In which Onslaught: Phase 2 does not live up to the promise of Phase 1; Hulk is not the most trustworthy individual; Miles is his own best audience; Sentinels know their continuity; and true heroism is scored by James Horner.
- The Phoenix Five
- Onslaught thus far
- The Incredible Hulk #445
- Invincible Iron Man #332
- Avengers #402
- Pea Soup Hulk
- Falcon’s late cousin Jim
- The word “ebon”
- Tunneling logistics
- An uncomfortable lesson
- Immortal Hulk and why you should be reading it
- Fancy hats
- Science Made Stupid
- Teen Tony Stark (more) (again)
- Onslaught’s best epithet
- The sound of heroism
- Thor’s “shirt”
NEXT EPISODE: Additional Onslaught!
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In which nothing comes between Sam Guthrie and his classic sci-fi allusions; Sunspot tries; the Beyonder is really scary; you can have Danielle Moonstar’s agency when you pry it from her cold, dead hands; Empath remains the worst kid; Tom Corsi and Sharon Friedlander just cannot catch a break; Emma Frost gets nuanced; Magneto does the wrong things for the right reasons; Rachel and Miles like liking things; and we finally wrap up Secret Wars II.
- Soulsword custody
- New Mutants #36-40
- The best Secret Wars II tie-in
- Several Beyonder-triggered crises of confidence
- A literal derailment in the midst of a metaphorical derailment
- The Greek tragedy of Illyana Rasputin
- Personal personifications of death
- Counting coup
- The death of the New Mutants
- Crossover-related PTSD
- A pep talk from a frog
- Art style as a component of narrative
- The Hellions (again)
- A completely avoidable fight
- Rachel’s definitive Emma Frost moment
- Emma Frost, Charles Xavier, and moral culpability
NEXT WEEK: The dubious debut of Apocalypse!
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Links and Further Reading:
- In Episode 34, we answered a question from a listener looking for textual evidence that Nightcrawler isn’t homophobic (we pointed them to Amazing X-Men #13). Rachel also discussed that question from a different angle–and at considerably more length–on the blog.
- Diana: Warrior Princess is both an incredibly fun game setting and a brilliant piece of cultural satire.
- We are big fans of both the Gamers movies and the humans responsible for them.
- Rachel and Elle talk a lot of shit about Hank Pym in Episode 4 of Into It.
In which we venture forth into an age undreamed of, there are so many reasons to have Northstar on your team, Selene is the worst guest, Rachel X-Plains Conan, Cyttorak is the Mordenkainen of the Marvel Universe, Miles loves Doctor Strange, we have some fairly serious Captain America feelings, the X-Men completely fail at hide-and-seek, and we make more D&D references in one episode than in the previous 34 combined.
- Beard privilege
- X-Men 189-192
- Anachronistic timeline markers
- The Culture Shock Class
- An Age Undreamed of
- Conan disambiguation
- Red Sonja vs. Red Sonya
- Kulan Gath
- Marvel Team-Up #79
- Barbarian Avengers
- Why we love Captain America
- Several haircuts
- WiFi sorcery
- A really good inspirational speech
- The inevitable cephalopod revolution
- Why Hank Pym is the absolute worst
- How Rachel Summers actually traveled back in time
- Warlock, Adam Warlock, and their respective Magi
- Politics, religion, and Nightcrawler
Edited to Add: In this episode, we answered a question from a listener looking for textual evidence that Nightcrawler isn’t homophobic (we pointed them to Amazing X-Men #13). We also discussed that question from a different angle–and at considerably more length–on the blog.
Next Week: Dazzler: The Movie!
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