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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.


Bring on the comments

  1. Mark Coale says:

    It seems like every episode, we get a revap of who Angar the Screamer, in relation to Songbird.

  2. Chris V says:

    The more people remember the original Angar the Screamer story, the better.

    I just wanted to take another opportunity to show my unfaltering adoration for Steve Gerber.
    His DD run was nowhere near the top of his oeuvre, but there were a few stories worth reading, and Daredevil #101 was one of them.

  3. Si says:

    Remember that Avengers book Al Ewing was writing? Over the course of six issues or so, he built this story about the bad guy putting together a team of Revengers, each of which was a mirror image of one of the heroes. So Squirrel Girl had Vermin, Hulkling had Paibok, and Songbird had Angar the Screamer. It was so cleverly done, but there was never any attention drawn to it. The two teams didn’t even have a big team fight.

  4. Allan M says:

    Glad you’re covering Heroes for Hire #7. Zemo’s blowup in that is probably my single favourite Zemo panel of all time. And I find that early, patchy, scratchy Pascual Ferry artwork fascinating. He’s unpolished, but he’s clearly got something unique and energetic going early on. 90s superhero art tends to involve artists trying to emulate their influences and falling short, while Ferry has his own vibe from the start.

    Also, on the issue of Baron Zemo’s family, there’s a miniseries by Fabian Nicieza called Thunderbolts Presents: Baron Zemo: Born Better, which is about Baron Zemo travelling through time to experience first-hand that his family mostly sucks.

  5. Mark Coale says:

    Has Kurt ever talked about what he would have done if Heroes Reborn hadnt been cut short?

    Always glad to hear that H4H run taljed up. IIRC, i gave Al the retail poster for the series years ago adter i magically found in a box of stuff decades later.

  6. Daibhid C says:

    My favourite bit in the annual is where Zemo says “I’d planned to take my team to them [the Avengers]. To battle … to battle alongside them.”

    He’s really not very good at keeping the pretence up, is he?

  7. I just wanted to pop in and say that Al worked really hard to get to “Mick Foley” and I for one appreciated it.

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