House to Astonish

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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