With the Black Panther movie smashing the box office, we decided to read some comics about Black Panther smashing systemic oppression. It might only be in our dreams but it’s important to us, damn it.
We briefly talk about the long history of Black Panther in comic books and read a story about him facing off the Ku Klux Klan. No, it’s not some pseudo-KKK knockoffs, it’s the actual KKK. Well it is some pseudo-KKK knockoffs at first but he fights the real ones later. In this episode, Ryan finds his spirit animal in comic books. Phil is butthurt people think he and Darryl are the same person but is it really Darryl and Sly that are of one mind in this episode? Tune in to find out!
The Ultimates was Marvel’s first attempt to modernize the Avengers and it became the source material for the film. Did we finally find a Millar book where the comic was better than the movie? Well no, but at least it’s not hot garbage.
The gang time travels from 2099 to the Bush Years to see Millar back when he still put some effort into his comics. Ryan gives his reasons for why this book is good and prays it doesn’t disprove his arguments in the meantime. Phil is not sure if it’s really satire or just Millar being Millar. Darryl is not fooled by the obvious supervillain that is Millar and is desperate to out him. Sly on the other hand is just trying to find the trademark Millar cuckoldry.
In this episode, we cap off 2017 with some major topics we’ve been meaning to cover like the Trump turnover and Mueller’s Trump investigation. We also cover the GOP tax bill, the perfect news story to sum up year one of hellworld. Or is it hellword? It is, but maybe not as hellworld as it could have been.
We talk about Trump’s administration and the massive turnover it has experienced during the course of the year. To be fair, the administration is currently undergoing a tumultuous event. That event being the Trump Presidency. We also discuss the Trump investigation by Robert Mueller and Republican reaction to it. And just in case you think the GOP is any better, we also talk about the new Tax Bill. Ryan assures everyone that things are going great and it’s time to be complacent again. Darryl accidentally spills the beans on our Immortal government officials. Phil is not optimistic that the Trump presidency will end with Trump’s decapitation while Sly has a dark prophecy for the Post-Trump future.
Our spooktacular Halloween is behind us, but the fact that someone made Inhumans is even scarier than zombies or witches could ever hope to be. It’s something that can only be seen to believe. We watched the first two episodes of this show. You don’t know what we sacrifice for you people.
We’ve long complained about the Inhumans, like in our Civil War II episode and our Death Of Cyclops episode. It’s finally time to really dig in to what makes these characters so beloved. Is it their slave labor work force? Maybe it’s their super racism? Is it their impossible to describe superpowers? To each according to his ability, what are you gonna do? Phil kinda liked this show, but only until he thought about it for a second. Everyone wonders if Sly thinks the Inhumans make good foils. Darryl just wants to know *WHY*they made this show. Ryan is just so happy he watched this with ex-host Joe and not by himself.
Welcome to the pilot/test episode of Judging It By The Cover, a show where people try to guess works that are impossible to predict. These stories are known for blindsiding their audiences in some way, but will any of our guests predict whats in store for them?
Our first film is Book of Henry, a flop from just this year that people already forgot about. This film was so maligned that it might have cost the director a job working on the next Star Wars film. But what exactly is so bad about it? Is the backlash just discrimination against dog authors or transgender time travelers?
In this episode, we talk about guns. It’s bizarro world so we all play right wing devil’s advocate until Sly agrees centrism is the right way to go.
After the brutal mass shooting from a few days ago , we decided to discuss gun control in America (this sentence works regardless of the date you happen to read it). We talk statistics, possible solutions and why the right wingers actually have a few good points? Not the NRA or the ones in congress passing looser silencer regulations, but maybe in general. Ryan has been replaced by his dad for this episode while Phil finds it hard to play devil’s advocate when people agree with him. Sly manages to go a whole episode without yelling at Phil while Darryl wants our oppressed audience to arm themselves against the rightwing hosts of this show.
It’s time for our Divisive Issues Spooktacular month. For our first story, we return to horror manga and the creator we applauded the most last year: Junji Ito. Will we be as positive about our first full work from him?
The story is Gyo, which literally translates to “Fish.” The story does start out being about fish walking on land but it’s not too long before we get into bloated body horror and demented carnivals. This story was unfortunately too spooky for Phil but the rest of the gang is here. Ryan giggles like a child whenever farts are involved while Sly gets mad if you dare explain anything in a story to him. It also turns out Darryl is some kind of freak that doesn’t produce oily black substances from his body.
In this episode, we discuss North Korea and what we should do about it. In order to come to the conclusion that we have no idea what to do about it.
Special Guest Lauren returns again to talk with the non-Ryan hosts this time. She helps drop some knowledge on Kim Jung-un’s country and the horrible things he does to it’s citizens (including the women and children). Darryl can’t even keep the crazy North Korea shit straight in his head. Capitalist Phil uses this opportunity to discuss the fundamental flaws of Communism while Comrade Sly dodges his questions to instead speak out against Capitalist imperialism.
For part two of Edgelord August, we revisit the man who brought us to the rodeo: Mark Millar. Old Man Logan was technically the source for the recent Logan film. Is this is another example of a film adaptation being better than a Millar book? (Yes)
We’re back to the usual crew to discuss the usual Millar garbage. Sly tries to hold it in all episode but can’t resist the urge to pop his claws. Ryan gets ready for what is sure to be a fun and goofy story. Phil is back and ready for some more edgelord shit. Darryl points out the politically relevant nature of this 2008 story.
On this episode, the boys are joined by Michael M. Raider (of We’ll Get It Right Next Year: An Adventure In Cinema and Wheeeeeengs fame) to discuss some edgy Garth Ennis to welcome in EDGELORD AUGUST PART 1.
IT’S EDGELORD AUGUST. We’re talking about Crossed, a book that Ryan refers to as “Walking Dead but instead of zombies, they come back as shitlords.” Sly doesn’t understand Scottish stereotypes. Michael tries his damnedest to give deep intellectual analysis of this masterpiece. Darryl didn’t even read all the right books. Maybe Phil will be back next time? We really hope so, we don’t want to do another edgelord book without him.
Be warned, we’re talking about excessive gore, dying babies, murder, sexual violence, all sorts of things that are universally terrible.