We don’t get around to the X-Men often enough, so we’re gonna make a commitment to jump in more often by exploring one of their biggest events, the Age of Apocalypse.
We’re starting with the prelude in the 4-part Legion Quest storyline where Professor X’s son goes back in time to kill Magneto, and then we get introduced to an alternate reality in X-Men: Alpha #1.
We also continue The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck with chapter 10 in which Scrooge settles down in Duckburg.
Next Time: Hulk – Future Imperfect
Loki is everybody’s favorite trickster god and in 2004 he finally got his own 4 issue mini-series by Robert Rodi with painted art by Esad Ribic.
It starts with a victorious Loki, which means he doesn’t have to use any of his fun trademark trickery throughout the book. Hooray!
After reading that, we move onto Amazing Spider-Man #8 in which we see the least likable version of Peter Parker there has ever been.
Next Time: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Vol. 2 (Captain American 2004 #8-14)
Before Big Hero 6 was a movie, it was a Marvel superhero team based out of Japan that got two largely forgotten miniseries. We’re reading their 5-issue mini from 2008 written by classic X-Men scribe Chris Claremont and drawn by David Nakayama. Unfortunately these issues may have been better off remaining forgotten, because Big Hero 6 might be the Balan Wonderworld of comics. We try to figure out just what the heck went wrong and how they avoided these disasters with the movie. We had a much better time reading Amazing Spider-Man #4 and seeing Spidey throw sand in the air.
Next Time: Squadron Supreme: Death of a Universe
As part of our ongoing quest to return to some of the series we’ve previously covered, we’re revisiting Locke & Key with Volume 2: Head Games which has everybody opening up their dang heads. Gnarly stuff.
Then, we move on to Amazing Spider-Man #3, our first full-length Spidey story! Peter Parker is still kind of lame and he gives up almost immediately after meeting Doc Ock. What a nerd.
Next Time: We celebrate our six year anniversary with the Big Hero 6 (2008).
When you think about it, Batman and the Ninja Turtles have a lot in common. They’re orphans, they’re well-trained in martial arts, they thrive in darkness. I think they’re all aliens too but I could be wrong about that.
We read their DC/IDW co-published 6-issue crossover from 2016.
Then, Peter Parker starts making that money in Amazing Spider-Man #2
Next Time: Locke & Key, Vol. 2 – Head Games
How many of the Captain Marvels have we talked about? We’ve talked about Mar-Vell and Carol Danvers, but Monica Rambeau hasn’t really come up that often, at least not as Captain Marvel.
With her being featured recently in WandaVision, we thought we’d take a look at her first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 and then the Captain Marvel one-shot from 1989.
And then it’s finally time for Squadron Supreme #12! Final issue! Big fight! Lots of deaths!
Next Time: Captain America: The Winter Solider (Captain America 2004 #1-7)
Madness! Chaos! Anything goes! It’s Assistant Editors’ Month at Marvel!
Back in 1984, when all the head editors were off at conventions, they handed the reigns over to their assistants who had a lot of fun with their freedom.
We read Thing #7, Defenders #127, Avengers #239, Dazzler #30, and the infamous takedown of Galactus by Aunt May and Franklin Richards in Marvel Team-Up #137.
We also finished out JLA/Avengers #4!
Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Next Time: Rat Queens: Sass & Sorcery + Squadron Supreme #1
Way back in episode 19, we read our first Thanos comic when he returned from death in 1990 and started collected the Infinity Gems. Now, exactly 100 episodes later, we decided we’d take a look at how he actually died in the first place.
It was surprisingly earlier in 1977’s Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2, written and drawn by Jim Starlin (because who else would it be?).
And then we relive the terror of Galactus in Marvels #3!
Next Time: Superman & Alan Moore times two with “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow” and “Superman: For the Man Who Has Everything”
There’s a spy in the Teen Titans… and she works for Deathstroke! Dick Grayson drops the Robin mantle to debut Nightwing! There’s a new team member named Jericho, a sweet little mute boy!
It’s the Judas Contract from Tales of the Teen Titans #42-44 and Teen Titans Annual #3.
And over in All Star Superman #9, Clark deals with some real assholes!
Next Time: We celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with Alpha Flight (Uncanny X-Men #120 + Alpha Flight #1-4)
It’s time for Endgame! No, not Avengers… it’s Batman: Endgame from 2015, the culmination of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run on Batman.
We also start our next long-read tile: All Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely! What a time to be alive.
Next Time: We begin a new 2-parter with The Dark Phoenix Saga Pt.1 (Uncanny X-Men 129-132)