Podcast - Episode 107: Ms Marvel: No Normal (Marvel) by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

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This week for the summer book club we read the first volume of Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona. Debuting in 2014, Kamala Khan has quickly become a fan favourite character and this book definitely shows you why.

I haven't read the final issue of Secret Empire yet, as of writing this, but I am very much looking forward to some sweet, sweet angst. But I really will feel bad for Zemo. He's gonna be so sad about not being Steve's friend! These panels from issue #9 killed me:

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Aw. Sweetie.

Thanks for listening! See you next week when we will be talking about The Valiant by Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera!

Podcast - Episode 106: Who is Wonder Woman (DC) by Allan Heinberg, Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson

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Even though the question was probably sufficiently answered by the Wonder Woman movie, this week we read Who is Wonder Woman? by Allan Heinberg and Terry and Rachel Dodson.

It's very good.

Hello, World!

I actually can't think of anything to write about this week. 

Oh! Except here is the link to Dan McDaid's beautiful new webcomic, Dega.

Look at how nice!

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Thanks for listening! See you next week for Ms Marvel!

Podcast - Episode 105: The Project Pegasus Saga (Marvel) with guest Sean Jordan aka The Wordburglar

We have another very special guest this week: Sean Jordan, aka The Wordburglar! We're all very excited to talk about Marvel's Project Pegasus Saga, starring The Thing and like a dozen C-list characters. 

Sean is joining us in person, so we recorded at Dave's kitchen table with a room mic, so it sounds a little different. You can hear occasional traffic/car alarms/cat meows. But it's like YOU'RE at the party, right! A fully submersive experience.

Here's a little Jude the Entropic Man for you. Sean describes him as "Gargamel cosplaying as He-Man". I think that's accurate:

If you haven't watched the (awesome) new Wordburglar video yet, here it is:

You can find all of Sean's stuff at the Wordburglar website!

And you can buy the first two issues of The Last Paper Route on Comixology here, and the third issue is available now at Strange Adventures and will be available soon in other places!

Enjoy the episode! We will be back next week to talk about Who is Wonder Woman? by Allan Heinberg and the Dodsons!

Podcast - Episode 104: The Rocketeer by Dave Stevens (with guest J.Bone!)

It's an exciting week guys. Not only are we talking about The Rocketeer, one of Dave's favourite things, but we are also joined by our pal -- and frequent Rocketeer artist -- J.Bone! We love him!

We read The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures, which collects all six issues of Dave Stevens' Rocketeer comics. We also watched the 1991 Disney movie. So we are totally ready to talk about the high flying adventures of Cliff Secord.

Just real quick, too, the books I read and recommended this week were Becky Cloonan's By Chance or Providence (Image) and The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronica Fish (Super Genius). I also recommend the prose novel, Peter Darling by Austin Chant, if you want to read another beautiful reinterpretation of Peter Pan.

Dave recommended the first issue of Elsewhere (Image) by Jay Faerber, Ron Riley and Sumeyye Kesgin.

Next week we are reading The Thing: The Project Pegasus Saga (Marvel) by Mark Gruenwald, Ralph Macchio, John Byrne and George Perez. We are both very excited about it. It is technically out of print, but can be found in a number of formats that may be kicking around your local comic shop. First of all, it can be found in issues #53-58 plus issue #60 of Marvel Two-in-One, so you may be able to find the original issues. Or you can find it in black and white in Marvel Essentials: Marvel Two-in-One vol 3. Or you can find the hardcover collection that was published in 2010. Or, if you're like Dave and me, you have the old trade paperback from the late 80s. It's also available digitally on Marvel Unlimited and on Comixology, if it comes to that. The hardcover (which is what is on Comixology) has extra content, by the way.

See you next week! Thanks, J! And thanks for listening, everybody!

Podcast - Episode 103: Black Panther, The Complete Collection vol. 1 by Christopher Priest

Week three of the summer book club and we read the first volume of Christopher Priest's run on Black Panther. Seventeen issues of Everett Ross is whole lot of Everett Ross.

Here we have T'Challa with his...um...underage(?!) sex partners in waiting.

Sensibly dressed for their jobs of protecting the king of their nation. But at least they are ready to go if, at any time, T'Challa decides to sleep with one of them/make them his wife. Yuck.

This page here will give you an idea of why it took us so long to get through this book:

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Black Panther's other super power: talking really, really, really fast.

Here he does it again, to Captain America:

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Steve: "Sorry, friend. I missed everything you said after 'I have known...'"

And finally, here is that brutal Falcon costume design:

Here's the link to the Sept. 2017 Men's Journal feature on Jeremy Renner. It provided me with a lot of laughs.

But let's leave off with this promo image for Marvel 1,000,000 B.C. of Ghost Rider riding on a flaming mammoth, shall we?

Yesssssss.

Actually, let's leave with this photo of Armie Hammer from a Sept. 2017 Vanity Fair's style portfolio:

How dare you, sir?

Podcast - Episode 102: Sexcastle (Image) by Kyle Starks

It's time to get crazy. This week we read Kyle Starks' hilarious love letter to 80s action heroes, Sexcastle. PLUS we've got a lot of news out of San Diego Comic Con to cover.

Before we get to Sexcastle, though, let's have a look at that Infinity War poster:

And let's just...zoom in. And enhance...

My. God.

Here's what I forgot to mention on the episode: he is wearing the same Captain America uniform here that he was wearing in Civil War. It's just all dirty and gross and hot now. And he, like, Sharpied out the star. Lord above.

Like...I've not even seen erotic Captain America fan art that was this hot. Why do there have to be other characters in this movie?!

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Aw, I didn't mean you, baby. You're still my favourite. Looking forward to you and Steve rubbing your beards on each other.

Alright, let's look at some Sexcastle. This is some solid cartooning.

The Damn Twins!

This is a really fun book and a short read. Perfect for the beach or to get you through a really boring summer wedding.

Alright, next week we are talking about Christopher Priest's Black Panther comics. We are going to be reading and discussing the first volume of the Complete Collection. That contains issues #1-17 and that is over 400 pages of Black Panther comics, so get reading everyone!

I'll just remind you that I have the entire summer book club reading list posted on Goodreads here.

See you next week!