In this issue: Dickens and Serling are all jumbled up, and it is up to the Fictionauts to save the day! Plus, X-Men, the Shadow, Harvest and Idolized all go under the microscope.


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Written by GARTH ENNIS
Exactly who the Shadow might be- or who he once was- is the subject of some grim speculation by Taro Kondo and Buffalo Wong, but the answer may be closer than either suspects. Meanwhile, Cranston and Margo come face to face with the full horror of the Japanese occupation… and on the River Yangtze, a deadly ambush awaits the unwary.

Rating: ★★★★½

Harvest #1 (of 5)
Human traffickers. Rogue medical teams. Yakuza run organ mills and a six year-old drug fiend. Welcome to Dr. Benjamin Dane’s nightmare. His only way out? Bring down the man who set him up by reclaiming organs already placed in some very powerful people. If Dexter, ER and 100 Bullets had a three-way and that mind blowing tryst somehow resulted in a kid, that kid would read HARVEST. Medical Grade Revenge.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

David Schwartz ¬ Writer / Micah Gunnell ¬ Art / David Curiel – Colors
Aspen Comics proudly presents their first ever super-hero series, IDOLIZED!
What would a real world filled with superheroes look like? In this all-new series it gets ugly, as a young, girl-next door named Joule reveals her tortured past and her desperate attempt for revenge‹all while auditioning in front of the cameras and judges of the hot new TV show ³SuperHero Idol²!
IDOLIZED begins here, as we experience the initial audition that will make Joule a household name in homes across America, and we begin to learn the secrets she is hiding may lead to her shocking downfall!
Written and created by David Schwartz, with gorgeous art by Micah Gunnell and David Curiel, and featuring a cover by the legendary Art Adams, and a photo cover starring Supermodel Rachel Clark, you won’t want to miss out on this innovative new series only from Aspen Comics!

Rating: ★★★½☆

• Travel the multiverse with Captain Howlett, Kid Nightcrawler, and Emmeline Frost
• Which X-Men will be lost between dimensions…with no guaranteed way home?
Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
After seeing an army of Poppinses fighting off He Who Shall Not Be Named, it got us thinking – who would win in an epic battle between Gandalf the Gray and Voldermort?


They’ve battled, Moby Dick, matched wits with Dickens, and befriended a kingdom of evolved sea monkeys! They’re the genre hopping heroes of Hypercity – the FICTIONAUTS!
Fantasy is a serious business for this team, as they scour fictional worlds to right dangerous anomalies and preserve the balance between reality and imagination. But recently, a rash of unexplained disturbances across the fictional universe has started to tear it apart, and they face the ultimate challenge when the mysterious Agent X threatens to bring down the barriers between our world and the world of stories. Dive headlong into the madcap, mind-bending world of the FICTIONAUTS!

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  1. August 1, 2012 at 10:23 am — Reply

    Tolkein was South African, originally. This is coming straight from memory (not wikipedia), but yes, he eventually wound up in Oxford.

    He saw LOTR as an epic about England to rival the classic Greek/Roman epics.

    • August 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm — Reply

      He was born in South Africa but was British.

      • August 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm — Reply

        Also, it’s my understanding that by the time they were both writing their best-known works, both CS Lewis and Tolkien were Christians — were they different denominations? Stephen said they were really different religiously — how so?

        • August 3, 2012 at 12:50 am — Reply

          Tolkien was always a devout Catholic, but Lewis was an atheist from the time he was 15 until the mid 1920s when he became an apologist—he converted because of Tolkien’s influence. So they were both Christian, but they came at it from different perspectives.

  2. August 1, 2012 at 11:08 am — Reply

    There are a lot of people still upset about the sexualization of women in comics. There’s an ongoing (and fascinating) conversation over at

  3. August 3, 2012 at 12:46 am — Reply

    Just finished listening to the podcast.

    Whether he’s grey or white Gandalf is still a demigod who helped in the creation of the world and full of subtle power. Matthew said he read the Silmarillion, but he doesn’t know Gandalf/Olorin was a Maiar!

    I realize even broaching the subject elevates me to an absurd level of nerditude, but seriously!

    • August 3, 2012 at 12:51 am — Reply

      Matthew said he read the Silmarillion, but he doesn’t know Gandalf/Olorin was a Maiar!

      Matthew said he TRIED to read the Silmarillion. There’s a tale about that, somewhere back in the wilds of the M.S.P.

      • August 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm — Reply

        Fair enough. I had to try to read it, like, three times at different points in my life before I was successful.

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