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The Stack goes through your ever-growing pile of books, movies, TV, comics and games, then picks the best things out of it and beats them to death with words.
||ExplicitThe Silence of the Lambs: Season 3, Episode 4||After having been extracted from the creepiest basement ever and hosed clean of lotion by an FBI team, The Stack returns with a brand new episode on The Silence of Lambs. Join Chris, Hal, and special guest Chris as they discuss the...||2/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKraven's Last Hunt: Season 3, Episode 3||After an unexpected hiatus (while Hal learned to edit audio), The Stack is back with Kraven's Last Hunt, one of the greatest Spider-man stories every published. The book should be unreadable (lion vest? Check. Forced literary allusions? Check?...||7/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12 Monkeys: Season 3, Episode 2||What do you get when you combine Bruce Willis, bioterrorism, and an experimental French film that resembles a PowerPoint deck? You get 12 Monkeys, Terry Gilliam's time-travel movie - well, other time travel movie - that manages to be both trippy and...||4/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIDENTITY CRISIS: Season 3, Episode 1||Who benefits? YOU benefit from the return of the Stack! In our third season premiere we are talking about DC's IDENTITY CRISIS, by Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales. Join us as we talk about DC's grand plans and difficult material. And Joss Whedon...||3/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMarvel Now: Season 2, Episode 20||Here we are! The finale of season 2. Yet another year has gone by in which we have proved the gypsy wrong! Our extra-sized season closer (even for this notoriously long-winded show), in what is becoming a weird tradition, ranges far and wide over...||11/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDeadwood: Season 2, Episode 19||This week we are rather profanely talking about the David Milch HBO Western Deadwood, famous for Al Swearengen and more f-bombs per minute than David Mamet's discarded drafts for Glengarry. Seriously, folks, the explicit tag on this episode is not...||10/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSQUADRON SUPREME: Season 2, Episode 18||To paraphrase the Tenth Doctor: we're sorry. We're so, so sorry.||10/16/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Season 2, Episode 17||DON'T PANIC||10/2/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTHE BOYS: Season 2, Episode 16||Sex! And violence! And superheroes! Oh my! It's THE BOYS by Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, and a host of other artists. And Black Noir. And, gods save us, Team Titanic.||9/18/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBlade Runner: Season 2, Episode 15||There is something so monumentous in this week's show on the 117 versions of Ridley Scott's sci-fi neo-noir Blade Runner that we dare not spoil it here. Here's a fun drinking game, though: every time someone says the word "replicant" or...||9/4/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFANTASTIC FOUR: Season 2, Episode 14||Before Jonathan Hickman's groundbreaking, earthshaking, heart-stopping run on FANTASTIC FOUR, the cover of the book used to read "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine." On this episode, we go into great detail about why Hickman's run on this book...||8/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClose Encounters of the Third Kind: Season 2, Episode 13||DAH DAH DAH DUM DAH! (repeat, adding hand signals)||8/7/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTRUTH: Season 2, Episode 12||This week we are taking a look at TRUTH: RED, WHITE, AND BLACK, a book you may not have read. And if you want to read it that's going to be very hard, because it's out of print. And that sucks, because you should read it. It's incredible. Written by...||7/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Wrath of Khan: Season 2, Episode 11||KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!||7/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFROM HELL: Season 2, Episode 10||Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell take us on a harrowing tour of 19th century London and the secret history of Jack the Ripper in FROM HELL, their hulking, tome-like, extensively-cited black and white masterpiece. While FROM HELL may not necessarily be...||6/26/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJekyll: Season 2, Episode 9||Steven Moffat! A Tolkein dwarf! Wedge Antilles! This episode we are talking about something that incredibly contains all of these things, and isn't that secret Doctor Who fanfic you wrote in high school. It's the BBC miniseries Jekyll, written by...||6/12/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKINGDOM COME: Season 2, Episode 8||Ah, yes. KINGDOM COME. Mark Waid and Alex Ross' mid-90s epic on the end of the DC Universe. It's painted! Stuff happens! And... uh... yeah, think we'll stop there. The Stack: the world's only fully-painted podcast.||5/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSlaughterhouse-Five: Season 2, Episode 7||So it goes.||5/15/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTHE INFINITY GAUNTLET: Season 2, Episode 6||What happens when a crazy alien in love with Death (the person) gains ultimate power? He snaps his fingers, kills half the universe, and then spends six issues talking about how weird it is to have ultimate power, and hey, what is ultimate power...||5/1/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTHE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: Season 2, Episode 4||The Professor, The Designer and The Cannibal take us on a journey into one of the best new comics of the 21st century as The Stack dives headfirst into THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, the brilliant and bonkers creation of a rock star and half a set of...||4/3/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGood Omens: Season 2, Episode 3||Not only do you get a whole podcast's worth of content on the brilliant book Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, this week also brings inside it two special, bonus mini-podcasts inserted right into the show! They're great. You'll love...||3/20/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSuperman For All Seasons: Season 2, Episode 2||We go to the Loeb/Sale well again this week with our look at SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS, the classic coming of age story about a Kansas farmboy getting away from his small town roots. Also his small town friends, who we determine to be kind of...||3/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGalaxy Quest - Season 2, Episode 1||Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, we're back. And we brought Galaxy Quest with us! We aso, uhm, talk a lot about Star Trek. But that's cool, right? I mean... you know... the link is there, right? By Grapthar's Hammer, The Stack has returned.||2/20/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe New 52: The Stack, Episode 22||The first season of The Stack comes to a close with a wide-open discussion of DC's latest publishing initiative/reboot/what the heck ever, The New 52. We cover the dizzying highs, the despairing lows, and the exceptionally broad middle of DC's...||11/14/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTHE LONG HALLOWEEN: The Stack, Episode 21||Hurricaney stuff is going to cut short the witty banter this week, but suffice it to say: Batman. Holiday. Jeph Loeb. Tim Sale. One of the all-time great Batman stories ever. If you haven't read this one, get on it this second. It's our official...||10/31/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Exorcist: The Stack, Episode 20||This week we look at the original highbrow horror movie, The Exorcist. At least it starts out highbrow, but then some things happen with a crucifix and... yeah. All the same, join us as we talk about the place in history of one of the all-time greats...||10/17/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIndiana Jones: The Stack, Episode 19||DAH DAH DAH DAH, DAH DAH DAH! DAH DAH DAH DAH, DAH DAH DAH DAH DAH! DAH DAH DAH DAH! DAH DAH DAH! DAH DAH DAAAAAAAH DAH DAH DAAAAAAAAAAAAAH DAH DAH DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH DAH DAH DAH DAH!||10/3/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit52: The Stack, Episode 18||Four writers! Eight artists! 6 storylines! 100 characters! 52 issues in one year! All this, AND Keith Giffen! This pile of insanity is DC's first and best stab at weekly comics, the great, great 52. From writers Greg Rucka, Mark Waid, Geoff Johns and...||9/19/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTwin Peaks: The Stack, Episode 17||The Stack returns from summer vacation to talk about what might be the single weirdest television show: David Lynch's short-lived but beloved Twin Peaks. Join us for pie and coffee - literally, we eat pie and drink coffee during the show - as we try...||9/5/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTHE AUTHORITY: The Stack, Episode 16||We here at the Stack have come up with an internet first: widescreen radio! Indeed, we basically had to when you consider that this episode is about the original widescreen comic, THE AUTHORITY. We take a decompressed dive into Warren Ellis and Bryan...||8/22/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStar Wars: The Stack, Episode 15||Do we really need to explain this one?||8/8/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Song of Ice and Fire: The Stack, Episode 14||After our brief unintentional hiatus, we are back with our show on George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, aka Game of Thrones. We have a hell of a time pulling apart the books and the HBO series, talking about our favorite bits from the books, and..||7/25/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitINHUMANS: The Stack, Episode 13||In honor of today being the Fourth of July we're going to take the day off from witty banter here. Don't think that means that this week's topic, Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee's neo-classic INHUMANS, isn't an amazing book that you should read if you...||7/4/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGOTHAM CENTRAL: The Stack, Episode 12||It's Batman-sans-Batman this week, as we look at the short-lived masterpiece that is GOTHAM CENTRAL, by Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker. The classic tale of a critical darling that had trouble finding its place in the market, GOTHAM CENTRAL focused on the..||6/20/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDune: The Stack, Episode 11||It's podcasts within podcasts within podcasts this week, as we talk about one of our universal all-time literary favorites, Frank Herbert's Dune. And we talk about every incarnation of Dune, oh yes we do, which means that a significant portion of the...||6/13/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Age of Apocalypse: The Stack, Episode 10||Appropriate to our subject material this week, it is almost as though someone has gone back in time and killed, uh, the person who made our mixing board, since in addition to this week's talk being great, you can actually hear everyone clearly...||6/6/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitH.P. Lovecraft: The Stack, Episode 9||Elder Things, and Outer Gods, and Shoggoths, oh my! This week we find ourselves wishing we hadn't blown the "cast our baleful eye" joke back in the description for the Sherlock episode, because our latest episode is about the works, the life and times..||5/30/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTHE NEW FRONTIER: The Stack, Episode 8||You may have noticed that most days here at the Stack we don't always agree on everything. Today is not one of those days. Today we talk about Darwyn Cooke's neo-classic THE NEW FRONTIER, a book that all three of us admit is pretty much the greatest...||5/23/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Alien Franchise: The Stack, Episode 7||Alien movies! You know them! You love them (some of them)! One of us refuses to admit the existence of one of them! And this week we give them a thorough going-over! Yes, that awkward sexual metaphor is entirely intentional. Just like a surprising...||5/16/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTHE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: The Stack, Episode 6||Once again, we set out to talk about comic books this week, but we get swept up in our enthusiasm and get into yet another ontological debate, this time about the difference between remix and pastiche and whatever the hell else Alan Moore's...||5/9/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTRANSMETROPOLITAN: The Stack, Episode 5||Contentiousness and strife hold The Stack in their steely grips this week as we thrash with the Vertigo classic TRANSMETROPOLITAN, by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. Wow, that is a series of really tortured metaphors. Anyway, we have for you this...||5/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitComic Book Movies: The Stack, Episode 4||Ah, the ever popular episode 4. A quintessential episode in any ongoing story, to be sure. But of course you already know that. Our Episode 4 takes on the subject of comic book movies, a topic so fraught with intellectual peril that at first we have...||4/25/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTalking with Greg Rucka: The Stack, Episode 3||Three shows in and we've already reached our first Very Special Episode. No, it's not about the dangers of huffing, it's an interview with author extraordinaire Greg Rucka, writer of (among a zillion other things) the Punisher, Lady Sabre, Atticus...||4/18/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSherlock: The Stack, Episode 2||This week we cast our baleful eye on the BBC show "Sherlock," by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. In case it isn't obvious from the first 2 or 3 minutes of the podcast, this is a show we like a lot. A...||4/11/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTHE SANDMAN: The Stack, Episode 1||In the inaugural episode of The Stack, we get down and dirty with the Vertigo classic THE SANDMAN, by Neil Gaiman and a host of artistic luminaries. We'll drill deep into the art of lettering, unlikable protagonists, weird families, and the very...||4/4/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
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This first episode was awesome and basically, everything I could want out of a comc book podcast. I'm less interested in hearing about comic book news or reviews (which is what most of them are) and much more interested in some interesting critique.
It's really refreshing to hear honest discussion about Sandman (specifically) and not just fan-boy gushing. It's definitely making me go re-read the books.
So, great job. I'm excited for more.
Really Hitting Its Stride
After a few rocky epsidoes - great content, hit or miss on the sound quality, the Stack guys really seem to be putting our something interesting and different. By the time you get to the Transmetropolitan show, the sound quality is decent (you can hear everybody) and the tone and talk is getting really interesting. Deep, indepth, and wildly amusing conversations about what makes great stuff great, and why you should read stuff!
Alien episode specifically, PRO HAL generally
I think the major point that you all missed when talking about the way in which issues of the time worked their way in to the Alien franchise movies is that you presupposed that people have to intend for those issues to be written into the script. Just because Joss Whedon didn't actively say "I want to make a very gristly scene in which a child like thing experiences a very late term abortion" doesn't mean that he doesn't have some sort of underlying subconscious thoughts about how that is the most terrible thing for a motherly, womanly character to experience. I think even in the rediculousness and poor writing of the 3rd and 4th films, if nothing else it gives you a great insight into what these writers thought was scary, gross, etc.
I really like your episodes, if for nothing else than because I end up yelling at my ipad when someone says something I disagree with (i.e. when Hal got shut down for saying that men have agency in a pro-feminist context). And also, Hal rules!