Ep. 071 “Reading Rainbow”

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The best things in life are free – and this podcast is no exception! This week, we geek out over Free Comic Book Day, Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Eisner Awards, Herb Trimpe and much, much more.

imgresFirst up in Top o’ the Pile, we talk about Essex County,  Uncanny X-Men, and Josh’s refusal to read comics. then it’s off to our local comic shop to take in the sights, sounds and smells of Free Comic Book Day.

Dan and Ben assemble for a (mostly spoiler-free) review of Avengers: Age of Ultron that gives props to big action and breakout characters. Dan chimes in on last week’s Daredevil conversation. We run down some of the recent Eisner Award nominations and make our (no doubt completely wrong) picks to win.

Can o’ Beans closes out the show with promises to read She-Hulk, FCBD comics and, well… anything in Josh’s case.  It’s an action-packed, over-stuffed episode that you won’t want to miss, “but you don’t have to take my word for it.”

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Music in this episode by: Donovan Frankenreiter, Adam Warrock, Jimmy Fallon

Ep. 070 “Vigilante Workout”

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Lucky number 70, and this is a BIG one! Ben and Josh kick it old school this week with a blockbuster conversation about summer blockbusters… and more!

First up in Top o’ the Pile, we have Amazing Spider-Man #16.1, Thor: God of Thunder #25 and the age old debate over who’s the better butler: Alfred or Jarvis. Then we take it to the small screen with an in-depth (but relatively spoiler-free) look at Daredevil on Netflix.

We recap what may have been the greatest week in movie trailer history. We’re giddy for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. Our interest in Ant-Man is renewed. We unleash the wrath of Ben on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And we’re actually kind of hopeful for Fantastic 4. Get caught up on all the latest spots and then join us for movie-trailer-o-rama.

Finally, we close out the show with a Can o’ Beans that includes Batman,  X-Men, and the revelation that Iceman is gay… was gay? Will be gay? Who knows – proving once again, that time travel is way more confusing than gender roles and sexual orientation.

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Music in this episode by: The Rolling Stones, Shaggy

Ep. 069 “Bros and Cons”

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Josh-less again this episode, we welcome Comic Book Club contributor, Lucas Ewing back to the show to talk comics, cons, and Carter. As usual, we kick things off with Top o’ the Pile, including Preacher, Black Canary/Zatana: Bloodspell and The Wicked + the Divine.

Tangents take us into talk of The Walking Dead spinoff,  Gotham, Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye and The Fadeout by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Then we get down to business with Marvel’s Agent Carter and a look ahead to the upcoming convention season. 

Whether you’re a long time reader or a newbie like our friend Lucas, you won’t want to miss this star-spangled episode.

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Music in this episode by: Johnny Rivers, Jenny Lewis

Ep. 068 “Dadman and Robin”

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With Josh out of town, the dynamic duo of Ben and Dan tackle a subject that only they can – parenthood. It’s a parents guide to geekdom, with talk of Superman the Movie, Batman ’66, comics, cartoons and healthy tangents on comics as a medium, superheroes as a genre and the failures of modern DC properties on screen.

There’s redemption for Spider-Gwen as Ben and Dan unanimously sing the praises of Edge of Spider-Verse #2 in Top ‘o the Pile and then team up with the decidedly un-kid-friendly selection of Fury MAX for our Can ‘o Beans. Whether you have kids or not, there’s something for everyone in this dad-tastic new episode.

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Music in this episode by: Everclear, Neal Hefti

Ep. 067 “No Girls Allowed”

It’s a return to pre-reboot continuity as Ben and Josh hold down the fort with an old school episode.  First up in Top o’ the Pile, we wrap up Spider-Verse and touch on new ongoings for Spider-Woman and Spider-Gwen. The comics world can’t get enough of these spider-ladies, but neither can muster up any interest from Nason.

Later we talk God Hates AstronautsSpider-Man & the X-Men and ask how long to keep a title on the fence before dropping it. Ben gushes about Hickman’s Avengers. Josh makes a date with DC. We discuss Daredevil and other upcoming small screen debuts. Fortunes are made. Dreams are realized. Many a Can O’ Beans is eaten on another all-new episode of the Near Mint Comic Show

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Music in this episode by: Aretha Franklin, Weezer

Ep. 066 “Reboots Are Made For Talkin”

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With our own reboot just 3 fortnights in the rearview, the boys settle in to dissect Marvel’s Universe-obliterating plans for Secret Wars, Battleworld and beyond. On the D.C. side of the street (soon-to-be side of the country). We brace changes and inevitable slate-wiping in Convergence. Do reboots help sales? Entice new readers? Offer fertile stories? Or just give us something to whine about.

All this, plus a Can o’ Beans that Includes Rick Remender, Howard the Duck and SO much Carnage. Listen now, while this episode is still in-continuity.

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Music in this episode by: Tegan & Sara, Redbone
Intro-drop credit: How It Should Have Ended

Ep. 065 “Men out of Time”

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Time-travel shenanigans continue as we launch into part 2 of our (don’t call it a) comeback episode. Ben and Dan get the party started with a Chew and pre-New 52 Detective Comics at the Top o’ the Pile. Josh returns from the world’s longest dog walk to join us for TV & Movie talk, including Agent Carter, Gotham and the MASSIVE slate of upcoming films from both Marvel and DC.

All this plus a big ol’ Can o’ Beans to round things out. The Near Mint train is back on the tracks and rolling right along so get onboard!

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Music in this episode by: Hozier

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