Last Month’s Comics: ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ Swings In and DC’s New 52 Roll Out

Welcome to Last Month’s Comics, in which I discuss, uh, last month’s comics. I get my comics in bi-monthly shipments from Discount Comic Book Service, and as such, I can be a little behind. So here we are. This feature started last month.

So, September 2011, what kind of havoc did you wreak? Let’s find out…


Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #1
Writer: Joss Whedon
Art: Georges Jeanty (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), Michelle Madsen (colors)
Publisher: Dark Horse

To say that I was pleased upon finishing the first issue of the new “season” of Buffy is an understatement. Season 8 started off very well, with Buffy leading an army of 500 Slayers and trying to unmask the mysterious foe Twilight. And to tell the truth, it was great for much of its run, with an occasional stumble (vampires being outed to the public wasn’t handled with much finesse). But the last story arc, with the reveal of Angel as Twilight, cosmic sex, and general batshit insanity, was so damaging that even someone who considers Buffy the Vampire Slayer to be the greatest piece of entertainment ever given us by man had come to the conclusion that it might be for the best if Ms. Summers was finally laid to rest. The final issue of Season 8, though, was a dramatic 180 from the pace and structure of the last few issues leading up to it, and the Season 9 premiere continues in that vein. With Giles gone and magic vanquished, Buffy is depressed and adrift, working as a waitress and getting blackout drunk. It’s all done with Whedon’s razor-sharp wit and keen sense of twenty-something angst. The final “shock twist” is so humdrum and everyday it’s hilarious. In many ways, the metaphorical “party” is over for our Scoobies; now what? I can’t wait to find out.

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Listen to Episode 42, “Life, the Universe, and Gobbledygeek”

Gobbledygeek episode 42, “Life, the Universe, and Gobbledygeek” is available for listening or download right here. Paul and AJ celebrate the meaning of life, the universe, and everything by offering up their Deep Thought on how to approach this week’s show. Which, of course, is to fly by the seat of their pants and just talk about whatever they want. They dabble in music–AJ offers his belated thoughts on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Paul shares with us his journey through the Rush catalog; movies–reviewed are The Illusionist, Waiting for Superman, and Eric Lax’s book Conversations with Woody Allen; and sheer randomness–taking to Formspring and asking each other ridiculous questions. It’s about as fun as reading Vogon poetry! So knock back your Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, and don’t panic: we’ve laid out towels for everyone. You may need a Babel fish, though.

(Show notes for “Life, the Universe, and Gobbledygeek.”)

The Gobbledygeek Guide to the Fall/Winter Movie Season

Last night, Paul and I discussed a plethora of upcoming movies we found interesting in some way. Listen to the show to hear what we had to say, but as promised, here are the IMDb links and trailers for each film we mentioned:

September 1

The American

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