Posts Tagged ‘Marvel Comics’

Avengers Forever – Part 2

August 10, 2014

Podcast: Avengers Forever Part 2 – Issues 7-12

A few weeks ago we published our thoughts on Avengers Forever, a title we were initially stoked to read. Unfortunately that excitement seemed to turn out unwarranted as we struggled not only to enjoy it, but to grasp what was going on.

Now, finally, we have completed this epic undertaking. Does the second half of the story turn things around and help us comprehend the love this story receives?

PS. Here is the link Simon mentions…what do you think?

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/07/29/back-to-marvels-future/

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Bullet Points

July 20, 2014

Terrence and Phillip “Let’s read Bullet Points!” he said.

“JMS is awesome!” he said.

“I’ve heard it’s a really awesome twist on the Marvel Universe!” he said.

The boys take a look at Bullet Points, the Marvel miniseries with the slightly-more-complicated-than-it-should-be high concept of: “What would happen if Captain America never existed and for some reason Ben Parker was also killed”.

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Avengers Forever Part 1

June 22, 2014

Podcast: Avengers Forever Part 1 – Issues 1-6

Avengers Forever Part 1

Before we undertook this in-depth look at Busiek and Pacheco’s Avengers Forever we were bright-eyed young podcasters, optimistic about a future filled with awesome stories like this one, which we’d been led to believe was one of the great standalone Marvel tales.

By the end of this podcast we are somewhat different…men who have stared too long into the abyss perhaps.

And we’re only halfway there…

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Important Notice:

If you heard our review of the first issue in the preview we did and can’t face listening to it again, then skip forward to 26:15!

Fingers in Everyone

June 5, 2014

Podcast: Avengers Forever and 24:Live Another Day

Jon and Simon return to the world of comics with a preview of their in-depth look at Busiek and Pacheco’s Avengers Forever!

Plus at the halfway point of 24: Live Another Day, the boys wonder if Jack Bauer still has a valid place in today’s post-Homeland world, as well as making some predictions for how the rest of the series will play out.

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Show notes for Fingers in Everyone
00:00 – Avengers Forever Chapter 1
30:20 – 24: Live Another Day

24 Die Another Day and Avengers Forever

WOW. Quicksilver looks like a c*nt…

May 27, 2014

Film Review: Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past

Heeeeeey!

So, we’re back. Kind of.

After bursting onto the scene with nine months of podcasting GENIUS back in 2011/12, we had to jack it in to deal with myriad issues – addiction, anger, alcoholism, you name it. But we fought our way out of the black pit of despair for one reason and one reason only – the letters we received from YOU every damn day asking when we were returning to the podcasting game. Your undying support means more to us than we can ever put into words, and is the only reason the two of us are still alive today.

So, let’s do what responsible adults do, sweep all that shit under the rug, and talk about some superheroes, with the fantastic news that Thwipping Boys has been renewed for a Season 2 with an all new whenever-the-fuck-we-feel-like-it format! Which means more of the awesome comics, movie and film chat (and now with added wrestling coverage)…but less of the original music, because Chris made all of our music…and sadly, he died.*

We kick off with a double-header on Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past. You’ll find us on iTunes (old listeners will need to reactivate their feeds) and from now on, Youtube as well. Choom!

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Show notes for WOW. Quicksilver looks like a c*nt…
00:00 – Simon’s thoughts on Amazing Spider-Man 2
14:00 – Jon and Simon begin their X-Men: Days of Future Past review with an insight into their private lives that shows just how excited they were leading up to the release of this film…

Jon and Simon

PS. For anyone who was disappointed with the Green Goblin’s make-up, this is for you.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past Podcast Review

*He didn’t die.**

**He really did actually. We’re sorry, we shouldn’t joke about that stuff.

Ep. 35 – Bubastiality

May 15, 2012

Warning! We start off this week by discussing the sixth episode of Game of Thrones Season 2, “The Old Gods and The New”!

This week’s comic books discussion covers topics as diverse as the origin of King Arthur and whether Adrian Veidt is f*cking that weird cat thing of his.

We also have some fun with Rob Liefeld’s first issue of Deathstroke, catch up with those Demon Knights, come close to an argument while discussing Rupert Giles and have quite a long chat about the awesomeness that is the Rock of Ages arc from Grant Morrison’s JLA.

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Episode 35 Comics Reviews

Show Notes for Ep. 35 – Bubastiality
00:00 – We start off with a discussion about Free Comic Book Week and some of the revelations therein before chatting about Game of Thrones S2E06.
16:52 – A couple of us weren’t too keen on SUICIDE SQUAD #9.
22:24 – But it wasn’t half as bad as DEATHSTROKE #9…oh dear.
28:42 – Looks like we had a handover issue with ULTIMATES #10 and it has left us tentatively optimistic for the future of this comic book.
37:28 – It’s one of the most consistently brilliant books around so the quality of DEMON KNIGHTS  #9 should come as no surprise.
48:02 – BATMAN #9 brings us back to our theories about Alfred masterminding the Court of Owls (we called it first yo). Thankfully it seems like we’ll know one way or the other next month!
57:11 – We also disagreed on the quality of BATMAN AND ROBIN #9.
63:03 – Larold Hama wrote this week’s classic issue of BATMAN #578.
75:42 – It’s WATCHMEN CHAPTER X and the story is hurtling towards its dramatic conclusion. Chris has no idea what’s coming – this is going to mess with his mind!
86:36 – We read the awesome Darkseid storyline Rock of Ages from Grant Morrison’s legendary JLA run.

Ep. 34 – Too Few Drugs

May 7, 2012

This week we kick off with a rant about the Machiavellian, headline-grabbing antics of Mark Millar, a man whose lack of shame seems to know no bounds. Did you know he WROTE THE PLOT for the Avengers movie? Us neither.

Then after catching up with the Game of Thrones chat it’s onto the week’s comic books, including a different type of Justice League Dark in Action Comics; more contrived, out-of-character punching in Avengers Vs. X-Men; and disappointing issues of Stormwatch and Swamp Thing.

We also continue to enjoy Ultimate Spider-Man and Animal Man, check out another classic Batman title, read Watchmen’s depressing ninth chapter and check out two completely new comics – Dial H by China Mieville and James Robinson’s Earth 2.

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Ep 34 Comics Reviews

Show Notes for Ep. 34 – Too Few Drugs
00:00 – We voice our displeasure at Mark Millar’s manipulative douchebaggery and catch up with Game of Thrones.
14:15 – After our hard fought match against the Grant Morrison comic book last month we give it another round with ACTION COMICS #9.
22:16 – AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #3 doesn’t show any signs that this is improving.
30:15 – We enjoyed DIAL H #1 but we are hoping for more from it.
34:00 – Chris was so annoyed by EARTH 2 #1 that he didn’t even finish it and therefore kinda missed the point.
39:16 – BATMAN #566 from June 1999 is the next to get the flashback treatment in our 24 year retrospective.
57:55 – Peter Milligan doesn’t get off to the greatest start with STORMWATCH #9.
63:29 – After a masterful build up for the first half dozen issues, SWAMP THING #9 continues its trend of fizzling out.
66:09 – David Marquez continues to knock our socks clean off with ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #10.
74:13 – WATCHMEN CHAPTER 9 sees us questioning the point of life.
81:03 – Jeff Lemire and Steve Pugh continue to impress with ANIMAL MAN #9.

Ep. 33 – 45 mph

May 1, 2012

Sorry for the delay in getting last week’s show up. Truth is, we got together to record a few videos, the first of which – an awesome Avengers Review VideoCast with MASSIVE, IMMEDIATE SPOILERS – is already available.

The DC comics disappointed somewhat this week and we’re still not loving anything AvX related, so thank heavens we had another fun arc from Grant Morrison’s JLA, an interesting chapter of Dan Abnett’s The New Deadwardians and a bittersweet end to Jonathan Hickman’s Ultimates run.

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Episode 33

Show Notes for Ep.33 – 45 mph
07:35 – THE NEW DEADWARDIANS #2
11:00 – AQUAMAN #8
13:45 – JLA #8/9
29:30 – JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #8
33:49 – I,VAMPIRE #8
36:52 – BATMAN #555 from June 1998
39:32 – AVENGERS vs X-MEN: VERSUS #1
48:44 – ULTIMATES #9

Ep. 32 – Batman and Rubbin

April 21, 2012

After the shambles that was last week’s listless show we find our mojo again (and some crack!) and compare and contrast the beginnings of the Avengers Vs. X-Men and Night of the Owls events with AvX #2, Batman #8 and in a surprise reappearance, Nightwing #8. In doing so we hit upon exactly what Marvel needs to do with Cyclops after this is all said and done.

We check out the week’s ongoing sci-fi awesomeness and insanity from Image Comics with Prophet and Manhatten Projects.

Simon reads another classic Batman comic and we cover the sad eighth chapter of Watchmen. Finally we enjoy Diana fighting demons and – along with the Justice League of America – angels in Wonder Woman #8 and the American Dreams arc of Grant Morrison’s JLA respectively.

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Episode 32 Comics

Show notes for Ep. 32 – Batman and Rubbin:
00:00 – We talk some C2E2 news and catch up with GAME OF THRONES. 
12:16 –
 AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #2 shows that even at this early stage, this event has become a clusterfuck.
24:21 – We go on a slight tangent about the charming town of Bracknell despite the awesomeness of WONDER WOMAN #8.
31:30 – It’s all change in PROPHET #4 – but does this make it any less incredible/weird?
41:53 – Faceless attacks in BATMAN #543 from June 1997!
58:07 – It’s not kicking our asses yet but MANHATTEN PROJECTS #2 is exceptionally well-written and illustrated.
65:25 – BATMAN #8 is probably the first time this comic has had anything other that unreserved praise on the show. But still…
75:25 – We picked up NIGHTWING #8 to see some owl action and find out if it’s improved since we dropped it at issue 3.
81:15 – WATCHMEN CHAPTER 8 ends on a really sad note as yet another owl gets in the fight of his life.
94:58 – Superman and his lieutenants take on the cherubim hordes of Heaven in the AMERICAN DREAMS arc of Grant Morrison’s JLA.

Ep. 30 – Thwipping Boys Vs. Action Comics!

April 7, 2012

AvX InfiniteThis week we randomly decided to take a look at something that wasn’t in the plan. As well as checking out Avengers Vs. X-Men #1, we saw that Mark Waid and Stuart Immonen promised that something called Avengers Vs. X-Men: Infinite was the future of digital comics. As digital devotees, well we had to check that out didn’t we?

Question: How can you be the future of a category you don’t even qualify for?

Also in this week’s packed show, we finally get around to something we’ve been threatening since Episode 1 – Grant Morrison’s JLA! We check out Game of Thrones Season 2, Ultimate Spider-Man, the next chapter of Watchmen, another classic Batman story and the best of the week’s DCnU titles.

And of course we get in the ring with Grant Morrison’s Action Comics. This is the first week it has become eligible for The Drop. Can we land our patented finisher?

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Episode 30 Comics

Show Notes for Ep. 30 – Thwipping Boys Vs. Action Comics
10:39 – There were some twists and turns in the pages of STORMWATCH #8!
18:46 – We check out the start of the year’s big event with AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1 and follow it up by looking at AVENGERS VS. X-MEN: INFINITE #1.
31:01 – BATMAN #519 from June 1995 was the subject of this week’s 24 year retrospective.
45:50 – We gazed at WATCHMEN CHAPTER 6 and hoped it wasn’t gazing back at us.
54:59 – ANIMAL MAN #8 was brilliant and horrible. As usual.
61:31 – Can SWAMP THING #8 match up to the brilliance of last month?
67:21 – We owe an apology to the guy who provided the stunning art in ULTIMATE-SPIDER MAN #9 – that idiot Jon thought it was Pichelli! David Marquez we are sorry – also: you are awesome.
73:02 – We check out NEW WORLD ORDER, the first arc of Grant Morrison’s JLA. Chris has had this in his pile for months, but the podcast got in the way…now there’s no excuse!
98:23 – It’s the main event! Thwipping Boys Vs. Action Comics as we take on ACTION COMICS #8.