House to Astonish

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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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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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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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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