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Facing Mortality with Avengers: Endgame

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Is the real villain Thanos? Or is it death itself? The crew tackles these big questions and more from "Avengers: Endgame." And oh yes, there are spoilers. All the spoilers. This episode will spoil this film, the last film, and possibly the milk in your fridge, so listen at your own risk. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Our recommendation: Spider-man: Life Story

The Lure of the Vampire

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Vampire stories continue to be popular in our culture and they have always been a staple of comics. The crew is joined by Jennifer the Damned author Karen Ullo to discuss the appeal of these bloodsucking fiends and why we find them both so seductive and so scary. All this, plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Our recommendation: Fantastic Four, Vol. 1 by J. Michael Straczynski

Our guest, Karen Ullo, is the author of Jennifer the Damned and Cinder Allia. She is also the Managing Editor of Dappled Things, a quarterly journal of ideas, art, and faith. Find out more about her writing and where to hear her speak by clicking here.

The Soul of Robots

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This episode was recorded in February, but because of some technical difficulties (Father Jonathan's computer decided to transform into an expensive paperweight), it is only now available. But it figures that a computer would rebel against this episode because it's full of good conversation about robots and the way we project our hopes and fears onto them.

G&C Shorts: Captain Marvel

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Fr. Jonathan talks with writer Leah Libresco about the new Captain Marvel film, the joys of 90s nostalgia, and the need for some Kree/Skrull fan fiction. New full length episodes coming soon, so stay tuned!

Check out Leah’s most recent book here.

Monarchy and Bridge-Building in Aquaman

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Join the crew for a deep dive into the wet and wonderfully cheesy world of Aquaman. Discussion includes such strange and fun topics as the divine right of kings, the need for a mediator between worlds, and the alcoholic beverages that we wish we had drank while watching this movie. Plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Our recommendation: The Authority
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
”War Pigs” (Black Sabbath cover) by Brass Against the Machine

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

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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