Whatever happened to the man of tomorrow

This week on the show: Superman is gone, Ducktales arrives, and Asterix gets the 3D rendered treatment.


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Asterix gets 3D movie treatment

Batman: Gates of Gotham #1
Written by SCOTT SNYDER and KYLE HIGGINS; Art and Cover by TREVOR MCCARTHY; 1:25 Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
When a mystery as old as Gotham City itself surfaces, Batman assembles a team of his greatest detectives – including Red Robin, Owlman, I-Ching and others – to investigate this startling new enigma. As clues are discovered and the mystery deepens, Batman’s team soon finds itself on a journey that explores different eras in Gotham’s history and touches upon notable Gotham families including the Waynes, Kanes, and Elliotts.

This miniseries spins out of recent events in the Batman titles and sets the stage for several exciting storylines in 2011. Additionally, this limited series touches upon mysterious story elements introduced in Grant Morrison’s RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE. Featuring many exciting Batman Family guest stars!

Rating: ★★★½☆

Written by Warren Spector
Drawn by Leonel Castellani, Jose Massaroli, Magic Eye Studios
COVER A: Leonel Castellani
COVER B: Jonathan Gray
DUCKTALES is back! The hit Disney Afternoon TV show makes a splash this month as an all-new, original ongoing comic book series! Written by the creator of the EPIC MICKEY video game and illustrated by the fan-favorite Disney duck artist Miquel Pujol, this is the latest and greatest revival of the Disney Afternoon Revolution that “might solve a mystery,” but will definitely “rewrite history!” Existing within the same continuity as BOOM!’s hit series DARKWING DUCK, find out why “life is like a hurricane!”

Rating: ★★★★☆

Art by CAFU and BIT
Kick-starting the second arc of the hit new series, this issue shines a spotlight on the original Iron Maiden! What ties does this classic foe of the original team have to the current lineup? All we know for sure is that the new Dynamo better watch out, because she sure enjoyed causing the old one pain! Action and intrigue abound in this perfect jumping-on point for new readers!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Zack contacted us via Twitter to ask the all important question, “If Darth Vader and Neo were in a fight, whose powers would lead to victory?”
Good question Zack, why don’t we let the readers weigh in?
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Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
Imagine that, somehow, the adventures of Superman were drawing to a close, never to begin again. This is that final tale: one of the most dramatic Superman stories ever, in which the Man of Steel makes a last stand against Lex Luthor, Brainiac, and other foes, with allies including Supergirl and Krypto at his side. Written by Alan Moore, the Hugo-Award Winning author of Watchmen.

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  1. Another great episode! I really enjoyed the discussion of the types of Kryptonite… I was always intrigued by them since seeing a “Jeff Goldblum explains the complex part of the movie” kind of panel in an old issue of Superman (the Tales of Krypton mini-series maybe?) that had a chart of all the Kryptonites… One worked on plants only and another gave psychic powers :)
    As for prior uses of Gold K, I may have my timing wrong, but wasn’t there a 1984-ish issue of Supergirl when she used it on a mob of 12 inch tall Supergirl clones? And didn’t Element Lad pull a great Gold K Ex Machina on the Superman clone in the Great Darkness Saga?
    Thanks for the good memories

  2. For whatever reason I refrained from reading my copy of T.H.U.N.D.E.R Agents until yesterday, but I loved it as well. I don’t have much familiarity with the old comics, but this run has hooked me quite well. I enjoyed how as the series began they didn’t make the reader know anything about what was going on, but are gradually revealing things that I can tell are aimed toward the older readers who know their history.

  3. FWIW: When I was discussing the mad bomber Legends of the Dark Knight story, it wasn’t the Gothic storyline, but rather Destroyer that began in LoDK #27. Gothic had to do with a church, a serial killer, and a ghost… it was written by Grant Morrison and is pretty terrifying at moments. Gothic ran in LoDK #6 – #10.


  4. Stephen, you might remember seeing El Santo in the classic Sampson vs. the Vampire Women MST3K episode (aka TV’s Frank’s last episode).

      • I grew up in Puerto Rico and my monthly comic book purchases included Superman, Batman, El Santo, and Huracan Ramirez (another wrestler just as famous as El Santo). In fact, I still have most of my copies of the Huracan Ramirez books and have been searching for a “complete” run on eBay for a while. The books are fascinating in that they are black-and-white and illustrated in a combination of live action stills and drawings (sometimes both on the same panel) which I haven’t really seen anywhere since. It makes for a bizarre pseudo-realistic art style. Off to google and see if I can find some of these online.

        • PS Matthew’s comments on the “unmasking” of wrestlers were right on point. I remember most storylines eventually led to a “death match” where the villain basically focused on unmasking the hero, and the issue’s cliffhanger was usually a shot of Huracan Ramirez on the ring, pinned by the villain and his cohorts, with his mask half off and the big lettering a la the Batman TV show “WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?” LOL

  5. I haven’t had any pages fall out of the Simonson Thor omnibus, but it is a pain to read. The Marvel omnibus’s for the last few years have had pretty high quality sewn binding, which both keeps the pages in place AND makes a larger hardcover MUCH easier to read than glued binding. Significantly less gutter loss and it lays flat much easier.

    The new coloring does look amazing, though. Depending on your tolerance for the issues not looking exactly like the original floppies, it’s a nice upgrade over the old trades.

  6. Just so you know, someone from the Department of Child Services does listen to this podcast, but I work for Indiana, so Matthew’s ok… for now.

    Another great episode guys. Keep up the great work.

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