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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 178 - Johnny Blasé

Paul and Al are back, with chat on Tom Lyle, Mariko Tamaki's new graphic novel imprint, a bunch of news out of NYCC including new series for Wolverine, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 2020, Star Wars, the upcoming The End one-shots, Marvel teaming with Games Workshop, Plunge, G Willow Wilson on The Dreaming, Amethyst, The Last God, The Killing Horizon, Black Crown folding, Quantum & Woody, Tomorrow, Enigma, Kill a Man and Alienated. They've also got reviews of Ghost Rider and Strange...


House to Astonish - Episode 177 - My Dog, Comics

It's been far too long, but Paul and Al are back with a brand new episode, talking about the shuttering and reopening of Manga Rock, Conan copyright scuffles, Terrific Production's Youngblood, Brian Wood being shown the door at Dark Horse, the return of Hellboy, Once and Future becoming an ongoing, Marvel's Incoming! and the newly-announced Disney+ MCU shows, as well as reviews of Everything and Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy. Sasquatch, Godzilla, King Kong Loch Ness, Goblin, Ghoul, the Official...


House to Astonish - Episode 176 - Hurrying Ken

It's the annual SDCC roundup, and Paul and Al are talking about the upcoming relaunch of the X-Men line, Phase 4 of the MCU, Ed Brubaker's deal with Legendary Television, Miracleman in Marvel Comics 1000, the CW's upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, Beware the Ghost Rider, The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage, the return of Dead Rabbit as Dead Eyes, Cecil Castellucci taking over Batgirl, the upcoming Spider-Verse miniseries, Afterlift, Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle, The Amazing...


House to Astonish - Episode 175 - Arkham Babies

Al and Paul are back, with discussion of DC shuttering Vertigo, Ink and Zoom; Brian Michael Bendis on Legion of Super-Heroes; the books spinning out of Heroes in Crisis; Gotham City Monsters; Harleen and Joker/Harley Quinn: Criminal Insanity; the cancellation of Doctor Strange; Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda; King Thor; Marvel's 80th anniversary oneshots; the debut of Strikeforce; JJ and Henry Abrams and Sara Pichelli's Spider-Man; Matt Fraction and Elsa Charretier's November; and...


House to Astonish - Episode 174 - Formaldehyde Anniversary

Lots to discuss this time round, as Paul and Al talk about the deaths of Kazuhiko Kato aka Monkey Punch and Kazuo Koike, the Lion Forge/Oni Press merger, Dark Horse's Netflix first look deal, Bill Jemas and Axel Alonso's new publishing company and Marvel Comics 1000, and review Excellence and New Agents of Atlas. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe come to Brazil.


House to Astonish - Episode 173 - Gravestones and Timbits

Paul and Al are remembering Mark Alessi, talking about Jai Nitz, chewing over the announcements of House of X and Powers of X, the new Death's Head series, Erik Larsen's return to Marvel, and DC's Wal-Mart giant-size books being repackaged for the Direct Market, and they've got reviews of Marvel Team-Up and Section Zero. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - it's what's for dinner.


House to Astonish - Episode 172 - Diamond Walrus

It's a relatively quiet few weeks for comics news, but nonetheless Paul and Al are chatting about the upcoming Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen books, the Thought Bubble festival moving from Leeds to Harrogate, Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora's The Once And Future, Dark Horse losing Usagi Yojimbo to IDW, DC's Giant books entering the Direct Market and Marvel's upcoming Venom-centric event, as well as reviewing The Forgotten Queen and X-Tremists. The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the...


House to Astonish - Episode 171 - Solve For Dimension X

It's a scattershot selection of news this time around, as Al and Paul talk about DC's layoffs, Image's new retailer programmes and their announcements of Excellence and FairLady, Marvel's upcoming Agents of Atlas and Savage Avengers series, the third Batman/TMNT mini, an interesting fill-in on Catwoman, Jughead's Time Police, David F Walker's Solid Comix and give a quick round-up of comics festival news, along with reviews of Wonder Twins and Savage Sword of Conan. The Official Handbook of...


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...