It’s an episode long in the making. Well, 2 weeks. It’s an episode asked for by YOU! Well, if you asked for it. It’s a chance for Micheal & Andrew to display their complete ignorance on a topic. As usual. Yes, it’s an episode all about GI JOE!!!! In issues HAND-PICKED by listeners (#21 and 34), Mike and Andrew explore the whole Joe phenomenon and compare it to Action Man, insert a sound bed of cool synth soundtracks and generally pretend they know what they are banging on about. So now you know!
A startling change to the format of the show is mooted by an emailer before the inevtible digression that was current at the time but now seems dated and “like, so last year.” But after that, Michel and Andrew explore a Marvel that was on the cusp on the 90’s as their look at the adventures of the Cosmically-Enhanced Spider-Man concludes.
Did Batman REALLY kill The Joker at the end of The Killjng Joke? Is Brian Singer’s return to the X-Men franchise really a good thing? Do Andrew and Micheal evan care about Ben Affleck? 2 of these questions will be answered before Andrew delves deep into his comic book collection to produce a Spider-Man crossover so epic, so lauded, so jam packed with important STATUS QUO changing events, it will be hailed as a classic from here on in – THE AMAZING, SPECTACUALR, COSMIC SPIDER-MAN. Yes, Spider-Man gets involed in the ACTS OF VENGEANCE, a story so unimportant he never even finds out what’s going on! But who cares about all that? DOOM is in the house. So I think it would be in all your interests to listen. If nothing else, there are some good promos.
Time to delve into the bulging sack once more dear friends for an episode devoted to addressing the concerns of the lovely listeners. I would like to tell you what topics await herein but why spoil the surprise? In addition – for this is no mere EMAIL episode released by lazy podcasters enjoying their summer holiday – No, this episode includes a State Of The Comics Address were Micheal and Andrew look at all the good stuff currently being published by the majors and the indies.
Micheal and Andrew FINALLY get around to covering the 1980’s Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Wolverine series AFTER years of promising they would. Why now? Well you may have noticed that there’s this film out called the Wolverine and it’s a (very loose) adpatation of this comic. Let’s compare, should we?
Dateline:2013 – Micheal and Andrew delve into the physics of time travel and journey back and forth between today and 1980, bringing with them 2 of the finest comic books ever forged – Uncanny X-Men 141 and 142. They will inevitably meander onto other topics such as The Terminator, James Cameron, The Outer Limits, Harlen Ellison, Back To The Future and Andrew will confuse a past US President with a current day UK comedian. Their names are similar, all right! There is also a SPOILER FILLED discussion of Age Of Ultron (the comic not Avengers 2) somewhere you may want to avoid if you haven’t read that series.
Andrew and Micheal read emails and then talk about Nightwing Year One for about an hour and a half. What? You want more? Oh, OK. With Dan DiDio talking about putting a target on young Dick Grayson (again!), we decided to look at the post-crisis, post Zero Hour, Pre Nu52 6 issue mini series within a series from Nightwing #101 – #106 by Chuck Dixon, Scott Beatty, Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens. Along the way, Dick’s fashion sense is questioned, his horn dog status reaffirmed and we postulate what a Matt Murdock/Dick Grayson crossover would be like.
TThere is no game talk in this episode, instead Micheal and Andrew get back to discussing the first of the Marvel Colours Trilogy, Daredevil – Yellow. It’s pretty damn good so if you haven’t already go and read a copy before we yak about it and ruin it for you. As usual, there is some email silliness, contributions from listeners and the patented general buffoonery. And a special shout out to Thomas Deja.
This week Micheal wrests control of the microphone to continue to wax lyrical about Metal Gear Solid. Issues 7-12 of the comic adaptation and more about the games. Andrew watches, infuriated by the gameplay.
Some email tomfoolery sends Andrew into a fit of giggles plus Hey Kids WANTS YOU!!!!!! Listen in to hear why. Then Micheal begins his epic look at the multi million selling comic style game series Metal Gear Solid! Whataminute! Game? GAME!? Apparently it’s an itty bitty little game. The game is rarely mentioned. Apparently. Hmmn. I think someone’s pulling a fast one but at some point IDW’s adaptation of the game, the first 6 issues of 12, do get covered.
Micheal and Andrew FINALLY break their silence over the Man Of Steel movie, then emails are read before the meat of the show is consumed. A celebration of Comics Innovator, Industry Legend & part-time Escape Artist – Jim Steranko and a look at his seminal run on Captain America from issues 110, 111 & 113.
What can I say about the final episode of How Soon Is (Marvel) Now? well, I could say it’s choc full of all the things you love – disagreements, banter and a stubborn refusal to acknowledge where we’re wrong – about comics. But what if I just say it’s about Superior Spider-Man #1 & 9?
It’s Hip! It’s Wow! It’s Now! Marvel Now! Part 3 looking at FF #1 and Fantastic Four #1. I know what your thinking. And you’re right. It WOULD have made more sense to have these issues be part 4. You want sense? At this stage of the game?
There’s a podcast if you’d like to listen. You may hear someone whose comics you love. So go and download. And listen on your own. And then weep that it was only alright. How Soon Is (Marvel) Now continues with a look at Captain America #1 and Hawkeye #3. Sci fi action and muscle car chases. Sounds pretty fine to me.
Welcome back to another installment of Hey, Kids, Comics! the podcast that does for comics what Bran does for your diet. This week, Micheal & Andrew answer more reader email. Is your missive in there? Then they turn their attention to the recent (don’t call it a reboot) publishing initiative from Marvel – NOW! In this first part of a four part overview, they tackle Indestructable Hulk #1 and Daredevil # 23.