Annual 2: Ultimates 1 Vol 1 – Mark Millar’s Genius is Revealed

Ultimates
Don’t we all, Hulk. Don’t we all.

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.

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Issue 61 – Doom 2099 – Dr. Doom Literally Wins the Internet

All hope lies in Doom
This the future liberals want. So badly. Please.

We’re back in the future! We stuck around the alternate 90s Marvel universe after last episode’s Punisher 2099. Is it still a bizarre cyberpunk, anarcho-capitalist wasteland? Yes. Is it still a lawless wasteland? Yes. Is it still totally awesome? Hell yeah. Everyone wears super cool shades and surfs through the internet. But this time, Dr. Doom is our hero, and what a hero he is.

We covered the first 10 issues of Doom 2099.

We all loved this book, but we’re split on which parts we loved! Whatever happened to this writer? Is he dead or was he just a visitor from another time? Darryl’s the necessary evil that we all go to for help. Ryan’s just become Sly’s mini-sidekick, echoing all his opinions. Sly really needs Cyclops’ goggles of his own. Phil maps out his plan for the first sentient AI.

Theme song: Cyberspace Safety Rap by students of the William E. Doar School for the Performing Arts

Make sure you listen to Ryan’s Judging Book Covers episode – Last Week and Next Week!

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Issue 60: Punisher 2099 – Future Capitalism Run Amok

Punisher2099 - Sly's ideal future
“Like my hardware? Well you’re DEADWARE”

Happy new year! We look to the future, 2099, and see what Marvel thought it would look like. Pretty frickin’ awesome, if you ask me. A world of complete privatization and one liners. What more could you want? The Punisher killing everyone? Because he’s here, too.

Punisher 2099 by Pat Mills, Tony Skinner, and Tom Morgan

This book is… something. It’s a world with Street Surgeons who steal your organs if you don’t pay your police subscription. It’s got anti-gravity carnivals. Death Support Systems. Molecular Disintegration. And some LIBERAL PSYCHOBABBLE. Ryan is entering into 2018 full on fascist edgelord. Sly’s won him over, can he convince Phil to join them on the dark side (almost definitely). Darryl’s still holding strong on the side of compassion and societal analysis. FOR NOW.

Theme song: Punisher Theme as performed by BOBER369

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Back Issues 2 – Wanted: The Edgiest Edgelord Book Returns

Hey y’all, it’s Christmas week so I’ll keep it short. We made Phil and Darryl revisit Wanted, a book we covered before they were on the show. The book’s terrible, but listen to our old episode here first to get a plot rundown. Or if you’re using a podcast app, it was episode 12.

We also cover our favorites and least favorite books of the year! See you in 2018! And make sure you tell Mark Millar to come fight us!

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Issue 59: Lobo vs Gay Batman & Friends in an Edgelord Christmas Event

And Happy Holidays, Ya Bastiches
Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Edgelords

It’s Christmas! Let’s get EDGY. Last year we covered that time extreme edgelord Lobo killed Santa Claus. And earlier in the year, we covered fascist Authority-member Batman-But-Gay Midnighter. What would happen if these titans of profanity and gore clashed? Spoilers: They do in this episode.

First, we give a little intro to the Authority, Midnighter’s Team

Then, the ultimate showdown between Lobo and The Authority

Here we are. We made it. Can you believe it’s already Christmas time? What a great holiday to close out an objectively great year. Everyone’s having a wonderful time. Especially Sly, who hates Christmas as much as he loves Korn. Darryl finally gets why complex continuity and inaccessible callbacks are what make comics amazing. Phil’s still desperately trying to quit the podcast. And here’s a secret: Ryan actually went out and bought a bunch of Authority books right after we recorded as an early present to himself.

This episode’s real not safe for work, y’all. Even more than usual.

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Issue 58: Green Lantern Is Dead – Long Live Green Lantern’s Drunk Sidekick

 

Green Lantern Be Crazy
The sun’s out! Who you gonna call? A murdering psychopath!

It’s Part 2 of our Annual Thanks-for-killing-my-favorite-character-giving special! This one relies pretty heavily on our last episode, where Green Lantern went crazy and murdered everyone, so make sure you listen to that one first! This picks up a few years after that tragedy and picks up right in the middle of another big DC event, Final Night. Will the ex-hero turned super villain Green Lantern return to save the day? And then what happens next?

Read along: The Last Will And Testament Of Hal Jordan

On this episode, we continue with Green Lantern’s journey through the scariest nightmare imaginable – The 90s! And the early 2000s, but who’s counting? We primarily focus on a standalone graphic novel that follows Green Lanterns’ Silver Age sidekick as his life completely falls apart after the death of his icon. Jumping Fish Hooks, Emerald Avengers! Darryl stands alone when everyone else really loved this book. Is Phil finally starting to LIKE COMIC BOOKS? Ryan does his best to stop him by bringing up the dumbest lore he can think of. And in a SHOCKING TWIST, Sly agrees to disagree!

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Issue 57 – Green Lantern’s Descent Into Madness & the Origin of Fridging

I'm GREEN WITH ENVY
My new jewelry is to DIE for!

Welcome to our second annual Legacyvember, Somebody-Kill-Me-November, Thanks-for-killing-my-favorite-characters-giving extravaganza. This month, we’re talking Green Lantern. In the 90s, Green Lantern went crazy, killed everybody, and was radically re-imagined as another 5’10” white guy with dark hair! So progressive! Plus the origin of the trope “Fridging,” when a female character is brutalized to motivate a male character! So progressive!

Read along: Green Lantern: Emerald Twilight and A New Dawn by Ron Marz and Darryl Banks

On this episode, we finally reveal just where the term “fridging” comes from, everyone’s favorite sexist trope! It’s been a year since we talked about The Death and Return of Superman. What happened next for Green Lantern after his city was destroyed? And how was it different from the last time a new Green Lantern showed up? Sly brings back his lore corner! Ryan really spent a lot of time talking about this story in college. Phil reveals his true superhero alter identity, The Hobo! Darryl’s been waiting to see if this story lives up to the hype for years. Does it?

Content Warning: This episode heavily discusses brutal violence against women.

Gail Simone’s Women In Refrigerators Website

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Special Edition 8 – Inhumans: Family Guy’s Game Of Thrones Porn Parody

Behold! The awe-inspiring Inhumans!

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.

Marvel’s Inhumans

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.

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Issue 56 – Sabrina The Teenage Satan Worshiping Orphan

"More like Melissa Bone Heart!"
Who needs Betty or Veronica when you have one of Lucifer’s handmaidens?

Our Spooktacular month continues! Last year we covered Archie’s Gritty Zombie Reboot so this year, we returned to Riverdale for another horror story! Well… not quite Riverdale, but the nearby town of Greendale. It’s time for the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina The Teenage Witch! Phil doesn’t remember the show at all, but even he’s pretty sure they didn’t worship Satan on ABC’s TGIF or even the reruns on the much edgier TeenNick. Content warning: Like with most of our Halloween episodes, this book contains a lot of violence, mention of sexual assault, and some adult themes. Spooky, right?

To round out our Halloween block of episodes, we go back to another book written by Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Just like with Afterlife With Archie, he scares the hell out of us with some campy 60s characters. At least Ryan didn’t cry this time. Sly brings back his beloved Dracula voice. Phil forgot to finish the book, but helps point out a lot of religious parallels, so we’ll let it slide this time. Darryl just wants to marry an old lady who loves Bye Bye Birdy (and happens to be in a coma). Ryan has some pretty messed up lines in the sand on what he calls “dark” stories.

Happy Halloween, everybody! I hope it’s spooky! But not as spooky as the real world has been lately. Come on, even horror fans have their limits.

Theme Song: Theme Song from the Sabrina The Teenage Witch Animated Series

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Issue 55 – Gyo: Fart-Powered Spider Fish

GyoIt’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.

Theme Song: Under the Sea by the Little Mermaid

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