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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!

Feb 2

House to Astonish Presents: The Lightning Round Episode 1

Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 by Al in Podcast

It’s here! As trailed on our last episode, Paul and I are pleased to present the first episode of The Lightning Round, an in-depth re-read show all about Marvel’s Most Wanted, the Thunderbolts! Each episode we’ll be looking at a few (usually 3-6) issues of the series, plus key tie-ins and guest appearances, checking off a few of the things to watch out for and chatting through all the twists and turns in this twistiest and turniest of series.

In episode 1, we’re covering Incredible Hulk #449, Tales of the Marvel Universe, and Thunderbolts #s 1 and 2. If you haven’t read the series before, be aware that this episode does contain spoilers for the first year of the book, though the intention is that there should be less need for this in future episodes. This episode is also a little longer than future instalments are likely to be (we’re aiming for around 40-45 minutes in future), but that’s largely because there’s an understandable amount of set-up and background to get through.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available through the embedded player below. We hope you enjoy it, but please let us know what you think, in the comments below, on Twitter, via email or through our Facebook fan page. And, as always, you can pick yourself up one of our very snazzy shirts at our Redbubble store if the mood takes you.

Jan 11

House to Astonish Episode 189

Posted on Monday, January 11, 2021 by Al in Podcast

It’s the Homies awards! We look back at The Year of Big Pando in comics, and pick out winners in the many and various categories which long-term listeners will have come to know and tolerate. Where did your favourites place? Find out here! Unless you voted for something that didn’t win, in which case, you’ll have to go through the voting thread and tot up the league table yourself, sorry.

Also in this podcast! An important message to you from the editor — about the NEW Astonishing!

You can get the podcast here, or here on Mixcloud, or via the embedded player below. Let us know what you thought, in the comments thread, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page.

And if you’re in the Southern hemisphere, congratulations! You’ve probably got weather that would justify you buying one of our beautiful t-shirts!

Dec 16

House to Astonish Episode 188

Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 by Al in Podcast

We’re back, and we’re talking about the sad death of Richard Corben, DC’s post-Future State plans, Marvel’s Alien series, X of Swords, Rob Liefeld’s latest stint at Marvel and the return of Witchblade. We’re also reviewing Batman: Black & White and Home Sick Pilots, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is as cold as ice, and willing to sacrifice. All this plus what happens to comic store employees in Hell, Real Housewives of Limbo, and shorthand for your granny.

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. Remember that our super-swish t-shirts are available at our Redbubble store, and you can (and should) vote in our 2020 Homies Awards, just one post down from this one!

Nov 16

House to Astonish Episode 187

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2020 by Al in Podcast

A compact and bijou hour-and-change of comics chat for you this time round, with discussion of Marie Javins’ promotion to DC EIC, John Nee being let go as Marvel Publisher, and the announcements of Truth & Justice, X-Men Legends, Hollow Heart and Geiger. We’ve also got reviews of Punchline and Hellboy and the BPRD: The Seven Wives Club, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe mentioned it once but it thinks it got away with it. All this plus Adam Smith’s Golden Age comics career, 1990s house anthems and Johnny Fishnchips, the scrappy British superhero.

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, if you ever feel like your torso could be warmer, you can always buy one of our neato t-shirts over at our Redbubble page.

Oct 21

House to Astonish Episode 186

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 by Al in Podcast

We’re back, with a bunch of chat for you about DC’s Future State, the return of the Thunderbolts, delays to Marvel’s Eternals and Aftershock’s merger, we review Amazing Spider-Man and We Live, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe brings you Sandman Done Right Done Right. All this plus Methadone Spidey, Miracle Dog and a Rainmate with a face.

The podcast is here, or on Mixcloud here, or available through the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, either in the comments below, on Twitter, via email, or via our Facebook fan page. And hey! You know what never goes out of style? Our t-shirts!

Sep 30

House to Astonish Episode 185

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 by Al in Podcast

Hello! Yes, we do have a podcast! And it’s here! And we’re talking about DC Universe Infinite, Brian Michael Bendis leaving the Super-books, the return of Batman: Black and White, Marvel’s new S.W.O.R.D. series, IDW’s place as Marvel’s kids’ books custodian and Archie going day-and-date on ComiXology Unlimited. We’ve also got reviews of Juggernaut and The Autumnal, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has a fire in its heart for you. All this plus Batbanter, some experimental shorts and an unfortunate mix-up with a weeping Nazi.

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 at our Facebook fan page. And hey! It’s never too late to buy yourself one of our lovely t-shirts! It’s genuinely not!

Jul 3

House to Astonish Episode 184

Posted on Friday, July 3, 2020 by Al in Podcast

After our foray into the abyss that is the 1993 Marvel annuals, we’re back with a regular episode, talking about Denny O’Neil and Joe Sinnott, the recent wave of allegations of impropriety and harassment in comics, DC quitting Diamond, Marvel’s new Warhammer line, the culling of the Empyre crossover and the return of Bill & Ted under Evan Dorkin and Roger Langridge. We’re also reviewing Ash & Thorn and All-America Comix, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is full of both jeepers and creepers. All this plus Big Pando, two sickly ponies and a movie from 1997 about a chimp that wins the lottery.

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 as always, we have our swish t-shirts available, should you be in a position to actually leave your home, and these are for sale over at our Redbubble store.