Thursday, December 20, 2012

Episode 43: A Very Ancillary Christmas

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and your friends, the Ancillary Characters are here to fill your ears (and eyes on YouTube) with the best comic book knowledge and reviews on the block! Join us as we celebrate Christmas together in our own festive way. We discuss plenty of new books, such as Where is Jake Ellis #2 and Captain America #2. We also give our final thoughts on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. And to top it off, don't miss this month's Book It in celebration of La Navidad, the classic book, Batman: The Long Halloween. Thanks for a year of great fun, and we wish you all a very, Very Merry Christmas!

From Our House to Your House,

Paul, Seth, Allen, and Ethan.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Episode 42: Nintendo Powered

Trailers! The fellows discuss the Man of Steel and Pacific Rim trailers!

News! Allen, Ethan and Seth talk about the latest DC editorial shuffles and the firing of Gail Simone from the Batgirl title. They also talk about Scott Snyder's departure from Swamp Thing and express their fears that DC comics is losing it's footing lately.

Reviews! The boys review issues of Action Comics, Uncanny Avengers, Amelia Cole, Demon Knights, and more. Then Allen gets a rollicking conversation started about Nintendo Power magazine.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Paul's Picks! - December 5, 2012

Well, it's that time again folks: Wednesday! And you know what Wednesday is?... Well, of course you do, you're reading a blog about comics, so you obviously know it's New Comics Day, a.k.a. Paul's favorite weekly holiday! And now for his much-anticipated pick-of-the-week...

Welcome back everyone! It's a cool, cloudy Friday morning, and what better time to sit back and give you all my review for Paul's Pick this week? I've been anxious to get on and share with you all my thoughts about this weeks comics, so without a lot of fluff at the top, let's get right down to business, shall we?

Action Comics #15 by Grant Morrison, art by Rags Morales and Brad Walker

The reaction Morrison's Action Comics run here at the Ancillary Characters has been, well, mixed. Which is saying something since Seth and I typically jump at the chance to gush on all of your love for Grant's work on our favorite characters from the DCU (Batman and Robin anyone?). With that being said, there has just been something lacking this time around. The art has been hit or miss, and the be honest the stories have fallen short of what I've come to expect from one of his books, especially Superman. I mean, when you've got a series like All Star Superman to hold this up against, it has basically failed to come even close to the quality and spirit of what we know is possible.

That is, until issue 15. Don't get me wrong, there have been a few issues that struck a right note through this arc, but not one issue has taken my imagination and heart by the reigns in the way that this one did. From the very opening scene, I know that this must be the story that Grant has been wanting to tell. There have been little hints and tidbits dropped here and there ever since the first issue of the relaunch, and in the token Morrison way, all of those pieces are finally coming together for a story that is both epic in proportion and moving on an emotional level.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Episode 41: Planet Gigantic and More

We're back! Just like the Gremlins...

In this episode Paul, Allen, Ethan and Seth read a few letters with topics ranging from maligned favorite characters to their least favorite Marvel Now titles. Then they talk about Karen Berger's departure from Vertigo and what it might mean for DC on the whole.

They open up the "Take it or Leave it" portion of the show with a review of Planet Gigantic. Then they review all the latest Marvel Now titles, from Indestructible Hulk to Captain America. Plenty of reviews as well; stuff like TMNT, Captain America (long form), Aquaman, Amazing Spider-Man, Masks #1 and more.

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