For so many fans, the Keith Giffen/J.M. DeMatteis run on Justice League was what made us fans of the characters. The Blue Beetle/Booster Gold team, the Justice League Antarctica, the “Formerly Known As…” finale — this week, the Showcase boys delve into the funniest incarnation of the League ever put on a comic book page! In the picks this week, Mike is rocking Justice Society of America #24, Chase loves Daredevil #116, and Blake voices his support for Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade #4! This week’s Graphic Novel Pick: Starman Omnibus Volume 2!
It’s time for a good old-fashioned listener request! This week, the guys delve into DC Comics’ Elseworlds imprint, the line that brought us such classics as Kingdom Come, Superman/Batman: Generations, The Golden Age and… um… Lobo Annual #2. Well, they can’t all be gems. In the picks this week, Chase digs the new Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips crime comic, Incognito, and Blake is enjoying upcoming Justice Society writers Matthew Sturges and Bill Willingham on House of Mystery!
It’s been 100 episodes, and they said it wouldn’t last! For their Centennial Celebration, Blake, Chase and Kenny camp out at BSI Comics on the first New Comic Day of the year! The guys tell the Secret Origin of the podcast, Blake gives you 2 in 1 Showcase By the Numbers, the guys read a lot of your e-mails, chat with the staff and customers, and get into a bitter debate over the original leader of the Voltron force! Because that’s how we roll. Also, beginning this week, we’re asking you guys to write in with your own Picks of the Week! Thanks to Robert Willing for the suggestion, and for giving us the first pick! In the regular picks, Chase dives into the back issue bin for Swamp Thing #37-39, Blake finds himself enjoying Ender’s Shadow: Battle School #1, and Kenny loved the Justice Society of America Kingdom Come Special: Magog one-shot.
2008 ends in just days, folks, so let’s go out with a Showcase blowout! Joined by back-up geeks Mike and Kenny, the boys announce the winners of the Best of 2008 awards, as voted on by you! Then, it’s a long talk about everything that happened in comics in 2008! The Dark Knight, the rise of Marvel Studios, Diamond refuses to distribute Hack/Slash, Archie goes back to ninth grade, and a heck of a lot more. This double-sized episode is the longest Showcase ever (we promise we won’t make a habit of it)! And instead of our usual picks of the week, stay tuned as our four guys pick their favorite comic books of the entire year! Next week will be the 100th Episode Spectacular! If you’ll be in the New Orleans area on Friday, Jan. 2 at about 4:30 p.m., stop in at BSI Comics to join the guys as they record their centennial episode!
Our big May spectacular continues as Blake and Chase (along with back-up geeks Mike and Kenny) delve into the world’s first superhero team, and one of the best monthly comics currently on the stands: Justice Society of America. The guys pick their favorite JSA stories, talk about the past, present and future of the team, discuss the strength of Legacy heroes, and show their excitement over the upcoming Power Girl series! Next, the guys update their Final Crisis discussion from Episode 64, and in the picks this week, Blake loves Noble Causes and Perhapanauts, while Chase goes for Star Trek: Year Four. (Mike enjoys Batman Confidential and Green Lantern Corps.)
It’s time for our intrepid geeks to talk about the premiere superhero team of the DC Universe, the greatest team of all time, the Justice League of America! Blake, Chase and guest-geek Mike Bellamy delve into their favorite stories featuring every incarnation of the Justice League, they discuss the current comic book, and they shudder at the thought of the in-development Justice League movie. In the picks this week, Blake is all about the Justice Society of America #11, while Chase goes out a limb and talks about All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder #8.
Chase is sitting out this week, so Blake and guest host Mark Blicharz spend this week’s show talking about some of the big events hitting comics right now — The Sinestro Corps War, World War Hulk, Annihilaton: Conquest, Countdown and more. The guys mention some surprise hits at their respective comic shops, Mark shares a little insider gossip, and they dish out picks including Madame Mirage and JSA Presents Stars and STRIPE.
Blake and Chase are climbing into the time machine this week to bring you the adventures of the 31st Century’s greatest protectors — The Legion of Super-Heroes. Through three continuities and innumerable revamps, what are Blake and Chase’s favorite Legion stories? How about the Legion these days? How do they fit in with the Justice Society and Justice League? And what about the new Legion television show? The guys cover them all. Stick around for this week’s picks, including Ape Entertainment’s White Picket Fences and Marvel’s Sensational Spider-Man Annual.