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It's Batman-sans-Batman this week, as we look at the short-lived masterpiece that is GOTHAM CENTRAL, by Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker.

The classic tale of a critical darling that had trouble finding its place in the market, GOTHAM CENTRAL focused on the detectives of the Major Crimes Unit in Gotham City, otherwise known as "the worst police detail in the world." Not just dealing with everyday horror like murder and kidnapping, the MCU faces down the threat of super-crime, all the while with an insane man in a bat costume standing behind the scenes, usually ruining their lives.

Join us as we talk about what it means to be a mainstream indie comic, the comparative evil of different rogue's galleries, and what sort of hat Ed Brubaker wears.

The Batman may be an urban legend, but The Stack is very real.

Direct download: gotham_central_-_the_stack_-_episode_12.mp3
Category:Episode -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

It's podcasts within podcasts within podcasts this week, as we talk about one of our universal all-time literary favorites, Frank Herbert's Dune.

And we talk about every incarnation of Dune, oh yes we do, which means that a significant portion of the middle of the show is us wailing and gnashing our teeth over the unremitting horror of David Lynch's film adaptation. You thought Aliens or Outer Gods were scary? They've got nothing on the Weirding Module. We also talk about the Sci Fi Channel miniseries, though much less angrily.

It also appears that our crowing last week about how we'd solved our audio problems angered some trickster god someplace, since we're back to musical volume chairs this week. But at least now we have a baseline to shoot for.

Join us as we talk about the connection between Dune and Timothy Leary, the horror of voice overs, and hairless Ewoks.

The Stack must flow!

Direct download: dune_-_the_stack_-_episode_11.mp3
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Appropriate to our subject material this week, it is almost as though someone has gone back in time and killed, uh, the person who made our mixing board, since in addition to this week's talk being great, you can actually hear everyone clearly throughout! Obviously, time has been altered in some way.

This week we discuss what might be the most beloved Marvel event of all time, the Age of Apocalypse. It is certainly a favorite among most of your distinguished podcast crew. We walk down memory lane to the halcyon days of pre-Internet comics history, where not knowing every single plot twist a year in advance made things like Marvel replacing their most popular product line with an alternate universe an earth-shattering surprise and created one of the touchstones of the modern Marvel era and the singular point of comparison for all X-Men stories since.

Join us as we talk about the biggest whiny bitch across two universes (hint: his name rhymes with "Biclops"), the worst X-Men events to go along with the best, and having a space pirate for a father.

Also the word "splortch" is uttered.

Listen to The Stack - the best podcast you can find in any timeline.

Direct download: the_stack_-_episode_10_-_the_age_of_apocalypse.mp3
Category:Episode -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

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