What If Podcast on YouTube – Eps 29 and 30

The What If Podcast discusses Deadpool, what if he were possessed by Venom, the Beyonder, and how a comic from 2009 can be worth $200.

Then we discuss the Captains of the Marvel Universe, Captain Marvel and Captain Universe. SHAZAM! Mar-Vell! The Uni-Force! Does Peter Parker want to have sex with himself? The answer may surprise you!

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What If Podcast Episode 28 – New Infinity and Beyond – On YouTube!

The What If Podcast returns to discuss the new Infinity event What Ifs (3 out of 5 ain’t bad, at least), as well as Jessica Jones and Civil War! What’s new, pussycat?

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WIP Episode 27 – Love and Marriage on YouTube!

The What If Podcast returns, discussing love, marriage, and Spider-Man. What If Vol 2 Issues 20 & 21, What If Spider-Man Had Married Black Cat instead of Mary Jane? Plus we discuss Season 3 of Agents of SHIELD, Jessica Jones, and butt stuff!

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WIP Bonus Episode 8 – Halloween Spooktacular! (What If Podcast)

The What If Podcast presents a very special retrospective on Halloween and DC Elseworlds’ Batman: Castle of The Bat! It’s Frankenstein meets Batman meets Man-Bat. All this and the Ghost of Hank Hill!

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WIP – What If Podcast Episode 26 Stan-Man on YouTube!

Ant-Man, Stan “The Man” Lee, Jack Kirby, The Fantastic Four, and Archangel are discussed on the What If Podcast? How many horseman of the apocalypse are there, anyway? And didn’t you ever wonder what it would be like if Stan Lee could stretch his body to outrageous proportions?

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WIP Bonus Episode 6 – Marvel Zombies on YouTube

The What If Podcast hits you up with a bonus episode on Marvel Zombies, Avengers Age of Ultron nerd rants, and Bebop and Rocksteady! Just Andrew The Giant and The Slim James this time, and it was recorded on The Giant’s birthday! Extravaganza!

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WIP What If Podcast Ep 22 – Age of Vision on YouTube

The video is up for the What If Podcast episode 22, discussing Age of Ultron, Vision, Daredevil, and the future of 2013!

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Spider-Gwen #1 – A Review

I admit it. I got sucked in by the hype. My Facebook feed and the comic sites I visit were all hyping “Spider-Gwen #1”. It’s Gwen Stacy, as Spider-(Wo)Man! Holy moley!

I don’t read too many new comics, but I always have a soft spot for Spider-Man and all things related, and compounding that was how much my girlfriend prefers Gwen Stacy over Mary Jane (based on their characters in the movies) and the fact that Jason Latour will be appearing at the Boston Comic Con this year, so there’s potential for some sweet signage on my issue. With those facets in mind, and with a gift card to Newbury Comics paying for all of it, I decided to take the dive and pick up Spider-Gwen #1.

Would I opt for the regular cover, or spend $2 more on a Newbury Comics-exclusive variant? Well, I liked the regular cover better, so that combined with the sweet taste of savings had me going the standard route. Sometimes covers feel less “monumental” and “iconic” than those of years passed, and it could be because they haven’t been put through the filter of nostalgia yet, but the bold colors, sharp contrasts, and simple pose on Spider-Gwen #1 spoke to me more than a lot of other covers I’ve seen in recent memory (standard cover Amazing Spider-Man #1, I’m looking at you).

The interior art is great, bringing a sense of energy to the whole affair and working in a “cooler” color palette that could help this book stand out on its own. The character design of Spider-Gwen is great, using the familiar Spider-Man elements and bringing some uniqueness to the table without being too cute about the whole thing and looking corny or overdone.

The writing is what sold me on it, as Spider-Gwen brings some of the things I love about Spider-Man into a modern setting. Spider-Gwen’s got jokes and it really feels like a classic Spider-Man tale of yore as she takes on The Vulture in the first issue. Spider-Gwen also has to deal with being spurned by public opinion, as any good Spider-person has to, and deal with the very much alive Captain Stacy, which brings up something I always want to see more of: superheroes having to deal with their parents. It seems too convenient that most classic heroes were orphans (Superman, Batman, Captain America [at least according to the movie], Spider-Man) so actually seeing a heroine have to deal with a parent is refreshing. My only nitpick might be about the MaryJanes sub-plot, if only because most fictional takes on the “meteoric rise of a band” ring false to me, mostly because I’m jaded and think any band that plays instruments isn’t allowed to be famous anymore. That said, the actual story elements of layering Gwen Stacy’s Spider-Woman problems on top of band strife is unique, and it does serve to underscore what my girlfriend has thought this entire time: Mary Jane is an egotist and Gwen Stacy is far better. In that respect, I’ll give it a pass.

My other quibble would be with the alternate-universe trope of “look what these characters are doing in this universe” popping up in the form of Ben Grimm and Frank Castle involved in the police force, but that’s very much in the background and probably more a result of me reading too many “What If?”s and seeing it over and over again.

Overall, I give Spider-Gwen #1 an A-minus. The comedy is sharp, the plot elements are intriguing, and the modernity of the entire thing doesn’t feel forced. Give it a read!

What If Podcast Episode 21 – Blackest Knight and Ka-Zam on YouTube!

The What If Podcast (finally) returns to YouTube with a discussion on the Black Knight, his lack of relevance, Ka-Zar, Shanna The She-Devil, and Shaquille O’Neal.

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