Saturday, December 21, 2013

Watercooler: The Return of the Mac(s)

Listen, I haven't done show notes in a long time and it's really early right now so I'm keeping this brief. We blabbed about some stuff on this show. A ton of it really. Including a mighty battle between Paul and Allen about the Hobbit: Return of Smaug. Also, Geoff Johns' future at DC, Arrow: Season Two, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, some Marvel and DC comics, the X-Files series from IDW and more. Lots more. Too much...

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Episode 87: Locke & Key volume 1

We now return one to the final episode of Spook-tober as the AC boy gather to discuss Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft.

Starting the show off with an announcement we regret to inform you that the AC podcast will be taking a break until the month of January when we return with our second annual year-in-review episode. Apologies.

Then we read your letters. And they're wonderful.

Paul takes us into the news with two topics so enthralling I've already completely forgotten what they were.

Then the take-it-or-leave-it begins with team reviews of the finale of X-Men: Battle of the Atom and issue 5 of Infinity.

Finally the fellows dig into Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabrielle Rodriguez. It's pretty amazing. Highest recommendation.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Don't Say Goodbye

What a wild ride it's been. After close to two years of continuous podcasting it's with a heavy heart we write this note. It should be noted that we didn't come to this decision lightly and it wasn't made without it's fair share of resistance.

But, the time has come...

Ancillary Characters, as of tonight, will be shutting down operations on the podcasting side of things...





Until the month of January. Our second annual Year-in-Review will be our welcome-back episode. If you have well-wishes or angry comments to send our way for us to read on tonight's show feel free to leave a comment below or send them to

Though we aren't going away forever this still won't be easy for us. This show is one of our favorite weekly pastimes, and it's something each of us look forward to a great deal. However, due to various personal commitments (not to mention the birth of our first Ancillary Baby, Ethan's daughter Adelaide) it would be next to impossible for us to pump out shows on any sort of regular schedule for the next 8 weeks or so. Hopefully you'll understand. 

We can't thank you guys enough for your letters and continued support of the show. If we didn't have you we'd be alone. So. Alone.

See you in January.

The Ancillary Characters 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Episode 86: Severed

In episode 86 the Ancillary Werewolves tear into the latest comic news, some HOT new releases & then Severed by Scott "Golden Boy" Snyder.

But first, during the intro they read your letters. Both of them concern the focus of the book-it so they don't say much.

During the news Paul unleashes a tasty segment full of late-breaking scoops.

During the take it or leave it they talk about X-Men: Battle of the Atom some more.

Allen reviews Samurai Jack #1

Paul reviews Justice League's Forever Evil tie-in

Seth reviews Strange Nation #1

And then they talk about Severed - a Scott Snyder joint. Do they like it? Hate it? Listen to discover for yourself...

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Episode 85: Marvel Zombies

We hop in the spooky time machine this week for a look back at the "seminal"(?) Marvel Zombies by Kirkman and Phillips!

But first we read your letters which leads to discussions about stuff like comics similar to Hellboy and whether or not we "double dip" into comic series we're reading in multiple formats.

During the news we slog through as many of the announcements that came from NYCC as we can get through. Also, Paul randomly returns from the dead just in time to talk about Batman. Surprise!

Then the take it or leave it begins... 

We group review one of the best issues of Infinity thus far. 


Allen reviews All-New X-Men Annual #1

Ethan reviews Marvel Zombies volume 2

Paul reviews the latest chapters of X-Men: Battle of the Atom

Seth reviews Afterlife with Archie issue #1

Then they rip apart Marvel Zombies. How does it hold up? Find out!

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Episode 84: Revival

Spook-tober rolls on as the AC gang traverse the misty forests and dark alleys to bring you the best comics podcast on the web.

They discuss the latest happenings at DC during the intro and whether or not superhero comics are now only gimicky. 

Then during the news they talk about DC's release of digital collections as well as the new Robert Kirkman title from Image comics.

During the take it or leave it they review a handful of the latest new releases.

Revival is then dissected. Did they like it? Love it? Hate it? 

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Episode 83: Rachel Rising

The boys delve into the bizarre world of Rachel Rising this week as Spook-tober begins! Don't be afraid...

But first the fellows start the episode by discussing what their ultimate superhero downfall would be. There may be some revelations during this segment...

In the news Paul announces (2 weeks late) the announcement of a Walking Dead spin-off show, more DC creative changes Edgar Wright's Ant-Man teasing and more.

During the take-it-or-leave-it they team review Forever Evil #2.

Allen reviews Captain America: Living Legend #1

Ethan reviews The Other Dead #1

Paul reviews All New X-Men #16

Seth reviews Hinterkind #1

Then they bring the creepy with our first Horror-themed Book-It of Rachel Rising by Terry Moore.

If you want to read along with our book-its this month our next one is the opening arc of Revival. Join us, eh?

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Episode 82: X-Men: Battle of the Atom

We're back with a healthy dose of comics discussion this week.

Allen, Ethan, Seth and Paul's ghost join together to talk about the latest happenings in the world of comics. From spoiler-burial to the hottest news you won't want to miss the first half of this episode.

The second half you can take or leave.

The guys team review X-Men: Battle of the Atom and have some controversial thoughts on it. Or do they? Listen to find out.

In the solo reviews

Allen reviews Federal Bureau of Physics and the Agents of SHIELD tv show

Ethan reviews Mystery Society and The Wake #4

Seth reviews Punisher: Trail of the Punisher #1 and Dinosaurs Attack #3

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Episode 81: Thor and Friends

Hello and welcome to another edition of Anillary Characters. This week despite the absence of Paul, Allen, Ethan and Seth soldier on. 

Here's a brief rundown of what the episode holds. They read your letters. One is about ComiXology Submit and the hidden gems that it holds. Specifically The Deep, Beware, Tiger Lawyer, and once again Seth plugs The Outliers. The other letter is about trading dream teams from one company to the other. 

There is no news because Paul has gone on a magical quest to the "fairly lands" to find a lost gem.

In the take-it-or-leave-it they review a handful of the latest releases such as Thor: God of Thunder, Uncanny X-Men, and the Riddler villain's month title. They also talk about quite a few more but it's too early and I'm too tired to remember what they are. You'll have to listen to find out. Heyo!

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Episode 80: Rust volumes 1 & 2

In episode 80 we dig into the all-ages comic Rust from @RoydenLepp as a companion to the interview!

We start off the show with a discussion of DC's recent editorial conundrums and whether or not the companies line-up is generating any interest. Once again, our unoficial sixth Ancillary Character, Luis D. Santos is responsible for the letter. 

Then we discuss some of the latest comics news such as the All-New Marvel Now! line of titles. James D. Robinson on an Invaders book, anyone? Eh? 

Then we team review Rust from Archaia and Royden Lepp. Allen gives his patented run-down of the story before we dig into what makes Rust: Visitor in the Field and Secret of the Cell such a wonderful title. Not just as a comic but an all-ages title that truly lives up to what being "all-ages" means.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

The Royden Lepp Interview

The Ancillary Characters got a chance to sit down with Royden Lepp, comic creator, video game designer and all around good egg. They talked about Royden's origin story, how he came to find himself creating comics and having them published through Archaia, and the personal experiences that went into shaping his book, Rust.

You can find Rust on ComiXology or at your local comic retailer. You can find Royden on Twitter @RoydenLepp. 

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Episode 79: Mark Waid's Daredevil volume 1

This week the Podcasters Without Fear tackle some huge event books before digging into Daredevil by Mark Waid! 

During the intro segment they read a letter from listener Luis Santos who once again sparks an intense discussion. This one about "dark & gritty" comics.

Then during the news they talk about some random topics of interest.

During the take it or leave it they review the opening issue of Forever Evil from DC. From Marvel they talk about the opening salvo of Battle of the Atom and the second issue of Infinity. 

During the Book-It segment they talk about Daredevil's first story arc by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin. 

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Episode 78: Captain America #10 and Justice League #23

Join the characters as they delve into the finales to Captain America in Dimension Z and DC's Trinity War!

But first, they have some brief discussions spurred on by your letters. Ethan's supposed "gorgeous" and "manly" hair is talked about as are what the gang's pull list would look like if they only had a $10 dollar budget per month.

During the news they talk about the Ben Affleck controversy and casting of Ultron.

Then the take-it-or-leave-it begins.

They team review Justice League #23 and Captain America #10. \

Paul reviews Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #24 

Allen reviews Daredevil: Dark Knights #1-3

Ethan reviews the Infinity: New Avengers tie-in

Seth reviews Lazarus #3.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Upcoming: Episode 80: Rust Book-It and Royden Lepp Interview!

September 12th (two weeks from this Thursday) will be episode #80 of the Ancillary Characters podcast. To celebrate we're going to be doing a book-it episode of Rust volumes 1&2. Following that episode will be a special interview with series creator, Royden Lepp!

Episode 80 will record after our interview (unless something catastrophic occurs in which case we'll notify listeners through social media) on our YouTube page. The interview will air as it's own, special episode and may or may not broadcast live. We'll be recording the interview at 7pm EST.

At any rate, if you have questions or comments for Royden send them to or tweet them to us with the hashtag #ACRust (a crust) and we'll read them on air! If you haven't already done so, head over here and here to buy volumes 1 & 2 or find them on Comixology right here!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Episode 77: Infinity #1

This week Allen, Ethan and Seth take you to Infinity (1) and beyond in episode 77! Comics galore!

First they start off by reading YOUR letters which leads to a short discussion about subscription based digital comics services like Marvel Unlimited. 

They skip the news segment this week and dive headfirst into the latest HUGE, earth-shattering epics events from Marvel and DC, Trinity War #5 (JLD 23) and Infinity #1.

Then they break off and individually review a slew of the latest offerings from the biggest and smallest publishers.

Allen reviews Thor #11 and Star Wars #8!

Ethan reviews Hellblazer(s) #1-6 and Astro City #3!

Seth reviews Outliers #1 and Dinosaurs Attack #2!

They close out by talking about Bradley Cooper's casting as the voice of Rocket Racoon.

Be aware that hence forth AC audio episodes will be posting on Saturday mornings instead of late Thursday evenings. Sorry for the shift in plans but... well things happen.

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Brand New Feature: Kiss Kids #1 (IDW)

by Chris Ryall, Tom Walts, Jose Holder, Jeremy Colwell

The trend of making youthful versions of characters for comedic purposes continues with IDW's new series Kiss Kids. Skottie Youngs' covers of Marvel Comics characters may not have been the first time that adult characters were presented in such a format, but there have been more of those types of stories since. Here the well known rock act Kiss has been transformed into a group of every day kids navigating life. The title encompasses a series of shorts that are split between writers Chris Ryall and Tom Walts. Fans of the band are sure to get more out of the issue, but there is plenty here to enjoy either way.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Brand New Feature: Halo: Initiation #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

By Brian Reed & Mario Castiello

The Halo franchise is nothing short of astonishing. What started as a singular video game title has become its own brand, and soon-to-be television program, as well. Halo: Initiation is not the first comic Halo comic title, but it is meant to be the precursor for Halo: Spartan Assault. The book focuses on Sarah Palmer as well as the rebuilding of the Spartan unit. The status quo at the start of this story is that the year is 2553 and the previous Spartan army, along with Master Chief, are all missing. One man has decided to stop waiting and enact his own plan B.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Episode 76: Batman by Grant Morrison

In this episode Allen, Paul and Seth are joined once again by Andrew DiMarcangelo *@adcustom* to talk comics.

Specifically Grant Morrison's seven year run on the Bat titles. They dig into specific arcs, characters, character motivations, themes, and more. It's a gushing retrospective on one of the greatest comic runs of all time. 

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Episode 75: Trillium and more

Episode 75! Quantum & Woody! The Wake! Green Arrow! Trillium! You should listen, NOW. 

We start with a letter from Dave Finn concerning Wolverine and get into a brief discussion about oversized hardcovers, Barry Windsor Smith being Seth's introduction to Wolverine as well as Wolverine's brief foray as an Australian.

During the news Paul introduces the new Doctor Who actor and we talk about the comic movie bubble yet again. 

Take it or leave it is full of awesome (and maybe one or two not-so-awesome) books!

A team review of Justice League Dark 22 opens it off. Is the third chapter of Trinity War worth a look? Find out...

Then Ethan reviews issues of Pathfinder: Goblins, and Quantum & Woody.

Paul reviews The Wake #3 and Green Arrow #22

Allen reviews The Flying Man short film and Beware the Batman cartoon

Seth reviews Trillium #1 and Five Ghosts #5.

They also roar through a speed round!

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Brand New Feature: Collider #1 (Vertigo Comics)

by Simon Oliver, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi

The promise that anything is possible is usually one that comes with a sense of pure optimism, meant to inspire. Though little is said, the context of the line delivered in the opening panels of Collider #1 has a much more foreboding sense. A man sits in a van, staring in a camera and records a message to be left for his son. He seems rushed, and whatever it is he is about to do, readers feel the finality of this action. It's a short sequence and not all that complicated, yet it's subtlety and weight are greatly effective. This book has high stakes, and readers will want to settle in.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Episode 74: The Wolverine and Old Man Logan

This week the AC boys are in a Berseker rage as they review The Wolverine, Old Man Logan & more!

Allen, Ethan, Paul and Seth are joined by She-Hulk himself, Zach Berry to talk about a hodgepodge of HOT topics. During the intro segment we read your letters and topics are... well they're nuts. And there's tons of them stuff you guys wanna talk about. 

Then we review The Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman and directed by James Mangold. Did he mangle the movie? Find out what we thought!

During the news we catch up on the latest and greatest from SDCC like the Superman/Batman movie and Frank Miller's involvement. We also discuss the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron and the new X-Men series from Jason Aaron.

In the take it or leave it segment we dissect Old Man Logan by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. 

Allen reviews Wolverine & the X-Men: Alpha and Omega

Ethan reviews Hercules & Wolverine

Paul reviews the Wolverine mini by Claremont & Miller

Zach reviews Wolverine: The End

Seth reviews Wolverine: Enemy of the State

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Brand New Feature: The Rocketeet & The Spirit: Pulp Friction #1 (IDW)

By Mark Waid & Paul Smith

Getting another Rocketeer story from Mark Waid is exciting on its own. But when it was announced that Waid’s returning to the character would also bring about a crossover with The Spirit, the anticipation for what would come increased significantly. Joining Waid on this Rocketeer story is Paul Smith and Jordie Bellaire.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Episode 73: Trinity War and Such Things

In this episode, the Ancillary Characters discuss a slew of news, reviews, and finally drop some clues to the subject of the next episode (hint, the next is Wolverine). As a group, we talk about the second part to DC's big summer event, Trinity War, contained in Justice League of America #6.

After the initial group review, the guys go their own way. Allen gives his thoughts on IDW's TMNT: New Animated Adventures #1. Then Ethan takes the stage to discuss Archaia's Thrilling Adventure Hour #1. Next Paul brings the penultimate review, saying what he thinks of the shocking Captain America #8. Finally, as anchor leg in the race of reviewing, Seth finishes strong with a review of IDW's Dinosaurs Attack #1. 

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Brand New Feature: Red Sonja #1 (Dynamite)

by Gail Simone, Walter Geovani

Red Sonja is a property that has existed for a good bit of time now, but not one that I have been familiar with. The scantily clad heroine has existed in comics since the 70s, and has changed publishers a few times. Originally, Sonja was part of the same universe as Conan the Barbarian, all under Marvel Comics. The two properties now exist within separate publishers, and though their universes still have much in common, they do not exist within the same world. Much like the most recent incarnation of Conan the Barbarian under Brian Wood, this new chapter of Red Sonja seems to require no previous knowledge, introducing the character and the world and it makes for a great introduction for unfamiliar readers.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Episode 72: Pacific Rim

Monsters! Robots! Pacific Rim! In this episode, the Ancillary Characters review monster and robot themed books in honor of Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. Also discussed is news fresh and tasty from San Diego Comic Con.

As a team, we tackle IDW's Godzilla: The Half-Century War. Then, individually, we review Hellboy Library Edition vol. 2, Incredible Change Bots Book 1, American Vampire vol. 1, and Gigantic #1. 

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Episode 71: Batman '66 and Trinity War

Comics! They're real, they're here, and they aren't going away. Now listen as we talk about them.

This week we're joined by Andrew DiMarcangelo or @adcustom as you may know him for a lengthy discussion of the latest, (and apparently least interesting) news around. Stuff like the new Inhumans series by Fraction and the latest title announcements from last weeks Image Expo. 

In the take-it-or-leave-it segment they team review Batman 66 #1 and Justice League #22: Trinity War #1.

Individually they review Batman 22, Astro City 2, Bodie Troll, Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1 and more. 

Disclaimer: Seth was barely alive for this episode so forgive him his... well, just forgive him.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Brand New Feature: Satellite Sam #1 (Image Comics)

by Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin

It is 1951, and this is the television business. LeMONDE is a television network that produces live programs. The story opens in the middle of a commercial break of a live science fiction program, Satellite Sam. Readers are thrust into the middle of the broadcast as the issue opens in the control room. The story does not necessarily move from page to page quickly, but the way in which the story and dialogue are presented, this is a fast paced tale. It seems as though one of the actors have not shown up and his scene is coming up. In the world of live tv, can the crew pull together to make it work in time?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Episode 70: Sgt Rock: The Prophecy

It's the 4th of July and we're celebrating America's independence by rallying around a band of war comics!

For this episode Allen, Ethan, Paul and Seth are joined by guest hosts in the form of Don Garvey and Mike Connelly. You may know them from the Echo Rift podcast. Or you may have seen their comic at 

On this episode we sift through some news. Stuff like the latest Image comic digital news. Is there a conspiracy afoot? Seth seems to think so. There is also some other news.

In the take-it-or-leave it section the fellas team up on Joe Kubert's Sgt Rock: The Prophecy. They dig the heck out of it. 

Then they individually review a slew of war-related titles. Which ones? You'll have to tune in to find out.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Episode 69: Age of Ultron Finale and more

Episode 69 is a beaut. It features the guys barreling through a hasty Monsters University review, a handful of news topics and then reviewing a slew of books.
In the news they discuss some upcoming some new DC books, the recent Robert Downey Jr. announcement for Avengers 2 & 3, upcoming Marvel movies and the possible fate of Nightwing.
During the take-it-or-leave it the whole gang reviews Age of Ultron 10 and Age of Ultron 10AI as well as Batman/Superman 1
Paul reviews Justice League 21 and Daredevil 27
Ethan reviews Wild Blue Yonder 1 and Six Gun Gorilla 1
Allen reviews Hawkeye 11 and Larfleeze 1
Seth reviews X-Files 1 and Lazarus 1
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Episode 68: Superman: Man of Steel

And we're back. Seth returns to the fold as the Ancillary Characters buckle down for a Superman-centric episode 68.

In the intro they read your letters. They're mostly about Superman. 

They ignore the news entirely, and leap into a lengthy review of Man of Steel. Now, you may have heard a lot about this movie online and you probably think you know what we thought... but you'll have to listen because, hey, maybe we'll surprise you. Also, sorry if we offend anyone with our detailed and staunch stand on the film.

Then we review Superman: Birthright by Mark Waid and Leinil Yu. Did we take it or leave it? You'll have to listen to find out. 

Then we make some Superman book suggestions. Stuff like Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow, Secret Identity, Kingdom Come and For All Seasons are mentioned. And more.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Brand New Feature: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

by Gerard Way, Shaun Simon, Becky Cloonan

No longer needing to hide from his claim to fame, Gerard Way has combined his music career and his love of comics into this new story, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, from Dark Horse Comics. Originally doing his best to separate the two so as to let his first work, The Umbrella Academy, rest on its own merits, Way is now presenting a story that is also the basis for My Chemical Romance's final album, Danger Days. The story is dense, and like Brian K. Vaughan's Saga, it drops readers in this new world, filled with a lot of unfamiliar elements and language. Ultimately, this first issue is pretty well handled and the art is incredibly lively.

Episode 67: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This week, the Ancillary Characters (minus Seth) delve back into the world of comics, with a small foray into other areas of multimedia! We talk E3 news, the new Hobbit trailer, and comics, of course! The boys review the Wake #1, New Avengers #6, East of West #3, Daredevil: End of Days and more!

And to cap things off, we review TMNT: Change is Constant (plus issue 5, just for kicks)! Come join us as we take a journey through all things Turtles. ANd yes, there is lots of blubbering...

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Episode 66: Comic News Network

The Ancillary Characters are back with more on what you love: comics. Seth is off on sebatical, and in the meantime the boys will play. Join us as Paul, Allen, and Ethan talk DC(squared), the alleged Fables and Archie movie adaptations, as DC's first Post-New-52 major crossover event, "Forever Evil."

The guys deliver reviews on many hot titles: Locke and Key: Omega #5, X-Men#1, JLA #4, Age of Ultron #9, Astro City #1, and Green Lantern #21!

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Brand New Feature: X-Men #1 (Marvel Comics)

by Brian Wood, Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales, Laura Martin

A new X-Men number one issue. Written by Brian Wood. All female team. There were several new books out this week all in incredibly capable hands, but this new series from Wood and Coipel was not to be pushed aside for any other. Should the title be something else as there are no actual "men" on the team? Do we need another X-title? There are as many detractions from this book as there are highlights and maybe that's what makes it so exciting to open up.

Brian Wood has a very cold, factual writing style. It seems similar to Jonathan Hickman's plot-first writing style. The book opens with two separate events transpiring in overlaying panels. At the same time, Wood scripts a narration that describes an event that is both on a genetically microscopic level as well as a cosmic level at the same time. It is an excellent opening that sets the tone for a grand story. We are then slowly introduced to the main cast of characters through a strange situation unfolding.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Episode 65: Green Lantern by Geoff Johns

"In brightest day, in blackest night..." 

The title says it all, ladies and gentlemen. Join us this week as Allen, Ethan, Paul and Seth dig into Geoff Johns historic run on Green Lantern. 

But first the news! Talk of a new Superman animated movie from Bruce Timm & Zac Effron... I mean Snyder. Rumors of a possible Namor series penned by James Robinson! And Seth randomly reviews Fast & Furious 6!

Then the fellas review, discuss, disect, and heap adoration on Geoff Johns' nigh-on-a-decade Green Lantern run. They give us a rundown of what they love, what they like, and what they think may have changed the course of history.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Brand New Feature: The Bounce #1 (Image Comics)

by Joe Casey and David Messina

Sometimes all it takes is a creative team, a great cover and you have eager readers excited for your first issue. The Bounce comes from a pretty strong creative team and what is apparent in the first issue is that they have big plans for this story. The world set up and the different elements teased in the opening issue all point to great potential. The Bounce #1, however, may have more ideas than it can handle, resulting in a strange opening chapter.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Episode 64: Star Trek Into Darkness & Arrow Season Finale

Episode 64 brings the band back together for their first recording as a complete collective in three weeks. 

What do they talk about? Well, the intro alone contains a lengthy discussion about Star Trek Into Darkness spurred on by a listener letter. Then they talk about the Arrow season finale. That's just the intro though...

During the news they dig into the Agents of Shield and the latest round of DC's New 52 cancellations.

Then the Take-it-or-Leave-it segment.

Allen review Green Team #1 and Regular Show #1.

Ethan reviews Half Past Danger #1 and X-O Manowar #13.

Paul reviews Justice League #20 and Adventures of Superman #4.

Seth reviews Superman #20 and Iron Man #10

And then they group hug like a flock of penguins riding out a cold winter's night.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Brand New Feature: Dream Thief #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

by Jai Nitz, Greg Smallwood

Sometimes the best stories are the ones readers have to work for. There is a fine line, though, where asking too much of your reader can be more damaging than asking nothing of them. Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood present Dream Thief, a miniseries from Dark Horse. Here, readers are introduced to a fascinatingly unique story that balances several genres and influences for a final product that will surely draw them in for more.

As it opens, readers are quick to infer that the lead character is a bit of a deadbeat. Johnny wakes up, seemingly hungover with little knowledge of how he came to be in this room with last night's pretty face. Already, Nitz employs an interesting tactic with dual narration from the same character. Johnny is writing a letter to his son, and he is also narrating a bit, each employing different colored text boxes, and each serving separate purposes, though appearing within the same panels. Readers learn was once married, has kids and now a girlfriend but seems to have spent the night with none of those people.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Episode 63: The Goon

You read it right, the Ancillary Characters take Erik Powell's The Goon! Join us as we talk industry news (Marvel Cartoons made by Disney?!?!), and of course a slew of reviews, including Avengers #11, The Movement #1, Adventures of Superman #2, Age of Ultron #7 and Iron Man #9!

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Paul's Picks! - R.I.P.D.: City of the Damned (Dark Horse Comics)

Hey guys, Paul here. Over the past few months, there has been a surge of increased activity for the guys over here at AC, and we couldn't be more excited about it. To name a few: we've recently shattered all of our records concerning downloads of the Ancillary Characters Podcast (thanks to you guys)! We've welcomed a new member into the fold here at in the form of our good friend Dan, or as you might know him, @penooch on Twitter. (Check out his new column "Brand New Feature," it's a fantastic read.) And finally, we've recently been welcomed by a handful of publishers to review advanced copies of books that they are publishing, from Action Lab Comics to Dark Horse, and we couldn't be more humbled or excited for these exciting opportunities. Things are really taking off for the Ancillary Characters, and we owe it all to you guys. Thanks.

And in honor of these new opportunities, I'm bringing you another one of Paul's Picks, in the form of an advanced review of...

R.I.P.D.: City of the Damned (Dark Horse Comics) with writing by Jeremy Barlow and Peter Lenkov, art by Tony Parker, and colors by Michelle Madsen.

R.I.P.D. is based on two protagonists, Roy Pulsipher and Nick Walker. The two men served as law enforcement while they lived, and after death they were enlisted into the Rest In Peace Department. The R.I.P.D. is a police organization of dead men, sent around the world to protect the living and bring the rogue dead to justice. In this particular trade paperback, the reader is given the origin of Roy, who will be played by Jeff Bridges in the upcoming film based on the R.I.P.D. property. In fact, this was a large part of my own motivation for reading this book. If you've seen the trailer for movie, also starring Ryan Reynolds as Nick, then this book is a great place to get a taste of what you might expect.

Friday, May 10, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Comeback (Image Comics)

In lieu of a Brand New Feature, some weeks we will instead feature a collected work that has come out that week. With so many series launching each week, this column gives a nod to a completed mini-series or arc "In Case You Missed It."

By Ed Brisson, Michael Walsh and Jordie Bellaire

Is five million dollars worth it to save a loved one from dying? Time travel is nothing new to literature in any medium at this point, but that does not mean that a writer cannot use this in a new way. Ed Brisson's story in Comeback is unique, small, and eloquently executed. Imagine you suffered the loss of a loved one and there existed a way, shortly thereafter, to undo this tragedy. With the right money, this person could be saved and returned to you. Unfortunately, as is often the case, time travel is not legal, and the heat is on.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Episode 62: Three Guys and an Empty Chair

The Ancillary Characters are back to basics with this week's episode! While Seth is off preparing to tie the knot next week, Paul and Allen take over as the Dynamic Duo of Podcasts! They bounce back and forth with friendly banter for a good 50 minutes. Oh, and they talk about comics, comic news, and just generally enjoy one anothers company.

You'll find all kinds of coolness in the form of Marvel Movie talk, Teen Titans GO!, Avengers #11, Adventure Time #15, Thor God of Thunder #8, Uncanny Avengers #8, and Amelia Cole and the Hidden War #1. So yeah, some cool stuff. Seth and Ethan may be away for the week, but you won't wanna miss this Sultry Southern Segment. Love you.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Paul's Picks! - Superior Spider-Man #9 (or the Dan Slott Roller Coaster Ride)

Superior Spider-Man. It's been just a few short months since the polarizing events of Amazing Spider-Man #700 landed, and to say that we here at the Ancillary Characters had mixed feelings is an understatement. (Check out our 2012-In-Review Episodes from the Ancillary Characters Podcast, Episode 44 and 45, to hear us hash that one out in full!) However, as we've revealed numerous times over the past few months, Mr. Slott managed to pull us in (myself specifically) through his great storytelling. After a couple of issues, I found myself enjoying the story so much that my concerns and reservations about a Doc Ock Spider-Man were overshadowed by the ├╝ber-high-quality art and writing that the team was delivering bi-weekly.

Then came...

Superior Spider-Man #9 by Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman, with Edgar Delgado on colors and Chris Eliopoulos on letters.

***There are absolutely going to be spoilers for not only this issue, but previous issues of Superior Spider-Man. If you're trade waiting or you just haven't hit the shop yet, TURN BACK NOW (and come back later).***

Friday, May 3, 2013

Brand New Feature: Free Comic Book Day (Action Lab)

In lieu of the regular column here featuring a spotlight on a new series, I wanted to take the time to talk about a few books that will be released this weekend for the national Free Comic Book Day event. While most people plan to pick up the more recognizable books from DC or Marvel or even the television tie-ins for Spongebob, it is a great opportunity to check out some things you might be unfamiliar with. Free Comic Book Day is a chance to look into a series that might otherwise remain under the radar and see if it's worth following. 

Action Lab Studios, a publishing company not as commonly mentioned as Image Comics or IDW has generated a great library of all-ages comics. This year, they have two releases, with each issue split into two features. The titles include ongoing series NFL Rush Zone, Princeless, and Skyward. They have also released a teaser for an upcoming series, Molly Danger. Each issue tells a quick story that gives readers a pretty good sense of the writing and direction of the respective titles.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Episode 61: Iron Man

Time for the Characters to do some heavy welding, and computer programming as they cobble together an episode devoted entirely to Iron Mania! 

We talk comics news: The Thor: The Dark World trailer, the possible Death of Wolverine and more.

Then they move into the take-it-or-leave-it segment, with only Iron Man books.

They team review Iron Man: Extremis!

Allen reviews Demon in a Bottle and Iron Man: Noir and the Iron Man 3 tie-in comic.

Paul reviews Marvel Now! Iron Man 1-5, the Iron Man Annual focusing on the Mandarin, and Iron Man: Heroes Reborn 1.

Seth reviews Matt Fraction's Iron Man, Iron Man: Legacy of Doom, Tales of Suspense 50 and Iron Man: Inevitable.

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Paul's Picks - TMNT Action Figures (Playmate Toys)

As comic book readers and fans, we often face the scrutiny of the "grown-ups" out there in the real world. You know, the ones who go to their jobs, watch ESPN for at least 8 hours in the day, and spend their free time doing other manly, grown-up things. The look down at us with that lumberjack stare with a judging eye. Comics are for kids. Video games are for kids. And action figures are definitely for kids.

Yeah? That so? Well here's what I have to say to that!... You're right. There are comics for kids, video games for kids, and certainly action figures and other toys for kids. But this truth does not mean that adults have no place enjoying them just the same. In fact, I would daresay that we can enjoy some of these things to an even greater extent as adults, as grown-ups who fully comprehend the value of things like these. The fact of the matter is, while I may be a 26 year old married man with responsibilities, bills, and all kinds of kinds of other grown-up goodies, I love comics. I love video games. And yes, I love toys.

Are you a toy lover? Do you yearn to fill your top shelf with beautiful, colorful figurines of your favorite fictional figures? So do I. That's why this week's pick goes to, not a comic, but a set of TOYS!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figure Set (Playmate Toys)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Five Failures of DC Comics

 Lately I've been diving back into the deep, murky waters of DC continuity... circa the early-to-mid-2000's. You know, Morrison's Batman, Johns' Justice Society, Teen Titans and Flash, the various Crisis', Meltzer's Green Arrow and, of course, 52. Much of what I've been reading is shockingly good. Even weighed against the superhero books that are on the shelves today. Much of it is, arguably, not terribly well drawn but then back in those heady days DC didn't exactly seem to be crowded with unique artistic voices.

In reading all of this old stuff though I've had to reevaluate how I see the New 52. DC's bold experiment was something that I stood behind from the beginning. Sometimes vehemently, as when I argued with fellow podcaster Austin Wilson (Hideous Energy) on Twitter so angrily that his co-host actually called my cell to make sure I wasn't genuinely furious. I wasn't and I ended up going on the show to further argue my point with them.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Brand New Feature: Jupiter's Legacy #1 (Image Comics)

by Mark Millar, Frank Quitely and Peter Doherty

Mark Millar is a man of big talk, big promises, and many times, big stories. Millar built himself up with a series of fantastic, finite arcs for Marvel Comics, before moving on to release some off-beat stories through Icon. Since then, the luster behind Millar has faded a bit. The hype machine is less effective, and the stories are not always fantastic. Still, pairing such a name with an artist like Frank Quitely, and buzz was sure to be a plenty for the new Jupiter's Legacy from Image Comics. Looking at the first chapter, this new series has more potential than delivery. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Episode 60: Daytripper

Episode 60 collides with your ear holes with the force of a thousand exploding suns! 

Or, y'know, we just talk about a bunch of comics and comics news.

Listen, I could give you the whole rundown on what the show consists of but where's the fun in that. Let's just say we talk news, then we team review Age of Ultron and then we have our hearts (and possibly minds) ripped out by Daytripper by Ba & Moon from Vertigo comics. 

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Brand New Feature: Bodie Troll #1 (Red 5 Comics)

by Jay Fosgitt

Think fairy tale inspired characters in a world that looks and feels very familiar to the colored version of Jeff Smith's Bone and you have a pretty good picture of the universe presented in the first issue of Bodie Troll from Red 5 Comics. Written, drawn and colored by Jay Fosgitt, this mini series follows a troll who is too cute to be any real threat despite the species he is and what he is meant to do. Bodie is adorable, a down and out type character who has a real child-like charm. Issue one is mostly focused on character and world more so than an ongoing story.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Episode 59: Webcomic Explosion

After weeks of set-up the Ancillary Characters return to talk comics and comics news... and Pizza Hut.

In the news section they discuss the newest Man of Steel trailer... and some other stuff.

Then they hop right into the thick of this weeks theme, webcomics.

Together they review Gunnerkrigg Court.

Allen reviews Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, Penny Arcade, Chainsawsuit, and Awkward Zombie.

Paul reviews Brawl in the Family, Buttersafe, and Homestuck.

Ethan reviews Marooned: A Space Opera in the Wrong Key, Steve Ogden and his Moon Town webcomic, PVP, 8-Bit Theater, Cleopatra in Space and Reds Planet.

Seth reviews Untold Tales of Bigfoot, Deep Dive Daredevils, Yeti 4 Hire, Super Cute, and

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Brand New Feature: G. I. Joe: The Cobra Files #1 (IDW)

By Mike Costa, Antonio Fuso

There are many reasons why a book gets renumbered to feature a shiny “1” on the cover. Outside of the sales boost it will likely generate, a title may renumber to signify a new direction, a complete reboot, or simply to reflect a rebranding within the company. Similar to how many Marvel titles have kept previous continuity despite featuring that new numbering, Cobra Files is not really a fresh start.

Possibly signified by retaining the same creative team with the title, G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files is a continuation of Mike Costa’s previous Cobra story. For fans of that series, the title is a must buy and it delivers on what they have come to expect. For readers who are new to the Joe universe, jumping on with the Fred Van Lente led relaunch, this will be difficult to follow.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Episode 58: Age of Depression

More books are reviewed than you can shake a stick at in this one, boys and girls!
But before they get to the reviews Allen, Ethan, Paul and Seth talk news. There's a Hickman Fantastic Four omnibus coming! A new Arkham game! and some other stuff...
In the review section they hit titles like Green Lantern, Saucer Country, Knuckleheads, Age of Ultron, Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror, and much more.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Paul's Picks - Princeless Vol. 1 (by Action Lab Comics)

Welcome back to Paul's Picks! By way of a rapid introduction, This is the column where I (Paul) would typically review my favorite book from this week's releases. However, since I am currently living an hour from my nearest comic shop, I don't usually get to my books the week-of anymore. So instead of a weekly pick, I will be bringing all of the readers a glowing review of a recent title that should be read by all! Starting with...

Princeless, Book One: Save Yourself
- written by Jeremy Whitley with art and colors by M. Goodwin,
and letters by Jung-Ha Kim and Dave Dwonch.

The guys at AC delved into this title from the publisher Action Lab Comics for our All Ages Bonanza (specifically Part One, which can be found here online or here in iTunes). The story begins with a Disney-esque opening, with a queen telling a typical bedtime story to her young princess, Adrienne. This bedtime story is the age-old tale of the Princess, trapped in the top of the tallest tower, where only the bravest and strongest of princes can save her by slaying the dragon that holds her captive. As one might expect, this wasn't simply a bedtime story: it was an explanation for how Adrienne's life is going to be by decree of the king. But as the reader will quickly discover, the princess mold was broken with our protagonist. The first line that she delivers comes off of the tail of the fairytale, "That story was complete hogwash."

Monday, April 8, 2013

Skullkickers (or the Merits of Handsome Packaging)

Skullkickers was a book that had drifted on the fringes of my peripheral since it launched. It wasn't that I don't like fantasy books (I do) and it wasn't that I don't like a good action adventure yarn. In the end it came down to one too many books being on my pull list at once and me being forced to ignore stuff that otherwise I might have leaped, not just jumped, on board for.

Last month writer, Jim Zub retitled the book Uncanny Skullkickers, slapped a big old number "1" on there and proved not only that I'm a giant sucker but that there is something to be said for "relaunches". I hopped on, fell wildly in love with everything about the title and quickly caught up on the series through the Treasure Trove hardcover. 

Before I go any further a quick rundown of what the book is about: A dwarf and a big bald guy go around punching (or shooting or axing or cutting or chopping, etc.) stuff in the face for money. That's it. 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Brand New Feature: Polarity #1 (BOOM! Studios)

by Max Bemis and Jorge Coelho, Felipe Sobreiro, Steve Wands

Max Bemis is the frontman for genre band, Say Anything. Polarity is Bemis' first public foray into comics. This excursion is not new for the modern musician with Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, Tom Morello and now even Corey Taylor all with works of their own. However, this does not make Polarity any less worthy or any less original. Instead, Polarity is a true work of creativity with autobiographical roots and a real strength for character.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Episode 57: We Love Comics and So Can You

We're back to talk comics! 

No theme this week as we talk comics news and review a handful of titles. Allen, Ethan and Seth are lacking one of the group but that's okay, they'll press on anyway.

In the news segment they talk Dark Horses' The Star Wars, Jeff Smith's upcoming projects and the new animated Flashpoint movie 

Meanwhile Allen reviews Captain America 5, Avening Spider-Man, and Fantastic Four AU.

Ethan reviewed Animal Man 18, Artful Daggers 2, G.I. Joe: Special Missions 2, and Princeless Vol 2#1

Seth reviewed East of West #1, Private Eye #1, and Thunderbolts 6-7.

Together they review Guardians of the Galaxy #1, Thanos Rising #1 and Age of Ultron #4.

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Lucy Knisley Interview

In this special edition of Ancillary Characters we welcome Lucy Knisley for a discussion about her work and career and her new book Relish: My Life in the Kitchen. 

Lucy is an amazing illustrator and comic creator and you can find her work online at Her books French Milk, Radiator Days, and Relish: My Life in the Kitchen as well as her other self-published works can be found at your favorite online retailer. 

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Episode 56: Real American Heroes

Here's episode 56, fresh from the bunker and ready for the battlefield. 

I'm going for a theme here, see. A G.I. JOE theme. 

Anyway, Allen, Ethan, Paul and Seth are back to talk comic news and review a bunch of books. 

During the news they talk the latest round of DC creative team changes as well as the new trailed for The Wolverine.

In the take-it-or-leave-it segment they review the Batman: Requiem books, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley, Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #1 and Superior Spider-Man 4-5.

During the G.I. JOE segment they talk about Cobra: The Last Laugh, the IDW Collected Edition volume 1, Tranformers VS G.I. JOE #1 (volume 1) G.I. Joe #2, G.I. Joe: Special Missions #1, and G.I. Joe #21 (original Marvel series).

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