Wed, 4 July 2012
In honor of today being the Fourth of July we're going to take the day off from witty banter here.
Don't think that means that this week's topic, Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee's neo-classic INHUMANS, isn't an amazing book that you should read if you haven't already, or that this week's show isn't fantastic.
Also we talk about Glee.
Wed, 20 June 2012
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.
Wed, 13 June 2012
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!
Wed, 6 June 2012
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.
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Wed, 30 May 2012
Elder Things, and Outer Gods, and Shoggoths, oh my!
This week we find ourselves wishing we hadn't blown the "cast our baleful eye" joke back in the description for the Sherlock episode, because our latest episode is about the works, the life and times of Mister H.P. Lovecraft, and "cast our baleful eye" is a remarkably Lovecraftian phrase and would have been a great opener for this post.
We run the gamut this week, covering Lovecraft's own stories, adaptations and pseudo-adaptations in film and game form, and even touch on heavy metal instrumentals. The original practitioner of weird fiction left a pretty big mark on the entertainment universe, and we aim to explore as much of it as we can without going irrevocably mad. (Admittedly, regular listeners may think it already too late for that.)
Join us as we talk about unpronounceable names, the dangers of living and working and especially reading in Lovecraft's New England, and the importance of Top Gun.
And whatever you do, for god's sake, DON'T READ THE BOOK! Listen to the Stack instead.
Wed, 23 May 2012
You may have noticed that most days here at the Stack we don't always agree on everything.
Today is not one of those days.
Today we talk about Darwyn Cooke's neo-classic THE NEW FRONTIER, a book that all three of us admit is pretty much the greatest thing since sliced bread. And when you consider that with modern forged steel bread is really easy to cut on your own, this book might just be the greatest thing ever.
Join us as we talk about how amazing the New Frontier is.
We're not going to bother with the usual pattern of patter this week. The New Frontier is too goddamn good.
Enjoy the last episode of the Stack before we become the New Frontiercast, a weekly podcast about how The New Frontier is the greatest piece of literature in the history of humanity.
Seriously, folks, we love this book.
Wed, 16 May 2012
Alien movies! You know them! You love them (some of them)! One of us refuses to admit the existence of one of them! And this week we give them a thorough going-over!
Yes, that awkward sexual metaphor is entirely intentional. Just like a surprising amount of the content of the subject of this week's podcast. And like a suprising amount of this week's podcast.
Join us as we go at it over phallic imagery, great actors in terrible movies, and Ellen Ripley's personal body count. Also, sexual imagery. And some more sexual imagery. And then, just when you think there couldn't possibly be any more, sexual imagery.
Also, our apologies for the sound issues this week. Hal will be ritually beaten with a stick until he complies.
Remember: no one has ever successfully controlled the Alien. But you can control how much you listen to The Stack.
Wed, 9 May 2012
Once again, we set out to talk about comic books this week, but we get swept up in our enthusiasm and get into yet another ontological debate, this time about the difference between remix and pastiche and whatever the hell else Alan Moore's multi-volume act of literary appropriation might be. In this episode we also start to notice that Hal's analysis of literature always seems to end up drifting towards the same topic.
Join us we talk about the perils of Victorian literature, the advantages and disadvantages of being a hermaphrodite, and the Hunt for Red October.
There will be laughter, there will be tears, and there will be, as a wise man once said, "humiliations GALORE." This is The Stack, though, so I don't think anyone will be surprised.
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Wed, 2 May 2012
Contentiousness and strife hold The Stack in their steely grips this week as we thrash with the Vertigo classic TRANSMETROPOLITAN, by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. Wow, that is a series of really tortured metaphors. Anyway, we have for you this week the usual course of disagreements and digressions, sprinkled with the occasional moment where all three of us think something is pretty nice.
Join us as we break down recurring Amazon warrior women, Warren Ellis' repeated attempts at futurism, and what Star Trek would have been like with makers instead of replicators.
All are welcome at our little internet radio shebang, whether you support the Beast or the Smiler. Come on in, we're all just the New Scum anyway.
Wed, 25 April 2012
Ah, the ever popular episode 4. A quintessential episode in any ongoing story, to be sure. But of course you already know that.
Our Episode 4 takes on the subject of comic book movies, a topic so fraught with intellectual peril that at first we have to spend a decent chunk of time determining just what the hell we're calling a comic book movie anyway. Then we shamefully disclose that none of us can count to five. Yes, it's another banner week here at The Stack.
All the same, join us as we we talk about the best (and worst) comic book movies, how we're looking forward to the two biggest comic book movies ever this summer, and Howard the Duck. Yes, Howard the Duck. We share your revulsion and shame.