Episode 34: X-Men 2099 #1

We’ve put it off long enough. It’s time for host Nathaniel Wayne to take a look at one of the most 90s things to come out of Marvel: the 2099 line. An excuse to get even more outlandish than the company was already doing with far future versions of established characters (and also something called “Ravage” for some reason.) We kick it off with a glimpse at what’s changed for mutantkind in the future… spoiler, it’s not very much.

Listen to Episode 34: X-Men 2099 #1.

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Finally, a reminder that the podcast theme song is by Erica Dreisbach, and you can find more of her work at her website right here.

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Episode 31: Spectacular Spider-Man #197

For the podcast’s first foray into the Spider-Man of the Spectacular variety, host Nathaniel Wayne takes a look at this issue which saw the pairing of Spidey with a classic team of X-Men characters to take on… well we won’t say who. We’ll let it be a surprise. As in, we’ll be surprised if you’ve ever heard of this guy.

Listen to Episode 31: Spectacular Spider-Man #197.

You can subscribe to the Council of Geeks Podcast, home of 90s Comics Retrial on iTunes or on Stitcher.

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Finally, a reminder that the podcast theme song is by Erica Dreisbach, and you can find more of her work at her website right here.

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Episode 24: Spawn #6&7

Given how many issues of Spawn are on the docket, I’m a bit overdue to get back into the mopey gothic bugger. So this calls for a doubling up to cover the two issue story involving that most 90s of things: an oversized, overmuscled killer cyborg.

Listen to Episode 24: Spawn #6&7.

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Does anybody feel like Spawn is on the ground going “I can’t… he’s too EXTREME!”

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Guns that just sort of leak fire when you hold the barrel seem impractical to me but then again I might not be EXTREME enough to get it.

Finally, a reminder that the podcast theme song is by Erica Driesbach,and you can find more of her work at her website right here.

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Episode #6: Shadowhawk #1 & 2

Every comic book line up needs an on the street style superhero. Marvel has Daredevil, DC has Batman (or more accurately the Bat Family because the Man himself is just as likely to be in space,) and Image put in their two cents with Shadowhawk. Host Nathaniel Wayne takes a look at the first two issues of Jim Valentino’s creation and sees if it’s worthy of the company it’s seeking or if it slips and breaks its own spine.

Listen to Episode 6: Shadowhawk #1 & 2.

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And now here are your choice page samplings of this book from the issue, with the art and story by Jim Valentino.

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The thrilling story of A Nig Htm Are Wal Kin G!

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You are AMATEUR CYROPRACTOR!

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Arson! The villain with a name so unique we had to be sure to put the trademark right over the exclamation mark, lest someone still our brilliantly original word!

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I never thought I’d say this but… Hey lady, the 80s called, they want their… yeah you know how this goes.

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We already hooked you with our striking first issue, but really we know you’re only here for Spawn.

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Wow… that was… uh… a thing that happened… Yeah, it sure was that, boy howdy.

A reminder that the podcast theme song is by Erica Driesbach,and you can find more of her work at her website right here.

 

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Episode #5: Web of Spider-Man 109

This stand alone issue of Web of Spider-Man tries to give a new spin on the Shocker. However it’s so insecure about its story that it splits the cover between that and the prologue for the next issue, and throws in a more EXTREME hero than Spidey for good measure. I brought along my friend Sean McFeeley for this one to help unpack this one full story, one story prologue and one of the most random interludes I’ve ever seen in a comic book.

Listen to Episode 5: Web of Spider-Man #109.

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You can subscribe to the Council of Geeks Podcast, home of 90s Comics Retrial on iTunes or on Sticher.

And now here are your choice page samplings of this book from the issue, with the main story written by Joey Cavalieri and art by Rurik Tyler. The secondary story was written by Terry Kavanagh with art by Alex Saviuk, who also did the cover art.

Introducing: the Night Monologuer!

Introducing: the Night Monologuer!

SPLOSIONS!

SPLOSIONS!

Look at that last panel an try not thinking

Look at that last panel an try not thinking “I’m a sad pineapple.” I challenge you!

Gaze into my breasts!

Gaze into my breasts!

Here it is! The EPIC showdown promised by the cover that will go down as one of the all time- oh, it's over.

Here it is! The EPIC showdown promised by the cover that will go down as one of the all time- oh, it’s over.

And while Sean might not have had anything to plug I DO want to bring your attention to Erica Dreisbach, who was generous enough to compose the brand new 90s Comics Retrial theme music that you heard at the beginning and end of this episode. You can find more of her work at her website right here.

Finally, we’ll end this post with the vital design tips that we all know were the REAL selling point of any Spidey story.

Better Homes and Webbing.

Better Homes and Webbing.

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