House to Astonish (general)

It's been a relatively quiet couple of weeks for comics news, but Paul and Al have got plenty of discussion on the second month of Marvel NOW! teasers, the upcoming Morbius series, Jim Starlin's possible rapprochement with Marvel, the CW's new Wonder Woman pilot, the return of Elfquest, the new creative team on X-Men and the newly-unveiled Avengers roster, as well as reviews of Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt, Steed & Mrs Peel and Phantom Stranger. What's that, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe? Little Jimmy's trapped down a well? Let's go!

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It's been a really, really long time since Al and Paul's last episode, but they're back, with an incredibly echoey, extra-long and tasty episode. They're talking about the sad deaths of Joe Kubert and Sergio Toppi, the cancellation of the Dandy, Defenders and Avengers Academy, the changes to Marvel titles like Journey Into Mystery and Red She-Hulk in the wake of Marvel NOW!, Superman and Wonder Woman's hookup, the cancellation of the Premiere Classic line, the newly-named Marvel movie sequels, Ed Brubaker leaving Winter Soldier and a blast through the November solicitations, and they've also got reviews of Hawkeye, Archer & Armstrong and Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe can't live if living is without you.

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It's Al and Paul's last podcast before Paul gets wed and heads off on his honeymoon, so they've made it an extra-long one, with nearly 90 minutes of discussion on news out of San Diego, including Marvel's current teaser images, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man movies, the new Sandman mini, Minimum Carnage, Red She-Hulk, all the titles announced at the Image panel and Daniel Way leaving Deadpool, as well as a run through the October solicitations and reviews of ​Captain Marvel, Bandette​ and ​Punk Rock Jesus​. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - is there nothing that she cannae do?

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Paul and Al have got an absolute ton of chat for you this time out, with discussion of Marvel NOW, Monkeybrain Comics, the Amazing Spider-Man opening day box office and Marvel's future movie plans and the Harvey Award nominations, along with reviews of Infernal Man-Thing, Atomic Robo: Flying She-Devils of the Pacific and The Hypernaturals. Oh say can you see the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe? It's wandered off again.

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Paul and Al are a couple of days late due to super-busy schedules, but they've got discussion of Chris Roberson's Monkeybrain Comics, Grant Morrison's MBE, the DC cancellations and launches, Carlos Pacheco being honoured by Getafe and a canter through the solicits, along with reviews of ​The Massive, Spider-Men and ​Extermination​. Does the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe really want to hurt you? Does it really want to make you cry? Possibly. It's kind of a jerk.

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Al and Paul are back after their week away, lookin at the coming out of Alan Scott, the wedding of Northstar, the crusade of One Million Moms, the Eagle Awards imbroglio, the ever-increasing character cast of Iron Man 3, the continuing success of the Avengers and where Marvel TV goes next, and reviews of Mind MGMT, Ravagers and Grim Leaper. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe wishes it could fly, right up to the sky but it can't.

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Al and Paul are back, with discussion of the sad passing of Tony DeZuniga, the unbelievable box office of The Avengers, Marvel's digital exclusive deal with Comixology, Cullen Bunn taking on the writing of Venom and DC's upcoming Phantom Lady mini, as well as an extended chat about the value of new characters and reviews of Dial H, Mind the Gap and Trio. Love grows where my Rosemary goes, and nobody knows but the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:28am EDT

Paul and Al have got loads of great discussion for you this time round - they're talking about Chris Roberson leaving DC and the fallout from that, the return of Devil's Due and lots and lots of film and TV chat including the impending X-Men: First Class sequel, the Daredevil and Fantastic Four reboots and the potential New Mutants movie, the animated Flashpoint direct-to-DVD flick, Fox's Axe Cop animated show and the Lobo film. They've also got reviews of Popeye, Captain America and Hawkeye and Reset. How many licks does it take to get to the centre of the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and does anyone really want to find out?

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Al and Paul have got tons of chat for you this time round, with discussion of the new Buffy spin-offs, the GI Joe/Danger Girl crossover, the new version of The Crow, Archaia and DC's forays into "digital first", the launch of Thrillbent Comics, Matt Wagner and Simon Bisley's The Tower Chronicles and the Thief of Thieves TV show, alongside reviews of Secret Service, America's Got Powers and Courtney Crumrin. It's 3 a.m. - do you know where the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is?

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Paul and Al have got another hour-and-a-smidgen of chat for you on the new Scott Pilgrim colour editions, the shake-ups on Avenging Spider-Man, 2000AD's digital expansion, the Mars Attacks! musical and Katsuhiro Otomo's new series, as well as a quick look at the new solicitations and reviews of B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth: The Pickens County Horror, Astonishing X-Men and New Deadwardians. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe won't respect you in the morning, but to be honest you should hear some of the things it says about you now.

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Al and Paul are back after a one-week hiatus, with discussion of the sad passing of Moebius, Marvel's Infinite Comics and AR app, the announcements coming out of Wondercon and Amy Reeder leaving Batwoman, as well as reviews of Saga, Avengers Assemble and Saucer Country. If I had the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, I'd Handbook in the morning.


Al and Paul have got all the news out of the Image Expo for you, along with discussion of the Clint relaunch and the May solicitations, as well as reviews of No Place Like Home, DC Universe Presents and Glory. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe can't see you if you stay very, very still. Don't even breathe.

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Paul and Al have got a round-up of creator and corporate conflict for you this time round, with discussion of Before Watchmen, Gary Friedrich vs Marvel and Tony Moore vs Robert Kirkman, as well as DC's survey results and their creative reshuffles and reviews of Thief of Thieves, Conan the Barbarian and Winter Soldier. I gave the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe to the postman, he put it in his sack. Bright and early next morning, he brought the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe back. Don't blame him, really.

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Paul and Al have got just shy of an hour and a half of chat for you on DC and Oni's new logos, the public bust-ups on Infinite, Static Shock and Ashes and at Archie and a look at April's solicitations, as well as reviews of Infestation 2, Secret Avengers and Prophet. If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe in your hair. It's all the rage there.

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Paul and Al are seeing in the new year with lots of comics-related chat, discussing the launches and cancellations of the New 52, DC's unusual late shipping and potential new logo, Rob Liefeld's new assignments, the Omega Effect crossover, Walt Simonson's upcoming Avengers run, the new Captain America team-up book and Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's new Icon series. There are also reviews of Fatale, Scarlet Spider and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye. How many licks does it take to get to the centre of the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe? We're not sure we really want to know.

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Happy new year from the House to Astonish, as Paul and Al are joined by games blogger Cara Ellison to talk about the big news stories of 2011, as well as some of their favourite comics of the past 12 months. Also featuring the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - soft, strong, and about ten minutes long.

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Paul and Al have a great episode for you this time out, with news on the passing of Jerry Robinson, the continuing New 52 creative reshuffle, the Kickstarter success of Ashes, the upcoming Marvel crossover event and Brian Michael Bendis's move off the Avengers titles, as well as reviews of Valen the Outcast, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and The Defenders. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is going to be coming down your chimney very soon, so for your sake we'd advise getting some firewood gathered.

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House to Astonish - Episode 73 - 500 Greys Or Summers

Al and Paul have got a bit of an epic for you this time round, with their longest ever episode. There's discussion of the Marvel cancellation wave, the Booster Gold TV show, Image Comics' convention and Ron Marz's move off Voodoo, as well as a run through the solicitations. They've also got reviews of Fantastic Four and Mudman as well as interviews with Nick Spencer, Stephen Wacker and Kieron Gillen recorded at Leeds's Thought Bubble convention. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: THREAT OR MENACE?

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House to Astonish - Episode 72 - Broken Biscuits

Three years in and we're still going strong, with news on the passing of Mick Anglo, the October sales charts, DC's collections plan, Marvel's rollout of bagged digital codes, the early online leak of Incredible Hulk issue 2,  Jim Mahfood's Tank Girl OGN, the Spider-Man musical's continued injury woes and the one-dollar Wasteland promotion. We've also got reviews of The Occultist, Uncanny X-Men and Heart. The greatest trick the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe ever pulled was convincing people it didn't exist (the second greatest was that one with the seemingly linked metal rings).

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Al and Paul have got plenty of comics-related chat for you this time round, looking at Mark Millar's big announcements, the Avenging Spider-Man digital promotion, Criminal moving to the big screen, Marvel's lay-offs, FOX's Punisher and the January solicitations, along with reviews of Incredible Hulk, Dead Man's Run and Spaceman. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - how does it work?

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Paul and Al have all the news you need (and some you don't) from NYCC this time round, as well as reviews of The Shade, The Strange Talent of Luther Strode and Power Play. Who was that masked man? Oh, it's just the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Never mind.

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Al and Paul bring you more comics-based banter, looking at December's solicitations, DC on the Kindle Fire, George Perez leaving Superman, the CBLDF's ironic purchases, Marvel's Point One promos and Albert Uderzo retiring from Asterix, as well as reviews of Aquaman, Near Death and Brilliant. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - smarter than the average bear, particularly as bears are kind of dim.

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Paul and Al have got a whole load of chat on the good and bad press DC have received over the New 52, John Rozum leaving Static Shock, the Amanda Waller controversy, the announcement of Avengers: X-Sanction, the Spectre TV show and the opening of Little Island Comics, along with reviews of Pigs, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and Demon Knights. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is on the move, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is loose!

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Al and Paul are back, with discussion of the New 52's sales, the Deadman TV series and the solicitations for November, plus reviews of Secret Avengers, Angel & Faith and a little book called Justice League. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - Never Knowingly Understated.

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This is where we find out if our RSS feed switchover has gone ahead. Don't mind us. Go about your day.

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