In the mid-90s, Lucasfilm decided to fill in the Star Wars gap between episodes 5 and 6 with Shadows of the Empire.
There was a game, a book, a soundtrack, a junior novelization… pretty much everything except a movie.
There was even a comic book! And we read it! All 6 issues!
What’s gonna happen?
Is Luke gonna die?! (no) Is Boba Fett gonna die?! (no) Is Han gonna get delivered to Jabba?! (yeah) Is Leia going to be the victim of sexual assault?! (omg, what the hell did we just read).
Geoff Johns has been one of the important modern writers for DC, so it’s about time we talked about him.
Before becoming one of the main architects of their universe, he made a name for himself by writing The Flash in the early 2000’s. He capped off his first year of that run with a one-shot called Iron Heights, drawn by Ethan Van Sciver, set in the prison where The Flash’s rogues’ gallery is kept.
We heard it was great, but did we hear correctly? Join us to find out!
Next Time: Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire!
Justice League’s almost out, but we had the brilliant idea of reading about the FUTURE JLA from Alex Ross and Mark Waid’s Kingdom Come in 1996. A beautifully painted miniseries where the only characters that matter are Superman and Batman.
Turns out it’s barely about the Justice League. Whoops! But hey, at least it’s pretty.
Next time: The Flash: Iron Heights by Geoff Johns & Ethan Van Sciver
If we’ve learned anything from this show, the best way to make a cool Thor comic is to take a non-human character and put Thor clothes on it. It worked with Frog Thor and it totally works with Beta Ray Bill.
We read his 1st appearance at the beginning of Walt Simonson’s classic run from the mid 80s in issues 337-343.
Thor also fights a dragon and changes his secret identity situation from unnecessary to still unnecessary.
Next Time: Kingdom Come
Sabrina the Teenage Witch, once a beloved TGIF star, has finally received a reboot. And believe it or not, it’s one of the best horror comics we’ve ever read.
Sure, her aunts Zelda and Hilda are still there, but they quite enjoy eating people and making sure that Sabrina completes her satanic rituals. Salem the talking cat is there too, along with a host of other animal familiars.
Lots of blood.
Join our coven as we read Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1-5.
Next Time: The Mighty Thor #337-343 by Walt Simonson, starring Beta Ray Bill!
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!
Not sure what to read? There’s always more Moore! We continue our tour of Alan Moore’s ABC imprint with Promethea, his take on a female warrior goddess hero.
But if you’re expecting Wonder Woman, think again.
In classic Moore fashion, we end up with a story that pushes the boundaries of the imagination with artwork by J.H. Williams III bringing that vision to life.
Join us as we read Promethea #1-6.
Next time: Marvel Knights 1-6