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Paul O'Brien (The X-Axis) and Al Kennedy (One Hundred Days of Comics) present a roundup of comics news and reviews, with nary a 'meh' to be heard.Also featuring the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and more.Email House to Astonish at housetoastonish@gmail.com

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Paul O'Brien (The X-Axis) and Al Kennedy (One Hundred Days of Comics) present a roundup of comics news and reviews, with nary a 'meh' to be heard.Also featuring the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and more.Email House to Astonish at housetoastonish@gmail.com

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A treat

By RichB2018 - May 10 2018
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Just started listening and I'm addicted!

Charming and informative

By brianmm33 - Aug 10 2017
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Great and amazingly comprehensive comics podcast

iTunes Ratings

131 Ratings
Average Ratings
124
5
2
0
0

A treat

By RichB2018 - May 10 2018
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Just started listening and I'm addicted!

Charming and informative

By brianmm33 - Aug 10 2017
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Great and amazingly comprehensive comics podcast

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House to Astonish

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Paul O'Brien (The X-Axis) and Al Kennedy (One Hundred Days of Comics) present a roundup of comics news and reviews, with nary a 'meh' to be heard.Also featuring the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and more.Email House to Astonish at housetoastonish@gmail.com

House to Astonish - Episode 156 - The Nu-Metal Age

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This time round, Paul and Al are remembering Joan Lee, trying to work out what Legacy actually is, chewing over the controversy surrounding Howard Chaykin's current Image work, and chatting through Titan's upcoming Dan Dare series, DC & Archie's Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica, and Sean Murphy's Batman: White Knight. They've also got reviews of Diablo House and Green Arrow. When 900 years old the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook is, look as good it will not.

Jul 09 2017

1hr 42mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 155 - Punched To A Crisp

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Al and Paul have been away for a little while longer than usual, but that just means that there's plenty for them to talk about. They kick off by discussing the sad death of Rich Buckler, then talk a little about the extra issue recently granted to Secret Empire (as well as the execution of the story so far); the upcoming "Doomsday Clock" story (as well as "The Button" and Watchmen more generally); the abrupt cancellation of Black Panther and the Crew and what it says about Marvel's line overall; the announcements of Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa's Mech Cadet Yu, Ted Naifeh's Heroines and Tom King and Mitch Gerads' Mister Miracle; Scott Snyder's last "proper Batman" story and Sony's Venom movie, then turn their attention to reviews of Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks and Generation X. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe doesn't work, it just makes you worse. Sorry.

May 21 2017

1hr 15mins

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House to Astonish 162 - Chekhov's Water Pistol

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It's been a busy couple of weeks, and Paul and Al are back to fill you in on everything that's been going on, from the Image Expo to the Sandman Universe, from Fresh Start to Bendis's Super-Books, and from IDW's Transformers reboot to Boom! and Dynamite stepping up to the Eloi section of Previews, as well as bringing you reviews of Mera and The Beef. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe doesn't know who you are but you're a real dead ringer for love, apparently. 

Mar 02 2018

1hr 34mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 159 - The Littlest Lobo

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Al and Paul have been away a long old time (having a second kid will do that to you) but they're back, with theirr ninth-anniversary podcast. They're talking about DC's Eddie Berganza problem, Marvel's Brian Michael Bendis problem, Funko's IPO problem, the debut of Ken Niimura's Umami, Marvel's most recent book announcements, a quick casting update on Netflix's Umbrella Academy series, Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel's The Magic Order, and The Phoenix's US distribution deal, and they've got reviews of Coyotes and Daredevil. You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger and you don't mess around with the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.

This episode also features the full audio from the SILENCE! To Astonish panel from Thought Bubble 2017, with Gary Lactus and the Beast Must Die from SILENCE! and special guests John Allison and Kieron Gillen. It's very silly.

Nov 12 2017

2hr 47mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 166 - Two Scoops of Chemical X Ripple

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Paul and Al are back with an absolute truckload of news for you this time round, as they pay respects to Russ Heath, chew over the announcements of Uncanny X-Men, Marvel Knights 20, Conan the Barbarian, Best Defense, Riri Williams: Ironheart, Batman & the Outsiders and the Green Lantern, and chat through the creative shuffle on Return of Wolverine, Dark Horse losing the Buffy license, Aftershock comics' first-issue returnability, IDW losing another senior member of staff and Legendary Entertainment's option on My Boyfriend is a Bear, as well as reviewing Cold Spots and West Coast Avengers. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has no bananas. It has no bananas... today.

Aug 26 2018

1hr 48mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 161 - Old News Logan

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New year, new podcast, and Al and Paul are back to discuss Marvel's announcements of Kelly Thompson's exclusive and Dan Slott's move, the new Domino and Exiles series, the return of the original Wolverine, John Nee replacing Dan Buckley and the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus, as well as the Eisner Hall of Fame nominees, Promethea's appearance in Justice League and the stellar cast of creators on Action Comics 1000, along with reviews of Strangers In Paradise XXV and Avengers: No Surrender. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - 4 out of 5 dentists recommend it (and the fifth is more of a Who's Who person).

Jan 21 2018

1hr 41mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 171 - Solve For Dimension X

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It's a scattershot selection of news this time around, as Al and Paul talk about DC's layoffs, Image's new retailer programmes and their announcements of Excellence and FairLady, Marvel's upcoming Agents of Atlas and Savage Avengers series, the third Batman/TMNT mini, an interesting fill-in on Catwoman, Jughead's Time Police, David F Walker's Solid Comix and give a quick round-up of comics festival news, along with reviews of Wonder Twins and Savage Sword of Conan. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee, clouds in my coffee

Feb 15 2019

1hr 14mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 164 - Toss-Up Team-Up

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Paul and Al are back with a compact and bijou hour and twenty of comics chat for you, with discussion of the departures of Diane Nelson and Geoff Johns from DC, Johns's new imprint and his recently-announced 3 Jokers and Shazam series, Vertigo's relaunch, the DC Zoom and DC Ink slates, Ellis and Howard's Cemetery Beach, Brandon Sanderson's partnering with Vault Comics, Edge of Spider-Geddon and Asgardians of the Galaxy, as well as reviews of Immortal Hulk and Justice League. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is not right, but it's okay.

Jun 13 2018

1hr 22mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 169 - Jason and his Amazing Hoover

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2018! What? A year? What a year! It's a brand new year and time for Al and Paul's traditional look back at the books, creators and moments that made 2018 such a good time for comics, in the form of the Homies awards. Paul and Al have both picked their favourites in each of their traditional categories, and are handing out the gongs on this retrospective episode. They've also tallied the listener vote - what have the Housemates chosen as the most deserving in each category? Find out here!

Jan 05 2019

2hr

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House to Astonish - Episode 158 - Junior Kickstarter

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Paul and Al are back, talking about the sad death of Len Wein; IDW's Full Bleed Kickstarter and new partnership with Glenat; Madefire Comics' partnering with DC; Oni Press's Spring 2018 OGN slate and Sam Humphries and Tim Seeley's Nightwing/Green Lanterns title swap, and bringing you reviews of Retcon and Runaways. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe wants to walk like you, talk like you, too-oo-oo.

Sep 17 2017

1hr 30mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 170 - They Never Found Hitler's Body

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Paul and Al are back, talking about Batton Lash, Dark Horse's upcoming Definitive Moonshadow, Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski's Sex going straight to OGN, the return of Section Zero, Marvel's upcoming Thanos mini, Kieron Gillen leaving Star Wars, the upcoming Age of Rebellion one-shots and Rob Liefeld's return to Marvel, as well as reviewing the first issues of Criminal and Invaders. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is a dustman, it wears a dustman's cap.

Jan 19 2019

1hr 22mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 167 - Roll 1d6 To Buy Milk

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It's NYCC, and there's a whole ton of news just waiting to be chewed over, so it would be rude for Al and Paul not to do that, frankly. On the new House to Astonish, they remember Norm Breyfogle and Carlos Ezquerra, and talk about Die, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt, Wonder Comics, Humanoids' new imprint H1, Avengers: No Road Home, Man Without Fear, Buffy, Three Jokers, The Girl In The Bay, Marvel's 80th anniversary series, Oni Press's webcomics portal, Champions, Savage Sword of Conan, Captain Marvel, Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man, Star Trek: Q Conflict, Flash: Year One, Pearl, Out Of The Blue, Guts, Share Your Smile and r(ender), and they've got reviews of These Savage Shores and Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion. Why do birds suddenly appear, every time, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is near? Just like me, they long to be, fed with crumbs.

Oct 08 2018

1hr 21mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 168 - House to As10ish

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It's Paul and Al's tenth anniversary episode, where they remember Anthea Bell, laugh for quite a long time about Writer X and the "revelation" of his identity, and chat briefly about Vault Comics' new YA line (in particular, about Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover's Wrassle Castle), before going into extended examinations/rambles/digressions about The Green Lantern and Lost Light, and once again raid the playbook of excellent videogame podcast Bitsocket as they play Is It Canon?. They've also got messages from some of their friends in the comics podcasting world, and the audio from the SILENCE! To Astonish panel which took place at Thought Bubble in September, featuring Gary Lactus and the Beast Must Die of SILENCE! and an all-star line-up of guests (John McCrea, Matthew Rosenberg, Sam Humphries and Babs Tarr).

Nov 12 2018

2hr 56mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 165 - More Futuristic Than Rubber

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It's been a sad few weeks for comics, and Al and Paul are here to talk about the deaths of Harlan Ellison, Bong Dazo and, of course, Steve Ditko. In less tragic news, they've got discussion on the Descender sequel Ascender, the end of I Hate Fairyland and the upcoming launch of Middlewest, Boom! aquiring the Firefly licence, Marvel's upcoming Deadpool vs Black Panther and Shatterstar minis, Jared Leto being cast as Morbius, the launch details for DC's new streaming service (including in relation to how comics themselves fit into it all), and reviews of Submerged and Catwoman. Give the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe a fish, and it will have absolutely no idea what you're trying to achieve.

Jul 08 2018

1hr 43mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 173 - Gravestones and Timbits

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Paul and Al are remembering Mark Alessi, talking about Jai Nitz, chewing over the announcements of House of X and Powers of X, the new Death's Head series, Erik Larsen's return to Marvel, and DC's Wal-Mart giant-size books being repackaged for the Direct Market, and they've got reviews of Marvel Team-Up and Section Zero. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - it's what's for dinner.

Apr 08 2019

1hr 24mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 174 - Formaldehyde Anniversary

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Lots to discuss this time round, as Paul and Al talk about the deaths of Kazuhiko Kato aka Monkey Punch and Kazuo Koike, the Lion Forge/Oni Press merger, Dark Horse's Netflix first look deal, Bill Jemas and Axel Alonso's new publishing company and Marvel Comics 1000, and review Excellence and New Agents of Atlas. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe come to Brazil.

May 11 2019

1hr 26mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 172 - Diamond Walrus

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It's a relatively quiet few weeks for comics news, but nonetheless Paul and Al are chatting about the upcoming Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen books, the Thought Bubble festival moving from Leeds to Harrogate, Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora's The Once And Future, Dark Horse losing Usagi Yojimbo to IDW, DC's Giant books entering the Direct Market and Marvel's upcoming Venom-centric event, as well as reviewing The Forgotten Queen and X-Tremists. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe melts in your mouth, not in your hands.

Mar 03 2019

1hr 22mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 160 - Jenny Brexit

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It's New Year's Eve, and Paul and Al have the traditional year-in-review show for you, featuring the 2017 Homies Awards. They're handing out gongs for the best comics, creators and moments of the past year, and looking forward to 2018 with a mixture of trepidation, anticipation and X-Nation 2099 (one of these is not true).

Apologies for the sound issues on this episode - we'll have everything shipshape again by the time the next one rolls around.

Dec 31 2017

2hr 3mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 163 - Dead Enya

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It's been a long time, but Al and Paul have finally returned, to talk about DC's new streaming service and their dropping of digital codes, Man of Steel's returnability, Jeanette Schaefer joining Boom! and John Barber rejoining IDW, as well as to review Avengers and Coda. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe shouldn'ta left you without a dope beat to step to.

May 05 2018

1hr 44mins

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House to Astonish 157 - All The Walls Purple

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It's the first House to Astonish following SDCC, and unusually, there's actually quite a lot of comics news to talk about. Al and Paul discuss the mooted Doctor Doom movie, the newly-released details about Doomsday Clock, Jeff Smith's upcoming Bone picture books, Arkham Asylum 2, The Terrifics, Spider-Man vs Deadpool, The Signal, Sonic the Hedgehog's move to IDW, the three newly-announced Black Crown series, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee on Captain America, the new Unicron and Visionaries books, Marvel's digital-first deal with Comixology, Ed Piskor's X-Men: Grand Design, the new creative teams on Doctor Strange and Thanos, Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca taking over Star Wars, the final volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the sad death of Flo Steinberg, as well as reviewing Mech Cadet Yu and Lark's Killer. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook is a cool dude with attitude, kinda groovy.

Aug 05 2017

1hr 36mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 179 - Into The Spider-Chorus

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A relatively quiet period for comics news, but Al and Paul have chat on Kevin Feige being installed as Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, the Bloodshot movie, the Into The Spider-Verse sequel, Sky UK's troubles showing the CW's Crisis crossover, HBO Max's Green Lantern and Strange Adventures series, Dark Horse collecting Michel Fiffe's Panorama, and the closing of ComicBookDB and The MNT, as well as reviews of Afterlift and The Sandman Universe Presents: Hellblazer. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe counts as one of your five a day, so eat up.

Nov 02 2019

1hr 17mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 178 - Johnny Blasé

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Paul and Al are back, with chat on Tom Lyle, Mariko Tamaki's new graphic novel imprint, a bunch of news out of NYCC including new series for Wolverine, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 2020, Star Wars, the upcoming The End one-shots, Marvel teaming with Games Workshop, Plunge, G Willow Wilson on The Dreaming, Amethyst, The Last God, The Killing Horizon, Black Crown folding, Quantum & Woody, Tomorrow, Enigma, Kill a Man and Alienated. They've also got reviews of Ghost Rider and Strange Skies Over East Berlin, and the audio from the SILENCE! to Astonish panel from Glasgow Comic-Con 2019.

Oct 08 2019

1hr 43mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 177 - My Dog, Comics

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It's been far too long, but Paul and Al are back with a brand new episode, talking about the shuttering and reopening of Manga Rock, Conan copyright scuffles, Terrific Production's Youngblood, Brian Wood being shown the door at Dark Horse, the return of Hellboy, Once and Future becoming an ongoing, Marvel's Incoming! and the newly-announced Disney+ MCU shows, as well as reviews of Everything and Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy. Sasquatch, Godzilla, King Kong Loch Ness, Goblin, Ghoul, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.

Sep 08 2019

1hr 9mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 176 - Hurrying Ken

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It's the annual SDCC roundup, and Paul and Al are talking about the upcoming relaunch of the X-Men line, Phase 4 of the MCU, Ed Brubaker's deal with Legendary Television, Miracleman in Marvel Comics 1000, the CW's upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, Beware the Ghost Rider, The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage, the return of Dead Rabbit as Dead Eyes, Cecil Castellucci taking over Batgirl, the upcoming Spider-Verse miniseries, Afterlift, Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle, The Amazing Mary Jane, Birds of Prey, The Batman's Grave, Doctor Doom, Undiscovered Country and DC's further adventures in imprints, as well as reviewing Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen and Loki. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe can't liiiiiiiiiiiiive if living is without yooooouuuu.

Jul 21 2019

1hr 28mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 175 - Arkham Babies

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Al and Paul are back, with discussion of DC shuttering Vertigo, Ink and Zoom; Brian Michael Bendis on Legion of Super-Heroes; the books spinning out of Heroes in Crisis; Gotham City Monsters; Harleen and Joker/Harley Quinn: Criminal Insanity; the cancellation of Doctor Strange; Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda; King Thor; Marvel's 80th anniversary oneshots; the debut of Strikeforce; JJ and Henry Abrams and Sara Pichelli's Spider-Man; Matt Fraction and Elsa Charretier's November; and the returns of Pretty Deadly and Battle Chasers, as well as reviews of Superman: Year One and Usagi Yojimbo. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe packed its bags last night, pre-flight, zero hour, 9am.

Jun 22 2019

1hr 45mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 174 - Formaldehyde Anniversary

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Lots to discuss this time round, as Paul and Al talk about the deaths of Kazuhiko Kato aka Monkey Punch and Kazuo Koike, the Lion Forge/Oni Press merger, Dark Horse's Netflix first look deal, Bill Jemas and Axel Alonso's new publishing company and Marvel Comics 1000, and review Excellence and New Agents of Atlas. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe come to Brazil.

May 11 2019

1hr 26mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 173 - Gravestones and Timbits

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Paul and Al are remembering Mark Alessi, talking about Jai Nitz, chewing over the announcements of House of X and Powers of X, the new Death's Head series, Erik Larsen's return to Marvel, and DC's Wal-Mart giant-size books being repackaged for the Direct Market, and they've got reviews of Marvel Team-Up and Section Zero. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - it's what's for dinner.

Apr 08 2019

1hr 24mins

Play

House to Astonish - Episode 172 - Diamond Walrus

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It's a relatively quiet few weeks for comics news, but nonetheless Paul and Al are chatting about the upcoming Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen books, the Thought Bubble festival moving from Leeds to Harrogate, Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora's The Once And Future, Dark Horse losing Usagi Yojimbo to IDW, DC's Giant books entering the Direct Market and Marvel's upcoming Venom-centric event, as well as reviewing The Forgotten Queen and X-Tremists. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe melts in your mouth, not in your hands.

Mar 03 2019

1hr 22mins

Play

House to Astonish - Episode 171 - Solve For Dimension X

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It's a scattershot selection of news this time around, as Al and Paul talk about DC's layoffs, Image's new retailer programmes and their announcements of Excellence and FairLady, Marvel's upcoming Agents of Atlas and Savage Avengers series, the third Batman/TMNT mini, an interesting fill-in on Catwoman, Jughead's Time Police, David F Walker's Solid Comix and give a quick round-up of comics festival news, along with reviews of Wonder Twins and Savage Sword of Conan. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee, clouds in my coffee

Feb 15 2019

1hr 14mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 170 - They Never Found Hitler's Body

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Paul and Al are back, talking about Batton Lash, Dark Horse's upcoming Definitive Moonshadow, Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski's Sex going straight to OGN, the return of Section Zero, Marvel's upcoming Thanos mini, Kieron Gillen leaving Star Wars, the upcoming Age of Rebellion one-shots and Rob Liefeld's return to Marvel, as well as reviewing the first issues of Criminal and Invaders. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is a dustman, it wears a dustman's cap.

Jan 19 2019

1hr 22mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 169 - Jason and his Amazing Hoover

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2018! What? A year? What a year! It's a brand new year and time for Al and Paul's traditional look back at the books, creators and moments that made 2018 such a good time for comics, in the form of the Homies awards. Paul and Al have both picked their favourites in each of their traditional categories, and are handing out the gongs on this retrospective episode. They've also tallied the listener vote - what have the Housemates chosen as the most deserving in each category? Find out here!

Jan 05 2019

2hr

Play

House to Astonish - Episode 168 - House to As10ish

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It's Paul and Al's tenth anniversary episode, where they remember Anthea Bell, laugh for quite a long time about Writer X and the "revelation" of his identity, and chat briefly about Vault Comics' new YA line (in particular, about Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover's Wrassle Castle), before going into extended examinations/rambles/digressions about The Green Lantern and Lost Light, and once again raid the playbook of excellent videogame podcast Bitsocket as they play Is It Canon?. They've also got messages from some of their friends in the comics podcasting world, and the audio from the SILENCE! To Astonish panel which took place at Thought Bubble in September, featuring Gary Lactus and the Beast Must Die of SILENCE! and an all-star line-up of guests (John McCrea, Matthew Rosenberg, Sam Humphries and Babs Tarr).

Nov 12 2018

2hr 56mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 167 - Roll 1d6 To Buy Milk

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It's NYCC, and there's a whole ton of news just waiting to be chewed over, so it would be rude for Al and Paul not to do that, frankly. On the new House to Astonish, they remember Norm Breyfogle and Carlos Ezquerra, and talk about Die, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt, Wonder Comics, Humanoids' new imprint H1, Avengers: No Road Home, Man Without Fear, Buffy, Three Jokers, The Girl In The Bay, Marvel's 80th anniversary series, Oni Press's webcomics portal, Champions, Savage Sword of Conan, Captain Marvel, Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man, Star Trek: Q Conflict, Flash: Year One, Pearl, Out Of The Blue, Guts, Share Your Smile and r(ender), and they've got reviews of These Savage Shores and Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion. Why do birds suddenly appear, every time, the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is near? Just like me, they long to be, fed with crumbs.

Oct 08 2018

1hr 21mins

Play

House to Astonish - Episode 166 - Two Scoops of Chemical X Ripple

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Paul and Al are back with an absolute truckload of news for you this time round, as they pay respects to Russ Heath, chew over the announcements of Uncanny X-Men, Marvel Knights 20, Conan the Barbarian, Best Defense, Riri Williams: Ironheart, Batman & the Outsiders and the Green Lantern, and chat through the creative shuffle on Return of Wolverine, Dark Horse losing the Buffy license, Aftershock comics' first-issue returnability, IDW losing another senior member of staff and Legendary Entertainment's option on My Boyfriend is a Bear, as well as reviewing Cold Spots and West Coast Avengers. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has no bananas. It has no bananas... today.

Aug 26 2018

1hr 48mins

Play

House to Astonish - Episode 165 - More Futuristic Than Rubber

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It's been a sad few weeks for comics, and Al and Paul are here to talk about the deaths of Harlan Ellison, Bong Dazo and, of course, Steve Ditko. In less tragic news, they've got discussion on the Descender sequel Ascender, the end of I Hate Fairyland and the upcoming launch of Middlewest, Boom! aquiring the Firefly licence, Marvel's upcoming Deadpool vs Black Panther and Shatterstar minis, Jared Leto being cast as Morbius, the launch details for DC's new streaming service (including in relation to how comics themselves fit into it all), and reviews of Submerged and Catwoman. Give the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe a fish, and it will have absolutely no idea what you're trying to achieve.

Jul 08 2018

1hr 43mins

Play

House to Astonish - Episode 164 - Toss-Up Team-Up

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Paul and Al are back with a compact and bijou hour and twenty of comics chat for you, with discussion of the departures of Diane Nelson and Geoff Johns from DC, Johns's new imprint and his recently-announced 3 Jokers and Shazam series, Vertigo's relaunch, the DC Zoom and DC Ink slates, Ellis and Howard's Cemetery Beach, Brandon Sanderson's partnering with Vault Comics, Edge of Spider-Geddon and Asgardians of the Galaxy, as well as reviews of Immortal Hulk and Justice League. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is not right, but it's okay.

Jun 13 2018

1hr 22mins

Play

House to Astonish - Episode 163 - Dead Enya

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It's been a long time, but Al and Paul have finally returned, to talk about DC's new streaming service and their dropping of digital codes, Man of Steel's returnability, Jeanette Schaefer joining Boom! and John Barber rejoining IDW, as well as to review Avengers and Coda. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe shouldn'ta left you without a dope beat to step to.

May 05 2018

1hr 44mins

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House to Astonish 162 - Chekhov's Water Pistol

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It's been a busy couple of weeks, and Paul and Al are back to fill you in on everything that's been going on, from the Image Expo to the Sandman Universe, from Fresh Start to Bendis's Super-Books, and from IDW's Transformers reboot to Boom! and Dynamite stepping up to the Eloi section of Previews, as well as bringing you reviews of Mera and The Beef. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe doesn't know who you are but you're a real dead ringer for love, apparently. 

Mar 02 2018

1hr 34mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 161 - Old News Logan

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New year, new podcast, and Al and Paul are back to discuss Marvel's announcements of Kelly Thompson's exclusive and Dan Slott's move, the new Domino and Exiles series, the return of the original Wolverine, John Nee replacing Dan Buckley and the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus, as well as the Eisner Hall of Fame nominees, Promethea's appearance in Justice League and the stellar cast of creators on Action Comics 1000, along with reviews of Strangers In Paradise XXV and Avengers: No Surrender. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - 4 out of 5 dentists recommend it (and the fifth is more of a Who's Who person).

Jan 21 2018

1hr 41mins

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House to Astonish - Episode 160 - Jenny Brexit

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It's New Year's Eve, and Paul and Al have the traditional year-in-review show for you, featuring the 2017 Homies Awards. They're handing out gongs for the best comics, creators and moments of the past year, and looking forward to 2018 with a mixture of trepidation, anticipation and X-Nation 2099 (one of these is not true).

Apologies for the sound issues on this episode - we'll have everything shipshape again by the time the next one rolls around.

Dec 31 2017

2hr 3mins

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