Episode 155: Before Watchmen Rorschach, Lot 13, Transformers Spotlight Bumblebee, Lost Vegas, Sex, Age of Ultron, Epic Kill 9, Superior Spider-man 5

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Johnny Destructo, Matt Adler, Ambush Bug and Optimous Douche review this week’s books: Before Watchmen Rorschach, Lot 13, Transformers Spotlight Bumblebee, Lost Vegas, Sex, Age of Ultron, Epic Kill 9, Superior Spider-man 5!

Also: @$$terpiece Theatre and listener e-mails!

Here is the time chart for each segment of the show, since we have a tendency to ramble:

iTunes reviews: 01:40
Listener email – 03:00
St Baldricks Announcement – 05:00
Listener email – 07:16
Before Watchmen: Rorschach – 08:46
Lot 13 – 20:07
Transformers Spotlight Bumblebee – 25:28
Lost Vegas 1 – 28:33
Sex 1 – 32:50
Age of Ultron 1 – 37:57
Epic Kill 9 – 43:05
Superior Spider-man 5 – 44:47

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11 Comments to “Episode 155: Before Watchmen Rorschach, Lot 13, Transformers Spotlight Bumblebee, Lost Vegas, Sex, Age of Ultron, Epic Kill 9, Superior Spider-man 5”

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  1. Terry O'Brien says:

    For some, bald is not a choice… (donated to a local participant, but good luck).

    Good show.

  2. kcviking says:

    $9.99/month for Mrs. Douche… link please! :)

  3. Rob Patey says:

    “$9.99/month for Mrs. Douche… link please! ”

    Not sure whether to be flattered here or not….

  4. Yorgo says:

    The Before Watchmen: Rorschach I think actually gets Rorschach. The character in the original book isn’t all that good in the sense that he is generic and poorly written. Both him, Silk Spectre and Nite Owl seem to be the characters that Moore was the least interested in and therefore spent the least amount of time developing. Silk Spectre was a sex object and trophy (sorry there is no getting around that). Nite Owl wasn’t so much Blue Beetle as he was 1960s Batman. Rorschach was basically Frank Miller’s angry Batman but made more generic and crossed with only the visuals of Mr.A but not really the politics or for that matter any sense of consistent character.

    Rorschach basically goes from being the smarter person in the book to being the dumbest person once Moore probably realized while writing it that he had glorified the character that politically speaking he hated the most. Even then, he’s not very consistently written from the beginning either. He knows about the Comedian but still worked with him and never took him down. He’s supposed to be a crazy right wing militia guy. So, I’m pretty sure he’d be more than happy to take out a Government enforcer/rapist/murderer/criminal. Instead, they have the whole Rorschach defends him to Laurie/Silk Spectre scene at the very beginning and then him getting all uptight about the jerk dying. He’s supposed to hate intellectuals and yet he’s keeping incredibly detailed William Burroughs styled journals. I mean I expected more of a see spot run style or maybe something closer to Steve Ditko’s ramblings in Mr. A. Instead you’re getting William Burroughs. For a guy obsessed with law and order, he certainly isn’t following grammar rules.

    I mean I like Watchmen but I realize it’s flawed. Especially when it comes to the characters. I think Azzarello picked up on that and also didn’t want to do something that broke continuity either. He did the best with what he had available. He was also basically given 2 of the hardest characters to write on top of it.

    If there were people who should’ve gotten Before Watchmen books, it should’ve been Mothman or Captain Metropolis. I mean the book hinges around Captain Metropolis’ desires to create superhero teams and Mothman could allow a bunch of crazy wino stories. Heck a flat out Silhouette mini would’ve been good too. I’m sure there was more room for drama in those characters than the ones they picked and certainly a lot more room in continuity to do things.

    Anyway that was my ramble.

  5. RolandofftheDeschain says:

    Age of Ultron…another Universe shattering event for Marvel!(Sarcasm) I haven’t enjoyed a Marvel crossover or event since Siege, short and too the point with great art. But this one… another long ass event that I will not be keeping up with after this issue, seems like a rehashing of lots or other events and story-lines all wrapped into one. Let me know if it actually goes anywhere. Whoever recommended the new Snyder Batman, it was solid to great stuff. Court of the Owls great, Joker…started out good, ended with a whimper. Jungle Book was OK, not really my cup of tea but the writing is still solid, and I really enjoyed the backup story, reminded me a bit of Fables. Either way congrats on you guys writing gigs, I hope you get more opportunities in the future. Always a fun listen fellas! Laters!

  6. Rob Patey says:


    Agreed on DoTF. The real thunda was over in BATMAN INC.

    Thanks for reading JUNGLE BOOK man, appreciate the support.

  7. Rob Patey says:


    And if you thought this part was FABLESesque wait till you see the Willingham moral depravity I conjure in Vol 2

  8. ghostmann says:

    @Yorgo – you’re ramblings about the original Watchmen are completely and utterly incorrect. I would elaborate but I doubt it would really make you see the light.

  9. Terry O'Brien says:


    Click on “Current Issue.” Pg. 35.

    Also, if you scroll down a teensy bit you’ll find a couple of chapters from my zombie Christmas story, “Zmas.”

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