Animal Man has never exactly been one of DC’s biggest heroes, but he got a reboot in 2011 for the New 52 written by Jeff Lemire with some gruesome, horrific art by Travel Foreman.
We read the first volume which saw him re-discover his origin, find out that his daughter can turn human arms into chicken arms, and start making his way toward the Swamp Thing.
And then in All Star Superman #5, Clark Kent interview Lex Luthor in prison!
Next Time: Wolverine: Weapon X (1991) from Marvel Comics Presents #72-84
If the modern stone age family wasn’t modern enough for you, then we’ve got good news: it’s a reboot, baby! Mark Russell and Steve Pugh re-imagined The Flintstones in this 2016 series filled with cave puns, science “facts,” and hot takes on society.
We also finally learn the origin of Yabba Dabba Doo, a secret that hardcore Flintstones fans have been dying to learn, probably.
Plus All Star Superman #4!
Next Time: Animal Man (2011) #1-6
It’s our 100th episode!
And as we do with every anniversary, we celebrate with Batman! This time it’s Batman: Year 100 by Paul Pope, a story that takes place in 2039…aka Batman’s 100th year.
Then we continue our read of Secret Wars with issue 10. Galactus may be defeated, but Doom’s about to Doom.
We also marked this momentous occasion the only way three nerds know how: by talking about more nerdy things. Here’s to 100 more!
Next Time: Batman reaches his own anniversary with Detective Comics 1000 (out on store shelves today!) and we read the first appearance of Batman in Detective Comics 27 (May 1939)
For Valentine’s Day, we wanted to cover a comic book couple that we haven’t spent much time with: Dick Grayson & Barbara Gordon. Turns out Nightwing: Year One didn’t have quite as much Batgirl in it as we thought it would, but don’t worry…
Join us for Nightwing 101-106 and Secret Wars 7.
Next Time: We get ready for Captain Marvel by checking out the Kree-Skrull War Part 1 (Avengers 89-93)
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”.
Happy 4th of July!
Last year we talked about Prez, the 1st teen president, so this year we decided to celebrate America’s upcoming reboot by reading the Prez reboot from 2015.
This time it’s a teenager named Beth Ross in the year 2036 who takes on robots, cat flu, and evil corporations like Pharmaduke.
Join us to find out if Transylvania sends any vampires again.
lus, we continue our look into Crisis on Infinite Earths! Things are finally starting to get good!
Next Time: We get into some classic 90s X-Men with X-Force 70-75!
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
It’s our 3-year anniversary, so we had to continue the tradition by reading Batman: Year 3 from 1989 by Marv Wolfman with art by Pat Broderick.
No really, we had to, we’re thankful there’s no Year Four.
Originally from issues 436-439, it appears to be a story retelling Robin’s origin. And then they pasted the “Year Three” title on it. Then they changed “Three” to a “3” for some reason. Look, we don’t know.
Next Time – Annihilation: Conquest
The burning question on everyone’s lips: Would Batman have been able to solve the Jack the Ripper murders?
Duh, obviously yeah.
Gotham by Gaslight, an Elseworlds tale from 1989, covers the whole story with art by pre-Hellboy Mike Mignola.
They even just made an animated movie out of it, which is different in A LOT of ways.
Next Time: Moon Knight (1980) #1-6
His name is Prez. He was the first teenage president of the USA.
Unfortunately he only got 4 issues from DC back in 1973.
He sure made the most of them though, defeating some Russians, a bunch of gun nuts, and even Dracula and the Wolf Man.
Since poor Prez deserved a decent send-off, we also read Sandman #54 to see Neil Gaiman’s take on the same character 20 years later!
Next Time: Preacher #1-7