House to Astonish
A fallow few weeks for comics means that Paul and Al have decided to skip reviewing books this time round, but there's plenty of chat to make up for it. Topics covered include the sad passing of Gene Colan, the Avenging Spider-Man, the Green Lantern movie and DC's wider approach to films, the comics industry's move to digital, the UK newsstand scene and lots more. If you stay perfectly still, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe won't eat you.
Direct download: 2011-07-02T06_31_56-07_00.mp3
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Al and Paul are back with a look at Frank Miller's Holy Terror, the X-Men cancellation and relaunch, the opening of the Spider-Man musical and the solicitations for September (including a look at all 52 DC launches). There are also reviews of 15 Love, Graveyard of Empires and Kirby Genesis. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has come to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and is all out of ass.
Direct download: 2011-06-18T06_31_28-07_00.mp3
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Paul and Al have got a lot to say about DC's big announcements, as well as about Dark Horse's digital retailer incentives and the return of Valiant, and they've got reviews of Criminal: Last Of The Innocent, Secret Seven and 50 Girls 50 too. Give me an O! Give me an F! Give me another F! Give me a... yeah, we don't have time for this. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is in this episode too.
Direct download: 2011-06-04T08_26_09-07_00.mp3
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Al and Paul have a bumper episode for you this time round, with discussion of Tr!ckster and the return of Kramer's Ergot as well as a round-up of the solicitations, and reviews of Flashpoint, Alpha Flight and Nonplayer. What evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe knows.
Direct download: 2011-05-21T07_49_49-07_00.mp3
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Paul and Al are back on schedule, with news and discussion of Free Comic Book Day, the release of the Thor movie and Marvel's future filmic plans, Rise of Arsenal's surprising PRISM award win, Mike Cotton leaving Wizard, Tokyopop's rights issues and the Ultimate line relaunch. We've also got reviews of Moon Knight, Gladstone's School for World Conquerors and Spontaneous. This podcast contains scenes of mild Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.
Direct download: 2011-05-07T09_42_40-07_00.mp3
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Al and Paul are back from their short break, and bring you discussion of the Tokyopop close, the Dark Horse layoffs, Marvel and Boom!'s licensing interactions and Greg Capullo's move to Batman, as well as reviews of Journey Into Mystery, Butcher Baker and Super Dinosaur. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is drunk and annoying and is wearing a lampshade on its head. What an idiot.
Direct download: 2011-04-25T06_44_23-07_00.mp3
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Paul and Al have got all the news that's fit to banter about in this episode, with discussion of the new creative teams on Daredevil and Punisher, Bendis and Bagley's Brilliant, Starbucks' partnership with Marvel and Chew being picked up by Showtime, as well as a run through the solicitations and reviews of Xombi, FF and Green Lantern. If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise, because the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe will drop out of a tree onto your head.
Direct download: 2011-03-26T12_30_31-07_00.mp3
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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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