House to Astonish
Al and Paul are a couple of days late, but they've got all the usual news and reviews - Julie Taymor's exit from the Spider-Man musical, Robert Kirkman and Rob Liefeld's new book, Jeff Smith's Rasl heading to the movies and Roger Langridge's Muppets in limbo, as well as reviews of Sigil, Venom and Sarah Palin vs The World. You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger and you don't mess around with The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.
Direct download: 2011-03-14T13_40_59-07_00.mp3
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Paul and Al are back after their break with chat about Marvel's plans for Pixar and their Big Shots initiative, Boom! Kids' rebranding, Telltale's new comics-based games, the Powers TV show, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's work on the Spider-Man musical and the cancellation of the First Wave line, and a few words on the sad loss of Dwayne McDuffie. There are also reviews of The Mission, Superman/Batman and Iron Man 2.0, and it looks like someone left the door open all night and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has got in again.
Direct download: 2011-02-26T09_39_09-08_00.mp3
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Al and Paul are about to take a short hiatus, so here's an extra episode of House to Astonish to tide you through the next month. There's chat on the closure of Wizard and ToyFare and the launch of Wizard World, David E. Kelley's Wonder Woman, the death of the Comics Code Authority, a run through April's solicitations and some clearly-walled-off spoilery chat about the big Fantastic Four death. No reviews this time round, but there's an instalment of the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe to make it up to you. Now they just need to think of some way to make it up to you for giving you that.
Direct download: 2011-01-25T14_37_16-08_00.mp3
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Paul and Al welcome the new year with discussion of the recent editorial shake-up at Marvel, the Flex Mentallo collection and the new cinematic costumes for Spider-Man and Captain America, and review Who Is Jake Ellis?, Deadpool Team-Up and Weird Worlds. There's also and instalment of the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and you can discuss among yourselves whose fault that is.
Direct download: 2011-01-16T07_24_55-08_00.mp3
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It's the end of the year, and Paul and Al are looking back at their favourite comics of the past twelve months, and giving you the rundown on their top cover artists, single issues, writers, artists and comics. They've also got a bit of arachno-centric news coverage on Mark Bagley's return to Marvel, Ultimate Spider-Man's day-and-date digital release and the goings-on with the Spidey musical, and a quick run through the March solicitations. Should the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe be forgot, and never brought to mind? Probably best.
Direct download: 2010-12-31T06_23_26-08_00.mp3
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