Not your daddy’s Ultimates

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Let’s bring back our main man Midnighter as we dip in to Warren Ellis’ Authority, Issues 1-6!

Sly is desperate for more EDGE, Ryan has the hots for lady Guy Gardner, Phil lectures us on alternate reality England, and Darryl defends… Mark Millar’s Ultimates???

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52 52 52 52
Another crossover, a worm stuck in a loop… It’s something DC tried one time, and in the end was right. I hope you had the read of your life

All good things must come to an end, so we end the #flyerdrive right when we wrap up our coverage of DC’s year-long weekly series, 52. Do Phil and Darryl think it lives up to hype when Ryan and Sly described it as the greatest comic story every written? Find out as we cover issues 40-52! And make sure you listen to Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 first because we will be following a strict NO RECAP rule.

On this episode, Phil gets very heated about steam engines, Sly can’t keep anyone’s name straight, Darryl gets buried with the Crime Bible, and Ryan seeds all the plots.

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It’s your favorite superheroes, Robot-Head-Man and Naked Lad!

The #flyerdrive continues with our third (of four) episode on DC’s magnum opus, 52! It’s issues 27-39! And if this is your first time, make sure you listen to part one and part two first!

Sly cannot pronounce Nanda Parbat, Ryan feels Elongated Man’s pain, Phil finds space zombies more plausible than the Crime Bible, and Darryl finds something worse than Lobo. Oh, and Dennis? Merry Christmas.

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Superheroes are, though! 52!
Children aren’t people

We’re still weekly! Here we are 52 Part 2. We’re hitting issues 14-26 this time, so read along! And make sure you listen to last week’s episode first!

On this episode, Sly worships at the feet of Pope Lobo, Ryan rips open a bag of Ch’ps with his good buddy Ambush Bug, Darryl joins the Teen Titans, and Phil becomes a biblical scholar of crime.

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52 rules so damn hard.
52! 52! 52!

We’re going weekly, just like DC did after Infinite Crisis. We’re covering what Ryan and Sly have been hyping for years as the best superhero comic ever written, 52. Over the next 4 weeks, we’ll be covering 13 issues at a time of the year without Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

On this episode, Phil falls for the Chinese Justice League, Sly enjoys a powerless Superman, Ryan talks about his favorite drink Gingold, and Darryl LOATHES space cowboys.

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Editorial is pushing the big event so…

It’s the big patreon drive! So we joined up with Network host and honorary member of the Clue Crew, Nick Wood! We cover the first six issues of Scooby Apocalypse, the gritty reboot of the beloved franchise!

On this episode, Ryan desperately tries to defend the creative team. Nick defines his entire life by a less-than-perfect obsession. Darryl reveals his secret talents. And Phil exposits. A lot.

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It’s our July Patreon drive! Here’s a sample of what we offer our backers. It’s our episode from November 2018, where we covered Heroes In Crisis on a bimonthly basis. This is part 1!

If you subscribe, the rest of the parts are January, March, May, and June. The 1 dollar tier gets you access to the newsletter with pop culture recommendations from hosts, and some exclusive shows, like the audio version of Ryan’s music column, with 10 new episodes dropping throughout the month! The 5 dollar tier gets you all of our bonus episodes, and new ones from every show every month. And the 10 dollar tier gets you a yearly gift box and input on up and coming network episodes! And you can pick an album for Ryan to review!

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I still like Infinite Crisis
It’s pretty much this for seven issues

We’re in the weeds now, y’all. What we countdowned to last time has arrived. Infinite Crisis! We’re talking about the most “important” modern DC event. Is it worth the hype? Does it CHANGE EVERYTHING FOREVER?

Read along: Infinite Crisis by Geoff Johns, Phil Jimenez, George Perez, and Jerry Ordway

On this episode, Phil tries his best to learn about the Speed Force, Sly loves Jaime Reyes but never wants to talk about him again, Ryan spills the beans on who lost their virginity in Ma & Pa Kent’s barn, and Darryl learns the two most beautiful words in the English language: Psycho Pirate.

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All for the cost of a candy bar!

It’s finally here. Hold on to your butts, we’re gearing up to talk about DC’s big event. Not Crisis On Infinite Earths, the very different INFINITE CRISIS!

Read Along: Countdown To Infinite Crisis, The OMAC Project, and Superman: Sacrifice

On this episode, Phil is smitten with an AI (or just its text), Darryl is smitten with Wonder Woman, Sly does a heel turn and defends the structure of a crossover event, and Ryan is beaming with pride as Blue Beetle gets the love he deserves. This is a pretty big episode, not just because robots are taking over the DC world, but we also announce SIX future episodes!

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Death's Head 2 kinda rules, doesn't he?
The X-Treme Prejudice is X-Cruciating in this X-Cellent X-Hibition!

The gang’s back to talk about Darryl’s mentor, Death’s Head II. The time traveling, multiple personality, cybernetic assassin. Or something like that, I don’t know. It’s dumber than ever. But also… great? If you haven’t heard part one, it’ll either help or make it worse.

We cover: Issues 1-4 of Death’s Head II’s ongoing series

Darryl continues to stan for the dumbest character in existence, Ryan stans for “little font” Jubilee, Sly can’t garner one iota of concern for Tuck, and Phil’s just here for the T&A. If you thought everyone was mean to Death’s Head (and Darryl) before, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet bub!

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Whoops, Robin's dead again.
Alfred, we gotta go get a new Robin again! Yeah, I know, it happened again.

On this episode, the gang watches Batman grow up and develop from only hallucinating Robin dying, to causing it, then to only witnessing it. Again and again and again. We cover a bunch of Robin’s fake out deaths from the 60s and 70s! Not to be confused with the time he actually died in the 80s, which we covered exactly a year ago!

Ryan is bamboozled by how AIR TIGHT the plots of these stories are, Darryl thinks Batman shouldn’t be wasting his time advancing science, Sly defends every comic in this episode, and Phil wishes Robin was actually dead.

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This is your brain on black mentallium

On this episode, the gang gets weird. We cover the standalone Doom Patrol spin-off book on everyone’s favorite HERO. OF. THE BEACH. Flex Mentallo! Never heard of him? Don’t worry, maybe it’s just because superheroes had to turn fictional to save our universe? Buckle up for a postmodern journey and remember, the fish gets changed more than the water!

Read Along: Flex Mentallo: Man Of Muscle Mystery By Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely

Darryl wants to know why this is all happening, Phil wants to know how this is all happening, Sly has given up, and Ryan’s as happy as a kid in a candy store. As our hero Grant Morrison says, “Those comics, they really #&@! you up something.

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Ryan still thinks Kaijumax is good, damn you
Is it a powerful metaphor or is it just racist?

On this episode, the gang takes a patreon request and covers one of their first indie books, Kaijumax by Zander Cannon and published by Oni Press – a gruesome tale of giant monsters in a maximum security prison. Asking the tough questions, like what if we treated giant monsters as badly as we currently treat actual human beings? And what if it was cute to look at?

Read Along: Kaijumax Volume One

Darryl remains in shock at the events in this book, Sly has NO SYMPATHY for one-note debtors, and Ryan really hates the prison system (both real and imaginary) and Phil just wants to watch Pacific Rim again.

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I guess this is my name now!

Note: An Earlier version of this episode with a missing ending was uploaded previously. This is the fixed one!

On this episode, we revisit Captain Marvel, but only just barely since he isn’t called that anymore! Just in time for Shazam! We cover the story that we’re pretty sure the movie’s based on, his retold origins from the DC reboot.

Read Along: Shazam By Geoff Johns and Gary Frank

Phil’s had enough of troubled kids with a heart of gold, Darryl knows who the REAL Santa is, Ryan has more knowledge about tigers in business suits than one might think, and Sly’s argues that Superman’s outlook is for babies and Black Adam’s is for big boys.

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Ultimates sure is something
Sorry, chum. You’re nuts. And you’re going down

Our Annual extravaganza must once more come to a close, as we finish the second half of the Mark Millar epic, Ultimates 2. Does it fly off the rails as hard as Ultimates 1, which we covered last year? Listen to find out! And make sure you listen to part one first!

Read along: Ultimates 2

On this episode, we get INTO it. The four hosts choose some interesting lines in the sand on if the Avengers movie improved on Millar’s work or, god forbid, took away from it? Ryan think anything less than 10 issues is too subtle and rushed. Sly has some shocking reveals on his opinions of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phil discusses the nuances of mental health awareness, through the lens of a teenaged edgelord. And Darryl might be the only one left with any sense on what constitutes a good book anymore.

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As alw

In this episode, the gang continues what they started and read Mark Millar’s Ultimates 2. The Millarfication of the Marvel Universe continues! This is the one that everyone seems to love, but will the gang agree with the general consensus? It’s a Mark Millar book so probably not. But tune in anyway to find out!

This is actually our second take at this episode because we actually did lose our original audio despite our claims to the contrary in the emergency MCU episode. So in this episode, gasp as Ryan’s lie is revealed, laugh as Sly gets his kneecaps broken, cry as Phil gives his heartfelt apologies, and snore as Darryl recalls the points he made during our original take.

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On this very special episode, technical difficulties pushed our Annual Extravaganza back two weeks and Ryan, Sly, and Darryl get together to talk about the MCU. What makes it a success, what we’re worried about for the future, how excited we are for Captain Marvel and much more!

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We finally finish talking about Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, and Marvel Comics in general as we wrap up this long trek through comic history with Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel. And we end it on a high note.

In this episode, we all praise G. Willow Wilson and her success at an editorially mandated Marvel character, Kamala Khan. Ryan is the loremaster this time around because Sly is just too hyped about the next Edgelord August. Phil was just a big smily face emoticon while reading this and Darryl has finally gotten over his ex, Carol Danvers.

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Ok, fine, Carol's pretty cool
I’m so close to becoming Captain Marvel, I can taste him!

We’re ALMOST done talking about Captain Marvel! This is the last Carol Danvers episode! We made it! We cover her arc during Civil War and AvX! Carol Danvers separates kids from their moms over politics and then makes out with Captain Marvel as part of her initiation to take up the mantle!

On this episode, we finish up Carol’s saga. We only have ONE more Marvel-ous episode left, we promise! Sly dumps a bunch of lore. Darryl gets a warboard. Phil still kinda likes Civil War. Ryan is still talking about Civil War tie ins.

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Ok, fine, Ms. Marvel's pretty cool, I guess
“I’ll show you what it means to be the eighth Captain Marvel!”

We’re back to talk about CAPTAIN MARVEL. Or at least the current one, Carol Danvers. But before she was Captain Marvel. When she was Ms. Marvel. And Binary. And Warbird. You know, Carol Danvers!

Listen to our first three Captain Marvel episodes here

In this episode, we finally cover one of our most requested comics, *shudders* Avengers 200! We also cover some of Ms. Marvel’s history with Rogue and with alcoholism! Phil learns about White Holes, Darryl stands in awe of Avengers #200, Ryan is more like Beast than he realizes, and Sly is gonna get himself both an alien empress AND a clone body.

And Darryl told me to tell you he’s sorry that he accidentally recorded in a bathtub.

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