House to Astonish (3 stars)

House to Astonish

A very well-created, knowledgeable and informative podcast for comic books fanboys

With a name redolent of the Golden Age of pulpy superheroics from the 1960s, House to Astonish is a comics and comics-related podcast with no sense of deference to the non-geek or the comic book movie part-timer. That’s probably not the market they’re trying to attract, but Paul O’Brien and Al Kennedy’s chat is very much of the sort that comic lovers – the kind who know what a longbox is and the difference between NM and VFN – throw at each other in the pub with a ‘one of us’ glint in their eye.

For their target audience, then, it’s a very well-created, knowledgeable and informative hour or so. O’Brien and Kennedy’s banter is engaging, the former with a lighter and more radio-friendly tone than Kennedy’s ‘visiting expert’ willingness to go into detail, and their news, reviews and features are timely and broad-ranging. ‘The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe’ is also an inspired closing feature for fanboys (and girls) of a certain age.

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