Comic News Insider Episode 772 – Lost in the Speed Force!

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Reviews: The Archies One Shot, I Am Groot #1, Samaritan Veritas #1, Archer S8 finale, Arrow S5 finale, The Flash S3 finale, Lucifer S2 finale

Jon Hoche returns after a week away to the rotating co-host chair! Jimmy talks about a possible 1:1 interview with a Gotham star or 2. News includes: DC Comics will do some Metal midnight launches, Battle Angel Alita is now on Comixology, Dynamite Entertainment is publishing new Turok and Sheena comics, Neil Gaiman will read The Cheesecake Factory menu if $500k is raised for charity, an Animaniacs reboot may be in development and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #27 – Battle Angel Alita: The End

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program
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Hosts:
Hank 300, Jason 241, and Nick 17

Show Notes:

We smush the final three volumes of Yukito Kishiro’s Battle Angel Alita Angel of Chaos (v7), Fallen Angel (v8), and Angel’s Ascension (v9) into this sloppy and juicy wrap up episode.

Nick was underwhelmed by the end of the series, Hank was highly confused by it, and Jason absolutely loves it (he may have even cried a little bit).

After the end theme, Hank makes a jarring announcement. Due to improprieties and severe mismanagement (certainly in large part related to the inappropriate content covered in this podcast series) the Auditing Committee has decided the future of the Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program and it’s not good.

Next Episode:
Our last episode. The one you’ve been waiting for… ATCRP #27!

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #26 – Battle Angel Alita v6

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Hosts:
Hank 300, Jason Averill, and Nick Marino

Show Notes:

Despite a bit of confusion early on, we decide to review the entirety of Battle Angel Alita v6: Angel of Death as we continue our massive manga marathon.

This action-packed volume is a high-octane rocket ride full of trains, brains, and soulful harmonica performances that you can’t afford to miss.

Also… it’s raining fish! Hallelujah, it’s raining fish!!!

Next Episode:
Battle Angel Alita v7: Angel of Chaos

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #24 – Battle Angel Alita v5 pt 2

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program
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Hosts:
Hank 300, Jason Averill, and Nick Marino

Related Posts:
some relevant Alita scan-caps

Show Notes:

Ido’s in a box. Zapan is a monster. Alita has a gun.

We’ve reached the end of Yukito Kishiro‘s Battle Angel Alita v5: Angel of Redemption, which — as Hank notes — leaves us in a place that’s strangely like the beginning of the series.

We analyze the plot of the story and study its thematic elements. How does the end of this volume hold up to other climactic moments in the series? And have we been paying enough attention to Kishiro’s depictions of female characters?

After the end theme, Hank announces a new Teen Center fundraiser… where the funds are words and math problems!

Next Episode:
Rebecca Cohen returns to help Hank and Nick analyze the world’s most infamous cartoon fat cat, Garfield.

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #23 – Battle Angel Alita v5 pt 1

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Hosts:
Jason Averill, Nick Marino… AND Hank 300!

Related Posts:
Jason’s Alita scan-caps and a few more pages of note from Nick

Show Notes:

We kick things off by giving the 2013 YOU DON’T SUCK Award for Best Celebrity Freakout and/or Nip Slip to Adam Levine, who hates America. He narrowly beat out Tiny Fey’s Emmy nip slip and Amanda Bynes’s bong tossing.

BUT ENOUGH OF THAT! Hank’s returned from his harrowing excursion to Walla Walla to talk about Yukito Kishiro‘s Battle Angel Alita v5: Angel of Redemption wherein the title character becomes a singer-songwriter and Zapan stirs things up.

Ido also confronts fellow Tipharean scientist, Desty Nova, who happens to be a few shades crazier and far more volatile.

We discuss the themes at play, with an emphasis Kishiro’s use of brains and how you can basically plug shit into them. We also do our best to get Hank up to speed, considering he spent the past week at the bottom of a slowly-filling grain silo.

Speaking of which, after the end theme Hank and Nick recount the story of how they got Hank out of that deadly grain silo and extracted Cecily from the brainwashing bakery cult. Plus, now that Hank’s safely back in the Alleghenies, he’s got a Teen Center announcement!

Next Episode:
We’ll be back in two weeks to talk about Battle Angel Alita v5 chapters 4-7.

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #21 – Battle Angel Alita v4 pt 2

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Hosts:
Jason Averill and Nick Marino

Related Posts:
Jason’s Alita scans part one and part two

Show Notes:

Yukito Kishiro manages to one-up his previous work with the conclusion of Battle Angel Alita v4: Angel of Victory, delivering incredible fight scenes AND fantastic character development AND compelling plot twists.

The tussle between Jashugan and Alita has been percolating for two volumes and it becomes reality in chapter five. Kishiro works a clever flashback sequence into the fight, mixing some tantalizing plot teases into the awesome action.

We marvel at the silent sequences in these chapters and gush about the interesting interactions that occur both on and off the Motor Ball track.

After he end theme, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Hank 300 is alive and still working to help out Cecily, the troubled Teen Center member who recently traveled to Walla Walla, WA to find her birth mother. The bad news is that Cecily has been brainwashed by a bakery cult and Hank needs Nick’s help to extricate her from this surprisingly violent organization.

Next Episode:
As Nick travels to Walla Walla to aid Hank and Cecily, be back here on Tues, Dec 31st to hear a pre-recorded conversation between Rebecca Cohen and Nick as they discuss Solomon Mars‘s incredible Myth of Eustro digital comics!

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #20 – Battle Angel Alita v4 part 1

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program
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Hosts:
Jason Averill and Nick Marino

Related Posts:
Jason’s Alita scans

Show Notes:
Yukito Kishiro takes no prisoners as he tears up the Motor Ball track in Battle Angel Alita v4: Angel of Victory chapters 1-2!

Alita valiantly dispenses with her contenders until she reaches Crimson Wind, the enigmatic and mysterious motor baller who’s hungry for a good fight.

Our hero is more than willing to throwdown and thus an epic tussle ensues! We discuss our favorite parts of these action-packed two chapters, gushing about Kishiro’s kickass art and fantastic storytelling.

Other than the awkward and gratuitous (albeit well drawn) Shumira shower scene, everything in this section of the manga goes off without a hitch. There are even some delightfully corny surprises, like Tiegel’s upset victory.

After the end theme, we drop a quick Hank 300 update. If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Hank 300 and Cecily, please call the AudioShocker tip line at 412-567-7606.

Next Episode:
We solemnly discuss Battle Angela Alita v4 chapters 3-5 as we eagerly wait to hear from Hank 300.

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #18 – Battle Angel Alita v3 part 2

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program
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Hosts:
Jason Averill and Nick Marino

Related Posts:
Jason’s Alita scans

Show Notes:
We discuss the last half of Yukito Kishiro‘s Battle Angel Alita v3: Killing Angel.

Nick is smitten with chapter 4, which features an action-packed and emotional arm wrestling competition between Alita and Ido’s new ally, Jashugan.

Jason waxes poetic about the story, creating metaphorical parallels between plot developments, dialogue, and Alita’s personality. As a teen, v3 was his first encounter with Battle Angel Alita and he has a lot of love for this manga.

After the end theme, we give an update on the status of Hank 300, who hasn’t been heard from since he went cross-country to Walla Walla, WA to find missing Allegheny Teen Center member Cecily.

Next Episode:
The Adventures of Gyno-Star creator Rebecca Cohen joins Nick to talk about a webcomic (a webcomic that hasn’t been chosen yet because we’ve got a secret competition going on!).

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #17 – Battle Angel Alita v3 part 1

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program
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Hosts:
Jason Averill and Nick Marino

Related Posts:
Jason’s Alita scans Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

Show Notes:
Due to extremely bizarre personal circumstances, Hank 300 can’t podcast. So Alita super-fan Jason comes to the rescue and helps Nick review the first three chapters of Yukito Kishiro‘s Battle Angel Alita v3: Killing Angel.

As the volume opens, the status quo has been shattered. Ido’s living on the streets searching for Alita, who disappeared after the demise of Hugo.

A violent cyborg game called Motor Ball is the setting of this gorgeous manga tale. Alita has become entrenched in this sport and she’s surrounded by a new crew of misfits, including an enigmatic furball named Kinji.

Ido has befriended Shumira, a perky teen whose older brother just happens to be the greatest player in the history of Motor Ball. But with his health wavering and Alita on the rise, is his legacy in danger?

Next Episode:
Battle Angel Alita v3 chapters 4-5!

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #15 – Battle Angel Alita pt 4

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Didja miss us, baby?!?

We missed you too!

Hank 300 and Nick Marino discuss the second half of Battle Angel Alita v2, which concludes Alita’s love affair with the hunky-yet-horrible bad boy, Hugo. Here are a few moments that we reference.

Alita gets closer than ever to the floating city… but Tiphares doesn’t want her or Hugo to step on its mysterious surface. Plus, Ido reveals that he was kicked out of the enigmatic floating city and warns Alita that it’s not a place she wants to visit.

With her heart officially broken and her first love seemingly gone forever, what will Alita do now?

NEXT: Alita’s gonna have to wait until #17 because on ATCRP #16 we’re joined by artist V Ken Marion to talk about his work on Aspen’s All-New Soulfire #1!

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #14

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Battle Angel Alita pt 3!

We resume our review marathon of Yukito Kishiro‘s seminal manga!

First up, Jason was rightHank 300‘s copy of Battle Angela Alita v1 was paginated differently. So Hank finally caught up on the end of the Makaku fight.

After that, Hank — along with his trusty sidekick, Nick 732,926 tumbles headfirst into chapter 1 and chapter 2 of Battle Angel Alita v2.

Alita meets Hugo and falls in love! But Alita doesn’t know the real Hugo — a ruthless spine thief employed by the shady and dapper Vector.

NEXT: Will Alita follow her heart or claim the bounty on Hugo’s head? We discuss Battle Angel Alita v2 chapters 3-5!

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #12

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Battle Angel Alita pt 2!

After we drop some shoutouts to our favorite listeners and commenters, it’s one big sewer fight scene as Hank 300 and Nick Marino take on the second half of Yukito Kishiro’s Battle Angel Alita v1!

We discuss some especially interesting moments from chapters 4-7 of this manga, including Duke Fang and the origin of Makaku.

We also chat a bit about the first episode of the Battle Angel Alita OVA anime, which sorta spoils a few things about the direction of the ongoing story but mostly just feels like it changes things for the sake of changing them.

NEXT: We take a one week break from Alita’s adventures to discuss Hyperbole and a Half and continue our chat about the uncurated wild west of webcomics.

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #11

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Battle Angel Alita pt 1!

Hank 300 and Nick Marino kick things off with a recap of some recent @AudioShocker Twitter conversations with ATCRP listeners @Fuzzy_Esquire and @jason78ka. Big ups for listening and interacting, tweeps!

Then we begin a new multi-part review marathon of Yukito Kishiro’s renowned Battle Angel Alita manga, starting with the first four chapters of Battle Angel Alita v1.

First released in 1990 in Japan as Gunnm and later reprinted by VIZ for English-speaking audiences, Battle Angel Alita is a post-apocalyptic hi-tech lo-fi adventure story about a bounty hunter / scientist who rescues a dormant cyborg from a trash heap. (Unfortunately, VIZ hasn’t taken any steps to make BAA available digitally, which means that it’s readily available on scanlation sites.)

Hank and Nick discuss the themes at work in BAA’s introductory chapters, from “you gotta kill the head!” to Alita’s discovery of identity. Nick finds similarities between Kishiro’s art and that of his North America contemporaries who formed Image Comics. Here are a few notable moments we single out during our discussion.

And, as always, Hank ends things with some important announcements from the Allegheny Teen Center.

NEXT: We cover the final three chapters of Battle Angel Alita v1 and take a look at the Battle Angel Alita OVA anime.

Sidekickcast Episode #29 – ‘You had me at Yo!’

Sidekickcast Episode #29 - 'You had me at Yo!'

Lil Fat Mikey makes another return to the Danger Room to show Sidekickcast hosts Dan (Marshall Law) and Gavin (the Boneman) just how much he’s fallen down the comic book rabbit hole. We take a look at some comic book animation in the form of Ghost in the Shell, Battle Angel Alita and Iron Man: Armored Adventures.

In the Stack Attack reviews we cover Batman and Robin #5, Daredevil #501, Uncanny X-Men #516, Haunt #1, Chronicles of Wormwood: The Last Battle #1, Invincible Iron Man #19, North 40 #3 &#4 and Crossed #7.

It’s time to crap or get off the pot in Secrets and Lies; the comic book news quiz with Gavin so far in the lead with a score of 9-5. Can all the revision Lil Fat Mikey has done this week bring Dan back from the brink? In Knowing Me, Knowing You, Dan has Mike Carey’s The Torch #2 to contend with, can we convince to pick it up for another week? We get a Dig That! recommendation from our favourite comic book dealer Kristian AKA the Comic Guru in the form of Salem Brownstone: All Along the Watchtowers. Don’t forget to listen past the outro music for some ridiculously funny out-takes.