We’re in a bit of a rush, but still trying to give you your fix on all things Marvel. The usual assortment of upcoming titles, Pick of the Week, and reviews as well as another SkrullWatch (like that wasn’t a given following the big reveal from last week). Some topics of interest this week are Avengers: The Initiative #7, New Avengers #36, House Of M: Avengers #1, Thor #4, World War Hulk #5, and X-Factor #25.
New Avengers: The Illuminati #5, Fantastic Four #551, Immortal Iron Fist #10, Annihilation: Conquest – Star-Lord #4, and Annihilation: Conquest #1 are all mentioned along with part one of a lengthy discussion on X-Men: Messiah CompleX #1 (with a surprise guest).
New releases and thoughts on what’s coming, Pick of the Week, SkrullWatch (sorta), and reviews. Talking about New Warriors, X-Men: First Class #5, Wolverine Annual #1, Daredevil Annual #1, and Annihilation: Conquest – Quasar. Also, we can blame the lack of comic book talk on Duane Swierczynski and The Wheel Man.
After the rundown of this week’s new Marvel releases and the Pick of the Week, there are some comments on Daredevil #101, She-Hulk #22, X-Men #204, Black Panther #31, Avengers Classic #4, and Cable & Deadpool #43.
The creative teams for the upcoming Cable and X-Force series are covered and did someone say… Dazzler?!?!. It’s Mutant Mania! And Messiah Complex is only mentioned a few times. Maybe.
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After we wrap-up our post-Civil War report card with Jefferson Workman and Dave Wachter, Around Comics‘ head honcho, Chris Neseman, steps in to help us read some listener email, pick our dream artists for the Ultimate Man-Thing, take an in-depth look at Avengers: The Initiative #1-3, and peel back the layers on Warren Ellis and Juan Jose Ryp’s Black Summer #0. 100% pure, break-free comics discussion! [During the last twenty or so minutes of recording, we experienced some technical glitches which unfortunately could not be completely removed. Sorry for the less than pristine sound in the home stretch.]
The fantastic talent responsible for the stunning visuals in Seven Soldiers: Shining Knight, Green Lantern, and Wolverine, Young Gun Simone Bianchi talks to Miguel about working for Marvel and DC, Grant Morrison, teases us about his upcoming projects, and much more! Bonus! Scar Tissue‘s Dynamic Dave Wachter and Jocular Jefferson Workman join us for a post-Civil War Marvel Report Card! Extra! Boob Scotch! Inframan! Lost Highway!Violent vomiting! Free energy!Bleeding eardrums! New directions! All this and so much more absolutely no one asked for in the long-awaited 28th episode of Bullpen Bulletins!
It’s our Silver Anniversary Special highlighting the Emerald City Comic Con! Man on the scene, Pat Loika, checks in with interviews of Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley, Phil Hester, Ande Parks, and Brian Reed! If that wasn’t enough, we also take a look at the April Marvel Previews catalog #44 (for books shipping in June, 2007), aided by Around Comics‘ Tom “straight edge” Katers and Jefferson “the” Workman! Bonus! Jeff Parker calls the Buzz Line! Extra! The longest and most annoying intro to date featuring Vrillon of the Ashtar Galactic Command!
Gallifreyan transplant Paul Cornell drops by to chat about his Marvel Max miniseries, Wisdom, his work on the legendary, long-running BBC television series Doctor Who (Jelly baby, anyone?), Fortean subjects, and much more! After Mr. Cornell warps out via TARDIS, we finally come to terms with our experiences at this year’s New York Comic Con, assisted by the one and only Dave Wachter of Scar Tissue! Over the course of the three-day event, we managed to corner great writer of stuff, Peter David, Mr. Web of Spider-Man, himself, Alex Saviuk, and good ol’ Frazer Irving from Silent War! Also appearing: Chris, Sal, and Tom from Around Comics! Doombot! Domino Blue! Rick Gordon from the Pop Cult Online! Many Miguels! Matt S. from Comic Timing and That’s What She Said! Pat Loika, the Awesome Sauce! Joseph the 4th from Australia! Dave Wachter delivers a stunning, tear-soaked rendition of Captain America is Dead by listener John Osborne! Listener email! Captain America #25! All this and the usual dose of potty humor and pop-culture craziness that can (thankfully) only be found in one place: the Bullpen!
Frazier Irving, the incomparable illustrator behind the stunning visuals for Seven Soldiers: Klarion, the Witch Boy, Iron Man: The Inevitable, and Marvel’s current hard-hitting Silent War miniseries, stops by to offer us a mindbending glimpse into his creative process. In the second half, Scott Cederlund of Wednesday’s Haul joins us in a disussion on Civil War #7 and the miniseries as a whole. Plus, Jack King Kirby, bad acting from Roger Corman’s seldom-seen Fantastic Four film, a special appearance by Around Comics’ Chris Neseman and Brian Salazar, and more!