Stephen King’s Dark Tower cycle is — not to put too fine a point on it — probably the most important book series Blake and Erin have ever read. Does Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey’s new film measure up, or has director Nikolaj Arcel forgotten the face of his father? After a spoiler-free zone, the Petits get spoiler-heavy on their thoughts about the film and the books.
And what’s cool this week? Erin’s on a Dark Tower-adjacent reread of both It and Insomnia, and a binge-watch of Bob’s Burgers, while Blake wants everyone out there to pick up DC’s Super Sons.
Halfway through the first month of DC Comics’ New 52, Blake and Erin sit down to discuss the comics they’ve read so far. They dig into Batman, Suicide Squad, Lanterns (both Green and Red), Demon Knights, Frankenstein, Batwoman, Static Shock and much more! In the picks, Erin goes retro with Image’s I Hate Gallant Girl and Michael Crichton‘s novel The Lost World, and Blake stays contemporary with Resurrection Man #1 and Life With Archie #13. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
It’s a Showcase first! Last week at Nola Comic-Con, the boys were lucky enough to host a few panel discussions, and we’re bringing the audio to you. This week, we talk with DC superstar artist Francis Manapul about getting started, his evolving art style, his work on Flash, his appearances on the TV show Beast Legends, and a big hint about who’s going to be writing his next project. In the picks, Blake recommends Rocketeer Adventures #1! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
DC‘s biggest event of the year has come to a conclusion, but before the sun rises on Brightest Day, the Showcase boys take a look back at the Blackest Night. In this spoiler-packed episode the guys discuss the one-shots and tie-ins of the second half of the event, their thoughts on the story as a while, and the potential for the upcoming Brightest Day spin-offs. In the picks, Kenny dug Flash Secret Files 2010, and Blake goes with Invincible Returns #1. PLUS: Kenny gives us a comic shop report from his roaming around eastern Texas and western Louisiana!
Blake and Kenny take the microphones this week, going through a few weeks of comic and geek news and reading your e-mails. No more Spider-Man 4? What’s up with the Ghostbusters? New announcements from DC, the Human Target returns to TV, the Big Bang Theory geeks have a special guest coming, and we get an e-mail in defense of the Red Hulk! In the picks, Kenny chooses Green Lantern Corps #44 and Blake takes Incorruptible #2
Since the beginning of the Showcase, we’ve gotten e-mails from people who wanted us to come up with our all-time top ten comic books. We listened to your demand… and we decided to do it a little differently. We’re breaking up the world of comics into categories, and we’re going to do a top five list in each one. This week, Blake and Chase each select their all time top five Marvel Universe comics! In the picks this week, Chase went with Avengers: The Initiative #27, and Blake chooses Adventure Comics #2.
With Superman off-planet for a year, an old friend has moved into his title. But who is Mon-El? What’s his history with Superman? What’s his link to the Legion of Super-Heroes? Why does any of this matter to the DC Universe? And how does the man called “Valor” fit into all this? The guys talk the past, present, and glorious future of Lar Gand of Daxam. In the picks, Blake feels the love for Love and Capes #11, and Chase gives his props to Daredevil #500.
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.