In this episode, the panel goes cosmic existentialism with a look at Jim Starlin's "Magus Saga" starring Adam Warlock, and J.M. Dematteis's run on Silver Surfer, starring everyone's favorite chrome cosmos-cruiser. Topics include superhero sex/romance, Marvel's variation on Greek tragedy, and the bizarre connection between outer space and inner self reflection.
In this month's episode, the panel goes noir with a comparison of "Criminal: Last of the Innocent" by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips to "Astro City: The Tarnished Angel" by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson. Topics include the juxtaposition of familiar comics genres with noir detective stories, the bounds of protagonist relatability, and the always tricky relationship between nostalgia and creative freedom.
In this month's episode, the panel embraces the dark side for a comparison of Gillen and Larocca's "Darth Vader" and Stern and Mignola's "Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment." Topics include the narrative challenges of telling stories around traditional antagonists, the artistic challenges of emoting through silence and masks, and the ethical culpability that lies in programming a torture-bot to do your dirty work.
In this deeply romantic episode, the panel compares Steve Englehart and Richard Howell's "The Vision and the Scarlet Witch" to Ann Nocenti and Don Perlin's "Beauty and the Beast." Topics include queer subtext, machine sex, and the complex genre bending that occurs when mixing superheroes and soap operas.
In this ep our panel takes a deep dive into a pair of comics-inspired audio dramas in the form of the podcast "Wolverine: The Long Night" and the classic 1970s "Fantastic Four" radio serial, featuring both Stan Lee and a young Bill Murray. Topics include transmediation, the thespian's approach to grunting and Michael teaching himself sound engineering and design for the sake of our most elaborate cold opening ever.
In this episode the panel looks at a pair of 80s-themed comics with "Paper Girls" by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang compared to "4 Kids Walk Into a Bank" by Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss. Topics of discussion include male creators writing female protagonists, latchkey parenting, and 'are the 1980s the new 1950s in terms of media nostalgia?'
In this month's episode, we pair Jack Kirby's legendary 1970s run on Jimmy Olsen with Matt Fraction and Steve Leiber's recent Jimmy Olsen maxi-series. Topics include the historic legacy of Kirby and his departure from Marvel; the challenges in fleshing out side characters into a protagonist role; the gap between irony and sincerity; and the most epic cold opening in our podcast's history, courtesy of Michael.
In this month's episode, the panel tackles the subject of sexual awakenings as they manifest in "Blankets" by Craig Thompson and "This One Summer" by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. Topics of discussion include censorship in comics, how our hormones can lie to us, and the unique capacity for comics to visually embody profound physical experiences.
In this episode, the panel compares "Excalibur" by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis to "Exiles" by Judd Winick and Mike McKone. Topics of discussion include franchise-branching in the X-Universe, alternate-reality storytelling challenges/opportunities, and character voice within a group dynamic.