Marvel has spent the last few weeks slowly rolling out the rosters for the new Avengers family of titles. This week, Blake and Kenny talk about the members of each team, make their Secret Avengers predictions, and chat about a plethora of other comic book news, including the new Power Girl creative team, the return of Batman Beyond, IDW‘s change in status with Diamond, Captain America casting rumors, J. Michael Straczynski‘s Samaritan X, and more! In the picks, Kenny takes the graphic novel Werewolf By Night: In the Blood, and Blake bids farewell to Dan Jurgens with Booster Gold #30.
Blake flies solo this week with an in-depth look at the Boom! Kids line of comics featuring the Disney, Pixar, and Muppet characters. Blake looks at each of the series that has been released to date, gives his thoughts on the best and the weakest, and offers a few suggestions for the future of the line. In the picks, check out the Showcase Presents Ambush Bug graphic novel, and the Assault on New Olympus Prologue one-shot!
It’s only a few days until Christmas, folks. Before you hang up your stockings and put out cookies for Santa, have a seat with Blake and Chase as they talk about the holiday-themed comics that came out this year, as well as some of their favorite Christmas movies and TV specials. Chase regales us with the heartwarming story of how the Showcase crew saw Love, Actually together, the guys debate the merits of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, and everybody huddles around the virtual fire to talk about what we want for Christmas. In the picks this week, Blake cheers the greatest Junior Woodchucks Story Ever Told in Uncle Scrooge #383, and Chase cheers the return of the X-Men to the rest of the Marvel Universe in Uncanny X-Men #505.
The year is almost over, friends, so it’s time for Blake and Chase to make their nominations for the best in comics for 2008! Listen to the guys discuss their choices, and then e-mail your votes in. One randomly-chosen voter will recieve a prize package from BSI Comics. Votes must be received by December 26, 2008, to be counted in time for their announcement in our end-of-the-year spectacular!
The nominees are:
Best Ongoing Series:
The Walking Dead
Best Miniseries or One-Shot:
Franklin Richards: Sons of Geniuses
Justice Society of America Kingdom Special: Superman
Superman: New Krypton Special
Action Comics: Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes
Batman Confidential: The Bat and the Cat
Fables: War and Pieces
The Lone Ranger: Scorched Earth
Best New Series:
Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Writer or Writing Team:
Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Best Artist or Art Team:
Title Deserving of Wider Recognition:
Best Genre TV Series:
Best Genre Motion Picture:
The Dark Knight
Quantum of Solace
The Next Big Thing:
The Legion of Super-Heroes
The Wizard of Oz
They once shared a title — why not share a Showcase episode? People have often asked the guys to discuss two of DC‘s classic heroes, Hawkman and The Atom, so this week the boys tackle the legendary duo. The histories of the characters, their favorite stories, and where they are today… well, you know the drill. In the picks this week, Blake throws his support behind volume three of Gemstone‘s excellent Barks/Rosa Collection series of Disney comics, and Chase likes the zero issue of IDW‘s new G.I. Joe line!
Santa Claus is loading up the sleigh, so this weekend Blake and Chase talk about their favorite Christmas Comics. The guys talk about yuletide adventures with Superman, the X-Men, Deadman, Uncle Scrooge, Herobear and many more! Then, in the picks, the guys cheer themselves with the Moonstone Holiday Super Spectacular and Ultimates 3.
It’s time for a little family fun as Chase and Blake tackle the intricate world of Disney Comics! From their origins at Dell in the 1940s, up to today’s books from Gemstone and Slave Labor Graphics, the guys talk about the history of Disney in comics, some of their favorite stories, what they’re doing right, and what they could be doing better — and their findings just may surprise you. In the picks this week, Chase gives his props to The Walking Dead #44, while Blake has a big belly laugh with… World War Hulk: Aftersmash? We told you guys — this episode isn’t what you’d expect.