All good things must come to an end, so we end the #flyerdrive right when we wrap up our coverage of DC’s year-long weekly series, 52. Do Phil and Darryl think it lives up to hype when Ryan and Sly described it as the greatest comic story every written? Find out as we cover issues 40-52! And make sure you listen to Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 first because we will be following a strict NO RECAP rule.
On this episode, Phil gets very heated about steam engines, Sly can’t keep anyone’s name straight, Darryl gets buried with the Crime Bible, and Ryan seeds all the plots.
The #flyerdrive continues with our third (of four) episode on DC’s magnum opus, 52! It’s issues 27-39! And if this is your first time, make sure you listen to part one and part two first!
Sly cannot pronounce Nanda Parbat, Ryan feels Elongated Man’s pain, Phil finds space zombies more plausible than the Crime Bible, and Darryl finds something worse than Lobo. Oh, and Dennis? Merry Christmas.
We’re going weekly, just like DC did after Infinite Crisis. We’re covering what Ryan and Sly have been hyping for years as the best superhero comic ever written, 52. Over the next 4 weeks, we’ll be covering 13 issues at a time of the year without Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
On this episode, Phil falls for the Chinese Justice League, Sly enjoys a powerless Superman, Ryan talks about his favorite drink Gingold, and Darryl LOATHES space cowboys.
We’re in the weeds now, y’all. What we countdowned to last time has arrived. Infinite Crisis! We’re talking about the most “important” modern DC event. Is it worth the hype? Does it CHANGE EVERYTHING FOREVER?
On this episode, Phil tries his best to learn about the Speed Force, Sly loves Jaime Reyes but never wants to talk about him again, Ryan spills the beans on who lost their virginity in Ma & Pa Kent’s barn, and Darryl learns the two most beautiful words in the English language: Psycho Pirate.
On this episode, Phil is smitten with an AI (or just its text), Darryl is smitten with Wonder Woman, Sly does a heel turn and defends the structure of a crossover event, and Ryan is beaming with pride as Blue Beetle gets the love he deserves. This is a pretty big episode, not just because robots are taking over the DC world, but we also announce SIX future episodes!
On this episode, the gang watches Batman grow up and develop from only hallucinating Robin dying, to causing it, then to only witnessing it. Again and again and again. We cover a bunch of Robin’s fake out deaths from the 60s and 70s! Not to be confused with the time he actually died in the 80s, which we covered exactly a year ago!
Ryan is bamboozled by how AIR TIGHT the plots of these stories are, Darryl thinks Batman shouldn’t be wasting his time advancing science, Sly defends every comic in this episode, and Phil wishes Robin was actually dead.
On this episode, the gang gets weird. We cover the standalone Doom Patrol spin-off book on everyone’s favorite HERO. OF. THE BEACH. Flex Mentallo! Never heard of him? Don’t worry, maybe it’s just because superheroes had to turn fictional to save our universe? Buckle up for a postmodern journey and remember, the fish gets changed more than the water!
Darryl wants to know why this is all happening, Phil wants to know how this is all happening, Sly has given up, and Ryan’s as happy as a kid in a candy store. As our hero Grant Morrison says, “Those comics, they really #&@! you up something.
Note: An Earlier version of this episode with a missing ending was uploaded previously. This is the fixed one!
On this episode, we revisit Captain Marvel, but only just barely since he isn’t called that anymore! Just in time for Shazam! We cover the story that we’re pretty sure the movie’s based on, his retold origins from the DC reboot.
Phil’s had enough of troubled kids with a heart of gold, Darryl knows who the REAL Santa is, Ryan has more knowledge about tigers in business suits than one might think, and Sly’s argues that Superman’s outlook is for babies and Black Adam’s is for big boys.
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!