Podcast - Episode 101: Trinity (DC) by Matt Wagner

We are kicking off our Summer Book Club with Matt Wagner's 2003 DC miniseries, Trinity!

First of all, apologies for the lower quality sound this week. We used a room mic and it picks up a lot of things our mics usually don't, like pages flipping. It was an emergency fix to a technical problem that we'll have fixed for next week.

But let's look at Matt Wagner's beautiful versions of Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman

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Nice.

Here's grumpy Batman being carried by Superman in his little harness:

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And here's that scene from Batman and Grendel that I was talking about. Matt Wagner makes cool choices for scenes where some people might just have a character standing still and talking on the phone:

Enjoy the episode. We'll be back next week to talk about Sexcastle!

I'll leave you with this group picture of the coolest people at D23.

My boy looks so good!

Podcast - Episode 100: Spider-Man: Homecoming

100 episodes!!!

First of all, thank you so much to everyone who has listened to the podcast. We really appreciate it. It's been fun to do and I'm very glad Dave talked me into it a little over two years ago. It gave me a much needed creative outlet.

We saw Spider-Man: Homecoming (of course) and we talk all about it for the last half hour or so of the episode, so if you haven't seen the movie yet, you might want to turn off the episode before that. It's full of spoilers.

The other thing that we do in this episode (besides bring back the Renner Report) is announce the line-up for this year's book club, which will start with the next episode. Here is the full line-up:

  • July 19 - Trinity by Matt Wagner (DC)
  • July 26 - Sexcastle by Kyle Starks (Image)
  • Aug 2 - Black Panther: The Complete Collection vol.1 by Christopher Priest, Mark Texeira, Vince Evans, Joe Jusko, Mike Manley, Mark Bright and Sal Velluto (Marvel)
  • Aug 9 - The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures by Dave Stevens (IDW)
  • Aug 16 - The Thing: Project Pegasus by Ralph Macchio, Mark Gruenwald, John Bryne, Sal Buscema, and George Perez (Marvel)
  • Aug 23 - Who is Wonder Woman? by Allan Heinberg and Terry Dodson (DC)
  • Aug 30 - Ms Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel)
  • Sept 6 - The Valiant by Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera (Valiant)
  • Sept 13 - Young Avengers by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung (Marvel)
  • Sept 20 - Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt by J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck (Marvel)

I have also made a list of these books on Goodreads, to make it easy to follow along.

So we'll start next week with Matt Wagner's Trinity (by which we mean the complete collected edition, which includes vol 1 and 2).

Finally, if you are interested, my original rating of Steve Rogers as a superhunk is here. Poor bastard.

Again, thanks for listening! See you next week!

Podcast - Episode 99: Spider-Man 3 (2007)

We have reached the end of the Spider-Man road. Spider-Man 3 is a divisive movie, in that there exists a chasm and on one side stands Dave and me, and on the other stands everybody else on earth.

We like this movie, is what I am saying. We like it a lot.

Look, the portrait of Willem Defoe is the best. THE. BEST.

And Bernard the butler rules. Check it out:

That is just some insane line delivery.

We talk a bit about The Quick and the Dead at the end of this episode, and, guess what, that deleted sex scene is STILL kind of hard to find online. It was deleted so the movie wouldn't get an R rating. This is the best I could find, and it has a watermark right in the middle:

But if you want to see Sharon Stone and Russell Crowe go to town on each other when they are both in their prime, CLICK THAT ARROW.

And if you've never seen that movie WATCH THAT MOVIE!

And if you want to see something dumb I did, check out the post where I use RuPaul's Drag Race GIFs to depict the cast members of Marvel's Secret Empire.

It was not a weird thing to do.

Ok, see you guys in a couple of weeks for Spider-Man: Homecoming and the launch of our summer book club!!!

The Cast of Marvel's Secret Empire as RuPaul's Drag Race GIFS

I barely have any time for anything lately. I complain about it a lot. But I do have time to put together a character guide to Marvel's Secret Empire event using only GIFs from RuPaul's Drag Race.

You're welcome, squirrelfriends.

Steve Rogers:

Taskmaster:

Black Widow:

Rick Jones:

Tony Stark:

Maria Hill:

Sharon Carter:

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Bucky Barnes:

Sam Wilson:

Thor Odinson:

Helmut Zemo:

Madam Hydra:

Hawkeye:

Black Panther:

Namor:

Captain Marvel:

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Hank Pym:

Miles Morales:

All of the young heroes being trained by Black Widow:

Everyone in Manhattan:

Phil Coulson:

Deadpool:

Podcast - Episode 98: Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 2 is widely considered to be the best Spider-Man movie made to date. But here's the thing: it's not!

Sorry, everyone. It's just not that good.

But anyway. Let's not fight. Instead, let's enjoy this photo that I mention on the podcast of George Lucas and Mickey Mouse from when Lucas received his Disney Legend award in 2015:

This will never stop being funny to me.

Look, if you think Spider-Man 2 is a great movie still, you really should watch this clip of the completely pointless and dumb fire rescue scene:

But, like I said, I don't want to fight about how wrong you are. Let's gaze upon the lucious full beard Sebastian Stan has been rocking lately (for BUCKY??!!).

And if we are going to fight, let's at least fight about who the two mystery friends are in Secret Empire #4:

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In order of most sense to least sense:

1. Bucky and Sam;
2. Rick and Rhodes;
3. Rick and Sam;
4. Bucky and Rhodes.

Either way, I like the wacky world they exist in.

Thanks for listening! See you next week for Spider-Man 3!

Podcast - Episode 97: Spider-Man (2002)

The release of Spider-Man: Homecoming is nigh so Dave and I have decided to spend the next three episodes revisiting the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy.

This week we also were dismayed to learn of the passing of Adam West. Here is a link to the Lookwell pilot: 

And here`s a link to the entire Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt:

And related to Spider-Man, here is a link to the screen test for a Green Goblin mask that was closer to the comic book design:

And, finally, here is the teaser trailer for the 1985 Spider-Man Cannon Films movie that was never made:

Weird.

Thanks for listening! See you next week for Spider-Man 2!