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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.

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  1. Steve Lacey says:

    Jim Aparo and Mike W. Barr would like a word with you about Nuclear Family… They debuted in Batman And The Outsiders #1, and featured in the first few episodes of Titans season 1.

  2. Martin Smith says:

    Regarding Magneto and the Holocaust, didn’t something recently change it to him being a victim of Eastern European ethnic cleansing? It’s possible I’m thinking of the 90s cartoon.

  3. Krzysiek Ceran says:

    There’s been no change in the comics. X-Men TAS had some very vague mention of what he was a victim of – if I recall correctly we only see his wife and kids being killed off screen in a fire set by a mob, nothing about mass killings / genocide was even alluded to.

    But in X-Men Evolution he was very specifically in a WW2 concentration camp as a child. And was freed along with the other prisoners by Captain America and not-yet-Wolverine.

  4. Si says:

    It’s hard not to get caught up in continuity, as shown by Al and Paul starting off by saying “just ignore it and don’t do any more stories about it” then immediately getting caught up in Xavier’s shared history.

    We all know that we just have to say “comics are old, now read on”, but in practice …

  5. Col_Fury says:

    In my personal headcanon, every ten years or so, Magneto uses his powers to wrap himself in a magnetic stasis cocoon for a few months that restores his power, health and youth. Problem solved!

    As for his contemporary relationship with Xavier, Chuck THINKS he’s a contemporary of Magnus and he just lets Chuck think that. Whatta chump!

    Also (still headcanon here), his real name is Magnus, and his surname is forever a mystery. 🙂

  6. Thomas says:

    Didn’t Hickman just solve aging for mutants?

  7. Person of Con says:

    I’m not sure what the opposite of schaudenfraude is (empathy? relatability, but more-ish?), but I felt it y verified he’d done his Puppeteer homework.

    More seriously, I think this is the first time in ages that I’ve read both of the comics reviewed. I thought Stray Dogs was a little slow, but otherwise really excellent, and I agree that Nuclear Family felt zeitgeistly off. (And also did not notice the Dick connection.)

  8. Person of Con says:

    Ah, the feeling when a bad edit cuts out a bit of text, and you feel compelled to re-supply a joke that wasn’t very funny in the first place.

    “I’m not sure what the opposite of schaudenfraude is (empathy? relatability, but more-ish?), but I felt it in the sheer glee Al displayed when he verified he’d done his Puppeteer homework.”

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  10. Daibhid C says:

    I believe Gardner Fox is a fox (and a gardener) in Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew.

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