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House to Astonish Episode 178

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by Al in Podcast

We’re back, with chat on Tom Lyle, Mariko Tamaki’s new graphic novel imprint, a bunch of news out of NYCC including new series for Wolverine, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 2020, Star Wars, the upcoming The End one-shots, Marvel teaming with Games Workshop, Plunge, G Willow Wilson on The Dreaming, Amethyst, The Last God, The Killing Horizon, Black Crown folding, Quantum & Woody, Tomorrow, Enigma, Kill a Man and Alienated. We’ve also got reviews of Ghost Rider and Strange Skies Over East Berlin, and the audio from the SILENCE! to Astonish panel from Glasgow Comic-Con 2019. All this plus Vantablack covers, poonicorns and Goth Crossgen.

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  1. Mark Coale says:

    Wasnt expecting this on a Tuesday night when I came to read hox/pox posts. 🙂

  2. Adam says:

    Regarding the proposed new game:

    Captain ‘Merica.

  3. Deworde says:

    Block Widow: The touching saga of a local NYC community gathering to support a Russian immigrant whose husband has just died.

  4. SanityOrMadness says:

    The thought occurs that the new Wolverine series is essentially an X-Force spinoff – not only is it the same writer, featuring a character from that book, but the premise sounds largely the same apart from focusing on Wolverine’s POV/solo missions.

  5. Martin Smith says:

    I’ve got one for the name game (bit like Mouse of Games on House of Games): Peter Porker! He’s just like regular Spider-Man, but… oh hang on.

  6. Si says:

    Dean Grey. “Can I hear Louie Louie? In MY college for gifted youngsters?”

    Fable. A time travelling soldier with an important message.

    Baredevil. Only Matt Murdock can get him off the public indecency charge, but where is Matt?

    Art Man. Working for the exposure.

    Mook Girl and Nevil Dinosaur. Smartest girl in the world, but only ever works as a henchman for a big old red-faced Brexit campaigner named Nev.

  7. Moo says:

    #unt May: “Well, Peter, now that your deadbeat uncle– who left me with nothing but bills to pay is dead, it’s off to a foster home you go. Nothing personal, but it’s not like we’re blood-related, and I don’t intend to waste one more moment of my life doting on some nerdy teenager. I need to get back out there and find me a new man. A rich one, this time. Ta-ta!”

  8. Si says:

    Ben Grime. A big orange monster made of crap.
    Doctor Dood. Bro.
    Norrin Sadd. Actually pretty much the same.

  9. CJ says:

    Nightbrawler: trained by hours of Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, Kurt rules the underground arcade ring.

    Doctor Room: Victor Wiseau – You’re tearing me APART, Sue Storm!

    Corn: Grant Morrison left us all the clues: a delicious radioactive vegetable has infiltrated the Xavier School. Cob in a Box!

  10. Voord 99 says:

    Reek Richards — Ben Grime’s best friend.

    Legan — He’s the best there is at what he does, and what he does is pretty much what Al Kennedy and Paul O’Brien do.

  11. Krzysiek Ceran says:

    Stork – every year, Ororo Munroe makes the great journey from Africa to the breeding grounds in Northern Europe…

    Shadowbat – …um, pretty much stays the same?

    The Human Porch – self-explanatory, really. And also a little Cronenbergian.

  12. Voord 99 says:

    “The Human Porch” is brilliant. I think that one might be the winner.

  13. CJ says:

    Iron Gist: Danny Rand battles bloated prose.

    Sister Fantastic: tales of women and religion from the POV of Reed Richards’ cloistered sister. Gloria In Excelsior Deo! Biweekly from Chuck Austen.

  14. Moo says:

    Login – What he does best is come up with very strong passwords.

    Maul O’Brien – Sith comic book reviewer.

  15. CJ says:

    Gorge: technopath whose genius is powered by his diet.

    Moldballs: Apocalypse’s latest Horseman of Pestilence.

  16. Voord 99 says:

    Bellcat — Once upon a time, children, there were these mice that were afraid…

    Heldcat — Bad idea. I had to remove a cat from my aunt’s house once, and I still have long scars on my forearms to prove it.

    Hallcat — Look, you bastard, having an indoors cat is good for the wild bird population, but it’s cruel to confine the poor creature to just one room.

    Helmcat — In my TNG fanfic, Q gives Spot superintelligence and he joins Starfleet!

    Hullcat — And then he goes back in time and has to pretend to be an ordinary ship’s cat! In Hull! Clever, right?

    Sellcat — Have you seen Nigel’s memo? Dump all the cat futures now. 2019 is about two things: Brexit and dogs.

    Helpcat — Like a St. Bernard, but smaller.

  17. Moo says:

    This is completely taking over my life. I haven’t even listened to the podcast yet. Or showered.

    Night-Thresher – Nocturnal separator of grain.

    Kitty Prude – She doesn’t like all the sex talk..

    Old Man Lohan – Lindsay’s troubled grandfather.

  18. CJ says:

    X-Fan: Nate Grey, disaffected by the state of 1990s comics, journeys to a new universe of ennui.

    Hambit: Cajun-flavored, scenery-chewing thief, frequent frenemy of Peter Porker.

    Thunderbard: His electrical powers are fueled by reading works of Shakespeare.

  19. Moo says:

    Iron Fisk – Kingpin of K’un-Lun

    Mellowjacket – Too laid back to beat his wife.

  20. Chris V says:

    Son of Satin-The softer side of Hell.

  21. Job says:

    Luke Care: hero pro bono

  22. CJ says:

    E-Go-Girl: Conceited, narcoleptic teleporter. Not too far off from Edie, then.

    Greed Goblin: Norman Osborn’s backroom deals.

    Lucky: Captain America’s sidekick gains Domino’s powers.

    Uncle Ten: Jonathan Hickman’s sweeping reboot of the origins of Spider-Man, Uncle X and May are reborn each time the phrase “power and responsibility” are said.

  23. Job says:

    Uncle Beg: Peter Parker grows up a shrewd businessman after his uncle, having survived a mugging, passes on this valuable piece of wisdom: “Pick your battles, kid.”

  24. Job says:

    Shang-Che, Master of Marxism

  25. Job says:

    Doctor Dood, the Lewbowski of Latveria

  26. Moo says:

    Boast – “Oh, my great and unmatched stars and garters!”

  27. Si says:

    I was expecting this game to get old fast but I’m loving it.

  28. Job says:

    Porn, a masked Chinese mutant who has a miniature porn star for a brain

  29. Alex Hill says:

    Grant-Man: Sightly smaller than average man who uses Pym Particles to grow to the height of someone called Grant.

    Living Taser: The Living Laser’s less lethal cousin.

    Doctor Boom: Slightly less maniacal, much more obsessed with blowing things up (one for the Hearthstone players).

  30. Alex Hill says:

    I would totally read a comic about The Human Porch, incidentally.

    ‘Finally, we’ve escaped from those pesky superheroes! Now to take a rest on this conveniently placed porch.’

    ‘Waaaaiiit a minute… who builds a porch in the middle of an abandoned factory?’

  31. Job says:

    @Alex Hill


    Allows reasonably handsome lead actor Paul Rudd to use Pym particles to transform into slightly handsomer lead actor Hugh Grant.

  32. CJ says:

    Solaris: Lorna Dane becomes a planet-wide sentient ocean.

    Hamok: An unexpected twist for Alex Summers. Actually, don’t twist him. It gets awkward.

    Sanspot: A living repository of bad fonts.

    Farma: Controls your mind via mind-altering drugs, especially in conjunction with Dope Summers.

  33. Joe S. Walker says:

    The Numan Torch, a big Tubeway Army fan.

  34. Chris V says:

    Ban Thing-Whatever is not acceptable to the powers that be burns at the Ban Thing’s touch!

  35. Moo says:

    The Scarlet Bitch – Wanda Maximuff will sleep with everyone but you.

  36. CJ says:

    Caredevil: Matt Murdock, M.D. beats up criminals at night and heals them by day, but Wilson Fisk owns the hospital.

    Blank: Clarice Ferguson stares at the ceiling. 24-issue miniseries.

    Leak: Incontinent chicken men need love too.

    Qlicksilver: one-man Internet click farm for fake social media likes.

    Kitty Bryde: will marriage pass through her heart as easily as material things?

    I have forgotten what life was like before this thread.

  37. Alex Hill says:

    Nick Bury: super spy finds himself relocated to a town in Greater Manchester.

    Slack Panther: T’Challa is king of Wakanda, but just wants to laze around watching Netflix.

  38. Col_Fury says:

    Jean Gray:
    She ALMOST spells things correctly.

  39. I believe the Incredible Sulk was in either NOT BRAND ECCH or INFERIOR FIVE and I think Al Ewing would have a field day with that one.

    Re: Peter Milligan and computer viruses jumping to humans–I feels like he’s done that in another story recently. Maybe THE NAMES?

    Re: Quantum and Woody: There have been two Quantum and Woody series in modern Vertigo–the Asmus/Fowler run in 2013-2014 and the Kibblesmith/Cano run from 2017-2018. (And also the Priest/Bright Q2 series which was sort of a Crisis on Infinite Woodies.) So yes, it’s been a while since the original revival, but not that long since the later revival.

  40. Martin Smith says:

    Wolfsbank – You want a wolf? Got a wolf that needs storing at competitive interest rates? Rahne Sinclair has got you covered for all your wolf (BUT NOT FOX!) storage/borrowing needs!

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