Watch Zach’s mind break as we discuss not-even-close-to-actually every issue of Marvel comics from 2022. What are Spider-Man, Daredevil, Punisher, Thor, Mister Sinister, Mystique, and Destiny up to these days? If you’ve ever had that very specific thought, then this episode is for you. The fist of the Hand meets the hand of the Fist. Somebody is playing with time and murder. Mystique has a hidden identity! I know, I’m as surprised as you are!
Welcome to the first part of our 2022 Year In Review — in which we focus almost exclusively on Marvel’s major crossover event , A.X.E.: Judgement Day. As you might guess from the acronym, it’s all about the Avengers, the X-Men and the Eternals. And also judgement.
Johnny Storm attacks homeless people with fire and then throws them in the ocean. Using explosives makes ice sink. Namor was amnesiac for either 15 or 50 years, depending on how you interpret Marvel’s sliding time. And Zach wants to throw grenades at you from the sky. Everything we talk about in today’s episode all about Namor is so dull, mundane, and boring, that we dare you not to listen.
Werewolf by Night surprised everybody by suddenly entering the MCU. Kevin Feige insists he’ll be ESSENTIAL to the stories they’ll be telling in the future. Searnold and Zach will break down why that might be, where the title “Werewolf by Night” came from, and some of the zanier shenanigans from the old 70’s comics. How is Mario Kart involved? You’ll have to listen to find out!
Do you need to know more than what’s in the title? Yes you do! That’s why you should listen to this episode of the Doombots Podcast. While the topic may sound silly, we actually get into some pretty deep discussion about what responsibility creators have to make sure their work isn’t used for ill. Does the modern Krakoan era of X-Men stories accidentally promote racism? What is the value of incorporating known mythology into modern “pop” stories? And what does it mean that “If you die in Otherworld, you come back wrong.”
This week we ostensibly talk about Nightcrawler starting his own New Age-y religion for mutants on Krakoa, but there’s a great big chunk that’s mostly about how much Zach hates Doctor Nemesis and thinks the way Marvel handles godly power in the comic universe is nonsense. Enjoy!
About a month ago, we recorded an episode about Marvel’s Reckoning War that we lost to a computer error. Now, Zach tries to remember what Searnold taught him. Can he do it!? This episode features a non-linear free-association recalling of something that involved the Watchers and the end of the universe? And definitely the Fantastic Four somehow, but I’m not quite sure how. And I think the moon exploded? Is that right? Oh, and then Doctor Doom saves the universe. The end.
Taking a bit of a diversion from our usual chatter about comic book weirdness, this week the Doombots are talking about video game weirdness. Searnold loves X-Men on Genesis (until that one part), Zach get really mad about someone being “the world’s most famous murderer,” and they both bond over their recovery from a ravaging Marvel’s Strike Force addiction.
She-Hulk has been through a lot in her history as Marvel comics’s premiere superhero lawyer. From helping Spider-Man sue J. Jonah Jameson to fighting against Daredevil over the fate of Captain America, we’ll look at some of her weirdest, funniest, and most important cases. We’ll also talk about that time she thought she was a character in a comic book. What a crazy thing for someone to think!
We didn’t quite cover enough Thor last episode, so now we’re taking a look at everything Loki has been up to, why Ragnarok doesn’t make a ton of sense, and how the War of the Realms played out!