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Paul O'Brien (The X-Axis) and Al Kennedy (One Hundred Days of Comics) present a roundup of comics news and reviews, with nary a 'meh' to be heard. Also featuring the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and more. Email House to Astonish at

Paul O'Brien (The X-Axis) and Al Kennedy (One Hundred Days of Comics) present a roundup of comics news and reviews, with nary a 'meh' to be heard. Also featuring the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and more. Email House to Astonish at
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Paul O'Brien (The X-Axis) and Al Kennedy (One Hundred Days of Comics) present a roundup of comics news and reviews, with nary a 'meh' to be heard. Also featuring the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and more. Email House to Astonish at




House to Astonish - Episode 170 - They Never Found Hitler's Body

Paul and Al are back, talking about Batton Lash, Dark Horse's upcoming Definitive Moonshadow, Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski's Sex going straight to OGN, the return of Section Zero, Marvel's upcoming Thanos mini, Kieron Gillen leaving Star Wars, the upcoming Age of Rebellion one-shots and Rob Liefeld's return to Marvel, as well as reviewing the first issues of Criminal and Invaders. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is a dustman, it wears a dustman's cap.


House to Astonish - Episode 169 - Jason and his Amazing Hoover

2018! What? A year? What a year! It's a brand new year and time for Al and Paul's traditional look back at the books, creators and moments that made 2018 such a good time for comics, in the form of the Homies awards. Paul and Al have both picked their favourites in each of their traditional categories, and are handing out the gongs on this retrospective episode. They've also tallied the listener vote - what have the Housemates chosen as the most deserving in each category? Find out here!


House to Astonish - Episode 168 - House to As10ish

It's Paul and Al's tenth anniversary episode, where they remember Anthea Bell, laugh for quite a long time about Writer X and the "revelation" of his identity, and chat briefly about Vault Comics' new YA line (in particular, about Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover's Wrassle Castle), before going into extended examinations/rambles/digressions about The Green Lantern and Lost Light, and once again raid the playbook of excellent videogame podcast Bitsocket as they play Is It Canon?. They've also...


House to Astonish - Episode 167 - Roll 1d6 To Buy Milk

It's NYCC, and there's a whole ton of news just waiting to be chewed over, so it would be rude for Al and Paul not to do that, frankly. On the new House to Astonish, they remember Norm Breyfogle and Carlos Ezquerra, and talk about Die, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt, Wonder Comics, Humanoids' new imprint H1, Avengers: No Road Home, Man Without Fear, Buffy, Three Jokers, The Girl In The Bay, Marvel's 80th anniversary series, Oni Press's webcomics portal, Champions, Savage Sword of Conan, Captain...


House to Astonish - Episode 166 - Two Scoops of Chemical X Ripple

Paul and Al are back with an absolute truckload of news for you this time round, as they pay respects to Russ Heath, chew over the announcements of Uncanny X-Men, Marvel Knights 20, Conan the Barbarian, Best Defense, Riri Williams: Ironheart, Batman & the Outsiders and the Green Lantern, and chat through the creative shuffle on Return of Wolverine, Dark Horse losing the Buffy license, Aftershock comics' first-issue returnability, IDW losing another senior member of staff and Legendary...


House to Astonish - Episode 165 - More Futuristic Than Rubber

It's been a sad few weeks for comics, and Al and Paul are here to talk about the deaths of Harlan Ellison, Bong Dazo and, of course, Steve Ditko. In less tragic news, they've got discussion on the Descender sequel Ascender, the end of I Hate Fairyland and the upcoming launch of Middlewest, Boom! aquiring the Firefly licence, Marvel's upcoming Deadpool vs Black Panther and Shatterstar minis, Jared Leto being cast as Morbius, the launch details for DC's new streaming service (including in...


House to Astonish - Episode 164 - Toss-Up Team-Up

Paul and Al are back with a compact and bijou hour and twenty of comics chat for you, with discussion of the departures of Diane Nelson and Geoff Johns from DC, Johns's new imprint and his recently-announced 3 Jokers and Shazam series, Vertigo's relaunch, the DC Zoom and DC Ink slates, Ellis and Howard's Cemetery Beach, Brandon Sanderson's partnering with Vault Comics, Edge of Spider-Geddon and Asgardians of the Galaxy, as well as reviews of Immortal Hulk and Justice League. The Official...


House to Astonish - Episode 163 - Dead Enya

It's been a long time, but Al and Paul have finally returned, to talk about DC's new streaming service and their dropping of digital codes, Man of Steel's returnability, Jeanette Schaefer joining Boom! and John Barber rejoining IDW, as well as to review Avengers and Coda. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe shouldn'ta left you without a dope beat to step to.


House to Astonish 162 - Chekhov's Water Pistol

It's been a busy couple of weeks, and Paul and Al are back to fill you in on everything that's been going on, from the Image Expo to the Sandman Universe, from Fresh Start to Bendis's Super-Books, and from IDW's Transformers reboot to Boom! and Dynamite stepping up to the Eloi section of Previews, as well as bringing you reviews of Mera and The Beef. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe doesn't know who you are but you're a real dead ringer for love,...


House to Astonish - Episode 161 - Old News Logan

New year, new podcast, and Al and Paul are back to discuss Marvel's announcements of Kelly Thompson's exclusive and Dan Slott's move, the new Domino and Exiles series, the return of the original Wolverine, John Nee replacing Dan Buckley and the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus, as well as the Eisner Hall of Fame nominees, Promethea's appearance in Justice League and the stellar cast of creators on Action Comics 1000, along with reviews of Strangers In Paradise XXV and Avengers: No...


House to Astonish - Episode 160 - Jenny Brexit

It's New Year's Eve, and Paul and Al have the traditional year-in-review show for you, featuring the 2017 Homies Awards. They're handing out gongs for the best comics, creators and moments of the past year, and looking forward to 2018 with a mixture of trepidation, anticipation and X-Nation 2099 (one of these is not true). Apologies for the sound issues on this episode - we'll have everything shipshape again by the time the next one rolls around.


House to Astonish - Episode 159 - The Littlest Lobo

Al and Paul have been away a long old time (having a second kid will do that to you) but they're back, with theirr ninth-anniversary podcast. They're talking about DC's Eddie Berganza problem, Marvel's Brian Michael Bendis problem, Funko's IPO problem, the debut of Ken Niimura's Umami, Marvel's most recent book announcements, a quick casting update on Netflix's Umbrella Academy series, Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel's The Magic Order, and The Phoenix's US distribution deal, and they've got...


House to Astonish - Episode 158 - Junior Kickstarter

Paul and Al are back, talking about the sad death of Len Wein; IDW's Full Bleed Kickstarter and new partnership with Glenat; Madefire Comics' partnering with DC; Oni Press's Spring 2018 OGN slate and Sam Humphries and Tim Seeley's Nightwing/Green Lanterns title swap, and bringing you reviews of Retcon and Runaways. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe wants to walk like you, talk like you, too-oo-oo.


House to Astonish 157 - All The Walls Purple

It's the first House to Astonish following SDCC, and unusually, there's actually quite a lot of comics news to talk about. Al and Paul discuss the mooted Doctor Doom movie, the newly-released details about Doomsday Clock, Jeff Smith's upcoming Bone picture books, Arkham Asylum 2, The Terrifics, Spider-Man vs Deadpool, The Signal, Sonic the Hedgehog's move to IDW, the three newly-announced Black Crown series, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee on Captain America, the new Unicron and Visionaries...


House to Astonish - Episode 156 - The Nu-Metal Age

This time round, Paul and Al are remembering Joan Lee, trying to work out what Legacy actually is, chewing over the controversy surrounding Howard Chaykin's current Image work, and chatting through Titan's upcoming Dan Dare series, DC & Archie's Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica, and Sean Murphy's Batman: White Knight. They've also got reviews of Diablo House and Green Arrow. When 900 years old the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook is, look as good it will not.


House to Astonish - Episode 155 - Punched To A Crisp

Al and Paul have been away for a little while longer than usual, but that just means that there's plenty for them to talk about. They kick off by discussing the sad death of Rich Buckler, then talk a little about the extra issue recently granted to Secret Empire (as well as the execution of the story so far); the upcoming "Doomsday Clock" story (as well as "The Button" and Watchmen more generally); the abrupt cancellation of Black Panther and the Crew and what it says about Marvel's line...


House to Astonish - Episode 154 - Swearing and Trainers

It's been a busy couple of weeks, so Paul and Al have got nearly an hour of chat about the comics news, including the sad death of Bernie Wrightson, the closing of ComicsAlliance, Marvel's four-fold woes with digital code backtracking, artists vs writers, diversity and sales, and Ardian Syaf's hidden messages, and the announcement of the New Warriors TV show, along with reviews of Royals and Eleanor and the Egret. I don't have plans and schemes, and I don't have hopes and dreams, I don't...


House to Astonish - Episode 153 - You Can Use A Tea Cosy As A Hat

Al and Paul are back, and this time round they're discussing Astonishing X-Men, Darth Vader, Edge of Venomverse and Marvel's current creative and sales position generally; the return of Zodiac Starforce; new creator-owned imprints led by Karen Berger and Shelly Bond, Image's announcements from ECCC; and DC's Looney Tunes crossovers, as well as reviewing Grass Kings and Redline. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is on the move, the Official Handbook of the...


House to Astonish - Episode 152 - High-Tech Snood

Hot on the heels of their chat with Mike Quackenbush, Paul and Al are back with another regular House to Astonish, talking about the New York Times dropping its comics bestseller charts, the lack of an Image Expo in 2017, December's sales estimates, the retirement of Bernie Wrightson, the relaunching of Rocket Raccoon, Valiant's upcoming Secret Weapons miniseries and the casting of Marvel's Cloak & Dagger and Runaways TV series, as well as reviews of Bullseye and The Spirit: The Corpse...


Holds to Astonish - Mike Quackenbush

As mentioned on their last episode, Paul and Al sat down this week to talk with Mike Quackenbush, the creative mind behind independent wrestling promotion Chikara Pro. They had a great discussion, taking in the upcoming National Pro Wrestling Day; the shifts Mike's seen in Chikara over the past few years both in terms of the wrestlers they've trained and the business and distribution models independent promotions have adopted; the crossover between wrestling and comic books; the 2015 and...