Checking out the dark side of DC


  • Imperfect Hosts: A Sandman Roundtable

    Imperfect Hosts: A Sandman Roundtable

    05/08/2020 Duration: 01h56min

    Welcome back! Join us for a final tour through all things Sandman with our friends from What’s Lightsabers, Precious?, Ryan and Joanna!   Show Notes 1:17 When we recorded this, it had been just a year since we recorded our Ninja Scroll episode. It has now been closer to a year and a half. … Continue reading Imperfect Hosts: A Sandman Roundtable →

  • Transmetropolitan #2-3: Up on the Roof

    Transmetropolitan #2-3: Up on the Roof

    20/12/2019 Duration: 54min

    When the alien secession movement runs up against a civil authority that’s anything but, crusading reporter Spider Jerusalem just has to be there! Plus, we celebrate the 100th episode of Vertiguys, Rob Gordon style. Happy holidays, everyone, and we’ll see you next year!   Show Notes 2:39 – I might have accidentally quoted Love … Continue reading Transmetropolitan #2-3: Up on the Roof →

  • Hellblazer Special #1: Confessional

    Hellblazer Special #1: Confessional

    13/12/2019 Duration: 32min

    A mage and a dead body walk into a church. That’s not a joke; that’s the comic.   Show Notes 1:48 – The Darkness, created by Marc Silvestri’s Top Cow (an imprint of Image Comics), is a mafia hitman who inherits the embodiment of universal chaos and therefore receives superpowers. The character seems to … Continue reading Hellblazer Special #1: Confessional →

  • Lucifer #1-3: A Six-Card Spread

    Lucifer #1-3: A Six-Card Spread

    27/11/2019 Duration: 01h19min

    Celebrate Turkey Day with the Vertiguys by chowing down on the first grim tale from Lucifer’s ongoing series, as the Devil-in-retirement seeks advice, takes in a show, and is generally kind of a prick.   Show Notes 2:09 – The actual line is “flights of angels sing thee to thy rest” and it’s from … Continue reading Lucifer #1-3: A Six-Card Spread →

  • Transmetropolitan #1: The Summer of the Year

    Transmetropolitan #1: The Summer of the Year

    15/11/2019 Duration: 49min

    Vertiguys Phase Two continues with another #1! Journalist jerk Spider Jerusalem has three books to write in five years, and zero chance of doing it without returning to his one and only geographical nemesis, the City. No new episode next week – we’ll be back in two with Lucifer.   Show Notes 2:00 – … Continue reading Transmetropolitan #1: The Summer of the Year →

  • Hellblazer #70-71: Finest Hour

    Hellblazer #70-71: Finest Hour

    08/11/2019 Duration: 42min

    Bad memories bounce back to bewilder our buddies in Hellblazer #70-71 – while a brokenhearted Constantine battles the Blitz, his beloved Kit barhops in Belfast.   Show Notes 1:20 – Rick Veitch, who later became the regular writer on Swamp Thing, also contributed to the art during Moore’s run. The recolored pages can be … Continue reading Hellblazer #70-71: Finest Hour →

  • Halloween Special: Dark Horse Duology

    Halloween Special: Dark Horse Duology

    30/10/2019 Duration: 51min

    Happy Halloween, listeners! Departing for the dread domain of Dark Horse Comics, we’re tackling two twisted tales from Sandman scribe Neil Gaiman! First, we learn a sinister secret in Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire, then we solve a murder mystery in A Study in … Continue reading Halloween Special: Dark Horse Duology →

  • Sandman Presents: Lucifer #1-3: The Morningstar Option

    Sandman Presents: Lucifer #1-3: The Morningstar Option

    23/10/2019 Duration: 01h01min

    Welcome to Vertiguys Phase Two! This week, the world is ending, the Devil’s on a mission from God and we’re talking antiheroes, cosmology, and the legacy of Sandman in Mike Carey and Scott Hampton’s 1999 miniseries The Sandman Presents: Lucifer.   Show Notes 1:13 – “Sunrise, Sunset” is a number from the 1964 Bock … Continue reading Sandman Presents: Lucifer #1-3: The Morningstar Option →

  • Preacher #64-66: A Hell of a Vision

    Preacher #64-66: A Hell of a Vision

    17/10/2019 Duration: 01h10min

    This week, join us for Preacher’s last stand! As Starr, the Lord, and Jesse’s plans collide, Tulip faces off with the Grail, Jesse faces the guns, and Cassidy faces the music.   Show Notes 2:55 – Among his many classics, Paul Williams has collaborated with Daft Punk, wrote most of the songs for The … Continue reading Preacher #64-66: A Hell of a Vision →

  • Hellblazer #67-69: Dear John

    Hellblazer #67-69: Dear John

    02/10/2019 Duration: 59min
  • Sandman #73-75: The Tempest

    Sandman #73-75: The Tempest

    26/09/2019 Duration: 01h28min
  • Preacher #61-63: And Every Dog His Day

    Preacher #61-63: And Every Dog His Day

    04/09/2019 Duration: 44min

    Preacher bids fond farewell to one of its goofiest recurring characters as it sets the board for the final game. Elsewhere, Hoover experiences a miracle, Tulip locks and loads, and Jesse lets us all down.   Show Notes 1:51 – Cassidy’s a vampire, so a showdown at high noon would likely go badly for … Continue reading Preacher #61-63: And Every Dog His Day →

  • Hellblazer #64-66: Fear and Loathing

    Hellblazer #64-66: Fear and Loathing

    28/08/2019 Duration: 49min

    This week on Vertiguys, Constantine takes on racism while an archangel wrestles with the Problem of Evil and goes on a date. Plus, we learn about angels’ favorite chairs, the job market for waiters in London, and the value of a shilling.   Show Notes 1:13 – The phrase “fear and loathing” was used … Continue reading Hellblazer #64-66: Fear and Loathing →

  • Sandman #70-72: In Which We Wake

    Sandman #70-72: In Which We Wake

    15/08/2019 Duration: 01h28min

    In the final story arc of Sandman, the universe mourns, Daniel entertains a guest, and Matthew moves on. The dream ends… This podcast contains major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.   Show Notes 1:50 – That’s “the law against spilling family blood.” Sorry about the double negative. 3:30 – The Wake was always collected as … Continue reading Sandman #70-72: In Which We Wake →

  • Preacher #59-60: The Thunder of His Guns

    Preacher #59-60: The Thunder of His Guns

    31/07/2019 Duration: 47min

    Jesse Custer makes a deal with the devil as we move into the final issues of Preacher. Join us as we discuss Jesse’s master plan, Herr Starr’s grammatical tips, our favorite thriller of 1997, and the proper usage of “looming.”   Show Notes 3:08 – The comic will perfunctorily describe the history a little … Continue reading Preacher #59-60: The Thunder of His Guns →

  • Hellblazer #62-63: Forty

    Hellblazer #62-63: Forty

    24/07/2019 Duration: 53min

    Constantine’s throwing a birthday bash, and you’re invited – along with a bunch of other weirdos, a cut-rate wannabe warlock, and a legendary creative team.   Show Notes 3:00 – While it’s true that Steve Dillon drew a couple issues earlier in the run, Sean’s saying that this feels like a moment where he … Continue reading Hellblazer #62-63: Forty →

  • Sandman #67-69: The Kindly Ones

    Sandman #67-69: The Kindly Ones

    17/07/2019 Duration: 01h11min

    As the Kindly Ones’ war on the Dreaming reaches a climax, Nuala learns to let go, Morpheus executes his final strategy, and Matthew stands by a friend. Everything ends, and begins again. Show Notes 3:00 – The Oxford comma is the controversial grammatical practice of using a comma in addition to the word “and” … Continue reading Sandman #67-69: The Kindly Ones →

  • Preacher #55-58: Of the Irish in America

    Preacher #55-58: Of the Irish in America

    01/07/2019 Duration: 01h13min

    We’re closing in on the final issues of Preacher! While Jesse seeks out the full story about Cassidy, Starr contends with a new old enemy, and Arseface lands in hot water.   Show Notes 6:37 – According to the website of the largest Baptist denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention: “The Convention recognizes the biblical … Continue reading Preacher #55-58: Of the Irish in America →

  • Hellblazer #59-61: Guys  Dolls

    Hellblazer #59-61: Guys & Dolls

    20/06/2019 Duration: 01h05min

    This week, Constantine keeps his friends close (and his enemies at a B&B) as he prepares for one more showdown with the First of the Fallen!   Show Notes 1:21 – Bit of a deep cut here. “Stairway to Heaven” is an oft-overlooked gem from Led Zeppelin’s untitled 1971 record. 2:03 – John tricked … Continue reading Hellblazer #59-61: Guys & Dolls →

  • Bonus – Animal Man #51-56: Flesh and Blood

    Bonus – Animal Man #51-56: Flesh and Blood

    12/06/2019 Duration: 07min

    Hellblazer will be back in seven days – this week, we have a brief chat about an iconic, bloody tale of death and rebirth featuring Animal Man!   Show Notes 1:53 – Eric would like to clarify that he called this story a tough read, not a bad read. It’s slow, but it’s a … Continue reading Bonus – Animal Man #51-56: Flesh and Blood →

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