Hello and welcome to the Collected Edition – a comic book podcast where we explore celebrated story-arcs from comics and creators throughout the entirety of history.

In the 1980s under writer Chris Claremont the X-Men became the most popular title of its day, not only outselling every most other titles at Marvel but its rival DC as well.  So unsurprisingly Marvel decided to do a spin-off series starting a trend that would in no way spiral out of control in the future. The new title was called the New Mutants and would focus on a team of mutants that were younger and the stories would deal with them coming to terms with their own powers and dealing with the trials of growing up as well. The series was very hit or miss until artist Bill Sienkiewicz came on board with a neat little story arc called The Demon Bear Saga. This story arc spans only three issues (with a fourth issue acting as a coda) and it has become the seminal arc in the title’s history and and probably the one most remembered by the general reading public today. And the art is brilliant.

Also on the program we discuss – or attempt to discuss – the leaked set photos of Shazam‘s costume. The idea was to talk about comic book accurate costumes in live action and debate if they work at all and if they do which ones? But right off the bat we stray into Captain Marvel‘s publishing history, Deadpool, and various other subjects that have nothing to do with the actual topic. It is a truly stunning display of going off the rails – but in a good way maybe? You’ll have to let us know.

So join us – Paul Matthew Carr and Brian K. Reese – for a lively and rambling and hopefully entertaining discussion on comics and comic related material.

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