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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.

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  1. Uncanny X-Ben says:

    “Cable had to end before King in Black”

    Cable was there for King in Black right?

    Did you mean Final Annihilation?

  2. Mark Coale says:

    Diamond is/was a publisher, if you count Gemstone.

  3. Paul says:

    Cable Classic is in King in Black #1. He’s in the double splash page of the X-Men.

  4. Uncanny X-Ben says:

    Wait doesn’t Kid Cable get taken over by a symbiote in SWORD during King in Black?

    How can Old Man Cable be there?

    An I fundamentally confused as to what we’re talking about?

  5. Alastair says:

    A group of reformed insect themed villains would be the Thunderbug’s

  6. Krzysiek Ceran says:

    @ Uncanny X-Ben
    He does. The classic Cable in the main KiB mini must be an artist’s mistake.

  7. Paul says:

    Ah, of course, so he does. You’re right.

  8. GN says:

    Yeah, that’s definitely supposed to be Kid Cable in the X-Men splash page of King in Black 1.

    Cyclops, Jean Grey, Wolverine, Storm, Kid Cable, Magneto and Nightcrawler show up to fight the Symbiote Dragons in New York.

    When Knull arrived at the end of issue 1,

    Nightcrawler, Magneto – managed to escape back to Krakoa without getting possessed (Magneto is back with Professor X in King in Black 2)
    Cyclops, Storm – possessed by Knull until they were freed in King in Black 4 (they are consistently portrayed as the two Knullified mutants in all the tie-ins)
    Wolverine – managed to evade the symbiotes, joined up with the Avengers and the Fantastic Four in their base
    Jean Grey – managed to evade the symbiotes, went into hiding, telepathically helped Dylan to free the Knullified heroes in King in Black 4
    Kid Cable – possessed by Knull, attacks Krakoa in S.W.O.R.D. 2 to 4

    Did a bit of digging and apparently the artist, Ryan Stegman, was not aware that Cable had been replaced with a kid version of himself. He got the wrong reference art, and drew the wrong Cable, and no one noticed until the comic had already been printed. There was also a mistake made with Sentry – he was supposed to have been possessed by the Void at this point, but Stegman was not made aware and drew normal Sentry.

    He talks about it here at around 38:30 onwards.

    It’s not his fault though, artists can’t be expected to read all the books, this falls on the editors.

  9. Uncanny X-Ben says:

    Ah okay, I thought I was confusing Empyre and KiB and Final Annihilation and Cable and S.W.O.R.D. all together.

    It’s not like that’s difficult with all the space nonsense lately.

  10. Will Cooling says:

    Al slightly mangled the explanation of the substack payment structure.

    The “Substack Pro” deals are an advance in return for a greater share of the subscription revenue in the first year. That’s true across the board, not just for comics.

    Matt Yglesias (formerly of VOX) has been the most open about this – he got £250,000 for his first year doing the substack plus the 15% of the subscription revenue. He explained that he wanted an advance because he wanted the security of a fixed income whilst making the transition from a staff writing job. That ironically turned out to be a huge mistake for him – he would have earned more by not taking an advance and keeping the standard 90% of all subscription revenues.

    So the idea is that the advance is to give creators security to make the transition. Which seems sensible to me. An interesting question to me is how the UI will handle comics. I find substack quite intuitive to write in, but I’m sure it will fit digital comics well.

  11. Dave says:

    King in Black was before Hellfire Gala, so I don’t know where any other possibility besides a KiB art error has come from.

  12. Asteele says:

    I thought they had the good sense to leave sentry dead after Siege.

  13. Asteele says:

    Sadly after reading about Sentry’s post Siege appearances I will say that it seems weird they kept putting him on superhero teams as he endlessly murdered people as part of a schizophrenics are mass murderers plot line. What is this 2005? … ohhhh,

  14. Uncanny X-Ben says:

    I’ll not stand idly by and see my beloved Sentry maligned by you Philistines!

    And then the had to kill him off again in King in Black to make Knull look badass.

    He will return.

  15. SanityOrMadness says:

    Important point – Zdarksy is *not* donating “all his Substack money”. He’s donating all of *his share of the first year subscription money* which – given that he got a big advance in lieu of Substack getting something like 90% of the first year sub money – is a much smaller amount.

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  17. Brendan says:

    Kang comes across as Reverse-Flash lite. A basic character writers try to mine for hidden emotional depth which isn’t there.

  18. Does the Kang series acknowledge Young Avengers at all? All this “Young Kang doesn’t want to be Old Kang” stuff seems like what they were doing there.

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