Roll. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe! It's the modern power that can save the day!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:21am EST

Hot on the heels of their special episode on CHIKARA Pro, Al and Paul are back with a regular hour-and-a-bit of comics chat. They're talking about Mike Marts and Nick Lowe's editorial moves, the new creative team on Superman, the Chew/Revival crossover, the Preacher TV show and various bits of comics movie casting, and they've also got reviews of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Ms Marvel and Batman: Joker's Daughter. Theorising that one could time travel within his own lifetime, The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator... and vanished.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:40am EST

Paul and Al take a bit of a break from the norm, and delve into the weird and wonderful world of CHIKARA Pro, the comic book-influenced independent wrestling promotion that's been carrying out a strange and amazing ARG for the past year.

There's no comics chat this time round, but stay tuned for a new episode of House to Astonish this weekend!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:03pm EST

This time round, Al and Paul are discussing Marvel's announcements, including a variety of new series, the relaunch of the Ultimate books, and... something to do with Spider-Man? They're also looking at Lex Luthor taking the reins of the Justice League, DC's second Aquaman series, and the Vertigo anthology CMYK, and whizzing through all of the announcements coming out of the Image Expo, as well as reviewing Black Widow, Black Dynamite and EGOs. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is no competitive eater, just a regular guy with a serious appetite.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:44pm EST

Welcome to 2014, a shiny new year of comics, and what better way to see out 2013 than to look back at the best it had to offer? Paul and Al are naming their picks in a variety of categories, with the result of the listener vote also being revealed. They've also got a little news, regarding Star Wars moving to Marvel, Jim Starlin's new Thanos graphic novel and Deadpool's wedding celebration, but the emphasis is on the Homies as they hand out the gongs... or rather, have to watch them being handed out. There's the best new series, best actually new series, pleasant surprises, cliffhangers and outstanding achievements, among others, so please do join the guys for a night of glittering prizes.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:51am EST

It's Al and Paul's Christmas gift to you - a slightly belated podcast featuring discussion of the casting of Ant-Man, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Sandman movie, Shia LaBoeuf's plagiarism, Matt Fraction leaving Inhuman and Zeb Wells leaving Elektra, the return of Stray Bullets, Mike Carey and Salvador Larocca's X-Men OGN and Stephen Wacker's job move. They're also reviewing The Illegitimates, The Midas Flesh and Harley Quinn, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is just your dad really.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm EST

After a week away, Paul and Al are very pleased to be able to say that things seem to have worked out a good bit better this time round - they've got news about Fox's Marvel movie universe, the X-Men movie after next, Warners' casting of Wonder Woman, Marvel's digital trades giveaway and the new Wolverine & the X-Men and Magneto series. They've also got reviews of Inhumanity, Rover Red Charlie and Black Science and interviews with Al Ewing, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Kieron Gillen which they recorded at Thought Bubble. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is in ur base eating ur Pringles.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:51am EST

Al and Paul are joined for their fifth-anniversary, longest-ever podcast by Graeme McMillan and Jeff Lester of Wait, What? to talk about the Ultimate universe, Marvel's Netflix deal, comics creators who've fallen by the wayside, the state of play at DC and a huge amount more. There's Alicia Masters trying not to get pee on her shoes, a badly-pitched Daredevil story, a labrador writing Avengers, a low-rent Scooby Gang and Schrodinger's Channel. Thanks for joining us for the past five years, and here's to the future...

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm EST

Al and Paul have a nice lean 75 minutes for you this time round, talking about DC relocating to Burbank, the end of Fables, the Daredevil Infinite comic, Winter Soldier: The Bitter March, Marvel's Japanese animated show, the latest comings and goings in comics-related litigation and the Mighty Avengers 1 script release SNAFU. They've also got reviews of Sandman: Overture, Damian, Son of Batman and Velvet. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is just zis guy, you know?

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:45am EST

Paul and Al are back, and on a (theoretically) regular schedule too, with tons of discussion of news out of New York Comic-Con. They're talking about a whole load of things, including Batman: Eternal, the Dynamite revival of the Gold Key characters, the return of Priest and M.D. Bright to Quantum & Woody, Greg Rucka's new horror series Veil, the slew of new Marvel series and, of course, the ReedPOP promotional tweet controversy. They've also got interviews with Antony Johnston, Greg Pak, Justin Jordan and Charles Soule, and all the usual waffle you've come to expect (except reviews or Handbook stuff, both of which are AWOL).

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:53am EST

By way of something to tide you over in anticipation of House to Astonish's full-blown return, here's an hour of questions, answers and general messing around featuring Al Kennedy, Cara Ellison, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, with questions on comics-based video games, gritty superhero TV shows, all-ages comics, Marvel Now Wave 2, the future of the Ultimate universe and loads more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

Paul and Al have got a handy recap of all the major news out of San Diego for you, talking about IDW's new Artist's Editions, the republishing of The Maxx, the continuing partnership between IDW and 2000AD and Walt Simonson's new creator-owned series, Dynamite's new Twilight Zone and Heroes books (as well as Howard Chaykin's return to The Shadow), Dark Horse's Ghost and Terminator series, five new titles from Monkeybrain, DC Digital's upcoming new books, the launch of a new Harley Quinn title, Marvel's latest addition to the X-books, Wolverine: Origin II, the return of the Marvel UK characters and the Avengers movie sequel. Oh, and something to do with a big superhero movie from Warners... They've also got reviews of Hunger, Tomorrowland and Mysterious Strangers, and frankly, my dear, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe doesn't give a damn.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:37am EST

Paul and Al have a heaving slab of chat for you this time round, with discussion of Ales Kot being replaced on Suicide Squad, George Perez going exclusive at Boom, all the announcements out of the Image Expo (including DRM-free digital comics), Marvel's new Inhumans-led direction, and a blitz through October's solicitations, as well as reviews of Trinity of Sin: Pandora, Sheltered and Superior Foes of Spider-Man. Give the Official  Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe a fish, and it'll be completely baffled.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:20am EST

Al and Paul have a lean slice of chat for you this time round, with news on Comixology's new subscriptions and bundles, the six new launches from Vertigo and Gerry Conway's comics creators royalty drive, as well as reviews of Uncanny, Batman/Superman and Lazarus. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe thinks it's kind of funny, it thinks it's kind of sad, that the dreams in which it's dying are really freaking bizarre.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:26pm EST

Paul and Al have got a brand new episode of House to Astonish for you, with a chunky run through Man of Steel's opening box office, the recent developments in the Marvel/Friedrich Ghost Rider litigation, Jeff Parker and Mark Laming's King's Watch and September's solicitations, along with reviews of Six-Gun Gorilla, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and Superman Unchained. Give the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe an inch and it'll eat for a day. Or something.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:59pm EST

New month, new podcast, and Al and Paul have got comicsy natterings for you on Rebellion's limited Zenith hardcover (and the legal implications thereof), Paul Jenkins leaving Marvel and DC for BOOM!, the ever-expanding cast of Guardians of the Galaxy and Marvel's wranglings with Fox over the cinematic versions of Quicksilver, along with reviews of Supermag, The Wake and X-Men. Yes sir, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe can boogie, but it needs a certain song.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:43am EST

Paul and Al have got an hour and a half of comics discussion for you, with news on the passing of Dan Adkins, James Robinson leaving DC, Disney's Big Hero 6 movie, Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick's t-shirts for charity and a run through the August solicitations, along with  reviews of The Dream Merchant, Avengers: The Enemy Within and... well, something special. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is no competitive eater, just a regular book with a serious appetite.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:59am EST

It's Free Comic Book Day, and it's also New House To Astonish Day - Al and Paul have got a hefty slice of comicsy chat for you, with discussion of the closure of Comics Alliance, Valerie Gallagher's departure from MTVGeek, the blacklisting of The Outhouse by DC and the cancellation of the B&B column at CBR, as well as the end of X-Factor, the return of Spider-Man 2099, the Battle of the Atom crossover, Aw Yeah Comics' partnership with Thrillbent, the return of Shaolin Cowboy, Dark Horse's new Hellboy projects and Alex de Campi's Grindhouse, as well as reviews of Jupiter's Legacy, The Movement and Mister X: Eviction. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has got the touch, it's got the power - when all Hell's breaking loose, it'll be right in the eye of the storm.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:19am EST

It's been a relatively quiet couple of weeks for comics news, but Paul and Al still somehow managed to put together an hour and three quarters of discussion of the Saga/Comixology shenanigans, the first transgender character in the New 52, the sad passing of Carmine Infantino and the July solicitation, as well as reviews of Avengers Assemble AU, Batman and Invincible Universe. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is movin' on up, movin' on out, movin' on up, nothin' can stop it.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:39pm EST

They're a few days late because of the Easter holiday, but Al and Paul have got lots of chat for you this time round to make up for it. They're talking about Angela joining the Marvel Universe, DC's creative merry-go-round, Marvel's new Avengers title, Jeff Parker's Batman '66, the return of Quantum & Woody, Marvel's move into OGNs, Jim Rugg's Supermag and various other bits and bobs, as well as reviewing The Private Eye, Constantine and East of West. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is no April Fool - it's just a fool for your love.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:28am EST

Paul and Al have got a ton of chat for you this time round, covering Marvel's SXSW announcements, JLA's sales figures, the delay to X-Men, the casting of Drax the Destroyer, the JManga closure and Afterlife with Archie, as well as a canter through the June solicitations and reviews of Lost Vegas, Aliens vs Parker and Age of Ultron. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe! It's the feature, the feature with the Miiiiidas touch!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:03am EST

Al and Paul are back with another episode of House to Astonish, with discussion of the Pandora and Batman/Superman ongoings, the expansion of the Fables empire, the Brother Lono miniseries, Gail Simone's Red Sonja, the death of Damian Wayne, the Unwritten OGN, the Larfleeze title, Monkeybrain's  print distribution, IDW's cartoon licenses, Columbia University's acquisition of the Elfquest archives, the possibilities of Marvel First, the coming and going of WTF Month and Steven Sanders's Symbiosis Kickstarter, along with reviews of Five Weapons, Justice League of America and Nova. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe knows how to whistle - it just puts its lips together and tries not to suck.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:25am EST

It's House to Astonish episode 100! Paul and Al are joined by Carrie Kennedy, Susi O'Brien, Stu West and Amal El-Mohtar to discuss topic suggested by friends, listeners and comics pros, encompassing digital comics, boycotts, the greatest comics out today, what Marvel would be like if they'd done right by Kirby, favourite superhero movies, reinventions of Marvel characters, the Eurovision Song Contest, pie, monkeys and what goes on inside the human stomach.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:27pm EST

Al and Paul are back with an hour and a half of discussion of DC's chaotic creative assignments, Keith Giffen's potential departure from Legion of Super-Heroes, Kyle Baker's free graphic novels, Marvel NOW!'s free digital collections and the Doctor Strange movie, as well as a look at April's solicitations and reviews of Uncanny X-Force, The Answer and Threshold. If you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuit, The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is probably going to be a disappointment by comparison.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:26pm EST

Paul and Al have got a nice little hour and a quarter of comicy chat for you this time out, with discussion of Titan's new comics line, the Phoenix going digital, the proposed DC "dark" movie, the SHIELD and Hulk TV shows and the Superman appeal decision, along with reviews of The End Times of Bram & Ben, Superior Spider-Man and Mara. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe wants you for a sunbeam, which is a little weird to be honest with you.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:24pm EST

It's the end of the year, and it's time for Al and Paul's festive 2012 wrap-up show - they're broadcasting live from this year's Homies awards, where a variety of comics creators will be presenting gongs for the best and worst of 2012 in a variety of categories. Warning: features poor impressions of accents, and minimal actual comics creator input.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:39am EST

After far too long away, Al and Paul are back with a solid hour and a half of jabbering about Karen Berger and Gail Simone's departures from DC (and what this means for the Vertigo imprint and the company as a whole), the November sales figures, the cancellation of Creator-Owned Heroes and Marvel and DC's March solicitations and reviews of Hellboy In Hell, Blackacre and Avengers. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is recording a novelty ukelele cover of a pop hit, and nothing can stop it, it seems.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:23pm EST

Al and Paul have got an absolute epic of an episode this time round, with two hours of chat for you - they've got news on MCM Scotland, the cancellation of Hellblazer and the launch of Constantine, the Marvel Now! radio ads, the Age of Ultron, the latest Marvel teasers and Tony Harris's cosplayer rant, as well as a run through the February solicitations and reviews of Great Pacific and X-Men Legacy. On top of that they've got interviews with Mark Waid and Kieron Gillen (the latter of which is an epic taking in Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man, Journey Into Mystery, Young Avengers and Death's Head). The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe hit me and it felt like a book smacking me in the face.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:11pm EST

Join Paul and Al as they celebrate the four-year anniversary of House to Astonish, with discussion of the effect of Hurricane Sandy, the purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney, Brian Singer on X-Men: Days of Future Past, the next two Marvel Now! teasers and Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill. We're also reviewing ​Joe Kubert Presents, Multiple Warheads​ and ​Bedlam​, and answer questions they've solicited at the last minute on Twitter.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:28am EST

Al and Paul are back with another episode that's a few days late, but there's plenty in there, with a discussion of an enormous number of stories out of NYCC (really, they get through a lot. Like, about 30 or so), as well as reviews of ​Uncanny Avengers, The Zaucer of Zilk​ and ​Cyber Force.​ The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is beautiful, no matter what they say - words won't bring it down.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EST

A couple of days late, but better late than never, Al and Paul have got just over an hour and ten minutes of chat for you on Marvel's latest wave of teasers, Mark Millar's new role at Fox, the expanded line-up of the Avengers, IDW's latest mega-crossover and David Lloyd's ​Aces Weekly​, as well as reviews of ​Non-Humans, Uncanny X-Men ​and ​Detective Comics​. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has got 99 problems, which is still a lot of problems no matter how you try to rationalise it.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:03am EST

Al and Paul are back with another episode of House to Astonish, where they're discussing Greg Rucka's views of Marvel and DC, Marvel's "Superior" teaser, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Jerry Ordway's ​Human Bomb​, Ultimate Captain America as US President and the ​Dredd​ UK box office success, as well as taking a run through December's solicitations. They're also reviewing Team Seven, Ghost and Sword of Sorcery. If you were the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, where would you be? I've put it down somewhere and can't remember where for the life of me.

Please be aware that there was something very strange about the audio this time round which wasn't discovered until after recording, which makes Paul and Al sound like they're sitting about ten feet away from the microphone, so you might have to turn this one right up. C'est la vie.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

It's been a relatively quiet couple of weeks for comics news, but Paul and Al have got plenty of discussion on the second month of Marvel NOW! teasers, the upcoming Morbius series, Jim Starlin's possible rapprochement with Marvel, the CW's new Wonder Woman pilot, the return of Elfquest, the new creative team on X-Men and the newly-unveiled Avengers roster, as well as reviews of Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt, Steed & Mrs Peel and Phantom Stranger. What's that, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe? Little Jimmy's trapped down a well? Let's go!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:54am EST

It's been a really, really long time since Al and Paul's last episode, but they're back, with an incredibly echoey, extra-long and tasty episode. They're talking about the sad deaths of Joe Kubert and Sergio Toppi, the cancellation of the Dandy, Defenders and Avengers Academy, the changes to Marvel titles like Journey Into Mystery and Red She-Hulk in the wake of Marvel NOW!, Superman and Wonder Woman's hookup, the cancellation of the Premiere Classic line, the newly-named Marvel movie sequels, Ed Brubaker leaving Winter Soldier and a blast through the November solicitations, and they've also got reviews of Hawkeye, Archer & Armstrong and Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe can't live if living is without you.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:29am EST

It's Al and Paul's last podcast before Paul gets wed and heads off on his honeymoon, so they've made it an extra-long one, with nearly 90 minutes of discussion on news out of San Diego, including Marvel's current teaser images, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man movies, the new Sandman mini, Minimum Carnage, Red She-Hulk, all the titles announced at the Image panel and Daniel Way leaving Deadpool, as well as a run through the October solicitations and reviews of ​Captain Marvel, Bandette​ and ​Punk Rock Jesus​. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - is there nothing that she cannae do?

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:55am EST

Paul and Al have got an absolute ton of chat for you this time out, with discussion of Marvel NOW, Monkeybrain Comics, the Amazing Spider-Man opening day box office and Marvel's future movie plans and the Harvey Award nominations, along with reviews of Infernal Man-Thing, Atomic Robo: Flying She-Devils of the Pacific and The Hypernaturals. Oh say can you see the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe? It's wandered off again.

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Paul and Al are a couple of days late due to super-busy schedules, but they've got discussion of Chris Roberson's Monkeybrain Comics, Grant Morrison's MBE, the DC cancellations and launches, Carlos Pacheco being honoured by Getafe and a canter through the solicits, along with reviews of ​The Massive, Spider-Men and ​Extermination​. Does the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe really want to hurt you? Does it really want to make you cry? Possibly. It's kind of a jerk.

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Al and Paul are back after their week away, lookin at the coming out of Alan Scott, the wedding of Northstar, the crusade of One Million Moms, the Eagle Awards imbroglio, the ever-increasing character cast of Iron Man 3, the continuing success of the Avengers and where Marvel TV goes next, and reviews of Mind MGMT, Ravagers and Grim Leaper. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe wishes it could fly, right up to the sky but it can't.

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Al and Paul are back, with discussion of the sad passing of Tony DeZuniga, the unbelievable box office of The Avengers, Marvel's digital exclusive deal with Comixology, Cullen Bunn taking on the writing of Venom and DC's upcoming Phantom Lady mini, as well as an extended chat about the value of new characters and reviews of Dial H, Mind the Gap and Trio. Love grows where my Rosemary goes, and nobody knows but the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.

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Paul and Al have got loads of great discussion for you this time round - they're talking about Chris Roberson leaving DC and the fallout from that, the return of Devil's Due and lots and lots of film and TV chat including the impending X-Men: First Class sequel, the Daredevil and Fantastic Four reboots and the potential New Mutants movie, the animated Flashpoint direct-to-DVD flick, Fox's Axe Cop animated show and the Lobo film. They've also got reviews of Popeye, Captain America and Hawkeye and Reset. How many licks does it take to get to the centre of the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and does anyone really want to find out?

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Al and Paul have got tons of chat for you this time round, with discussion of the new Buffy spin-offs, the GI Joe/Danger Girl crossover, the new version of The Crow, Archaia and DC's forays into "digital first", the launch of Thrillbent Comics, Matt Wagner and Simon Bisley's The Tower Chronicles and the Thief of Thieves TV show, alongside reviews of Secret Service, America's Got Powers and Courtney Crumrin. It's 3 a.m. - do you know where the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is?

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Paul and Al have got another hour-and-a-smidgen of chat for you on the new Scott Pilgrim colour editions, the shake-ups on Avenging Spider-Man, 2000AD's digital expansion, the Mars Attacks! musical and Katsuhiro Otomo's new series, as well as a quick look at the new solicitations and reviews of B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth: The Pickens County Horror, Astonishing X-Men and New Deadwardians. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe won't respect you in the morning, but to be honest you should hear some of the things it says about you now.

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Al and Paul are back after a one-week hiatus, with discussion of the sad passing of Moebius, Marvel's Infinite Comics and AR app, the announcements coming out of Wondercon and Amy Reeder leaving Batwoman, as well as reviews of Saga, Avengers Assemble and Saucer Country. If I had the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, I'd Handbook in the morning.


Al and Paul have got all the news out of the Image Expo for you, along with discussion of the Clint relaunch and the May solicitations, as well as reviews of No Place Like Home, DC Universe Presents and Glory. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe can't see you if you stay very, very still. Don't even breathe.

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Paul and Al have got a round-up of creator and corporate conflict for you this time round, with discussion of Before Watchmen, Gary Friedrich vs Marvel and Tony Moore vs Robert Kirkman, as well as DC's survey results and their creative reshuffles and reviews of Thief of Thieves, Conan the Barbarian and Winter Soldier. I gave the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe to the postman, he put it in his sack. Bright and early next morning, he brought the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe back. Don't blame him, really.

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Paul and Al have got just shy of an hour and a half of chat for you on DC and Oni's new logos, the public bust-ups on Infinite, Static Shock and Ashes and at Archie and a look at April's solicitations, as well as reviews of Infestation 2, Secret Avengers and Prophet. If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe in your hair. It's all the rage there.

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Paul and Al are seeing in the new year with lots of comics-related chat, discussing the launches and cancellations of the New 52, DC's unusual late shipping and potential new logo, Rob Liefeld's new assignments, the Omega Effect crossover, Walt Simonson's upcoming Avengers run, the new Captain America team-up book and Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's new Icon series. There are also reviews of Fatale, Scarlet Spider and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye. How many licks does it take to get to the centre of the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe? We're not sure we really want to know.

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