ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 89: Examining The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy

At first glance, Ultimate Marvel’s “Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” is an exciting read, a page-turner, and, if a one hundred thousand mile long swarm intelligence scares the bejesus out of you as it does me, the cause of a few nightmares.

I can count on one hand the number of times I experienced the inability to put a comics series down before I finished the whole thing, and I am happy to count  “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” among those times along with Y, THE LAST MAN, THE WALKING DEAD, and ULTIMATE X-MEN.

LISTEN: You’re probably an X-Men fan if you’re reading this! Our previous episode features Monet St. Croix and Dust!

“The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” is a set of three limited series runs ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE, ULTIMATE SECRET, and ULTIMATE EXTINCTION. Each limited series is written by Warren Ellis with various artists. At its best, “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” flawlessly flows from issue to issue, making it near impossible to stop until the entire trilogy is finished. Sometimes, a slew of different artists working on a singular story can cause disjointedness but, instead, the art in each limited series worked in perfect tandem with the writing, enhancing it through epic cinematic visuals while capturing the most personal of moments between characters.

While being an amazing read, “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” is not without its flaws. While it seemed to perfectly encapsulate and even enhance the humanity of characters like Captain America, Nick Fury, Tony Stark, Reed Richards, and Thor by exploring their flaws and intellectual and emotional limitations, for those of us who tend to root more for the female characters, we were left wanting in the cases of Jean Grey, Susan Storm, and Black Widow. That being said, the depiction of Carol Danvers throughout the story is hilarious when it needs to be without losing the seriousness of the character who climbed the ranks through the American Military Industrial Complex.

HEAR: This podcast celebrates the women of X-Men: Jean Grey, Storm, Emma Frost, Rogue, and Mystique!

In the 89th episode of the ComicsVerse Podcast, ComicsVerse Marvel Section Editors Kat Vendetti and Alex Bisignaro join CEO and host Justin Alba, Columbia University Ph.D. student Nolan Bensen, and ComicsVerse X-Men writer Marius Thienenkamp for a discussion of “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” that examines themes of extraterrestrial life science, religion and Galactus as the un-creator, gender and sexism, and the role of government in Ultimate Marvel’s comics.

The discussion may be heavy, but a fair share of lighter funny moments did arise. After all, this is the ComicsVerse Podcast. Would you expect anything less than to laugh your butts off while learning a lot?

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 87: Celebrating the Women of X-Men

It’s no secret that the American left was rendered speechless on the night of November 8, 2016. What we hoped would be the year of the woman, that moment when Hillary Clinton became the most powerful female in the history of the world, ended up shocking us to the core. What remained in place of our idealism and hope was an inconvenient fact — despite outnumbering men, women were still an oppressed “minority,” forced to deal with slings and arrows long ago deemed inappropriate for males of most races and ethnicities. It is with this glaring fact in mind that ComicsVerse has dedicated our 87th episode to our favorite X-Men women.

Why Celebrate the X-Men Women Now?

It doesn’t matter which side of the political aisle you fall on. Heck, it doesn’t even matter if you’re not political at all. It’s obvious the west has some work to do when it comes to fairness between the two binary genders. Instead of arguing the point, we at ComicsVerse have decided to celebrate the point by celebrating the X-Men women: Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Mystique, Jean Grey, Storm, and Emma Frost.

What makes each of these ladies tick? How do they celebrate their femininity? What are their hopes, dreams, and fears? All this and more is discussed in episode 87 of the ComicsVerse Podcast — Celebrating the X-Men Women! Oh, and if your favorite female X-Man isn’t mentioned above, stay tuned to the end of the episode and our honorable mentions!

Keep in mind; this podcast is about celebrating our favorite X-Men women. In most cases, we’ve spent between two to four hours discussing each of these characters in their own right:

We hope you enjoy this episode, and we can’t wait to hear who some of your favorite X-Men women are!

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ComicsVerse Episode 86: Interview with Rick Remender

After covering many of his works, such as DEADLY CLASS and UNCANNY X-FORCE, over several ComicsVerse podcasts, we’re proud to present Episode 86 of the podcast — our Rick Remender interview!

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Over the course of the conversation with ComicsVerse CEO Justin Alba, Kay Honda, Matthew Murphy, and Marius Thienenkamp, Remender discussed his history and influences as a writer, his stances on the medium, the creative process, and collaborating with other artists.

LISTEN: Part 1 of our two-part podcast about UNCANNY X-FORCE!

In discussing his Marvel works, we focused on his fan favorite run on UNCANNY X-FORCE, a book that many consider a modern mutant classic. What’s the secret behind the book’s captivating moral dilemmas? How did Remender approach working with a set of characters that all share a dark side, or as Justin put it, a killer instinct, and how did he manage to give them a human side? Spoiler alert: he might not be thinking about some of the characters he wrote as enthusiastically as one would assume!

LISTEN: Our discussion about the ethics in Remender’s UNCANNY X-FORCE on the Ethics in Comics Podcast!

Of course, we didn’t miss out on discussing his numerous beloved works for Image. Be it LOW, TOKYO GHOST or DEADLY CLASS: themes like narcissism, fatherhood, and a fear of the future seemed to reoccur in his books, so during our Rick Remender interview, we discussed what these elements meant to him personally.

In talking about these works, Remender not only gave us amazing insight into his work ethic and creative energy but also into his personal morals and philosophy – be it as a punk-rock enthusiast or as a father. If you ever wanted to see his intimate and artistic side – this Rick Remender interview might be for you!

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The Comics Noob EP 29 Flashy vs Death

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This week we wrap a couple of story arcs and start a couple of new ones. Also… Happy Holidays.

02:42 The Flash 12
12:27 Justice League vs Suicide Squad Prelude
19:15 The Punisher 06
26:47 Namesake 01

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The Comics Noob EP 28 Letters From Bats

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This week we get some deep Batman feelings/ass-kicking and our crossovers are as fun as ever. Get into them. Enjoy.

02:51 Batman 12
13:54 Big Trouble in Little China Escape From NY 03
22:21 Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Alien 03
34:39 You Should Read
37:19 Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer

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The Comics Noob EP 27 Last Stand + Wacky Beetles

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This week we get a some finality to some arcs and the Beetle starts to get good. Enjoy.

01:50 Blue Beetle 03
10:03 Wacky Raceland 06
18:57 Lucas Stand 06
31:29 You Should Read

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The Comics Noob EP 26 There Be Monsters + No Man’s Sky Update

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Another great week for comics. Tons of monster is this one, in one form or another. Plus, we breifly mention the new Foundations Update for No Man’s Sky. Is anyone still playing this game?
Enjoy.

02:28 The Flash 11
12:58 Batman Beyond 02
22:47 Kingsway West 03
33:29 You Should Read
39:17 No Man’s Sky Update

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The Comics Noob Ep 25 Sorry we’re late, it was the Turkey’s fault

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Happy Turkey Day! Apologies for the late upload.
Three great books this week, guys. Let us know what you thought.

02:00 Batman 11
12:56 Trinity 03
22:39 Kill or be Killed 04
33:02 You Should Read
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Ep 23 It’s Strange in here + Doctor Strange Movie Review

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Welcome back, guys! This week we escape with Batman and Jack Burton, fight for the honor of Hydra, and see a movie. Doctor Strange was awesome so we talk about it. Enjoy.

01:52 Batman 10
12:00 SR: Captain America 06
20:25 Big Trouble/Escape NY 02
Doctor Strange Review: Spoiler-free 27:25
Doctor Strange Review: Spoilers 33:56

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The Comics Noob Ep 22 Speeding Beyond the Grotesque + BF1

 

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A couple let downs this week, but some bright spots as well.

Plus, we pine over Battlefield 1 briefly. Thanks for listening.

 

02:13 The Flash 09

11:59 Batman Beyond 01

22:02 Blue Beetle 02

30:16 Lucas Stand 05

39:25 Battlefield 1

44:16 You Should Read

 

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The Comics Noob Ep 21- Getting the Band Back Together & Movie Trailers

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We have story arc setups and more in this weeks episode. We also review a couple of the newest movie trailers and a long awaited game trailer. Thanks for giving it a listen.

 

02:59 Batman 09

15:01 Trinty 02

23:52 Wacky Raceland 05

33:47 Logan Trailer

44:38 Assassin’s Creed Trailer

55:25 Red Redemption 2 Trailer

 

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Ep 20 Friendships End, We Survive Monsters & Go Beyond

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Big #20 guys. Thank you for the support and love for this show.

This week we end some arcs and start some new ones as well as getting royally confused about some things. So strap in and let’s get started.

3:10 Night of the Monster Men Pt 6 (Detective Comics 942)

15:14 All-Star Batman 03

27:41 Batman Beyond Rebirth

36:20 The Flash 08

48:03 Steve Rogers: Captain America 05

56:01 Kill or be Killed 03

01:03:41 You Should Read

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The Comics Noob – Ep 19 Crossovers Galore & New York ComicCon 2016

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These episodes keep getting bigger, don’t they?

We have a bunch of crossover’s this week plus our New York ComicCon experiences this year.

Enjoy.

 

03:32 Night of the Monstermen Pt 4/5 – Batman 08/Nightwing 06

20:07 Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens 02

31:30 Big trouble in little China vs Escape from New York 01

42:29 New York ComicCon + Party Nerdz

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The Comics Noob Ep 18 – More Monsters, Gods, Bugs & Machines

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Another jam-packed episode for you guys. Our list of comics just keeps growing. I wonder how long it will be before they engulf us completely?

03:15 Night of the Monster Men Part 3 in Detective Comics 941

11: 50 The Flash 07

23:56 Blue Beetle 01

34:31 Wacky Raceland 04

46:59 The Punisher 05

54:31 You Should Read

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 83: The Dark Angel Saga and Rick Remender’s UNCANNY X-FORCE (part 2)

Despite its youth, “The Dark Angel Saga” is already considered by X-Force, X-Men, and many other comics fans to be a modern X-Men comics classic. Not only is there a revisit to X-Men’s Age of Apocalypse universe, but Rick Remender’s arc on UNCANNY X-FORCE also offers several interesting parallels to Chris Claremont’s classic– “Dark Phoenix Saga.”  What sets this UNCANNY X-FORCE run apart from other 21st century stories? What makes it so staggeringly heartbreaking? We delve into that and more in this podcast.

In addition to discussing various plot twists and character dynamics, UNCANNY X-FORCE’s motif of embracing one’s killer instinct makes up a large portion of this episode. Rest assured, we made time to dish on which X-Force characters are our favorites and which X-Force characters resonated the most with us on a personal level all while examining Rick Remender’s closing arc that managed to wrap up the underlying moral conflicts and conclude this epic story arc flawlessly.

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We dedicate a segment of this podcast to the work of the diverse set of artists on UNCANNY X-FORCE, such as Esad Ribic, Julian Totino Tedesco, Mark Brooks, and others. Finally, we conclude by applying the techniques for developing a three-dimensional character created by legendary acting coach, Susan Batson, in her book– Truth, to engage in character analyses of Archangel (Warren Worthington, III) and Psylocke (Betsy Braddock).

Episode 83 concludes a two-part series on UNCANNY X-FORCE by Rick Remender. In this episode, ComicsVerse CEO, Justin Alba, and German staff writer, Marius Thienenkamp, co-host this podcast joined by Mark Hassenfratz, Dellen Miller, Kay Honda, and Jamie Rice.

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