House to Astonish

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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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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:26pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

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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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 EDT

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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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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Join Paul and Al as they celebrate the four-year anniversary of House to Astonish, with discussion of the effect of Hurricane Sandy, the purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney, Brian Singer on X-Men: Days of Future Past, the next two Marvel Now! teasers and Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill. We're also reviewing ​Joe Kubert Presents, Multiple Warheads​ and ​Bedlam​, and answer questions they've solicited at the last minute on Twitter.

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Al and Paul are back with another episode that's a few days late, but there's plenty in there, with a discussion of an enormous number of stories out of NYCC (really, they get through a lot. Like, about 30 or so), as well as reviews of ​Uncanny Avengers, The Zaucer of Zilk​ and ​Cyber Force.​ The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is beautiful, no matter what they say - words won't bring it down.

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A couple of days late, but better late than never, Al and Paul have got just over an hour and ten minutes of chat for you on Marvel's latest wave of teasers, Mark Millar's new role at Fox, the expanded line-up of the Avengers, IDW's latest mega-crossover and David Lloyd's ​Aces Weekly​, as well as reviews of ​Non-Humans, Uncanny X-Men ​and ​Detective Comics​. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has got 99 problems, which is still a lot of problems no matter how you try to rationalise it.

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Al and Paul are back with another episode of House to Astonish, where they're discussing Greg Rucka's views of Marvel and DC, Marvel's "Superior" teaser, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Jerry Ordway's ​Human Bomb​, Ultimate Captain America as US President and the ​Dredd​ UK box office success, as well as taking a run through December's solicitations. They're also reviewing Team Seven, Ghost and Sword of Sorcery. If you were the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, where would you be? I've put it down somewhere and can't remember where for the life of me.

Please be aware that there was something very strange about the audio this time round which wasn't discovered until after recording, which makes Paul and Al sound like they're sitting about ten feet away from the microphone, so you might have to turn this one right up. C'est la vie.

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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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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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:45pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 8:41am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 9:29am EDT

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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Slightly early this time round, Paul and Al have got a solid hour of chat for you, with discussions of Miles Morales, Laurence Fishburne being cast as Perry White, the Superman and Catwoman costume shots, the relaunch/returns of Fantastic Four and Astro City and DC's licensed books going digital-only. We've also got reviews of Severed, Mystic and Spider-Island: Cloak & Dagger. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - The Best A Man Can Get.
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Paul and Al have got a wrap-up of the news from SDCC for you, with plenty of chat about Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga, the new Fables series, Roman Dirge's putative Lenore movie, The Sixth Gun moving to SyFy, a big round-up of Marvel-related announcements and the summary judgements in the Kirby estate lawsuit. The guys are also reviewing Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil and Our Love Is Real, and you knew the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe was a snake before you brought it in.
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Al and Paul are back, with chat on DC's fill-in creators, Marvel's New Stores initiative, Diamond Digital and the end of the Xeric grant, as well as reviews of All Nighter, X-Men: Schism and The Red Wing. I say I say I say, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has no nose! How does it smell? Sort of papery.
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A fallow few weeks for comics means that Paul and Al have decided to skip reviewing books this time round, but there's plenty of chat to make up for it. Topics covered include the sad passing of Gene Colan, the Avenging Spider-Man, the Green Lantern movie and DC's wider approach to films, the comics industry's move to digital, the UK newsstand scene and lots more. If you stay perfectly still, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe won't eat you.
Direct download: 2011-07-02T06_31_56-07_00.mp3
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Al and Paul are back with a look at Frank Miller's Holy Terror, the X-Men cancellation and relaunch, the opening of the Spider-Man musical and the solicitations for September (including a look at all 52 DC launches). There are also reviews of 15 Love, Graveyard of Empires and Kirby Genesis. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has come to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and is all out of ass.
Direct download: 2011-06-18T06_31_28-07_00.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:14am EDT

Paul and Al have got a lot to say about DC's big announcements, as well as about Dark Horse's digital retailer incentives and the return of Valiant, and they've got reviews of Criminal: Last Of The Innocent, Secret Seven and 50 Girls 50 too. Give me an O! Give me an F! Give me another F! Give me a... yeah, we don't have time for this. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is in this episode too.
Direct download: 2011-06-04T08_26_09-07_00.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:19am EDT

Al and Paul have a bumper episode for you this time round, with discussion of Tr!ckster and the return of Kramer's Ergot as well as a round-up of the solicitations, and reviews of Flashpoint, Alpha Flight and Nonplayer. What evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe knows.
Direct download: 2011-05-21T07_49_49-07_00.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:36am EDT

Paul and Al are back on schedule, with news and discussion of Free Comic Book Day, the release of the Thor movie and Marvel's future filmic plans, Rise of Arsenal's surprising PRISM award win, Mike Cotton leaving Wizard, Tokyopop's rights issues and the Ultimate line relaunch. We've also got reviews of Moon Knight, Gladstone's School for World Conquerors and Spontaneous. This podcast contains scenes of mild Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.
Direct download: 2011-05-07T09_42_40-07_00.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:17pm EDT

Al and Paul are back from their short break, and bring you discussion of the Tokyopop close, the Dark Horse layoffs, Marvel and Boom!'s licensing interactions and Greg Capullo's move to Batman, as well as reviews of Journey Into Mystery, Butcher Baker and Super Dinosaur. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is drunk and annoying and is wearing a lampshade on its head. What an idiot.
Direct download: 2011-04-25T06_44_23-07_00.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:22am EDT

Paul and Al have got all the news that's fit to banter about in this episode, with discussion of the new creative teams on Daredevil and Punisher, Bendis and Bagley's Brilliant, Starbucks' partnership with Marvel and Chew being picked up by Showtime, as well as a run through the solicitations and reviews of Xombi, FF and Green Lantern. If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise, because the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe will drop out of a tree onto your head.
Direct download: 2011-03-26T12_30_31-07_00.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:45pm EDT

Al and Paul are a couple of days late, but they've got all the usual news and reviews - Julie Taymor's exit from the Spider-Man musical, Robert Kirkman and Rob Liefeld's new book, Jeff Smith's Rasl heading to the movies and Roger Langridge's Muppets in limbo, as well as reviews of Sigil, Venom and Sarah Palin vs The World. You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger and you don't mess around with The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.
Direct download: 2011-03-14T13_40_59-07_00.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:30pm EDT

Paul and Al are back after their break with chat about Marvel's plans for Pixar and their Big Shots initiative, Boom! Kids' rebranding, Telltale's new comics-based games, the Powers TV show, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's work on the Spider-Man musical and the cancellation of the First Wave line, and a few words on the sad loss of Dwayne McDuffie. There are also reviews of The Mission, Superman/Batman and Iron Man 2.0, and it looks like someone left the door open all night and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has got in again.
Direct download: 2011-02-26T09_39_09-08_00.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:12pm EDT

Al and Paul are about to take a short hiatus, so here's an extra episode of House to Astonish to tide you through the next month. There's chat on the closure of Wizard and ToyFare and the launch of Wizard World, David E. Kelley's Wonder Woman, the death of the Comics Code Authority, a run through April's solicitations and some clearly-walled-off spoilery chat about the big Fantastic Four death. No reviews this time round, but there's an instalment of the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe to make it up to you. Now they just need to think of some way to make it up to you for giving you that.
Direct download: 2011-01-25T14_37_16-08_00.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:14pm EDT

Paul and Al welcome the new year with discussion of the recent editorial shake-up at Marvel, the Flex Mentallo collection and the new cinematic costumes for Spider-Man and Captain America, and review Who Is Jake Ellis?, Deadpool Team-Up and Weird Worlds. There's also and instalment of the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and you can discuss among yourselves whose fault that is.
Direct download: 2011-01-16T07_24_55-08_00.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:04am EDT

It's the end of the year, and Paul and Al are looking back at their favourite comics of the past twelve months, and giving you the rundown on their top cover artists, single issues, writers, artists and comics. They've also got a bit of arachno-centric news coverage on Mark Bagley's return to Marvel, Ultimate Spider-Man's day-and-date digital release and the goings-on with the Spidey musical, and a quick run through the March solicitations. Should the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe be forgot, and never brought to mind? Probably best.
Direct download: 2010-12-31T06_23_26-08_00.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:48am EDT