Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! We’re celebrating our neighbors our neighbors up north by reading about their premiere superhero team, Alpha Flight!
We checked out their 1st appearance in Uncanny X-Men #120 and then read issues 1-4 of their ongoing series written and drawn by John Byrne.
Listen as we try to figure out how Vindicator / Guardian / Captain Canada is an even more milquetoast version of Cyclops. And then Clark Kent gets the scoop of a lifetime in All Star Superman #10!
Next Time: Locke & Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
And here’s the Ant-Man hiding in Guardian’s box that Vince saw at Walmart!
Whoa, Carnage is so Maximum it’s taking us two episodes to get through it. Spider-Man seems to be having a tough time getting through Maximum Carnage as well, because in parts 8-14 he really just can’t deal anymore.
All Star Superman also rolls on with issue 8. Booooooo!!!!! (Don’t worry, that’s a Bizarro Boo.)
Next Time: The New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (Tales of the Teen Titans #42-44, Annual #3)
With the passing of Stan Lee, we took a look back at some of his classic origin stories in Fantastic Four #1, Amazing Fantasy #15 and Avengers #1.
We celebrated this legend’s life the only way we knew how: debating what credit he should actually receive and how much should go to Ditko & Kirby.
Then we continued Secret Wars with issue 3 in which lots of stuff maybe happened. Blink and you’ll miss it!
Next Time: Batman: A Death in the Family (Batman 426-429)
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!
Time to head back to outer space!
After the events of Annihilation, Marvel’s reinvigorated galactic universe gets taken over by robots. Sequel time!
Annihilation: Conquest brings back Nova, Quasar, Moondragon, Star-Lord and a whole slew of outer space favorites.
Rocket and Groot make their modern debuts too. We say modern because Groot’s 1st appearance was back in Tales to Astonish #13 from 1960. But he was a little… different. If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that trees will always be popular in comic books.
Next Time: Action Comics #1000, Crisis on Infinite Earths #1, Free Comic Book Day 2018 selections!
Has anyone even heard of Moon Knight?
We read the first 6 issues from his ongoing series in 1980 and we’ve learned that he might be crazy or he might be dead.
And he has multiple personalities.
He also might have werewolf blood.
There’s a lot to unpack here. Join us while we try!
Next Time: Batman: Year Three (Batman 436-439)
Does it count as a spoiler if it’s in the title? Jim Starlin don’t care, he does what he wants.
He and Marvel changed up their regular comic book format with The Death of Captain Marvel in 1982, the beginning of a line of original graphic novels intended to be richer stories for a more mature audience and published like traditional books.
But what kills him?!?!?! Sorry, no spoilers.
Next Time: Amazing Spider-Man #400: The Death of Aunt May
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 this episode, we’re reading Marvel’s comic about all their street-level heroes teaming up, The Defenders! … wait…no, Marvel Knights!
It’s like the Defenders TV show except all the characters are different. Well that’s not totally true, Daredevil is there.
And The Punisher fights a weird giant spider-person.
Just listen to the episode, it’ll all make sense.
Next Time: Annihilation 1-6!
It’s become a little April Fools tradition of ours to do a silly comic, but we learned that Lockjaw & the Pet Avengers (a 4-issue mini from 2009) is surprisingly faithful to the Marvel canon.
MVP for best character goes to Frog Thor aka Throg and that doesn’t make you want to read this then I don’t want to know you.