Ep. 093 “Blackened With Science”

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Once again bending the laws of space and time, Ben and Dan come together to complete an episode over 3 weeks in the making. This pseudo book club episode is dedicated to the consumption of a long-overdue Can o’ Beans. Neither the laws of physics, nor the perils of extra-temporal audio recording can stop our heroes from diving in and discussing Black Science.

Black Science, is a trans-dimensional sci-fi epic from Image comics, featuring the artistic talents of Mateo Scalera and Dean White, written by Mint Award winner, Rick Remender. It’s colorful ensemble cast, rich world-building and frenetic pace have garnered a rabid fan base since the series kicked off in 2013. And while it’s been mentioned on the show before, we’ve never given it the full Near Mint treatment… until now!

Along with a lengthy discussion about Black Science, we crack open a new Can o’ Beans, tease the Boston Comic Con guests and the rising star artist, Elsa Charretier.

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Music in this episode by: Thomas Dolby, Willie Nelson

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Ep. 092 “Rated R for Reboot”

It’s old school Near Mint action as Ben and Josh bring you a potpourri of hollywood talk including DC Rebirth, Deadpool, Daredevil, Batman v. Superman and more.

DC Comics is throwing out the bathwater once again with their recently announced Rebirth storyline. We talk about our excitement level, the endless reboot cycle and DCs desperate ploys to satisfy new and old readers alike.

Meanwhile, Deadpool is breaking the fourth wall and shattering box office expectations. What made this movie such a hit given its R rating and the somewhat polarizing nature of it’s machine-gun-toting, mouth-running lead character.

With Daredevil poised for season 2 and the Walking Dead, toying with fans at every turn, comics are dominating the small screen as well – and we’re here to talk about it.

And while Deadpool represents yet another hit in the successful run of Marvel films, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hopes to push the DC cinematic universe out of the starting gate and silence the many critics created with its aura of darkness and despair.

All this, plus a Top o’ the Pile, a Can o’ Beans, a rub and a tug, and a good time had by all. It’s the knock-down, drag-out, no-holds-barred episode that nobody was asking for. Don’t get left in the popcorn line!

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Music in this episode by: DMX, Nice Peter

Ep. 091 “Collection Agency”

In this episode, we delve into one of the seldom-delved corners of comics culture – the collector zone. We discuss our propensity to “collect” comics past and present. We talk high-finance and speculate on the right time to sell key issues. While this may be boring to some (or even us) but we do it in typical Near Mint fashion… with a silly game show parody. 

It’s The Price Guide Price is Right, with your host, Ben Peirce. Josh and Dan come on down to guess the price of comics for a chance at fabulous prizes* What Guardians of the Galaxy member has the most valuable first appearance? Who’s worth more Hal Jordan or Alan Scott? Just how much is a Near Mint copy of The Walking Dead #1 worth. All these useless questions and more are answered in a Showcase Showdown for the ages!

*There are no actual prizes awarded in this episode.

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Music in this episode by: Pearl Jam, Iggy Pop, Flight of the Concords

Ep. 090 “Fantasy Roleplay”

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NINETY Episodes and still going strong! Josh is away, but Ben and Dan are here to reveal their deepest darkest desires in a spirited round of Fantasy Editor. We heat up the hot stove and place our favorite creators on dream projects and dream up blockbuster creative teams for marquee superhero books.

Imagine a world where Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips take over the Punisher, where Grant Morrison writes Yoda, where Scottie Young draws Harry Potter and we try our best not to just have Darwin Cooke do all the comics.

This one is LOADED with comic talk, but it’s not all all what-if stories. You also get the usual helping of Top o’ the Pile and Can o’ Beans that includes Fear Agent, Huck, The Star Wars and more. Get amped up for comics that will never be created in this Earth-shattering Elseworlds tale.

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Music in this episode by: Mariah Carey

Ep. 089 “The Force Awakens”

It is the year 2016 and the geeks have truly inherited the earth. The entire world has been gripped by Star Wars fever and Ben and Dan are ready to weigh in on all the awesomeness spilling forth from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Before diving into our review of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, we start things off in typical fashion with Top o’ the Pile. Dan talks up The Goon, Vol. 6: Chinatown and Ben get’s the ball droid rolling with a healthy discussion about Marvel’s Star Wars comic line. Then it’s off to the movies.

SPOILER WARNING: This episode contains in-depth conversation of plot points from the movie. We discuss the characters, the themes, the big reveals and give our opinions on all of it. If you are somehow listening to a comicbook podcast and have not seen The Force Awakens, show some self-respect, get to the theater and see it immediately, because SPOILER ALERT – it’s great!

After an hour-plus of movie talk, we wrap things up with a spacefaring Can o’ Beans that includes Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin’s Valérian and Laureline series and Rick Remender’s hard-drinking space western, Fear Agent.

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Music in this episode by: David Bowie, Phish

Ep. 087 “And A Minty New Year”

Start this episode at 10:44 PM to ring in the New year with us!

MintyAwards2015Happy New Year, everybody!
It’s part three of our three-part season finale and the conclusion of the 6th Annual-ish Minty Awards. In this episode, we hand out the comic awards for Best Single Issue, Best Limited Series, Best New Series and Best Comic.

Ben Josh and Dan all join the party with Top o’ the Pile and Can o’ Beans, featuring The Fadeout (again), Batman and Robin Eternal, New Hampshire Business Review and more. Synchronize your watch and join us as we usher in 2016 with a proper New Year’s Eve countdown and an explosive end to this year in comics.

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Music in this episode by: Flo Rida, Maroon 5, The Weeknd, Phish

Ep. 087 “DoubleMinty Twins”

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It’s the mint–Minty-est time of the year! Time to get festive and continue the 6th Annual-ish Minty Awards, honoring the best of comics in 2015… or is it 2013… oh, who’s counting? Let’s give out some awards!

[NOTE: If you missed our last episode, be sure to go back and get the full Minty Awards experience.]

In part two of our three-part season finale, we hand out our character awards for Best Hero, Best Villain, Best and Ensemble Cast along with creator awards for Best Art Team and Best Writer. In two weeks, we’ll close out the Minty Awards (and 2015) with our awards for comic titles.

With Josh off on a publicity tour, Ben and Dan dish out the awards along with Top o’ the Pile and Can o’ Beans, featuring The Fadeout, Afterlife With Archie, The Walking Dead and more. It’s the penultimate episode of 2015 and your source for the must-read comics of the year. Give yourself a gift this holiday season and listen.

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Music in this episode by: Katrina & the Waves, Junior Senior, Pilotgroove

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