House to Astonish Episode 87

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House to Astonish Episode 87

Well, we did say we’d be a little late last time round, but hey, it’s better than never, right? Right? I do hope it’s right…

We’re talking – a lot – about Marvel NOW and Marvel’s publishing plans in general, Monkeybrain Comics, the Amazing Spider-Man opening day box office, Marvel’s future movie plans and the Harvey Award nominations. We’ve also got reviews of Infernal Man-Thing, Atomic Robo: Flying She-Devils of the Pacific and The Hypernaturals, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe can keep its hat on (except it can’t seem to keep its hat on). All this plus a taste-test of Hershey’s chocolate, pants with Spider-Man on them and the Legion of Super-Heroes with a moustache.


As usual, we’re looking for your input too! Let us know what you make of anything we’ve talked about in this episode (or anything else that takes your fancy) including, but naturally not limited to, any of the following:

  • Is Marvel putting too many eggs in one basket by concentrating so heavily on the Avengers and X-Men franchises? Does the line need to diversify more, or are they just giving fans what they vote for with their dollars?
  • So, didja see that Spidey movie? Good? Bad? Web-sticky? Was another telling of the origin really necessary?
  • What did the Harvey nomination body get right? What did they get wrong? What’s a shoo-in to win, and what was overlooked?

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