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Nov 8

House to Astonish Presents: The Lightning Round Episode 6

Posted on Monday, November 8, 2021 by Al in Podcast

Lightning strikes six times! This is surely a sign of the Biblical apocalypse!

This time round we’re diving into the second year of Thunderbolts, covering issues 13-16. Bug people! Political intrigue! Hulkbots! Guys called Dirkson! Santa Claus the Luchador! Justice League Norwich! It’s all here, and it’s all go!

You can get the podcast here, or here on Mixcloud, or via the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter, via email or through our Facebook fan page. And hey! There are t-shirts! For sale! And they have our logo on them! This is quite a lot of exclamation marks for one post!

(Also – today is our 13th birthday. House to Astonish Episode 1 was launched on November 8th 2008. Thanks so much for sticking with us – we genuinely appreciate every single person who listens to the show. We’re not stopping any time soon, so get ready to wish us a happy 20th anniversary when Paul and I are both orbiting 50.)

 

Oct 10

House to Astonish Episode 194

Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2021 by Al in Podcast

We’ve got a bit of NYCC-dodging news chat for you this time round, as we discuss the Ditko lawsuit, creative changes on the X-books, Kurt Busiek’s new Image slate and Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese coming to Disney Plus. We’ve also got reviews of Amazing Spider-Man, We Have Demons and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is a little dark. All this plus Spidey and the Family Stone, a little girl that swears and the Scott Snyder/John Allison crossover project you didn’t know you needed.

The episode is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the player below. Let us know what you think, either in the comments below, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. And don’t forget that our fab shirts are available over at our Redbubble store! We will remind you if you do forget, it’s okay.

 

Sep 14

House to Astonish Presents: The Lightning Round Episode 5

Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 by Al in Podcast

Lightning is striking again! That’s five times now! This is surely statistically improbable! We’re now up to the finale of the first year of Thunderbolts, and covering issues 10-12. This is where is all starts going off, as secrets are uncovered, plans are revealed and the whole house of cards comes down.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. And let us know what you really think by buying one of our lovely t-shirts from our Redbubble store. Yeah, that’ll show us!

 

Aug 23

House to Astonish Episode 193

Posted on Monday, August 23, 2021 by Al in Podcast

We’ve got a busy news week for you this time round, with discussion of Jonathan Hickman stepping away from X-Men, the Great Substack Migration of 2021, Scott Snyder’s Comixology Unlimited slate, Brian Michael Bendis transplanting Jinxworld to Dark Horse, and DC signing with Webtoon. We’ve also got reviews of Eat the Rich and Kang the Conqueror, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is bugging out. All this plus the Kid Colt of Comixology, supervillainous chunky knitwear and Groo/Aliens.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, either in the comments below, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. And shirts? You want shirts? Huh? Shirts? We have shirts. That’s it though, podcasts and shirts.

 

Aug 3

House to Astonish Presents: The Lightning Round Episode 4

Posted on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 by Al in Podcast

It’s time for lightning to strike four times, because… well, because it’s the fourth episode of The Lightning Round? We’re back with another episode of our spinoff reread podcast covering Marvel’s most wanted, the Thunderbolts – this time round, we’re covering Thunderbolts #7-9 and Heroes for Hire #7. Is it under an hour yet? Is it hell. Featuring: microfiche and Cheetos.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. And our super-swell shirts are, as ever, standing ready for your call to action over at our Redbubble store.

 

Jul 5

House to Astonish Episode 192

Posted on Monday, July 5, 2021 by Al in Podcast

It’s been a long old time, but we’re finally back, with discussion of X-Force: KillshotPhoenix Song: Echo, the creative changeover on Amazing Spider-Man,  Human Remains at Vault, Party and Prey at Aftershock, and Jeff Lemire’s upcoming pair of miniseries Mazebook and Primordial. We’ve also got reviews of Catwoman Annual and Black Cat Annual, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Loves You. All this plus a mouthful of bugs, sad knitwear of tragic lives and a Reebok-clad Scottish indie band from 2001.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page, and remember that there’s still plenty of summer days to come, so a swell House to Astonish t-shirt might be just the thing you need.

 

May 25

House to Astonish Presents: The Lightning Round Episode 3

Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 by Al in Podcast

Lightning never strikes twice, but luckily for us it strikes three times, because we’re back with the third episode of our spinoff reread podcast covering Marvel’s most wanted, the Thunderbolts.

This time round, we’re covering Thunderbolts #5 and 6, and Thunderbolts ’97. The whole “these episodes should run 40-45 minutes” thing has completely gone by the wayside by this point. We’re pretty much resigned to these being an hour and twenty apiece at this stage.

As always, it should go without saying, but this episode contains spoilers for the issues under discussion (though we’ve tried to avoid flagging things that will be important in later issues too heavily).

The episode is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. And look, the weather isn’t going to get any less unpredictable, so you might as well cut your losses and wear one of our snazzy t-shirts.

 

Apr 18

House to Astonish Episode 191

Posted on Sunday, April 18, 2021 by Al in Podcast

We’re back, with discussion of Marvel’s distributor changes, John Romita Jr moving from DC back to Marvel, the new X-Men lineup, the upcoming launches of Amazing Fantasy and Moon Knight and Future State: Gotham, and the newly-broken record for sale price of a single comics issue. We’ve also got reviews of Batman: The DetectiveDarkhawk: Heart of the Hawk and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is sticking to its story. All this plus Roderick, Duke of Emory, zining villains and the Vantablack of superheroes.

The episode is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. And if you want to buy one of our fabulous shirts over at our Redbubble store, then hey, we’re certainly not going to stop you.

Mar 27

House to Astonish Presents: The Lightning Round Episode 2

Posted on Saturday, March 27, 2021 by Al in Podcast

Come with us back to 1997, as Paul and I take our second dive into the history of Marvel’s foremost felonious faculty, the Thunderbolts!

This time round, we’re covering Spider-Man Team-Up #7, Thunderbolts #3 and 4, and Thunderbolts: Distant Rumblings (aka Thunderbolts #-1). You will note that we have not yet managed to get an episode of this down to the planned 40-45 minutes. We’re working on it!

It should go without saying, but this episode contains spoilers for the issues under discussion (though we’ve tried to avoid flagging things that will be important in later issues).

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the embedded player below. let us know what you think, in the comments below, on Twitter, via email or through our Facebook fan page. And, of course, our lush shirts are available over at our Redbubble store for the discerning consumer.

Mar 1

House to Astonish Episode 190

Posted on Monday, March 1, 2021 by Al in Podcast

Coo-ee! Only us! Back again with more nattering about comics. This time, we’re remembering Si Spencer, and talking about the Linearverse, Wonder Girl, Milestone’s new creative teams, Legends of the Dark Knight, the Year of Spawn, X-Corp and The Blue Flame. We’re also reviewing Stray Dogs and Nuclear Family, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is ramming jade eggs into Nosferatu’s chest. All this plus Batman’s Techno-Hat, the Tangent Spider-Ham universe, and ‘Eeper-Temps.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. And t-shirts! You can buy t-shirts! Of course you can!