In this episode, we honor Steve Ditko’s memory by reading one of his rare solo creations as both writer and penciller with Charloton Comics’ Blue Beetle #1-5 from 1967.
These issues also featured backup stories with The Question, so we take the time to talk about some of these early Charlton characters before they made their way to the DC Universe.
Also: Crisis on Infinite Earths heats up with the double-sized Issue #7! We finally get a backstory, stakes, a villain with an understandable motive, and emotional payoff! Spoiler-alert for what happens on the cover: Supergirl dies!
Next Time: The 2018 Eisner Award winner for Best Single Issue “Hellboy: Krampusnacht”! And we’ll revisit the Beasts of Burden when they crossed over with Hellboy in 2010’s “Beasts of Burden/Hellboy: Sacrifice”.
Infinity War “The Comic” is a little different from Infinity War “The Movie.”
There are lots of evil doppelgangers, Adam Warlock is the most important character, and the infinity gems aren’t working together (due to a previously established court ruling).
Galactus also shows up long enough to make a real boneheaded move. Nice going, Galactus.
Next Time: Dr. Doom steals the Silver Surfer’s powers in Fantastic Four 57-60, by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby!
It’s a major milestone for the Man of Steel as we read the newly released Action Comics #1000, filled with stories honoring Superman as well as Brian Michael Bendis’ first story after his move from Marvel to DC.
And since we’re reading something so modern, we figured we’d take a look at various offerings from this year’s Free Comic Book Day.
AND on top of all that we’re starting our deep dive into the classic Crisis on Infinite Earths by reading the first issue. That’s a lot of stuff!
Next Time: Infinity War and Crisis on Infinite Earths #2
Marvel goes back to space! After several decades of neglecting some of their outer space properties, they decided to bring it all back to the spotlight with a big cosmic event in 2006 called Annihilation.
There were a lot of aliens we hadn’t met before, but a few familiar faces (even if Star-Lord did have a weird cybernetic eye).
We read the main event in issues 1-6, but we’ll also discuss all the other event comics that went along with it so we can try to sort through this gigantic cast of characters.
Next Time: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1-6
For being one of DC’s most important heroes, we sure haven’t given the Flash much attention.
We tried to remedy that by reading a classic Mark Waid story from the early 90s called The Return of Barry Allen, a story that manages to encompass every generation of the Flash.
You’ll get the modern Flash, Wally West. You’ll get the Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick. And, of course, you’ll get the return of the titular Silver Age Flash… unless there’s a plot twist of some sort… but don’t worry, I’m sure that won’t happen…
It’s the mid-2000’s revival that nobody asked for! But hot damn was it amazing. It’s Squirrel Girl! And she joined the Great Lakes Avengers in a little miniseries called GLA: Misassembled.
But then they became the GLX (because X-Men, duh) and so then there was a GLX-Mas one-shot special and we just went ahead and read the whole damn thing.
There’s a death in every single issue, surely that will put you in the holiday spirit!
Nextwave! A little Marvel series you’ve maybe never heard of that’s generated quite a bit of a cult following. Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen take us on a wild ride that manages to both celebrate and parody everything we love about superhero comics.
We read the first 6 issues, join us to find out if we exploded!