Some of My Friends Read Comics 193 – Age of Apocalyse: X-Calibre + Knightfall #0 (Vengeance of Bane)

It’s been a while but we finally revisit the Age of Apocalypse with the next miniseries on our list, X-Calibre, which is basically the Nightcrawler and Mystique show.

It’s got pirates and senseless murder and piles and piles of dead bodies. Cool.

Then we start our longread of Batman: Knightfall with a special Vengeance of Bane one-shot that tells us about how Bane was sentenced to prison as a baby. Wait, that can’t be right…

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Next Time: We break format to remember Kevin Conroy with a pair of animated TV episodes

  • Batman: The Animated Series – “Perchance to Dream”
  • Justice League Unlimited – “This Little Piggy”

Plus we start Batman: Knightfall properly with Batman #492

Some of My Friends Read Comics 192 – Namor’s First Appearances + Brave & the Bold #197

With Namor appearing in the movies soon for the first time in Black Panther, we go waaaaay back in the past to 1939 to read the first appearance of the Sub-Mariner in Marvel Comics #1, published back when they were called Timely Comics.

Then we read the Namor stories from Marvel Mystery Comics #7-10 to see him attack New York and fight the Human Torch and basically be the biggest a-hole of all time. It’s very entertaining!

Then we finish our tour through the life of Earth-2’s Batman with Brave and the Bold #197, in which Batman recalls the way he and Catwoman fell in love.

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Next Time:

  • We go back to the Age of Apocalypse with X-Calibre
  • We start our next long-read, Batman: Knightfall, with Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 

Some of My Friends Read Comics 191 – Spider-Man: The Short Halloween + Storm Turns Into a Vampire + Brave & the Bold #182

As the spooky season nears its end, we take a look at some various scarious one-offs.

First up is Spider-Man: The Short Halloween, a comedy one-shot by SNL’s Bill Hader & Seth Meyers.

Then we go back to some classic 80’s X-Men when Storm turned into a vampire in issue #159, and then again when Dracula returns in X-Men Annual #6.

Then we continue our trip to Earth-2 with The Brave and The Bold #182 where Earth-1 Batman teams up with Earth-2 Robin!

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Next Time: Namor’s Origins with Marvel Comics #1 + Marvel Mystery Comics #7-9 + Brave & the Bold #197

Some of My Friends Read Comics 190 – Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows + Adventure Comics #462

The spooky season creepiness continues as we revisit Locke and Key with Volume 3: Crown of Shadows. We’ve got ghosts, dead bodies, and weird teenagers trying to go to a Muse concert. Scary stuff!

Then we continue our trip through Earth-2 with Adventure Comics #462 where we see the death of Earth-2 Batman to one of the most infamous villains of all time.

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Next Time: Spider-Man: The Short Halloween + Storm Turns Into a Vampire (Uncanny X-Men #159 & Annual #6)

Some of My Friends Read Comics 189 – Blade’s 1st Appearance (Tomb of Dracula) + JLA #160

The spookiest of seasons is upon us, so we decide to take a look at one of Marvel’s spookiest comics: Tomb of Dracula! We know this character’s not very well known, so we read issues #10-15 which include the first appearance of Blade, a much more popular character.

Plus we get Dracula doing all of his trademark moves like steering a boat and calling his enemies up on the phone.

Then we continue our Earth-2 journey with JLA #160 which features a panel where The Atom is lying on a giant hospital bed. That’s all I remember about it. And dinosaurs.

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Next Time: Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows

Some of My Friends Read Comics 188 – She-Hulk: Time Trials by Dan Slott + JLA #159

She-Hulk has her own show! And it seems to take a lot of inspiration from the Dan Slott run that we visited a while back.

We dive back into it with Volume 3: Time Trials, which collects #1-5 from the 2005 She-Hulk series. There’s cowboys, jealousy, and time cops: the three perfect ingredients in any story.

Then we read our next Earth-2 book with a JLA/JSA team-up in Justice League of America #159.

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Next Time: Blade’s Origins with Tomb of Dracula #10-15 + Justice League of America #160

Some of My Friends Read Comics 187 – Swamp Thing by Alan Moore, Vol. 3 + DC Super-Stars #17

We haven’t quite hit spooky season yet but we really wanted to get back into some Swamp Thing, so we’re diving back into Alan Moore’s run from the 80’s with the 3rd collected volume which covers issues #35-42.

The series takes on a bit of a different form with the first appearance of Constantine as he sends Swamp Thing on freak-of-the-week adventures around the US.

Then we get into some multiverse shenanigans as we start a scattered new long-read focused on Earth-2 heroes. First up is DC Super-Stars #17, featuring the origin of Batman and Catwoman’s daughter: Huntress!

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Next Time: She-Hulk (2005) #1-5 (Time Trials) and Justice League of America #159

Some of My Friends Read Comics 186 – Batman by Alan Grant + Superman: For All Seasons #4

With the recent passing of Alan Grant, we take a look back at some of the 80’s Batman he wrote alongside John Wagner in Detective Comics #583-586, which feature the first appearances of Scarface & The Ventriloquist in the first story and then The Ratcatcher in the next.

They’re two quick, fun Batman stories that go down smooth, with nice art by Norm Breyfogle too!

Then we finish our read of Superman For All Seasons by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale with issue #4: Winter! Superman gets his groove back by making a snow angel and stopping a classic winter flood.

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Next Time: Saga of the Swamp Thing #35-42 by Alan Moore & Stephen Bissette

Some of My Friends Read Comics 185 – Scalped by Jason Aaron & R.M. Guera + Superman: For All Seasons #3

It’s been a while since we read a Vertigo book, so with today’s episode we take our first foray into Jason Aaron and R. M. Guera’s Scalped, a Native American noir book with lots of rich history to play off of.

It’s a book filled with a bunch of assholes who all hate each other. Classic!

Then we continue our read of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Superman For All Seasons with issue #3, the Fall issue, which takes a slightly different approach than the first two issues did.

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Next Time: We remember comics writer Alan Grant with Detective Comics #583-586.

Some of My Friends Read Comics 184 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Return to New York + Superman: For All Seasons #2

We’ve got Turtle Fever! The new TMNT game reminded us how great the Ninja Turtles are, so we go back to Eastman and Laird’s original series to read the now classic Return to New York story from issues 19-21. Why is it so classic? There’s a worm-filled Shredder. Nuff said.

We then continue our long-read of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Superman for All Seasons with issue #2, the Summer issue. It’s hot outside too! How topical!

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Next Time – Scalped: Indian Country by Jason Aaron & R.M. Guera