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X-Men, the Devil, and the End of the World

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It’s the end of the world as we know it, but the God and Comics crew feels fine as they take a look at the new film “X-Men: Apocalypse.” It’s a heavy discussion that begins with references to religious mythology and the Bible but ends with Fr. Matt telling us a little too much info about his bathroom habits. All that plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more.

Here's some of the rad stuff we discuss:

DC Rebirth #1

Apocalypse, Nimrod, and the Tower of Babel

The true meaning of the word “apocalypse”

Eschatology

The Rapture is not in the Bible

Flip Wilson - “The Devil made me do it”

Don’t Let the Devil Ride

The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Excalibur

Captain Britain

Psylocke

Weekend at Bernie’s

Michael Winslow doing voices in Police Academy

Civil War, Civil Liberties, and Civil Disobedience

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It’s a very civil conversation this week as the crew is joined by special guest Alexi Sargeant to talk about “Captain America: Civil War” and all the fascinating social and ethical questions it raises. Best of all, they manage to do it spoiler free! Also, Fr. Kyle introduces us to one of the most disgusting snacks ever invented. 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:

Zenith

Alexi Sargeant's website

Captain America: Civil War (movie)

Civil War (comic)

The Jeweler’s Shop

Source of the great quote about the “river of truth”

Dr. Strange movie trailer

Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Elizabeth Anscombe

Fr. Daniel Berrigan

"Everything Local Man Feels Led to Do He Coincidentally Really Likes"

Howard the Duck: Duck Hunt (featuring a team-up with Aunt May)

"The Death of Prince and the Death of Jesus" by Hans Fiene

The Four Loves

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C.S. Lewis pointed out in his classic book "The Four Loves" that there are many kinds of love - romantic love, familial love, friendship, and the selfless love of God. On this week's show, the crew discusses all of these different types of love and how they show up in some truly great comic book stories. Also, Fr. Matt discusses a brush with the law during his brief career as a venture capitalist. Plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's more about the rad stuff we talk about:

Fr. Niko’s review of Batman V. Superman

Britten and Brülightly

An interview with Hannah Berry

C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves

Rosy Press

Alex + Ada

New Romancer

Saga

The Walking Dead

The Batman Family

DC Rebirth announcement

World’s Finest Comics

Green Lantern: The Life Equation

Saint John Chrysostom “On the Priesthood” and “On Marriage and Family Life

NWA’s Straight Outta Compton (Clean version - starts at about 27 seconds)

Sacrifice

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The story of every great hero is a story of sacrifice. In today’s episode, the crew talks about how the theme of sacrifice works itself out in superhero comics and how that relates back to the ultimate heroism of the cross. Then Fr. Kyle talks about a filthy habit he’s decided to pick up for Lent. And we hear an amazing prayer for the birthday of Chuck Norris. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

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

All Saints, Oklahoma City

Speeding Bullet Comics

Silver Surfer: Volume 1

Captain America: Civil War (Comic)

Captain America: Civil War (Movie preview with Spider-man)

The Dark Phoenix Saga

Mark Waid’s Daredevil

The Twilight Labyrinth by George Otis

Atonement

Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow

Superman / Batman Volume 4: Siege

Steve Rogers shows why he is a hero

Donald Trump in Home Alone 2

Happy birthday, Chuck Norris!

Saint Stephen

Manhood

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What does it mean to be a man in our culture today? A lot of people aren’t sure. From the earliest days, comic books have painted a picture of masculinity that has been absorbed by readers. In this episode, the crew talks about how that depiction has changed over the years and how it fairs against a Christian understanding of manhood. Also, Fr. Jonathan makes a bold and controversial claim about snowmen. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's a little more about some of the things we discussed:

Miracle Man

Charles Atlas program ad: "The Insult That Made a Man Out of 'Mac'"

The End of Men by Hanna Rosin

"Who Would Jesus Smack Down?" (On Mark Driscoll and his infamous "limp wristed Jesus" quote)

Deadpool

Captain America: Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker

Supreme

Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Batgirl as a member of Congress

Golden Age vs Silver Age of Comics

Spider-man 2099

Sidekicks and Discipleship

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Since the golden age of comics, sidekicks like Robin the Boy Wonder, Speedy, and Bucky Barnes have been helping young readers to feel like they are part of the action. On today’s show, the crew discusses the origins of sidekicks, why they have fallen out of fashion, and how their efforts at striving to be like the heroes they follow reminds us of the calling to follow Christ. Also, Fr. Jonathan confesses his hankering for groundhog meat. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

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

The Legend of Wonder Woman

Renae De Liz

Robin the Boy Wonder

Bucky Barnes

Speedy / Red Arrow / Arsenal

Superboy

Wonder Girl

Jimmy Olsen

Spider-man and Deadpool

Harley Quinn and Power Girl

The Confessor and Altar Boy

Captain Marvel (Shazam) and the Marvel Family

Ba’al and Asher

Acts of the Apostles

The Apprentice

Aqualad

Young Justice

Miss Martian

Kid Flash / Impulse

Toro

Rick Jones is not Rick James

Snapper Carr

Lockheed

Gus, the Second Most Famous Groundhog in Pennsylvania

Highway to Heaven

Kato Kaelin

White Stripes feud with the Black Keys

 

Orthodoxy and the Death of Death

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Superman and the resurrection. Wolverine and theosis. It’s the kind of conversation that could only happen on God and Comics! We’re joined by special guest Fr. Niko Bekris to discuss Orthodoxy, comics books, and where the two intersect. Also, Fr. Kyle tells us about a very odd way of being baptized. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Batman: War on Crime

Fr. Niko’s review of Superman: Peace on Earth

Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church

Christ, Coffee, and Comics

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America

Oriental Orthodox

The Death of Superman (comic)

The Return of Superman (comic)

The Death and Return of Superman (short film by Max Landis)

Superman The Movie

Crash Test Dummies' Superman's Song

Theosis

Anglicans and Theosis

Wolverine: Weapon X

Pinnochio

Fellowship of Saint Alban and Saint Sergius

Moral Therapeutic Deism

The Beastie Boys featuring Biz Markie: Bennie and the Jets

 

Jessica Jones and the Culture Wars

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a dark and gritty show that deals with heavy issues. The usual crew is joined by guest Emily Zanotti to discuss the show’s relationships, what it means to have “God like” control over others, and a whole range of ethical questions that the show raises. Due to the graphic nature of some of the content in Jessica Jones, parental discretion is advised.

Spoilers start at 21:45 and end at 50:10

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

Astro City

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Alias

The Bechdel Test

Patsy Walker

Charles Soule’s She-Hulk featuring Helcat

First appearance of Kilgrave

Original sin

Civil War

Kill You featuring the Punisher and Eminem

I Am Chris Farley

Red Hulk

Web Comics

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In this episode, the crew is joined by writer and speaker Leah Libresco to discuss the vast and varied world of web comics. We also discuss conversion experiences, existentialism, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the weird things Fr. Jonathan would say to strangers when he was five. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Superman: American Alien

Unequally Yoked (Leah's blog)

Arriving At Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Say

Max Gladstone

Coffee With Jesus

Adam 4D

Gunnerkrigg Court

Through the Woods

Patreon

Strong Female Protagonist

Evil Queen

Existential Comics

Boxers and Saints

Chick Tracts (and why you should take them with a grain of salt)

The Light Princess by George MacDonald

Violence

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In this episode, the crew discusses how violence has evolved in comics and pop culture over the years. When is violence necessary to tell a story? When is it gratuitous? How should followers of Jesus think about such things? The answers to these questions will be revealed, along with a childhood trauma for Fr. Jonathan involving the circus and a goat. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more.

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

The Dark Knight Returns

Seduction of the Innocent

Comics Code Authority

Morbius, the Living Vampire

Batman: Endgame

Batman: The Killing Joke

The Powers That Be by Walter Wink

Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters

Fun Home

The Maniple

On the Holy Spirit by Saint Basil the Great

Pinball Wizard

The goat that ruined Fr. Jonathan's childhood

 

Supergirl as the Ultimate Outsider

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The new CBS show Supergirl is soaring in the ratings. The crew discusses everything about the Girl of Steel, including her roots in the 1950s, her status as a feminist icon, and her rebirth in the last few decades as the ultimate outsider. Plus, Fr. Matt explains why Superman can't be French. All this along with our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more.

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

Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine

Supergirl on CBS

Supergirl: Last Daughter of Krypton (New 52)

Supergirl by Peter David

Crisis on Infinite Earths

Superman/Batman: Supergirl

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

The Green Hornet sixties television series

That stupid dancing baby from Ally McBeal

Spider-man and the Weight of Guilt

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While some superheroes are difficult to relate to, Spider-man is an everyman. On this week's show, we talk about what makes Spider-man a compelling character and what it means to be motivated by guilt rather than grace. We also learn about Fr. Jonathan's secret plan to create a liturgy surrounding a certain 1980s television star. Plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more.

Here's a boatload of rad stuff that we talked about:

Paper Girls

The Night Gwen Stacy Died

Untold Tales of Spider-man

The Amazing Spider-man: Parallel Lives

Saint Augustine on "Incurvatus in se"

Michael Bolton and the Lonely Island (Some rough language)

Yep, you guessed it, Frank Stalone

Humor

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What makes the "funny books" funny? We talk about some of our favorite quips and gags, considering how humor works differently in the comic book medium and how the movies and television have changed the way that comic books are written. Plus, we find out all about a German sitcom that Fr. Matt discovered while obsessively googling his name. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

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

Marvel's Star Wars

Justice League International

The Tick

Ambush Bug

Hawkeye

Stromberg

The Jim Gaffigan Show

David Letterman introducing Oprah to Uma Thurman

Our Favorite Writers

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Writing for comics has evolved into a literary art form over the years. It takes a special kind of talent and precision to write for comics well. In this first episode of the new season, the God and Comics crew discuss some of their favorite writers and what they love about them. Also, we learn why it is important not to stand downwind of Fr. Matt in the fall. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

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

The Spirit

Swords of Sorrow

Brian Michael Bendis

Stan Lee

Grant Morrison

Gail Simone

Alan Moore

Marguerite Bennett and DC Bombshells

Kelly Sue DeConnick

Superman is Not Jesus

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Despite popular opinion, Superman isn't actually a Christ figure, although there's another hero in the Bible that he seems to resemble. In today's episode, Fr. Jonathan and Fr. Matt are joined by special guest Brandon Munson to talk about the man of steel in all his forms over the years. Plus, we learn the answer to that age old question, whether it is more fun to work for Fr. Jonathan or have a root canal. All this plus a recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

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

Bill and Ted's Most Triumphant Return

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

Injustice: Gods Among Us (video game)

Injustice: Gods Among Us (comic)

Superman: Peace on Earth

Christopher Reeve as Superman

Glen Weldon's Superman the Unauthorized Biography

Lois Lane: Superman's Girlfriend

How to Get Started Reading Comics

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Figuring out how to start reading comics can be really challenging. How do you find your way into a story that has been going on for decades? Where do you go to get comics? What if you aren't really interested in superheroes? The crew answers all these questions and more, both for people who have never read a comic before and for people who read comics when they were kids but have long since given it up. Plus a brand new look at the Justice League, a strangely warm feeling coming from Fr. Kyle's end of the pool, This or That, and a whole lot more.

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

Justice League of America #1

Free Comic Book Day

Marvel Unlimited

Comixology

Grant Morrison's Animal Man

Tallulah Bankhead as Black Widow

What Makes Great Art

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One of the joys of reading comics is found in the way that art interweaves with words to tell stories. In this episode, the crew talks about their favorite artists and why they love them. They also get philosophical about whether art is just something to carry on a story or a good unto itself. Plus Fr. Matt's loathing of vegetables, a superhero detective story with a very reluctant superhero, This or That, and a whole lot more.

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

Alias and Jessica Jones

John Romita, Sr. reflecting back on his work on Spider-man

Todd Macfarlane

Jack Kirby

Amanda Conner

Fiona Staples (who is not Fiona Apple)

Jenny Frison

Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash

Iconography

Why Rob Liefield is the Worst Comic Artist Ever (Some rough language, so enter at your own risk)

Women in Comics

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Female characters have not always been portrayed well in comics, but these days there are more interesting depictions of women in comics than ever before. Our special guest Emily Zanotti joins us as we talk about our favorite female characters and how they have evolved through the years. We also talk about what Fr. Kyle does in secret in the sacristy when no one is watching, plus recommendations, This or That, and a whole lot more.

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

Batman '66

Coraline

Emily Zanotti's recent interview about Cosplay

The story behind Power Girl's revealing outfit

Red Sonja

The Cope

 

Super Villains and the Nature of Evil

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Great villains are more than just foils for the heroes they fight. They show us something about the darker side of our humanity. In this episode, the crew talks about their favorite supervillains, what makes them so appealing and so scary, and how we can understand the evil that they do. Plus, Fr. Matt confuses a great saint with a comedic actor who loved his facial hair more than his craft. All this plus recommendations, This or That, and a whole lot more.

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

Batman #40

Concrete

Wonder Woman 77

The Joker

Dr. Doom

Harley Quinn

Augustine on the nature of evil

Thomas Aquinas on the nature of evil

Oscar Romero vs. Cesar Romero

The ontologically superior "tab collar" vs. the "dog collar"

The Archbishop of Canterbury

The Avengers and the Search for a Savior

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Joss Whedon, the writer and director of the new film "Avengers: Age of Ultron," is an avowed atheist, but sin, salvation, and sacrifice abound in this latest Marvel movie juggernaut. We discuss themes of hopelessness and heroism in the new film, plus Fr. Matt recommends a nudie book, we geek out about the Scarlet Witch, and Fr. Jonathan surprises no one by making yet another reference to a comedian from the 80s. All this along with recommendations, This or That, and a whole lot more!

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

Silk

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Firefly and Serenity

Nietzsche

West Coast Avengers

Fr. Robert Barron on the new Avengers film

Sinbad (for those of you too young to remember)