HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! It’s time to help Robin find his mom! All four of them! Iran’s in the news a lot lately, so we recorded an episode two weeks ago, before anything happened to help hype it up for everyone. We’re getting our cohesive synergy on by following up our episodes on DC’s political stories of the 80s and some of Jim Starlin’s work to bring you Jim Starlin’s mark on the Batman Universe, Death In The Family. Just like Thanos, he set out to kill half of our main heroes. So who died: Batman or Robin? We’ll give you a hint, it’s definitely not Batman.
In this episode, we get some pretty serious whiplash from all the tonal shifts here. First, Ryan goes looking for some nose candy before Robin throws him off a balcony. Sly is FINALLY respecting Ryan’s choice of favorite characters (Jason Todd 4eva). Darryl just can’t stop wondering if Batman’s a real dad or not. And Phil has some thoughts on American foreign policy regarding serial killers.
Content Warning: As is so often the case, we talk about some pretty gratuitous violence here, including suicide.
Special episode alert! Who’s ready for an editorially mandated CROSSOVER? It’s the EVENT of the SUMMER! Divisive Issues will NEVER be the SAME AGAIN! We’re joined by Henry from Midtown Comics to talk about the inconsistent history of Thanos, the star of the mega-blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War!
Hoo boy, this was a wild ride. We give a quick synopsis of the history of Thanos leading up to Infinity Gauntlet, the book that inspired Avengers: Infinity War. How did Thanos get all the Infinity gems? Is he actually worthy of this decade long hype? And just how many skateboarding heroes does Marvel have? Henry’s a wonderful guest, despite his love of Sexy Fauxbo… I mean Lobo. Ryan traveled through time to 1979 to write the first issue we covered. Sly just can’t get behind the Marvel movies changing his precious Infinity GEMS into Infinity STONES. Darryl finally finds his soul (gem) mate in Thanos, his powerful purple prince.
Oops, We Talked Politics this week, everybody. We cover one arc of Steve Englehart’s Green Lantern, Red Lantern. An alien Green Lantern defects to Russia at the height of the Cold War and meets Gorbachev. It goes about how you would expect. Oh, also a 12 year old girl uses a ring to turn into an adult and make out with Hal Jordan. Yikes.
We stay in the world of manga to talk about Yu-Gi-Oh! Everyone’s favorite card game! Too bad the manga has nothing to do with the card game and just has a kid ironically murdering people!
In this episode, Sly reveals the moral code for Sly’s America. Ryan starts his career writing gag manga. Phil tricks us into shutting up for a few minutes. And Darryl has to choose which of us to marry. All this and more!
We’re pretty sick of doing dumb and bad books, so we let Darryl pick one. He picked an autobiographical manga that really resonated with all of us, and hopefully you, too. A young woman’s journey through her crippling depression and anxiety as she comes to terms with herself and her sexuality as a lesbian. Not a lot of goofs here, y’all.
On this episode, we get another insight into the kinds of books Darryl would do if he controlled the podcast (hint: good ones). Ryan hides behind jokes (what else is new). Phil finally finds out if sex work is legal in Japan. Sly finds a secret boy hole that none of us knew about.
Just a heads up, we talk extensively about sex, prostitution, depression, anxiety, self harm, and suicide in this episode.
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!
Ryan admits he was wrong and there’s no deconstruction or satire, just toxic masculinity. For real this time. Darryl is just blown away by just how Millar has poisoned us all. Phil compares him to Shakespeare. Sly just wants to put Ryan on blast for how dumb he is, but Ryan’s just lying down and taking it. We’ve been doing this for two years and we’re just broken. Happy anniversary, y’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.
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 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