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Mar 4

Charts – 1 March 2015

Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by Paul in Music

This is the annual chart that follows on the Brit Awards, hence a bunch of odd re-entries.  The awards themselves seem to have some short-term sales effect, and the primetime TV coverage is always good for shifting a few downloads to people who aren’t regular audience members.  Without the Brits this would be another rather quiet chart.

40.  Ed Sheeran – “Don’t”
38.  Ed Sheeran – “Sing”
35.  Ed Sheeran – “Bloodstream”
12.  Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”


Mar 2

All-New X-Men vol 6 – “The Ultimate Adventure”

Posted on Monday, March 2, 2015 by Paul in x-axis

It’s been a while – a long while – since I’ve been able to say this, but there’s a podcast this week!  Check one post down for the new House to Astonish episode.

Meanwhile… All-New X-Men visits the Ultimate Universe in a story that ran long.  This was originally solicited as a five parter, it winds up at six, and it’s gone off schedule enough that issue #38 ended up shipping ahead of issue #37 (to avoid screwing up the Black Vortex crossover).


Mar 1

House to Astonish Episode 129

Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2015 by Al in Podcast

Well, we did say we’d be back.

After eight months away, Paul and I have returned to the House, to resolve our cliffhanger. We’re also here to give you our thoughts on Convergence and Secret Wars, a few of the books out of the Image Expo, Marvel and DC’s upcoming movie slates and the Marvel/Kirby Settlement. We’ve also got reviews of Curb Stomp and Thor Annual, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is so low. All this plus a falling tide that lifts one ship, Mad Dave’s Power Armour Sale and Cornelius Meredith Punk.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the player below. Let us know what you think, either in the comments below, by email, on Twitter, or on our Facebook fan page.

Remember, we’ve also got a Redbubble store, where you can help put our kids through baby college and look amazing to boot.


Feb 24

Charts – 22 February 2015

Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by Paul in Music

I did think about doing a post for WWE Fast Lane but, well, the undercard is hardly a source of inspiration to anyone, is it?  So let’s do the charts instead.  This would have been an almost completely dead week were it not for a couple of late new entries.

37.  Florence + The Machine – “What Kind Of Man”


Feb 22

Wolverines vol 1 – “Dancing With The Devil”

Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2015 by Paul in x-axis

We’ve accumulated quite the backlog while I’ve been otherwise occupied.  So let’s start with Wolverines vol. 1, which covers the first five issues of the series.  For one thing, it’s the longest-outstanding review.  And for another, it’s a weekly series, so the book is already halfway through volume 2.

Marvel aren’t generally that keen on the weekly format.  They tried it with Amazing Spider-Man for a while, but for the most part they’ve been content to leave it to DC.  DC, in turn, has had mixed results with it both commercially and (even more) creatively.


Feb 19

Charts – 15 February 2015

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 by Paul in Music

Alright, then.  We’ll get back to a reviewing schedule at the weekend, when we’ll start catching up on Wolverines vol 1, the final X-Force arc, All-New‘s trip to the Ultimate Universe, and Uncanny‘s curious decision to whack the reset button only a handful of months away from the universe-wide whacking of the reset button.

But in the meantime, let’s run through this week’s chart while it’s still vaguely topical.

27.  Imagine Dragons – “I Bet My Life”


Feb 11

Charts – 8 February 2015

Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by Paul in Music

So, yeah, still no time to write any reviews this week.  Wolverines vol 1 is next in the queue.  But let’s get the chart post done, since it’s another short one (and largely written already).  So much for last week’s burst of new releases…

39.  Kodaline – “Honest”


Feb 5

Charts – 1 February 2015

Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 by Paul in Music

We have crossed the desert of January!  Behold, new releases!

33.  The Weeknd – “Earned It”


Feb 2

All-New X-Factor vol 3 – “Axis”

Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015 by Paul in x-axis

Don’t panic.  Take deep breaths.  This is the last Axis story we have to cover.

Actually, only three of these issues – #15-17 – are Axis tie-ins.  Before that, we have a couple of issues in which Quicksilver rebuilds his relationship with Luna (which is basically Pietro taking a bit of responsibility and winning back some trust), and Lorna builds some bridges with Wanda (just in time for Axis to retcon away the relationship that makes that story worthwhile, so that’s odd).  And after the tie-in, well, it’s cancellation time.


Jan 29

Charts – 25 January 2015

Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 by Paul in Music

Our run of exceedingly dull charts finally comes to an end… next week.  This week, though, there’s virtually nothing happening at all.  Not on the singles chart, at any rate – the album release schedules are at least back in business.

2.  Meghan Trainor – “Lips Are Movin”