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Welcome to The Letters Page!

In this podcast, creators Christopher Badell and Adam Rebottaro talk for about ninety minutes each episode about a hero, villain, event, or something else entirely from the wide world of Sentinel Comics. They also answer your questions!

We post episodes every Tuesday morning at around 10 AM, Central Time. We also occasionally post Thursday morning Interludes!

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In an early episode, we mentioned that a Letters Page Bingo type thing could be fun. As a result, awesome Letters Page listener Kyle Grossman has created THIRTY different Letters Page Bingo cards, and you can find them all here!

May 2, 2017

Today, we talk about a character with as depressing a name as his backstory! Hooray?

Show Notes:

Run Time: 87:33

Right off the bat, we get started with the story of the FIRST Absolute Zero! Surprise!

Just after the 3 minute mark, we lose our highly focused train of thought and devolve into madness, discussing the difference in scariness between Nazis and Nazi Ghosts. And then what to do about ghosts. We do this for... minutes. And then return to the backstory of the first Absolute Zero. There's no excuse for our behavior.

We do get into some of the backstory of the Golden Age of Sentinel Comics in the first fifteen minutes of this episode. We also goof around a bit. 

Then! We finally get into Absolute Zero. The Absolute Zero you all know and love, that is.

At 19:28, I get ahead of myself and talk about a thing that I wanted to save for the Q&A portion... but it didn't get cut, so you get to hear what it sounds like when I change my mind on something I'm saying! Yay? Behind the scenes!

Around the 25 minute mark, we talk about Absolute Zero & Tachyon's Sentinels Book Club! Both of those members of the Freedom Five have book recommendations for this episode!

Our answer to the first letter read in the Q&A segment (a bit after the 40 minute mark) explains why we have two Absolute Zeroes. There was a reason from the real world?! Not the fictional world Adam and Christopher spend the bulk of their lives living in?! Look, I'm as shocked as you are.

Next week, we talk Vengeance!

Apr 27, 2017

It's an interlude about the everything of everything!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 16:17

First off, here's the upcoming schedule:

  • May 2nd: Absolute Zero
  • May 9th: Vengeful Five
  • May 16th: Unity
  • May 23rd: Freedom Five
  • May 25th: Interlude: Dark Watch
  • May 30th: Chokepoint
  • June 6th: K.N.Y.F.E.

Rock 'n' Roll! Racing!

Get your Absolute Zero questions is now Now NOW! Time is fleeting!

In this episode, we talk about what it means to be a Sentinel, what a recurring villain is, how we can all do better, how this whole thing came to be, and more!

And, thanks to brilliant listener Princess Cool, we now know what a group of Nazi Ghosts would be called.

See you next week!

Apr 25, 2017

Let's talk about Lillian Corvus in her many forms!

I got all artsy with today's image! In case you're not sure which art is which Lillian Corvus:

  • Top: The Matriarch
  • Left: The Harpy
  • Right: Dark Watch Harpy
  • Bottom: Pinion

Show Notes:

Run Time: 74:18

We finish up the villain portion of this podcast in the first fifteen minutes! Wow!

At the 14 minute mark, we begin digging into an event revealed in the OblivAeon lead-up ARG, the story of Dark Watch #7.

Just after the 35 minute mark, when discussing GloomWeaver, Christopher talks about that villainous entity getting encased in a doctor. Not sure what we're talking about? Listen to the GloomWeaver episode!

Just before 40 minutes in, we read a question that leads us to tell the backstory of the Mask of the Matriarch and its fowl power! About time!

At about 41:45, we talk about the Great Fire of Santander, Spain. Read more about that here!

Then, at 42:20, we talk about a special necklace that ended up on a particularly famous boat.

What fun!

Just after the 49 minute point, we get a letter from L. Nate - or, as we prefer, El Nate! Then, Christopher uses... some kind of accent. We apologize to listeners everywhere. Especially L. Nate.

Just before 52 minutes in, we claim we're only halfway through the episode. That was clearly false. We have no concept of time. As we prove with the OblivAeon Kickstarter! Oooh, sick self-burn! (Ow.)

Oh, also, we cancelled the future. We cover that a few minutes after the hour mark. Sorry about that. Future is cancelled.

*high-five*

Apr 18, 2017

This episode has arrived before it even left!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 79:15

Three and a half minutes in, we mention that there's an upcoming Freedom Five Episode. We do a lot of, "We'll talk about that in the [some character] episode," so I figured I might as well give you the official schedule through the end of May, at least.

  • Today: Tachyon!
  • Next Week: Lilian Corvus (Matriarch, Harpy, Pinion)
  • May 2nd: Absolute Zero
  • May 9th: Vengeful Five
  • May 16th: Unity
  • May 23rd: Freedom Five
  • May 30th: Chokepoint

Worry not! We'll still do an Interlude about the upcoming schedule at the end of this month. I genuinely have no idea how many of our listeners read these show notes.

We talk about a couple of Tachyon's interns, Krystal Lee and Devra Caspit.

A bit after the sixteen minute mark, we tell an interesting story involving Tachyon and Tempest in the Bloodsworn Colosseum.

The last big pre-OblivAeon story we talk about for Tachyon is the Progeny story. We go over that starting around 19:30. This is a major turning point for Tachyon's powers and story.

At the start of the Questions segment, we do a bit of Talking About How To Questions. We get SO MANY questions, and we love them. But they've gotta be tagged properly or we might miss it. And that would be sad! We don't want to miss your questions.

Oh, boy. At just after the 55 minute mark, we're gonna say a thing about Tachyon that you're not all going to love. But it's true!

At 58:15, we reveal the name of a foe that has never been publicly named before!

At around the hour mark, we dig into the Iron Legacy timeline: Tachyon's role there, some things she does, some things that happen to her - it's all pretty rough. 

At the end of the question segment around 68 minutes in, we talk about a Tachyon story that happened in Fanatic's book Absolution. We do some defining of blood magic and vampires, too!

See you next week to talk about Tachyon's cousin!

Apr 13, 2017

This interlude is called the Betterlude, because we recorded it once already, but now it's back and better than ever!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 23:31

Things we talk about!

  • Parsons family powers
  • Baron Blade in multiple places?
  • Kismet in no places?
  • Omnitron stuff
  • Expatriette in another reality
  • Where are the comics?

Thanks for listening!

Apr 11, 2017

Magicks from another realm! An ancient evil entity! What more could you ask for?

Show Notes: 

Run Time: 89:06

Just as a heads up, Adam gets real demanding in this episode.

About fifteen minutes into the episode, we try to figure out what a group of Nazi Ghosts would be called. A haunt? A heil? Help us out!

We sneak in stories for a lot of other characters here. NightMist, Spite, Lifeline, even Doctor Medico! (Really big NightMist reveal during the Q&A portion, in particular...)

At around the 38 minute mark, he talk about Richard Launius. He's co-designed a game that we're publishing this year! It's called Fate of the Elder Gods. Find out more here.

Trevor does a great job with the sound effects at 54:30ish. Thank you, Trevor.

 

Apr 4, 2017

Time to talk about NightMist! Lots of big story stuff here.

Before the show even properly starts, Christopher jumps in to apologize for not posting an Interlude last week. We recorded it! It was really great. And then, the files got eaten by the internet, somehow. We have new plans in place to keep that from happening in the future (we're glad that we lost an Interlude and not an entire Episode), but we'll just have to re-record all that stuff this Friday after we record the GloomWeaver episode. Sorry about that! We're pretty annoyed about it, but what can be done? Just gotta move on.

Also! A few episodes ago we mentioned that a Letters Page Bingo type thing could be fun. Lo and behold, it has happened! Awesome Letters Page listener Kyle Grossman has created THIRTY different Letters Page Bingo cards, and you can find them all here!

Now, onto the episode itself!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 78:02

Before going on to introducing Faye Diamond, we first talk about her father Thomas, and before that, his father Joe Diamond. (As we discuss in the beginning of the Q&A portion, yes, that Joe Diamond from the game Arkham Horror crosses over with Faye Diamond from Sentinel Comics, due to a creation connection.)

Adam and Christopher get into sound effects and weird voices during this episode. 

Around the 32 minute mark, we talk about NightMist during the Vengeance event, and how she gets shot with a regression dart and loses her powers. That's pictured in Baron Blade's Vengeance deck.

So, that happened. But it doesn't last! In a couple of ways, actually.

Around 43:00, we talk about NightMist encountering and losing to Progeny. This story is told during the OblivAeon lead-up ARG. And the next story about NightMist and The Harpy is also told during that ARG.

And that is the end of the NightMist story.

 

Mar 28, 2017

Time for crime! The sordid history of Chairman Pike is about to be revealed!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 77:56

We start by talking about Jonathan Pike, the man you founded Pike Industries. We quickly move on from there.

We mention that the hero Black Fist is one of the first people to really oppose The Organization. More on him in the Mister Fixer episode. (Which Adam claims as his favorite episode so far. Christopher's is the Omnitron episode.)

Around the 19 minute mark, we give some indispensable advice for villains and crime lords.

Graham Pike goes on a quest to find the immortal dragon man, and meets Zhu Long as a result. Even gets to visit the Temple of Zhu Long. Lots of Zhu Long appearances in this episode.

Around the 27 minute mark, we discuss the five branches of The Organization.

Then, just after the half hour point, we introduce The Operative.

This all leads to 32:20, when we break down the sigil of The Organization:

Were you already aware of the meaning behind the sigil of The Organization? Let us know!

Get excited for BYOS! (Bring your own steak!) 

Mar 21, 2017

Time to talk about H.R. "Slim" Walker!

Show Notes:

Run time: 83:28

We're doing things slightly differently today: instead of moving through the character's life chronologically, we go in order of what stuff appeared in the pages of Sentinel Comics.

We start by talking about the character Black Fist! This art is the only depiction of Black Fist in the Sentinels of the Multiverse card game:

(Hint: In this art, Black Fist is neither Legacy nor the giant green space alien person. He's the other person. The one next to Legacy.)

Twelveish minutes into the episode, we move forward to talking about "Slim" - who then becomes Mister Fixer - he looks like the first image posted above. Just a guy who works in an auto shop.

Around the 18 minute mark, we rewind to actually go into Harry Robert Walker's complete backstory, starting from his youth.

At 19:20, we talk about terrible cities. Adam mentions Baghdad. Turns out, the city with the highest murder rate in the world is Caracas, Venezuela. Which is where Christopher grew up. So, that's cool? No worries, though - we live in St. Louis now. Which is #15 on this list. OH GEEZE.

Around 33:30, the Dark Watch story comes up. When Expatriette, Setback, and NightMist go to the Temple of Zhu Long, this is what they find:

Christopher and Adam talk for almost an entire minute from 35:10 to 36:00 just on the viscosity and taste of the liquid in that vat. You're welcome (to just skip that part of the episode).

 

I want to apologize right now for the "wolf hunting" sub-plot that happens during the Q&A portion of the podcast. It was not planned, and I really don't know where it came from.

Just after the 65 minute mark, we talk about the art above that depicts Black Fist and Legacy with Jansa Vi Dero. We don't look at the art - just talk about it from memory. Christopher thinks that Legacy's boots do a "flop-over thing". They do not. Adam thinks Legacy is wearing his underwear on the outside. Legacy is not. Both Christopher and Adam were wrong, and are ashamed.

Next week, we talk about The Chairman and The Organization! See you then!

Mar 14, 2017

Omnitron and Omnitron and Omnitron and Omnitron! And more!

This is both a villain and a hero episode! And even more!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 68:35

At the very beginning, we mention that our business partner Paul makes a video series with his brother where they talk about rockets and stuff. It's called Specific Impulse, and they have a bunch of great videos on YouTube! Check them out!

At the top of these show notes you can see the initial iteration of Omnitron in its "Rampaging Robot" form, rather than its Factory form. We'll show a few different versions of Omnitron in these show notes as they come up in the episode.

As promised in the episode, here is the chart that helps explain the Omnitron(s) timelines:

For details on how this chart works and what each color refers to, listen to the episode!

Warning: With the upcoming images in this point, we recommend you don't scroll through them all now, but wait and scroll down to each of them as we reveal their existence in the episode, just to have the correct forms of Omnitron in mind as we tell the various stories.

Now, a parade of Omnitrons!

Omnitron II, AKA Cosmic Omnitron:

On Mars!

Omnitron III, AKA Omni-Blade:

Baron Blade, what were you thinking?

Omnitron IV, which is not a robot entity so much as a barely intelligent robotics factory:

The last non-hero incarnation of Omnitron in the Sentinels of the Multiverse Timeline!

To jump ahead, Omnitron-X:

Our hero!

Then, Omnitron-U:

And the event that brought Omnitron-U to life!

Then, moving on to the Sentinel Tactics Timeline: Omnitron V!

And its robotic soulmate, offspring, and counterpart, the Omni-Reaper!

The combination of both together create the dual-bodied entity known as Omnitron VI!

And in the upcoming Sentinel Comics RPG? What is the fate of Omnitron there? Only time will tell...

At 63:35ish, Christopher says, "In the Sentinel Tactics timeline, we have the hero: Omnitron." As you can probably tell from context, he meant the Sentinel Comics RPG timeline. He just got caught up in the moment! Whoops!

Thanks for listening!

Join us next week for an episode about Mister Fixer, and the week after that for The Chairman! Get your questions in now!

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