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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