Sing, sing a song; sing of oblivion, it’s 36 issues long! For this month’s first (?) Four-Color Flashback, Paul and Arlo are harmonizing about Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici’s 2018-22 Image series Oblivion Song. It’s an alien invasion saga that questions the very concepts of “alien” and “invasion,” regarding its human and Kuthaal characters with equal levels of empathy and complexity. The boys discuss how Kirkman overcomes The Walking Dead’s biggest flaws, De Felici’s otherworldly artwork, Annalisa Leoni’s eerily beautiful colors, and so much more. Plus, Arlo made a return trip to Austin, TX.
For another freestyle, Paul and Arlo are getting weird. As in “Weird Al” Yankovic, whom Arlo recently saw with their good buddy Kenn Edwards. Arlo recounts the concert moment he’d been waiting for all his life, then Paul discusses the joys and frustrations of the first-ever virtual Slayage conference. Plus, brief ruminations on Nope, Thor: Love and Thunder, and The Rehearsal; and we remember our friend Chelsea Hawk.
Listener, we would have words with thee! As the Odinson and the Mighty Thor swing their hammers onto the big screen in Thor: Love and Thunder, Paul and Arlo revisit some of the film’s influences for this month’s Four-Color Flashback. The boys dig deep into the early part of Jason Aaron’s run on the golden-haired Avenger, with Thor: God of Thunder #1-25 and Thor (2014) #1-8. Topics of discussion include the dynamite art of Esad Ribić and Russell Dauterman, Thor’s crisis of faith, why Jane Foster wielding Mjolnir makes for such a great reinvention of the character, and more.
NEXT: anything is possible.
00:00:32 – Intro / Banter
00:04:55 – Main Topic
00:11:54 – INTERLUDE: Giving Arlo $#!&
00:14:01 – Back to the Main Topic!
01:55:21 – Outro / Next
“Divine Hammer” by The Breeders, Last Splash (1993)
“Sweet Jane” by Cowboy Junkies, The Trinity Sessions (1988)
Paul and Arlo are going slightly mad. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the MCU’s latest trip through the titular multiverse, fracturing and reshaping reality to meet the franchise’s corporate needs. If that sounds a little unenthused, well, what can we say? The boys didn’t love this one. Paul, ever the optimist, discusses why the MCU’s depiction of sorcery continues to be one of its greatest assets. Arlo, ever the cynic, expresses appreciation of Sam Raimi’s trademark flourishes before lamenting that they’re all recycled riffs. Along the way, they discuss the film’s odd function as a WandaVision sequel, whether punching star-shaped holes in the universe is good goofy or bad goofy, those weird fucking kids, and more.
NEXT: more madness.
00:00:34 – Awkward Intro
00:03:33 – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Spoiler-free)
00:21:15 – SPOILERS!!!
01:50:40 – Outro / Next
“I’m Going Slightly Mad” by Queen, Innuendo (1991)
“X-Men Theme” by Florian Haack, X-Men Theme (Single) (2018)
For this month’s Four-Color Flashback, Paul and Arlo roll the Die to discuss Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ dark tale of a group of one-time RPG nerds getting sucked into the world of the game. Gillen has described the book as “goth Jumanji,” and there’s some truth to that–these characters feel everything, hard. Luckily, so do we, and so does special guest Eric Sipple, author of Mimesis and co-creator of The Deli Counter of Justice. The gang discusses how Die takes apart and rebuilds typical D&D classes, its commentary on the entire history of gaming, why Ash is so important to Eric, and much more.
NEXT: by the hoary hosts of Hoggoth, it’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness!
Gobbledygeek episode 475, “GC: Everything Everywhere All at Once vs. The One,” is available for listening or download right here, on Spotify, and on Apple Podcasts.
In a multiverse without limitations…you have chosen to listen to Gobbledygeek. Let that sink in. While you do, you’ll also get to hear Paul and Arlo’s latest Geek Challenge! Arlo sort-of challenges Paul to The Daniels’ Everything Everywhere All at Once, the year’s big breakout movie, starring Michelle Yeoh as infinite versions of herself; and Paul in turn challenges Arlo to James Wong’s 2001 action flick The One, featuring Jet Li vs. Jet Li in a dystopian future. The boys discuss The Daniels’ hyper-maximalist approach to filmmaking, how Everything Everywhere earns its zaniness with real emotion, the shocking amount of hair Jason Statham sports in The One, and that film’s perfect time capsule of a soundtrack.
NEXT: Die! The Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans comic book, that is. Eric Sipple joins us for this month’s Four-Color Flashback.
Riddle me this, riddle me that…who’s afraid of Matt Reeves’ The Bat(man)? Not Paul and Arlo, that’s for sure, at least not with Project Batman vet Kenn Edwards at their side. There’s a lot of ground to cover, beginning with: Did we need the 897th Batman movie? Of course not, but since we’re here, the gang discusses Robert Pattinson’s turn as the Caped Crusader, the film’s emphasis on detective work, whether or not the story is served by a three-hour runtime, and much, much more.
NEXT: Smile! For this month’s Four-Color Flashback, Paul and Arlo have a little dental work done with Raina Telgemeier’s autobiographical novel.
And you run, you run to catch up with the sun, but it’s sinking…well, before it sets, Paul and Arlo have a few MCU movies they need to discuss. Due to that pesky pandemic, we’ve gotten behind on the Marvel Cinematic Universe here at Gobbledygeek, but fear not! In this special, super-sized episode, Paul and Arlo discuss three mighty Marvel movies: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which brings Chinese mythology to the MCU; Eternals, which brings a race of immortal god-beings to the MCU; and Spider-Man: No Way Home, which brings a whole bunch of Spider-Men to the MCU. The boys rave about Tony Leung, have a friendly (?) debate about the merits of Eternals, can’t get enough of Andrew Garfield, and so very much more.
NEXT: he is vengeance, he is the night, he is Kenn Edwards! Everybody’s favorite podcaster/guitarist joins us for a look at Matt Reeves’ The Batman.
00:01:47 – Intro / Banter
00:03:53 – Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
00:46:42 – Eternals
01:45:50 – Spider-Man: No Way Home
02:37:50 – Outro / Next
“Time” by Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
“Three is a Magic Number” by Bob Dorough, Schoolhouse Rock! (1973)
It’s Ladies’ Night on Gobbledygeek! By which we mean we’ve got a Geek Challenge featuring Richard Donner’s 1985 medieval fantasy epic Ladyhawke and Greta Gerwig’s 2017 millennial coming-of-age tale Lady Bird. What do these two films have in common? They’re both about transformation, of course! In Lady Bird, Saoirse Ronan transforms into a young woman ready to take on the big city; in Ladyhawke, Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer quite literally transform into a wolf and a hawk, respectively. Paul struggles with passive aggressive family drama, Arlo is annoyed by Matthew Broderick, and they both remember what it was like to be 15.
NEXT: this month’s Four-Color Flashback contemplates mortality with a dive into Ram V and Filipe Andrade’s The Many Deaths of Laila Starr.
For Paul and Arlo, existential crises and comic books often go hand-in-hand. Such is the case for this week’s freestyle, wherein Paul’s rumination on the erosion of his teenage self-confidence leads into a discussion of superhero mags. Paul tells Goblin punks to fuck off as he rocks out to Cody Ziglar and Justin Mason’s Spider-Punk, goes undercover with Kelly Thompson and Elena Casagrande’s recently wrapped run on Black Widow, and cloaks himself in Jed MacKay and Alessandro Cappuccio’s Moon Knight. Meanwhile, Arlo rides on horseback through more goofy Silver Age Superman.
NEXT: we will continue to spiral.
“I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” by The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds (1966)
“Running Water” by Daniel Johnston, Hi, How Are You (1983)