House to Astonish Episode 86

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House to Astonish Episode 86

Paul and I are a couple of days late due to super-busy schedules, but we’re back (albeit slightly late) and we’ve got discussion of Chris Roberson’s Monkeybrain Comics, Grant Morrison’s MBE, the DC cancellations and launches, Carlos Pacheco being honoured by Getafe and a canter through the solicits. We’ve also got reviews of ?The Massive, Spider-Men and ?Extermination?, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe takes tea with the vicar. All this plus the Phantom Stranger’s business card, the embroidered teacosies of Amanda Conner and a knighthood for services to disco.

We’re still looking for your input as ever, on a multitude of topics not limited to the following:

  • Is DC’s one-in, one-out system of comics launches something that makes sense? Are they best off keeping the line at 52, or should the stories dictate the number of comics published?
  • How much “writing for the trade” still really happens in superhero comics? Is decompression still a problem?
  • With books like The Massive ending up at Dark Horse, what is the future like for Vertigo?

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