Episode 32 – Marvel Unlimited

In this week’s episode we talk comics, movie news, comic picks of the week, the Brexit, and we get a little political as we discuss the rise of “Post-Factual Democracy”, and we look at our favourite picks from Marvel’s absolutely incredible Marvel Unlimited

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Episode 32 - Marvel Unlimited
Episode 32 - Marvel Unlimited
Episode 32 – Marvel Unlimited

In this week’s episode we talk comics, movie news, comic picks of the week, the Brexit, and we get a little political as we discuss the rise of “Post-Factual Democracy”, and we look at our favourite picks from Marvel’s absolutely incredible Marvel Unlimited

We got a little bit political this week, with Brian and Liam discussing the massive repercussions of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

Our political conversation veered into the rise of post factual democracy, and how politics are being overrun with anecdotal evidence in the face of facts…how a lack of facts led to the Brexit vote, and a personal story about the Syrian refugees in London Ontario, and how Brian thinks exposing our entitled generation of children to true strife will make them better people.

This week’s news:

Justice League Set Visits
There were some set visits to Justice League, which look like Warners doing some damage control. The big takeaway out of the visits seem to be around Ezra Millar’s flash suit which will have 148 pieces to create it. Apparently it’s cobbled together from a bunch of different tech, including heat panels used to shield the space shuttle from reentry.

Suicide Squad Run Time
The Suicide Squad run time was originally listed at 1:40, but after the episode aired, we read a post by David Ayer on Twitter that said that run time was untrue.

Warcraft Box Office Grosses

Brian saw Warcraft, and was underwhelmed. The domestic box office sits at $42million, while international grosses are at $340million.

Parmount issues new rules on Fan Films for Star Trek

CBS and Paramount Pictures are big believers in reasonable fan fiction and fan creativity, and, in particular, want amateur fan filmmakers to showcase their passion for Star Trek.  Therefore, CBS and Paramount Pictures will not object to, or take legal action against, Star Trek fan productions that are non-professional and amateur and meet the following guidelines. Official CBS / Paramount guidelines.

Brian and Liam’s Comic Picks of the Week:

Brian’s Comic Pick of the Week:
Comixology is having a Millarworld sale this week which includes American Jesus, Jupiter’s Legacy, Jupiter’s Circle, MPH, Beyond Science, Starlight and Wanted.

Brian’s Pick is MPH
Growing up in Detroit, Roscoe and his friends know all about hard luck. But their fates take a different turn when they stumble upon a street drug called MPH — little pills that give them the power of super speed, and the opportunity of a lifetime. But zooming through their riches has its downsides. When time is your only asset, what happens when the clock runs out?

Collects MPH #1-4

Liam’s Pick of the Week – 2000AD
2000 AD is a weekly British science fiction-orientated comic. As a comics anthology it serialises stories in each issue and was first published by IPC Magazines in 1977, the first issue dated 26 February

Cover Story – Marvel Unlimited

Our cover story this week is all about what we think are great things to read on Marvel Unlimited.

Brian – Fantastic Four – 67 – 500 – Unthinkable

Mark Waid and the late Mike Wieringo tell the story of Doctor Doom winning against the Fantastic Four. It’s an incredible story that saw the status quo of the the FF’s relationship with Doom ramped up to 11.

Perhaps the darkest day in the life of Franklin Richards leads to one of the Fantastic Four’s greatest challenges. The rivalry between Dr. Doom and Mr. Fantastic stretches back to their student days. In FANTASTIC FOUR: UNTHINKABLE Doom finally realizes that while he cannot best Reed Richards in any scientific field, there’s one thing Big his rival has no ability to understand: Magic. Doom acquires new mystical powers that rip through the Fantastic Four’s defenses like a hot knife through butter, leaving the whole family in his grip.

The art by Ringo is gorgeous, and he passed away not long after this story at the ridiculously young age of 44 of an aortic dissection.

Brian – X-Men Alpha, X-Men Omega, Astonishing X-Men (1994)

The start and the strongest chapters of Age of Apocalypse, written by Scott Lobdell with art by Joe Madureira.

Brian and Liam – Star Wars (2015)

The first arc is written by Jason Aaron with art by John Cassiday. there is now a year’s worth of Star Wars comics on the site, and the Star Wars title is one of the best out there, followed closely behind…

Brian – Darth Vader – (2015)

Written by Kieron Gillen with art by Salvador Larroca. This shows an often parallel view of the main Star Wars storyline, but told from Vader’s perspective. There’s a ton of betrayal and politics in this series, and it’s a fantastic read.

Brian – Avengers Arena (2012) 1-18

Trapped on an isolated island, 16 superhuman young adults (including cult faves like members of the Runaways, The Avengers Academy and Darkhawk) are given a chilling ultimatum by their demented captor: Fight or die…only one will walk out alive! Thus begins a primal battle that will test the skills, stamina and morals of each combatant. Welcome to Murder World, where the secrets are plenty, alliances are fleeting, and the key to victory might be rewriting the rules of the game. Who will survive? The rising star team of Dennis Hopeless (X-MEN: SEASON ONE) and Kev Walker (THUNDERBOLTS) dare you to tune in to your new favorite comic NOW!

Brian – Ultimate Spider-Man (2000)
Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley
In 2000, Marvel embarked on a bold new experiment, re-imagining some of their greatest heroes in the 21st century, beginning with Spider-Man! Writer Brian Michael Bendis along with artists Mark Bagley and Stuart Immonen invite you to discover the world of Peter Parker in a whole new way with the series that changed everything!

Liam – Runaways (2003)

Ever think your parents were evil? Meet the Runaways, a group of Los Angeles kids whose parents really are! Gifted with powers and technology from their super villain mothers and fathers, Alex, Niko, Chase, Gert, Karolina and Molly must find their own way in one of Marvel’s most beloved series in recent memory!

Liam – X-Factor (2005) 1-262
Peter David, Various artists
X-Factor is quite possibly the most unpredictable book in the Marvel line-up. A psychological tour de force that doesn’t skimp on the laughs, action or mystery, each issue of X-Factor brings something new to the table. Maybe not the best bet for a young reader, but a killer title for serious readers.

Liam – Astonishing X-Men (2004) 1-24 

Written by Joss Whedon, art by John Cassiday
Marvel’s mighty mutants go worldwide and beyond in this series following Cyclops, Wolverine, Beast, Emma Frost and more in their astonishing adventures!

Liam – Immortal Iron Fist (2006) – 1-12

Fraction, Aja, Brubaker, Hollingsworth
Many years ago, in the mystical city of Kun’ Lun, young Danny Rand stared at a suit behind glass — the garb of “the Immortal Iron Fist” — and knew that he was destined to wear it. But where did this costume come from? Why did it wait for Danny all those years like a shadow of his future?

Liam – Incredible Hulk (1999) – 34-76

Bruce Jones and Various
The Hulk has been blamed for the televized murder of a little boy, which means that Bruce Banner and his alter ego are now at the top of the Most Wanted list. This volume, which collects volumes 34 to 39 of ‘The Incredible Hulk’, is just the start of this epic story line, courtesy of writer Bruce Jones, penciler John Romita, Jr. and inker Tom Palmer.

Brian’s Honourable Mention:

Daredevil (2015) Charles Soule, Ron Garney
Bringing Daredevil back to the roots of his ground level war with the Hand, this one is an ongoing series that is only a couple of issues in, but will give you that monthly fix. Daredevil has been largely broken lately, but this is a surprisingly good series.