House to Astonish

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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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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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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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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Al and Paul are back with an hour and a half of discussion of DC's chaotic creative assignments, Keith Giffen's potential departure from Legion of Super-Heroes, Kyle Baker's free graphic novels, Marvel NOW!'s free digital collections and the Doctor Strange movie, as well as a look at April's solicitations and reviews of Uncanny X-Force, The Answer and Threshold. If you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuit, The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is probably going to be a disappointment by comparison.

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Paul and Al have got a nice little hour and a quarter of comicy chat for you this time out, with discussion of Titan's new comics line, the Phoenix going digital, the proposed DC "dark" movie, the SHIELD and Hulk TV shows and the Superman appeal decision, along with reviews of The End Times of Bram & Ben, Superior Spider-Man and Mara. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe wants you for a sunbeam, which is a little weird to be honest with you.

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It's the end of the year, and it's time for Al and Paul's festive 2012 wrap-up show - they're broadcasting live from this year's Homies awards, where a variety of comics creators will be presenting gongs for the best and worst of 2012 in a variety of categories. Warning: features poor impressions of accents, and minimal actual comics creator input.

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After far too long away, Al and Paul are back with a solid hour and a half of jabbering about Karen Berger and Gail Simone's departures from DC (and what this means for the Vertigo imprint and the company as a whole), the November sales figures, the cancellation of Creator-Owned Heroes and Marvel and DC's March solicitations and reviews of Hellboy In Hell, Blackacre and Avengers. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is recording a novelty ukelele cover of a pop hit, and nothing can stop it, it seems.

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Al and Paul have got an absolute epic of an episode this time round, with two hours of chat for you - they've got news on MCM Scotland, the cancellation of Hellblazer and the launch of Constantine, the Marvel Now! radio ads, the Age of Ultron, the latest Marvel teasers and Tony Harris's cosplayer rant, as well as a run through the February solicitations and reviews of Great Pacific and X-Men Legacy. On top of that they've got interviews with Mark Waid and Kieron Gillen (the latter of which is an epic taking in Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man, Journey Into Mystery, Young Avengers and Death's Head). The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe hit me and it felt like a book smacking me in the face.

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