House to Astonish

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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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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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