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Stan Lee

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In our first episode of Season 5, we pay tribute to Stan Lee, the comics legend who died earlier this week at 95. We talk about his enduring legacy in comics, how he brought superheroes into the mainstream, and what the world of comics might look like without him. Also, Fr. Matt considers recording your home answering machine message. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Our recommendation - Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir by Stan Lee

Marriage and Family

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In the final episode of season 4, Fr. Niko Bekris returns to the show to discuss some of the great marriages in comics, why so many creators think marriage and family life aren’t interesting, and whether or not you have to choose between marriage or being a hero. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more! (Apologies for poor sound quality on the recording - we had to use a regular computer mic which was less than ideal. New recorder will be acquired before the start of season 5.)

Doxacon

Mr. Miracle by Tom King

Christ, Coffee, and Comics

Creative Blessings

Fr. Niko's Superman project

Animal Man by Grant Morrison

Spider-man and Mary Jane: Renew Your Vows

Spider-girl

DC Rebirth Superman

DC Rebirth Action Comics

Spider-woman: Shifting Gears

Saga

The Orthodox Way by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware

Memento

Memento Mori

Star Trek and Virtue

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The crew nerds out on all things Trek by looking into the long history of Star Trek comics going back to the sixties and discussing the ways in which Star Trek explores ethics, virtue, and the possibility of a better tomorrow. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's some more info about some of the rad stuff we talked about:

Batman: Creature of the Night

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Gold Key Star Trek comic series

Star Trek: Khan Ruling in Hell

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy

Star Trek and the Legion of Superheroes

Star Trek / Green Lantern: The Spectrum War

John Byrne’s New Visions

Star Trek the Animated Series

Assignment Earth by John Byrne

“I Ain’t Got an Answer” by Propaganda featuring Sho Baraka

Avengers: Infinity War as Pro-Life Allegory

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It may strike some people as odd to say, but in presenting the evil Thanos as a “Malthusian anti-natalist,” Marvel has made its newest blockbuster to be the first high budget superhero film to deliver an explicitly pro-life message. Fr. Matt and Deacon Jonathan are joined by guests Alexi Sargeant and Leah Libresco Sargeant to discuss this, as well as the film’s cosmology, the need for a formed conscience, and whether or not death in the comic book world actually matters. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Masks: The Game

Gen Con

Avengers: Infinity War (film)

The Infinity Gauntlet (comic)

Creation ex nihilo

The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers

The Death and Return of Superman

Maus

Persepolis

Painted from Memory by Burt Bacherach and Elvis Costello

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@AlexiSargeant

Arriving at Amen by Leah Libresco

Building the Benedict Option by Leah Libresco

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@leahlibresco

Pessimism vs. Optimism

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Do comic books give us a pessimistic or optimistic worldview? Is one better than the other? What do these views teach us about the meaning and purpose of life? The crew explores all these questions, plus our recommendation, This or That, and more!

Here's some of the rad stuff we talked about:

Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye

Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

Seven

The Watchmen

Frank Miller’s Daredevil

The Wicked and The Divine

How to Survive the Apocalypse

F.D. Maurice

St. Symeon the New Theologian

Mystic Pizza

March

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For the 50th episode of the podcast, the crew is joined by Bishop Matthew Gunter to talk about the award-winning “March” trilogy by John Lewis which tells the inside story of the activism of the Civil Rights Movement. Themes of the hero’s journey, racial equality, and non-violence run throughout the conversation. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Cleopatra in Space

March

Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Max Headroom

Chip Zdarsky's Jughead

Egg Cream by Lou Reed

Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac

Black Panther and Black Culture

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Fr. Esau McCaulley joins the crew to talk about Black Panther, its place in Black culture, the Christian response to oppression, and why he thinks the show ought to be called “Esau and Comics.” All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's more about some of the rad stuff we talked about:

The Vision by Tom King

Call and Response Conference

“What Black Panther Means for Christians” by Esau McCaulley

Get Out

Letitia Wright's faith almost kept her out of the movie

The Panther’s Rage by Don McGregor

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Howl

Northeastern Seminary

Martin Luther

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It’s an ecumenical adventure as the crew takes a look at “Martin Luther: Renegade,” a new graphic biography of Luther from Plough Press. Also, Fr. Matt attacks some unicorns. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's more about some of the rad stuff we discuss:

Superman the Man of Steel

Martin Luther: Renegade

Speed painting

The Garden of Earthly Delights

Martin Luther Insult Generator

Luther and Erasmus debate free will and salvation

Martin Luther: A Life by James Nestigen

The Catechism of the Catholic Church on indulgences

Mockingbird

Doomsday Clock

Animals

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Animals are our companions and they inspire our imaginations. In this episode, the crew looks at how animals are portrayed in comics, from super pets to mysterious animal powers, and they answer some common questions people have about whether we will see our pets in heaven and what the place of animals is in creation. Also, Jonathan pretty much blows any chance that Taco Bell will ever be a sponsor of the show. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's some of the rad stuff we talk about:

Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook

Krypto the Super Dog

Ace the Bat-hound

Astro City - G-Dog

Mice Templar

Saga

Maus

The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

Where Did the Dinosaurs Go?

Origin Stories

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Why are we so interested in where our favorite characters come from? Is the Incarnation the ultimate retcon? Alexi Sargeant joins the crew to talk about all this and more. He also becomes the first guest ever to write his own This or That. Check it out!

Here's more about some of the rad stuff we discussed:

The Wild Storm

No Holds Bard

AlexiSargeant.com

The Undeath of Cinema

Superman: Man of Steel by John Byrne

All Star Superman by Grant Morrison

Batman: I Am Gotham by Tom King

Retcon

Adam Lay Ybounden

Dante's Divine Comedy: A Graphic Adaptation by Seymour Chwast

 

Friendship

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A lot of our favorite comic book characters get by with a little help from their friends. In this week’s episode, special guest Wesley Hill helps the crew break down how friendships in comics show us something about friendship’s true nature. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's some more about the rad stuff we discussed:

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie

Kill Shakespeare

Spiritual Friendship by Wesley Hill

Blankets by Craig Thompson

The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis

Spiritual Friendship by Aelred of Riveaux

John Henry Newman sermon on friendship

The Friend by Alan Bray

Green Lantern / Green Arrow

Matt Fraction's Hawkeye omnibus

Christmas in the Heart by Bob Dylan

The Defenders and the Value of Life

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Marvel’s new Netflix show brings together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist for an adventure that is at times as existentialist as it is exciting. Special guest Tyler Huckabee joins the crew to talk about all the twists and turns. Also, Jonathan starts the world's most awkwardly polite internet flame war with Fr. James Martin. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's more about some of the rad stuff we talked about:

Yoda's Secret War

Mockingbird cover controversy and Chelsea Cain quitting Twitter

Spider-man #789

The Defenders Wiki

Marvel Knights

The New Avengers

Our show on Doctor Strange

Matt Fraction’s Iron Fist

The McConnaissance

What I Did on my Summer Vacation

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It’s been an eventful summer for the God and Comics crew. On this first episode of Season 4, they discuss Fr. Jonathan’s entry into the Roman Catholic Church, Fr. Kyle’s recent trip to Italy, and what all three watched this summer, including Spider-man: Homecoming. Also, Fr. Matt discusses his willingness to eat dinosaurs. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation2

“Why I Am Becoming Catholic" by Fr. Jonathan

Spider-man: Homecoming

Spectacular Spider-man cartoon

Ultimate Spider-man cartoon

Marvel’s Spider-man cartoon

The Flash (TV Show)

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

Last Days of the Justice Society of America

Batman vs. Twoface (Adam West’s last film)

Dave Coulier on Kevin Polak’s Chat Show the first and second time

Wonder Woman as a Figure of Mary

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As the critically acclaimed Wonder Woman film hits theaters, we talk about the many deep themes of this movie including truth versus fiction, sin and grace, the power of submission, and the way in which Wonder Woman’s heroism makes her a powerful figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Also, Fr. Matt explores the ins and outs of exploding food. All this, plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's some of the rad stuff we talk about:

The Doom Patrol: Brick by Brick

How to pronounce “gyro”

Wonder Woman movie official site

An interview with director Patty Jenkins

Fr. Jonathan's "Wonder Woman and the power of truth"

Wonder Woman: Year One

Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain”

Puppets of doom liturgical dance

 

Afterlife Delight

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What happens to us when we die? What are heaven and hell like? These are questions that human beings have been asking for a long time, and comic books have tried to explore the answers. We talk about all sorts of this related to the life to come and comics. Also, Fr. Kyle reveals a big, hairy secret. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's some of the rad stuff we talked about.

The Button

In case you missed it, DC Universe: Rebirth #1

Eschatology

John 14:1-6

The Great Divorce

“Heaven and Hell” by The Who

Daredevil: Lone Stranger

Dante’s Divine Comedy

Promethea by Alan Moore

Batman: Final Crisis

Spider-man #700

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Bottled Light

Pretty Deadly

The Innocent Curate

God, Family, and Guardians of the Galaxy

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The new Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 explores an idea of God that is very common but also very flawed. Alexi Sargent joins the crew to talk about that as well as the themes of family, friendship, and heroism that live at the center of this film. Also, Fr. Jonathan demonstrates that he is far better at impersonating Droopy Dog than Jessica Rabbit. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Our new sponsor: The Living Church

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Lieu

Doxacon 2017

Alexi’s Twitter

Alexi’s “About Me”

Alexi’s review of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 on Acculturated

Official page of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The Beyonder

Movie Pilot article by Tom Bacon

Exploring Catholic Theology by Robert Barron

Duns Scotus

Thomas Aquinas

Wesley Hill on Spiritual Friendship

Doogie Howser, M.D.

Bronies

 

Free Comic Book Day 2017

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On today’s episode, the crew previews the many great free comics coming out on Free Comic Book Day and tells you what you can expect if you go. Also, Fr. Kyle reveals the secret to his beard’s haunting beauty. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's some of the rad stuff we talk about:

DC: The New Frontier

Martian Manhunter: American Secrets

Free Comic Book Day website

How to find participating stores in your area

The Tick (new TV show on Amazon)

Prayer by Hans Urs von Balthasar

For the Life of the World by Alexander Schmemann

O Death, Where Is Thy Sting? by Alexander Schmemann
 

The Free Comic Book Day Comics We Recommend You Pick Up

Wonder Woman

DC Superhero Girls

Underdog

Bongo Sampler (The Simpsons)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Time Shifters

The Tick

Drawn and Quarterly

Judge Dredd 2000 AD

Star Trek TNG: The Broken Mirror

Doctor Who

Captain Canuck