Earth 603

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Earth 603 Podcast – Episode #47

Books Covered:  Uncanny X-Force #7, Superman/Batman #1, Hawkeye #11, Lazarus #1, Swamp Thing #22, Thunderbolts #12, Satellite Same #1, Avengers #15, Dark Skullkickers Dark #1, Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1, Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow’s Avengers #1,

Raven Rant:  The Popular Character You Just Don’t Get

Zach & Stu like to yell and yodel about the comic books that anger their collective blood. We know that Zach has been falling out of love with Avengers for a while now, while Stu and Swamp Thing seem to be crashing on to rocky shores. It can be sad and downright depressing when a book you used to love starts to see  its quality leak down the 4-color drain.

Which is why it’s so refreshing to have A.) a book you’ve loved from the start to continue to hit it out of the park and B.) a book you had very low expectations for (to the point that you weren’t even going to pick it up) end up being one of your books of the week.

Our A example is Hawkeye #11 for it’s groundbreaking issue devoted to Lucky (aka – Pizza Dog) and retells almost the last year’s worth of stories from the dog’s perspective:

Go PIzza Dog, Go Pizza Dog, Go!

Go PIzza Dog, Go Pizza Dog, Go!

Our B example is The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1, which – much like the, “Deadly Foes” books before it, threatened to be as unessential as they come. However, after Waugh bullied Zach into reading it (and Stu picked it up under his own free will) we were pleasantly surprised. Not just that it wasn’t awful or that it was competent, but that it was A-grade excellent. I don’t know why we’re surprised. It’s got Nick Spencer, who we love from Morning Glories & Bedlam and Steve Lieber, whose work we have admired as far back as Whiteout and as currently as a recent issue of Hawkeye. This book, featuring the also-rans of the Spider-Man rogues gallery (as seen below) is one of the best villain-centric tales we’ve read from any of the comic companies in some time. And if you don’t care for this whole Spider-Ock thing, it’s ok – that’s not even touched on. Even if you’re not the biggest Spider-Man fan in general, we think you should at least check it out:

The New Sinister Six (But really Five . . . But really Six.)

The New Sinister Six (But really Five . . . But really Six.)

See? Don’t you have the warm fuzzies now that Stu and Zach have found two comics to say such nice things about? Good. We’re warm and fuzzy now over your warm and fuzzies.

Now go ahead and listen to Stu & Zach talk about cake. And Lethal Weapon. And Bruce Vilanch. Oh yeah, and comic books: earth 603# 47complete


Earth 603 Podcast – Episode #46

Books Covered:  Revival #11, Fantastic Four #9, X-Factor #258, Avengers #14, New Avengers #7, Superior Spider-Man #12, Animal Man #21, Cable & X-Force #10, Thunderbolts #11, Indestructible Hulk #9, Uncanny Avengers #9, Fables #130, Age of Ultron #10

Raven Rant:  Crossover Events at the Big Two Comic Companies

In this episode, one book was voted, “BOOK OF THE WEEK” by both Zach & Stu.

Also – one book received the dreaded, “F-” from both Zach & Stu.

AM21AoU10Can you guess which is which?

Which one utilized a cool storytelling technique and which one that isn’t worth the toilet paper its printed on?

Which one acts as a window into an ever-rising comic book writer superstar and which one showcases the sad decline of a former hot writer?



Can you tell which one is the work of a visionary and which one reads like it was written by a committee of monkeys and is basically one long advertising pamphlet?!



It’s a new episode of the Earth 603 Podcast. Cherish it like you’d cherish a cold popsicle inside a cactus factory: Earth 603 #46

Earth 603 Podcast – Episode #45

Books Covered:  Deadpool #11, Superman Unchained #1, Six-Gun Gorilla #1, Uncanny Avengers #8, Manhattan Projects #12, Wolverine & The X-Men #31, Guardians of the Galaxy #3, Thor: God of Thunder #9, Uncanny X-Force #6

Top 5:  Comic Book Fathers

Enrico Fermi (Italian: [enˈri.ko ˈfeɾ.mi]; 29 September 1901 – 28 November 1954) was an Italian theoretical and experimental physicist, best known for his work on the development of Chicago Pile-1, the first nuclear reactor, and for his contributions to the development of quantum theory, nuclear and particle physics, and statistical mechanics. Along with Robert Oppenheimer, he is referred to as “the father of the atomic bomb”.[1] He held several patents related to the use of nuclear power, and was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity and the discovery of transuranic elements. Throughout his life Fermi was widely regarded as one of the very few physicists who excelled both theoretically and experimentally.

He’s also a dirty space alien.

Just read The Manhattan Projects from Image Comics. Written by Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Nick Pitarra, it may be the best book on the stands right now. And the latest issue, #12, is already in the running for single issue of the year.

Why aren’t you reading this book?

You should be reading this book.

Best Book of 2013? It's possible!

Best Book of 2013? It’s possible!

Episode #45. Do it:

Earth 603 Podcast – Episode #44

Books Covered:  Cable & X-Force #9, Daredevil: End of Days #8, The Winter Soldier #19, Bedlam #7, East of West #3, Swamp Thing #21, Avengers #13, Age of Ultron #9, All-New X-Men #12, Locke & Key Omega #5, Superior Spider-Man #11

Raven Rant: Top & Bottom Books from the Big 3

It’s episode #44! We can hardly believe our ear canals! Especially sice those pesky earwigs have nested into all the water pockets with their scrapey schemes and peppered peccadillos

But fear not! Stu and Zach live to rant (and rave) another day.

Three books from last week are up for the noble designation of, “BOOK OF THE WEEK”!

Who shall win it?!

Will it be . . .







You can only find out by listening to the latest episode of Earth 603! It’s the episode that moved Edward Snowden to say, ” . . .”

Do it. To it. Something it:

Earth 603 Podcast – Episode #43

Books Covered:  Avengers #12, Uncanny Avengers #8AU, Superior Spider-Man #10, Uncanny X-Men #6, Deadpool #10, Fantastic Four #8, Young Avengers #5, Justice League Dark #20, Revival #10, Nowhere Men #5

Top 5: Hottest Comic Book Characters

After the insanity of last week’s Episode #42, there’s not much I can say about this episode other than this:

“We’re gonna throw some gamma dogs on the hot bars!”

With great raccoon meat comes spicy mustardability!

With great raccoon meat comes spicy mustardability!

Episode #43. Do it:

Earth 603 Podcast – Episode #41

Books Covered:  Chin Music #1, Thor: God of Thunder #8, Uncanny Avengers #8, Uncanny X-Force #4, Avengers Arena #9, Avengers #11, Deadpool #9, Storm Dogs #5

Top Five:  Comic Book Moms

Good afternoon, everyone.

We hope you had a glorious Mother’s Day. Did you buy your mother any nice comic books? Maybe some delightful, “Man Eating Cow” or some perspicacious, “Paul the Samurai”?

Either way, we’re just happy that you’re here. You’re breathing. You’ve cut down on your candy bean intake. You’ve started working on your geocaching merit badge again. Don’t let us down – we know you can achieve your goals! Keep your feet on the ground and your head in the stars! Nothing’s gonna stop us now!

Happy Moooother's Day! (See what we did there?)

Happy Moooother’s Day!
(See what we did there?)

Happy Mosamuraither's Day! (See what we did there?)

Happy Mosamuraither’s Day!
(See what we did there?)


If you had a chance to use a time machine – Dr. Doom’s or otherwise – what time period would you choose to travel to? I’m pretty sure our answer is an undebatable, unassailable Spring 1996. Why? Well, it’s only when the GREATEST HAPPY MEAL TOYS OF ALL TIME WERE RELEASED! Yes, that’s right, the Marvel Super Hero Happy Meals. Specifically, the temperature change Invisible Woman. Forged in the lava of Mount Hypercolor, this magical piece of plastic Sue Stormery opened a portal to pure imagination . . . in your heart. Or my heart. Or OUR heart. All of our hearts. Baboon or otherwise.

Feast your eyes on the wonder:


Oh, right. There’s also a podcast. Whatever:

Earth 603 Podcast – Episode #40

Books Covered:  Superior Spider-Man #9, New Avengers #5, Winter Soldier #18, Age of Ultron #7, Fairest #15, Animal Man #20, Ten Grand #1

Top Five:  Iron Man villains

This is 40.

No. Seriously. This is really 40. After being untethered in the time stream for oh-so-very long, we finally returned to you – older, wiser, stickier.

This 40th issue of Ghost Rider had a gimmick cover in the same vein as this week's podcast: They're both made with Stu's blood, sweat and fears.

This 40th issue of Ghost Rider had a gimmick cover in the same vein as this week’s podcast: They’re both made with Stu’s blood, sweat and fears.

Did you miss us? We missed you. WE MISSED THE HELL OUT OF YOU!

Welcome back. Leave your Kotter in the lobby and put your shoes in the cubbies.

Tickle your ear holes with THIS magic:

Earth 603 Podcast – Interview Time: Paul Tobin & Juan Ferreyra

And now . . . time for an interview!

We’ve teased and promised long enough! And now it’s time to share with you the interview we conducted with two of our favorite comic book professionals, most recently of the Dark Horse book, “Colder”:  Writer Paul Tobin and Artist Juan Ferreyra!

Stu was initially drawn into checking out, “Colder” because of the horrific looking cover to issue #1. (Stu means that as a compliment, while Zach still refuses to look at it because he’ll pee the bed. Again.) We became huge fans of this intense, psychological, trippy and phantasmagorical look at mental illness, the city of Boston and . . . love? Paul & Juan originally worked together on the Fallen Skies comic adaptation for Dark Horse before teaming up for, “Colder”. They were nice enough to answer our questions and so now, we present to you the very first Earth 603 Interview Time!


Earth 603: As comic fans based in New England, I was happy to see, “Colder” based in Boston. What was behind the decision to use Boston as the, “Colder” locale?

Paul Tobin: First off, I wanted it in an American city, because I wanted it to resonate as American horror. And then, as a writer who’s done a ton of work for Marvel Comics, I was sick to death of New York City. But I still wanted it to be more east coast oriented, because I love some of the older American architectural styles. I live in Portland Oregon, and it’s a great town, but it doesn’t quite have the feel of Lovecraftian style madness lurking around the corner. Not unless the monsters have a lot of tattoos and ironic mustaches. So . . . Boston was the perfect fit.

Earth 603The cover of Colder #1 still gives us nightmares. But we love it and it certainly jumps off the shelf. Was there any interference from Dark Horse regarding the art for the cover of issue #1?

Paul I want to say that the cover to the 1st issue was ALL Juan. He deserves 100% of the credit for that beauty. If anyone has nightmares, he’s the one to call. And I’ll admit when I first saw it, my thoughts were, “I LOVE this, but marketing won’t let us use it.” Editors Scott Allie and Daniel Chabon were completely behind us, though… and as far as I know there was nary a bump of trouble. That’s the beauty of working with companies like Dark Horse, because they’re run by individual people you can talk with, rather than departments and divisions. So, Scott and Dan could say, “We like this. Let’s DO it!” to their co-workers, rather than to Executive A from Division Nine. (which actually sounds like a great title for something)

Juan Ferreyra Ha! Not at all! actually there was a previous #1 Cover, but our Editor Scott Allie thought it wasn’t shocking enough, they wanted something really scary so I came up with that, the idea was that Colder was able to enter people’s crazy minds and cure them, but he’s also crazy so I wondered what if he wanted to enter his own mind to cure it. That cover was my idea of how to touch your own brain.

Earth 603: Were you familiar with each other’s work before you collaborated on, “Falling Skies”?  Is there a plan for anymore, “Falling Colder2Skies” issues?

Paul:  I’d seen some work of Juan’s before on Rex Mundi, and definitely liked it. Then he really stepped up for Falling Skies, and then put on a jetpack and ZOOMED up for Colder. I feel really lucky.

Juan:  No, we never met before Falling Skies and I don’t think there are plans for more issues, but there are plans for more Colder and I like that idea a lot better.

Earth 603:  The coloring of Colder might be the best colors I’ve seen in a comic in years.  There’s no question.  Just a statement. 

Juan:  Ha! Thanks. That means a lot for me. I LOVE coloring and it is one process I really enjoy. The funny thing is that before trying it I thought that I would never be able to color anything.

Earth 603:  Juan, what was your inspiration for some of the architecture and skeletal creatures in the Realm of Chaos/Insanity?

JuanI guess from anywhere. For the architecture, I took a lot of pictures when I traveled to Boston one day while I was doing some research for, “Falling skies” and I took what I saw from them and combined them into deformed, aged and impossible buildings. The skeletal creatures came form the idea of having all flesh monsters with an extra layer of bones on the outside.

Colder3Earth 603What was the appearance of antagonist Nimble Jack influenced by? There seems to be elements of the Joker and of Beetlejuice.

Paul:  I’d have to say that, visually, the biggest inspiration was Joel Grey’s character in Cabaret. But then we wanted him to be creepier, more sinister, and more oblivious to anything but his desire. And we definitely wanted him to move . . . wrong. Something like that can be really hard to pull off in a static form, but I worked hard to set it in the script, and Juan really went full aces on it. Personality-wise, Nimble Jack is my own madness, my own craziness, my own way of looking at the world . . . but stripped down to the barest essentials.

Juan: It has something from a character of a movie that Paul and Scott suggested [Cabaret], some Joker and also some George McFly into him. 

Earth 603:  We really enjoyed the ending because it leaves things on a humorous and uncertain note. It sort of the drives home the point that these two characters don’t really know each other.  Do you think you will ever write these characters again? Is there a future for them?

PaulJuan and I, along with Dark Horse, are definitely in talks about more Colder. We think it’s going to happen. All just a matter Colder4of scheduling, now. So, will I write these characters again? It’s likely, yeah. I certainly have a whole new barrel of madness I’d like to spill out.

Earth 603:  Any awesome upcoming projects? Any plans to collaborate again – maybe outside of, “Colder”?

Paul I’m definitely collaborating with Juan again, as in addition to the likelihood of more Colder, we’re going to be working together on at least one and possibly two unannounced projects. Beyond my work with Juan I’m doing an online comic called Bandette, about a teen thief, and I’m working on Bionic Woman over at Dynamite, and I’m in negotiations for the release of my second novel, after Prepare To Die! came out last summer. I’m also working for two video game companies, and have three unannounced graphic novels at this point, another comic series, and . . . oh . . . lots more. I keep busy.

Colder5JuanIn the immediate future I’m working on a creator owned 5 issue miniseries for Dark Horse, I can’t talk about it yet but it has monsters in it. Also we’re talking with Paul about how to do a follow up to Colder so, yes, hopefully we will be collaborating again – we would like to do at least Vol 2 and Vol 3 of Colder.

Earth 603:  Paul & Juan, thank you very much for taking the time to talk with us! We loved, “Colder” from Dark Horse Comics and highly recommend it to all of our readers and listeners!

Earth 603 Podcast – Men of Letters

There was no Podcast this week. Why was there no Podcast this week?

That’s a very good question. Thank you for asking.

This e-mail exchange should shed some light on the issue:


So . . . are you going to post on the wordpress page why there’s no podcast this week?

– Zach

I don’t think the listeners would be very happy if they find out I bailed on the podcast because of my cat’s birthday . . .


Wait. You had a catday party and you didn’t even invite me?! After I made you Niko’s godfather??

This is awkward.

– Zach

ps – Was there catnip remoulade?

I’m trying to keep this, “me owning a cat thing” a secret. I love having you around, but you are loud as hell, and the last thing my aura of masculinity needs is the label of, “cat enthusiast”.


 p.s. Not remoulade, more of terrine.

I lowered the type size of this e-mail so you don’t get all nervous with my, “loud as hell” voice. You can imagine my surprise to find out you were even in the running for the Hardee’s “Aura of Masculinity” contest. And to find out you won?! Well, kudos to you, sir. Kudos.

Is there an expiration on this aura? Do you get a discount on the Hardee’s Original 1/3 lb. Frisco Thickburger? Does your hair now shine brighter under UV rays?

Inquiring minds, and all that . . .

– Zach

Thank you . . . I wasn’t sure I was going to win it, but I sent them a picture of myself doing something extremely masculine and I think that sealed the deal. I’ve included the link. The Aura expires after 3 turns and after that I can only get it back during a limit break.

No discounts on Frisco Thickburger, but I do get 15% off the 2/3 lb Monster Thickburger, but it’s only if I can eat it and not burp for an hour after. It’s not as easy as it sounds. My hair does shine brighter under UV rays, but, like DNA, it is more susceptible to single and double stranded breaks. No major powers manifesting just yet. I will update as information is revealed to me.

StuMan– Stu

ps – Do be sure to click on that above link.

What does a turn consist of in Aura terms? I had no idea that, “potential power manifestation” was even part of the prize package! I would have tried much harder on my long answer essay portion of the, “A.o.M.” contest form. As it is, Hardee’s informed me that I should be proud to have finished in the Top 47. Something tells me your picture is what edged you ahead of me and the other 45 applicants. I was so sure my picture was a, “masculinity lock” as they say in the business. I’ve attached it below.

– Zach


See you at Jetpack Comics in Rochester, NH for Free Comic Book Day this Saturday!!

See you at Jetpack Comics in Rochester, NH for Free Comic Book Day this Saturday!!

The Big JC!

The Big JC!


Earth 603 Podcast – Episode #39

Books Covered:  Fables #128, Miniature Jesus #1, Revival #9, Age of Ultron #6, Wolverine & The X-Men #27AU, Cable & X-Force #7, Captain America #6, Daredevil: End of Days #7, Superior Spider-Man #8, Thunderbolts #8, X-Factor #254

Top Five:  Favorite Artists

Hey there, Gloomy Gus and Gloopy Gertrudes!

It’s another freshly lacquered batch of sonic muffins for your enjoyment. You don’t want to miss Stu trying to explain why he had the base temerity to pick up a book like, “Miniature Jesus” or Zach trying to explain for the sixth issue in a row why he’s still reading, “Captain America”.

Stu’s Book of the Week:

All Stu's been saying for the last 7 days is, "Daddy's Home". It's getting super creepy.

All Stu’s been saying for the last 7 days is, “Daddy’s Home”. It’s getting super creepy.

Zach’s Book of the Week:

Reminder:  You're rooting for the red eyed scary wolf monster and NOT the handsome, dashing prince.

Reminder: You’re rooting for the red eyed scary wolf monster and NOT the handsome, dashing prince w/ the wonderful taste in argyle vests.


Thrill to the sad sounds of Stu forcing Zach to try to pronounce, “Leialoha” during this week’s episode.  It’s not . . . it’s not pretty.

Oh – one other thing – NEW CONTEST!  And you only have days to enter it!  This is another big one – so don’t delay, listen today!