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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

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Ep. 078 “Cinematic Reviewniverse”

With the July release of Ant-Man, Marvel Studios has concluded “Phase II” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In this much-anticipated episode, we discuss, review and rank all 12 films. It’s hard to believe that when we started this podcast, Marvel had just released it’s first film. Now, just seven years later, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a fully-developed, galaxy-spanning, multi-billion-dollar franchise with a commanding presence on both the big and small screen.

DrDanWe’ve followed the Marvel movies closely over the life of this podcast and now, with Phase II concluded, we look back and give our definitive statements on all the films to date, including: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel’s the Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron and finally Ant-Man.

Find out how each of our hosts rank the Marvel movies and hear our thoughts on the franchise as we wrap up the first two phases and look ahead to Phase III and beyond. Grab some popcorn and settle in because it’s time for a movie marathon.

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Music in this episode by: Gary Glitter, Guns N’ Roses

Ep. 070 “Vigilante Workout”

Daredevil

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

HBO’s “True Blood” has a familiar taste

The 2004 Vertigo series, "Bite Club" will feel familiar to fans of HBO's new series, "True Blood"

DC’s Vertigo line has long claimed to be “the HBO of comics”.  With the debut of HBO’s newest series, True Blood, it may prove to be just that.  While there is no direct relationship, True Blood bears some striking similarities to Vertigo’s 2004 mini-series, Bite Club.  

True Blood, the latest brainchild of writer/director Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under),  follows Louisiana waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) through a world where Vampires have gone public and become part of society. Thanks to the invention of a synthetic blood substitute called – you guessed it – Tru Blood, vampires have made themselves known and are accepted (albeit hesitantly) into our culture. In the first episode we see a TV interview with Nan Flanagan, a spokesperson for the ‘American Vampire League.’

In Bite Club, co-written by Howard Chaykin and David Tischman with art by David Hahn, we’re introduced to the Del Toro crime family a vampire mafia operating in Miami.  Vampires in Bite Club have similarly made themselves known and enjoy a place in society thanks to the blood substitute/illicit drug, ‘Plasmagoria’. The vampires of Bite Club have turned their hunger away from human flesh and towards money, power and fame.  The tenuous relationship between vampires and humans leads to the development of the ‘Vampire Crime Unit’ – the subject of the second Bite Club mini-series.

Promotional artwork for "True Blood"
Promotional artwork for "True Blood"

Even the promotional art for True Blood looks familiar, when viewed alongside the cover of Bite Club‘s first issue, penciled by Frank Quietly (All Star Superman).  Other promotional efforts behind True Blood include viral sites for both the Tru Blood beverage and the American Vampire League as well as an online comic.  

True Blood is not based on Bite Club but rather on the novels of author Charlaine Harris.  Still, the similarities are undeniable and fans of Bite Club will likely enjoy HBO’s latest original series.  Moreover, if the masses respond to True Blood, Bite Club and Vertigo could provide a hook to turn TV viewers into comic readers. The serialized storytelling of comics and trade paperback collections will be very familiar to fans who’ve grown accustomed to  HBO’s seasonal installments.  And the Vertigo line serves up a similar buffet of sex, violence and adult themes that HBO fans will love.  

The recently finished Vertigo series, Y: The Last Man was long-rumored to become and HBO series but will instead see a 2009 theatrical release. Marvel writer, Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man) is currently working on a pilot for HBO that, while not comic-based, could be another crossover opportunity to bring in new readers.  And as comics continue to creep in to the mainstream, it’s clear that there are plenty of comics-fans-in-waiting. So the next time you’re at the water cooler, talking the Wire or Lost with coworkers, suggest a trade of your favorite series and see if anyone bites.