For this October, we return back to horror mangaka Junji Ito. For the entire month, we’ll be reading his most celebrated work, Uzumaki. A story about how surprisingly creepy spirals can be. Read along: Uzumaki by Junji Ito In this episode, Sly is getting a lot of material for his Uzumaki shonen fan fiction. Ryan […]

We finish DC’s mega-event that changed everything, Identity Crisis! Is the ending satisfying? Does it make sense? And why does everyone hate Captain Boomerang? Check out our last episode, Identity Crisis Part 1, first if you haven’t! Read along: Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales’ Identity Crisis In this episode, Ryan struggles to defend why cynicism […]

We talk about a book we’ve been awkwardly avoiding for years, DC’s 2004 event: Identity Crisis. This is one of the biggest DC stories we’ve covered and it’s the one that proved just how cynical Alan Moore’s influence was. So we should hate it, right? Well… Read along: Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales’ Identity Crisis […]

Hoo boy, this one’s a rough one. We’re talking about the Original Edgelord of Comics, Alan Moore and his second volume of The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman. This one gets a little intense, so strap yourself in. The Invisible Man, Mr. Hyde, Mina Harker, and Captain Nemo, Allan Quatermain, and some wagon driver all team […]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! EDGELORD AUGUST! It’s time to talk about Mark Millar’s Kingsman. So cuckle up, it’s time to go for a ride. We read Kingsman: The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons On this episode, we get back to our roots and talk about a Millar book […]

We’ve mentioned it a bunch of times, but we have a patreon! Here’s an exclusive clip from this month’s Patreon bonus episode to entice you into giving us money. So? Are you enticed?!? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/flyingmachine Come join our discord: https://discord.gg/yzFT6sk All of our past episodes and other projects can be found […]

We cover Steve Ditko (and Stan Lee’s) classic Dr. Strange run, primarily the 12 part epic that ran from Strange Tales 130-141! Ditko may have recently passed, but he remains one of our most beloved creators, even if he was a Randian Objectivist! On this episode, we get trippy to delve into what makes Dr. […]

We cover one of Darryl and Ryan’s favorite runs, Mark Waid’s Fantastic Four! We talk about his big Doom story, Unthinkable! Read along with Fantastic Four (Volume 3) 67-70 and 500 On this episode, Darryl takes the main role and EXPLAINS LORE, which is truly the most Unthinkable part. Sly can’t tell the difference between […]

We’re still talking about Stan Lee! But this time, his best work, at least according to Sly and Ryan! Some Classic Kirby Fantastic Four! Some Ditko Spider-Man! And some Buscema Silver Surfer! We cover: Fantastic Four 51 – This Man… This Monster! Amazing Spider-Man 31-33 – If This Be My Destiny! Silver Surfer 5 – […]

We’re continuing our Stan Lee bonanza! So we spend another episode dunking on him. In the early 2000s, he had a series of books called “Just Imagine,” where he rebooted the major DC characters but with one major twist… now they’re dumb! Excelsior! On this episode, we cover Stan’s re-imagining of Superman, Batman, and Wonder […]

You know that guy that shows up in every Marvel movie? Stanley? Well, he’s been cameoing in comics for years! Not always in the best light, though. Apparently his coworkers really hated him and loved to openly mock him in their books. ‘Nuff Said! Comics Covered: Angel And The Ape Issue 2 Mister Miracle Issue […]

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! It’s time to help Robin find his mom! All four of them! Iran’s in the news a lot lately, so we recorded an episode two weeks ago, before anything happened to help hype it up for everyone. We’re getting our cohesive synergy on by following up our episodes on DC’s political stories […]

Special episode alert! Who’s ready for an editorially mandated CROSSOVER? It’s the EVENT of the SUMMER! Divisive Issues will NEVER be the SAME AGAIN! We’re joined by Henry from Midtown Comics to talk about the inconsistent history of Thanos, the star of the mega-blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War! Comics we cover: Spidey Super Stories 39 and […]

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Oops, We Talked Politics this week, everybody. We cover one arc of Steve Englehart’s Green Lantern, Red Lantern. An alien Green Lantern defects to Russia at the height of the Cold War and meets Gorbachev. It goes about how you would expect. Oh, also a 12 year old girl uses a ring to turn into […]

We stay in the world of manga to talk about Yu-Gi-Oh! Everyone’s favorite card game! Too bad the manga has nothing to do with the card game and just has a kid ironically murdering people! In this episode, Sly reveals the moral code for Sly’s America. Ryan starts his career writing gag manga. Phil tricks […]

We’re pretty sick of doing dumb and bad books, so we let Darryl pick one. He picked an autobiographical manga that really resonated with all of us, and hopefully you, too. A young woman’s journey through her crippling depression and anxiety as she comes to terms with herself and her sexuality as a lesbian. Not […]

With the Black Panther movie smashing the box office, we decided to read some comics about Black Panther smashing systemic oppression. It might only be in our dreams but it’s important to us, damn it. We briefly talk about the long history of Black Panther in comic books and read a story about him facing […]

Here we are again. Back to Ultimates. Guess what? The second half is way worse! Make sure you listen to our last episode, where we covered the first half of Ultimates, before this one! Ryan admits he was wrong and there’s no deconstruction or satire, just toxic masculinity. For real this time. Darryl is just […]

The Ultimates was Marvel’s first attempt to modernize the Avengers and it became the source material for the film. Did we finally find a Millar book where the comic was better than the movie? Well no, but at least it’s not hot garbage. The gang time travels from 2099 to the Bush Years to see […]