Issue 76: Identity Crisis Part 2 – The Murderer Was… A Plot Hole!

My feelings on Identity Crisis are still so torn
“What if the Elongated Man stretched his way into grittiness?

We finish DC’s mega-event that changed everything, Identity Crisis! Is the ending satisfying? Does it make sense? And why does everyone hate Captain Boomerang?

Check out our last episode, Identity Crisis Part 1, first if you haven’t!

Read along: Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales’ Identity Crisis

In this episode, Ryan struggles to defend why cynicism can be good when it’s in a story he kinda likes. Sly thinks all superheroes look the same. Darryl discovers the most relatable villain. And Phil just can’t help but nitpick plot holes just because they don’t make any sense and hurt the narrative. What a stickler!

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Issue 75: Identity Crisis Part 1 – Whoops, Cynicism Wins After All

Identity Crisis is polarizing for a reason
“Is his true identity Elongated Man, Plastic Man, or Mr. Fantastic?”

We talk about a book we’ve been awkwardly avoiding for years, DC’s 2004 event: Identity Crisis. This is one of the biggest DC stories we’ve covered and it’s the one that proved just how cynical Alan Moore’s influence was. So we should hate it, right? Well…

Read along: Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales’ Identity Crisis

On this episode, we dip into the first half of Identity Crisis. We’ll finish it next time, don’t worry! Ryan’s a giant hypocrite who likes this book (but WITH ASTERISKS, HE SWEARS). Darryl finally found a superhero story that he doesn’t think is dumb (most of the time). Phil just loves big anime fights. Sly packs this episode with more lore than ever.

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Issue 74: The League Of Extraordinary Edgelords

Alan Moore sux lol
Only a true gentleman could ever hope to be a real lord of edge!

Hoo boy, this one’s a rough one. We’re talking about the Original Edgelord of Comics, Alan Moore and his second volume of The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman. This one gets a little intense, so strap yourself in. The Invisible Man, Mr. Hyde, Mina Harker, and Captain Nemo, Allan Quatermain, and some wagon driver all team up to fight aliens! What more could you want?

Comics covered: The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman Volume 2

On this episode, we’re talking Alan Moore, because this book? It ain’t quite Swamp Thing. Ryan has some real issues with this snake god worshiping writer. Sly finally learns the secret way in to the Vermilion City Pokemon gym. Phil’s secret hatred of a beloved book series is exposed. And Darryl rushes to the defense of the neglected monsters of the world.

As always, Edgelord August touches upon some serious themes, like severe violence, and violence against women. But this time, ESPECIALLY.

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Issue 73: Kingsman: The Secret Decent Millar Book

Kingsman is only good on a Millar scale
“A’ight, you wankers, let’s conform to the bourgeoisie.”

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! EDGELORD AUGUST! It’s time to talk about Mark Millar’s Kingsman. So cuckle up, it’s time to go for a ride.

We read Kingsman: The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons

On this episode, we get back to our roots and talk about a Millar book with a better movie adaptation. Sly’s just a wanker running from the billies. Ryan once again falls victim to fake news and revisionist history. Phil min-maxes his build to get all the ladies. Has Darryl finally replaced Nemesis as his favorite Millar book?

As always, Edgelord August touches upon some serious themes, like severe violence, and violence against women.

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Exclusive Patreon Bonus Episode Teaser

“Sly charges us a lot for this art”

We’ve mentioned it a bunch of times, but we have a patreon! Here’s an exclusive clip from this month’s Patreon bonus episode to entice you into giving us money. So? Are you enticed?!? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?

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Issue 72: Ditko’s Dr. Strange Defeats The Dread Dormammu

RIP Steve Ditko
“This 12 issues took an ETERNITY to get through”

We cover Steve Ditko (and Stan Lee’s) classic Dr. Strange run, primarily the 12 part epic that ran from Strange Tales 130-141! Ditko may have recently passed, but he remains one of our most beloved creators, even if he was a Randian Objectivist!

On this episode, we get trippy to delve into what makes Dr. Strange one of Sly’s all time favorite comic books. Darryl channels his inner Toad, but which one? Phil reveals more ways he bullied Sly when they were in 8th grade. And Ryan argues minutiae.

Ryan forgot to mention it on the episode, but he and Sly were just on They See Me Rollin’, a wonderful actual play podcast and we had a LOT of fun playing a one shot in Fiasco!

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Issue 71: Unthinkable! Dr. Doom Uses Sorcery To Make A Skinsuit

All hope lies in Doom
“Your Ass Is Mine!” – Dr. Doom

We cover one of Darryl and Ryan’s favorite runs, Mark Waid’s Fantastic Four! We talk about his big Doom story, Unthinkable!

Read along with Fantastic Four (Volume 3) 67-70 and 500

On this episode, Darryl takes the main role and EXPLAINS LORE, which is truly the most Unthinkable part. Sly can’t tell the difference between Mark Waid and another Divisive Issues favorite writer. Phil yearns for a weapon that makes him more like Sly. Ryan really wants to marry Mark Waid, and we’re not even talking about his favorite run yet.

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Issue 70: This Stan, This Monster! If This Be My Desti-Lee – Stan Lee’s Best Work

Ryan will never not love Stan Lee
And Who Shall Mourn For Stan Lee? Probably Us!

We’re still talking about Stan Lee! But this time, his best work, at least according to Sly and Ryan! Some Classic Kirby Fantastic Four! Some Ditko Spider-Man! And some Buscema Silver Surfer!

We cover:

Fantastic Four 51 – This Man… This Monster!

Amazing Spider-Man 31-33 – If This Be My Destiny!

Silver Surfer 5 – And Who Shall Mourn For Him?

On this episode, Ryan coins some terms and has some hot takes. Phil starts… defending comics? Sly gives his thesis on why Spider-Man rules. And Darryl blasphemes about what he enjoys.

Phil Guested on Ryan’s Other Podcast!

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Issue 69: Stan Lee Just Imagines Some Weird DC Reboots

Just Imagine... fridging everywhere
“Scrupulous Stan saved time by only changing some stuff and keeping other stuff exactly the same!”

We’re continuing our Stan Lee bonanza! So we spend another episode dunking on him. In the early 2000s, he had a series of books called “Just Imagine,” where he rebooted the major DC characters but with one major twist… now they’re dumb! Excelsior!

On this episode, we cover Stan’s re-imagining of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Ryan’s got the maturity of a 12 year old when it comes to respecting other cultures. Darryl is finally appreciating the finer things of comics, like wearing your underwear on the outside. Phil is a scumbag, but this time… in SPACE. And can you pass the Sly test and prove your worthy of existence?

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We made it 69 regular episodes. Nice.

Issue 68: Stan Lee: Stan the Man or Stan Bragg?

Ryan secretly still loves Stan Lee. Shhhhh
Face front, True Believers! For The World’s Greatest Boss! Just Don’t Dare Ask Any of My Employees!”

You know that guy that shows up in every Marvel movie? Stanley? Well, he’s been cameoing in comics for years! Not always in the best light, though. Apparently his coworkers really hated him and loved to openly mock him in their books. ‘Nuff Said!

Comics Covered: Angel And The Ape Issue 2

Mister Miracle Issue 6

Strange Tales Issue 181

In this episode, we delve into some of the more aggressive takes on Stan “The Man” Lee. Jack Kirby, Jim Starlin, and Bob Oksner all included him in their books in a pretty negative light. Darryl! Loves! Extra! Exclamation!! Points!!! Sly gives the secret origin of Stan Lee’s co-creator. Ryan revisits his fourth world fever dream. And Phil finally comes out a chicky lady booby baby. It’s time to get deep into some meta lore here at Divisive Issues studios.

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