Saturday, October 31, 2020

Sandman Universe "Gatherum", Episode 7

Cosmic Treadmill Special: Sandman Universe "Gatherum", Episode Seven

Happy Halloween, Everybody!

In the spirit of the season, I'm sharing a little something I've been keeping in my back pocket for the better part of two years - the seventh installment of the Sandman Universe "Gatherum", from back in the long ago where Reggie and I would cover the "weirdo books" over at Weird Science DC Comics.

I hope everyone enjoys this little blast from the past... and has a happy and safe holiday.


Today's discussions originally aired in segment form during the following episodes of the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast:

Episode 221 (03.31.2019) - Books of Magic (vol.3) #6

Episode 222 (04.07.2019) - The Dreaming (vol.2) #8

Episode 223 (04.14.2019) - House of Whispers #8

Episode 224 (04.21.2019) - Lucifer (vol.3) #7


Since it's been awhile, here are the links to the previous six episodes:

Sandman Universe Gatherum, Episode One (03.14.2019)

Sandman Universe Gatherum, Episode Two (03.21.2019)

Sandman Universe Gatherum, Episode Three (03.28.2019)

Sandman Universe Gatherum, Episode Four (04.04.2019)

Sandman Universe Gatherum, Episode Five (04.25.2019)

Sandman Universe Gatherum, Episode Six (06.20.2019)


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Friday, October 30, 2020

X-Lapsed, Episode 052 - Marauders #7 (2020)

X-Lapsed, Episode Fifty-Two

Marauders #7 (April, 2020)
"From Emma, With Love"
Writer - Gerry Duggan
Art - Stefano Caselli
Colors - Edgar Delgado
Letters - VC's Cory Petit
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Robinson, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: February 5, 2020

X-Lapsed goes back to business as usual, with a look at one of our core Dawn of X books - a rather transitional issue of Marauders.  Call Me Kate is still M.I.A., and the Hellfire Tots continue to put their plans in motion.

All that, and I talk way too long about my adventures in Rio Verde, Arizona... while thanking the creative team for actually depicting an area of the state I live in as being something other than the setting for a Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner cartoon!

Also: Some (wildly optimistic?) housekeeping... with an eye toward the next fifty-plus episodes of this program!


@acecomics / @cosmictmill /

Thursday, October 29, 2020

X-Lapsed, Episode 051 - Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey + Emma Frost #1 (2020)

X-Lapsed, Episode Fifty-One

Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey + Emma Frost #1 (April, 2020)
"Into the Storm"
Words & Story - Jonathan Hickman
Art & Story - Russell Dauterman
Colors - Matthew Wilson
Letters - VC's Clayton Cowles
Design - Tom Muller
Edits - Bissa, White, Cebulski
Special Thanks - Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely
Cover Price: $4.99
On-Sale: February 26, 2020

Shh!!!  Psychic Podcast in Progress!

Today we're taking a look at the (mostly) silent showcase of superstar artist, Russell Dauterman - Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey + Emma Frost!  I even pull some tricks out of the Weird Comics History drawer (and an old Previews catalogue from my closet) for this occasion, and do a bit of chatting about Marvel's 2001-2002 'Nuff Said! month!  It's a good time, and a great homage...

Also: Some wonderful listener mail, which really made your humble host's day!


What the hell is a "Madness Paisley"?  Check out the Young Animal Gatherum:


@acecomics / @cosmictmill /

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

X-Lapsed, Episode 050 - X-Men + Fantastic Four #4 (2020)

X-Lapsed, Episode Fifty

X-Men + Fantastic Four #4 (September, 2020)
"Welcome to the New World"
Writer - Chip Zdarsky
Pencils - Terry Dodson
Inks - Rachel Dodson & Ransom Getty
Colors - Laura Martin
Letters - VC's Joe Caramagna
Edits - Biro, Smith, Brevoort, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: July 22, 2020

Welcome, friends... to the landmark fiftieth episode of X-Lapsed!

Today, I'm taking a page out of the Chris is on Infinite Earths playbook... where I spend about a half-hour getting a little personal about just why this milestone is so important to me personally.  For folks who are willing to indulge me, you have my gratitude!  For those who'd rather just hear me talk about the last issue of X-Men + Fantastic Four... no problem, we're still friends!  Just skip ahead to 29:32 and you'll miss all my spoo.

As far as X-Men + Fantastic Four #4... well, it's a little bit uneven... but, we'll give it a goo, and have a good time doing it.

Thank you to everyone for sharing their time with me over the course of this project so far.  I can't put into words what it means to me!


@acecomics / @cosmictmill /

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

X-Lapsed, Episode 049 - X-Men + Fantastic Four #3 (2020)

X-Lapsed, Episode Forty-Nine

X-Men + Fantastic Four #3 (June, 2019)
"To the Victor"
Writer - Chip Zdarsky
Pencils - Terry Dodson
Inks - Rachel Dodson & Ransom Getty
Colors - Laura Martin, Andrew Crossley, Peter Pantazis
Letters - VC's Joe Caramagna
Edits - Ballesteros, Biro, Smith, Brevoort, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: March 25, 2020

In today's penultimate issue of X-Men + Fantastic Four, the stakes are upped once again!  Well, sorta.

We're going to talk a lot about how the X-Men are being portrayed here... and any time they're pitted against, or sharing panel-space with, any other Marvel heroes.  Your humble host tires of seeing his favorite folks "jobbed out" and made to look lesser-than every Marvel character from Willie Lumpkin on up!

We also talk a bit about Godpower... that is, if your host is understanding it right in the first place (please do not take a drink every time I say that...), and the fact that the Invisible Woman is THE MOST POWERFUL CHARACTER IN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE.

It's a good time - and we're just one episode away from the regular-sized, nothin' happenin', non-celebratory 50th Episode of this little program~!  Thanks everybody!


@acecomics / @cosmictmill /

Monday, October 26, 2020

Learn Me The Legion, Episode 1 - Origin Stories & Adventure Comics #247

Learn Me The Legion, Episode One

Origin Stories & Adventure Comics #247 (April, 1958)
"The Legion of Super-Heroes"
Writer - Otto Binder
Art - Al Plastino
Edits - Mort Weisinger

Welcome friends, to a whole new series - and part of the "New Fall Season" here at the channel.

Longtime Legion-denier, Chris (@acecomics) looks to right the wrong of keeping DC's future-teen-heroes as a deliberate blind-spot in his comics knowledge... and to do so, he's found himself a friend to help him navigate this twisting and storied franchise.  Lifelong Legion fan, Al Sedano (@AdamThanosPod) has graciously agreed to educate and guide me to... maybe eventual Legion-relevance... or, at least maybe being able to identify a dozen or so of these characters on sight!

For this first episode, we share our own Legion origins... or lack thereof, Al provides a brief overview of the franchise, and we start our coverage... well, at the start - with a look at Adventure Comics #247 from 1958!

As this series progresses, we will be alternating between covering Legion stories, and focusing on prominent Legion characters, to try and get me up to speed.  If you're in need of some "Legion Learnin'", this might be the show for you!  If you're already a certified "Doctor of Legionomics"... well, you still might enjoy hearing how ignorant I am about the property you hold so dear!  Or, you can at least stick around long enough to hear how I ruined a really good song to make our theme music (apologies to Jarvis...)!

Feedback is encouraged!  We invite you to write in and join us on this little audio journey!


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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Major X-Lapsed, Episode 2 - Major X #2 (2019)

Major X-Lapsed, Episode Two

Major X #2 (June, 2019)
Writer - Rob Liefeld
Pencils - Brent Peeples
Inks - Scott Hanna
Colors - Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Letters - VC's Joe Sabino
Edits - Bissa, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: April 17, 2019

Because absolutely nobody demanded it...

... Major X-Lapsed returns with its second installment!

Today, I have far less fun with Issue #2 of Major X... which, rather than remaining a fun retro romp through the early '90s - starts taking itself a bit too seriously.  We've got Atlantean politics to deal with... and that's just the beginning!  I don't know about y'all, but Atlanteans are right up there with the Inhumans in the list of characters I couldn't care less about!

I'd love to hear everybody's thoughts on this series... good, bad, or indifferent - please don't hesitate to reach out!


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