Of all the villains we've talked about so far, this one is possibly the most evil.
Run Time: 113:40
To reiterate what we mention in content warning at the very start of the episode, you might not want to listen to this episode with your kids. Or, at least, pre-screen this episode for content. Spite's pretty awful.
In this episode, we reference both The Wraith's episode and GloomWeaver's episode. They're both pretty important to what's going on here, so you should probably check them out, if you haven't already.
We start the question segment just after half an hour into the episode, but we spend the first couple minutes just talking about Spite before actually reading any of your questions. Yeah, that sounds like us.
A bit after 45 minutes in, we talk about a misleading quote on a card and how the flavor text actually comes from a much earlier comic than the art depicted on a card, and why we did that thing. Not an error! But it sure looks like one.
A couple minutes after the hour mark, Christopher reads the longest letter we've ever received. No, that is not a challenge. Don't try to beat this letter. Please. We almost canned this letter just based on length.
Send us your questions about environments!
An episode about a nonsensical character who has too much power for anyone's good!
Run Time: 103:16
Right off the bat, we talk about Cosmic Contest - want more info? Listen to last week's Editor's Note!
Then, right off the bat, we hit the ground running with the story told in Wager Master's first appearance in Sentinel Comics!
From there, we cover many other Wager Master stories. He's such a scamp! Also, terribly evil, mostly through forcing people to play his dangerous and destructive games.
We begin considering your questions about 44 minutes into the episode, starting off with us getting an issue number wrong, once again. Can you trust anything we say? Unlikely!
And then we're back to even more long stories. That's what we do! This may be our most "stories and stories and stories" episode so far.
The future section begins a bit after the 95 minute mark, and in it, we finally reveal the names our two primary post-Multiverse realities!
Next week is the long-overdue Spite episode. Happy Halloween!
(Did anyone catch the two-word cameo early on in the episode?)
Yet another Editor's Note on all manner of things!
Run Time: 88:39
Topics of today's Editor's Note:
Also! Here's a link to the Legends of Sleepy Hollow Kickstarter. Worth checking out! We both like the game a bunch.
The day after this Editor's Note goes live, we're recording the episode about Wager Master! So, get those Wager Master questions in now or forever hold your peace.
Our first episode with a special guest, invited or otherwise!
Run Time: 109:14
Our long awaited Episode 40 is here, and wow is it a strange one!
We'd like to apologize right now for being so mean to Guise in this episode. He took us by surprise. We don't deal with being surprised by wise-cracking shapeshifters in our recording space very gracefully, apparently.
We take our time with the Overview segment this time, as we've got a bunch of stories to tell that don't really come out in the card game other than in little hints here and there. Also, we cover quite a few stories in the more in-depth, line-by-line way. No spoilers as to what we're talking about here, though! Gotta find out by listening! Anyway, as a result, we don't get to the Questions segment until a few minutes past an hour into the episode. Whew!
Lots of good questions! From lots of great people!
We get called out about not being good at counting pool balls in a question just before 71 minutes in. Yup, we goofed.
Then back to more story-related questions! Of which there are many! Also, lots of "how the heck does Guise do [blank]" questions. Fair, fair.
A minute or two before the 90 minute mark, we get a question about the Celestial Tribunal and their view of Guise and The Scholar. It's one of my favorite little glimpses of Guise from an outside perspective. Just throwing that out there.
At just past the 103 minute mark, we close the Question section with a short but very good letter, and then jump into the future section, in which Guise takes the wheel for a brief moment and essentially goes off-roading. We get it back on track pretty quick, though. Mixed metaphors, galore!
Thanks so much for listening! We've got a hefty Editor's Note this coming Thursday, and then we'll be recording the Wager Master episode on Friday, so get your Wager Master questions in now!
A pharmacist, an apothecary, a teacher, and more! It's The Scholar!
Run Time: 101:36
Everyone should go to Adam's Halloween party. Except Christopher.
There are a lot of rabbit trails in today's episode, but that's mostly because The Scholar's story does a fair bit of wandering. Also, it features some depressing bits, so we wander to keep from getting too down.
Fastest transition to the Questions section ever! We end the Overview segment only 8 minutes in!
At the 11 minute mark, we field a Powerhound question about us messing up published issue numbers again. And! To be fair! We did mess it up. *sad trombone sound* But not entirely! That's worth something, right? Right? Look, we give a slight hint about a Sentinel Comics RPG Starter Kit as a result, so hopefully that makes up for it.
Finally, right around 25 minutes in, we get into the proper tale of The Scholar's backstory. His way-back-story, really. Buckle up!
Just after 34 minutes in, Adam claims that a "soda" is a "tincture". It is not. Oh well. You don't listen to this podcast for medical advice/terminology, do you? Gosh, I hope not.
We finally get back to your questions at the 47 minute mark. Whew! Longest answer ever! Over 20 minutes?! What were we thinking?!
Right after 50 minutes in, we reveal the true origins of the thing that became The Scholar's Philosopher's Stone. Ominous!
Just before the 66 minute mark, we drop the biggest lie of all! Please don't think we were being serious! We definitely weren't!
Right after that, we get into another big story - another progression of The Scholar's story. Bit by bit, we'll get through this whole thing!
A little after 76 minutes in, we get back into the topic of Progeny's head flying through space. Cool: y/n? You decide!
The question we get an hour and a half in reveals a bit of story involving The Scholar, Guise, and even OblivAeon! This is a big story that we don't fully explain... got questions? Sure you do! Ask them here before Friday, October 20th and we'll follow-up in the next episode!
See you next week!
Like last week, another character with wings and a sword! Unlike last week, this one's a villain!
Run Time: 108:51
Much like the Fanatic episode, we recommend not listening to more than the first 5 minutes of this episode if knowing the truth of Fanatic and Apostate would ruin the characters for you. We do brief overview type stuff before getting into the dark truths of Apostate, but after that, all bets are off. Next week, we'll get away from all this stuff and dig into a character who has had his hands in more of the Multiverse than you might assume!
Around 9 minutes in, we accidentally do a preview of what the episode on Biomancer will sound like. I'm so sorry.
Just after the 24 minute mark, we learn that Adam doesn't care for Christopher's singing. Jerk.
49 minutes in, we get to your questions!
A bit after the 90 minute mark, Christopher attempts to craft an analogy using gelatin. It goes poorly. Everyone ends up the worse for it.
Lots of great info in this episode - we hope it further explains what's going on with Apostate, Fanatic, and [redacted].
Join us next week for The Scholar! Get your questions in now!
It's everyone's favorite avenging angel!
Run Time: 86:49
This is a big one, folks. Not a super long one, but a big one, nonetheless.
The first sixteen minutes of the podcast are focused on covering who Fanatic is, how she grew up, how her powers manifested, and a couple of her early notable stories. Then, we give a notable disclaimer that I'm going to reiterate here: if knowing the nitty-gritty truth of Fanatic would in some way ruin the character for you, stop listening after the 16 minute mark. Just call it a day and pick up with another episode. Probably not next week, as that's Apostate, so we'll be going even deeper into divine spoilers territory, but the week after that is The Scholar and then Guise after that, so those are fair game. Anyway, point is, you have to decide for yourself if you want to know Fanatic's truth better than she does, or if you want to keep living by faith alone. Up to you.
I'm keeping the show notes pretty brief today, so as to not put any spoilers in the text for folks that are choosing to skip the rest of the episode.
About half an hour in, we start talking about blood magic and vampires, and end up covering a bit of Court of Blood business as well. Bonus info in this already info-filled episode!
We get into your questions at the 36 minute mark. Lots of great questions this episode! We do our best to not let you down with our answers.
If you have questions about Apostate or The Host, get them in now! We're looking forward to answering them when we record on Friday!
It's the first ever Editor's Note! This is where we fill in the corners and answer any lingering questions.
Run Time: 49:15
Topics of today's Editor's Note:
With the posting of this Editor's Note, you have under 24 hours to get in your Fanatic questions! Not to worry, though, we already have well over a hundred Fanatic questions received so far...
Avast, ye mangy bilge-rats! It's about time for some temporal piracy!
Run Time: 119:15
Managed to keep this one just barely under 2 hours! Sorry about last week!
We start by announcing that Interludes are dead - long live Editor's Notes! They will be about the same, but we'll no longer do Thursday episodes with in-depth story content, such as the Slaughterhouse Six Interlude.
As promised a bit after five minutes in, here's the chart we drew up about Maria Helena's appearances in time:
For those who cannot read my handwriting (and, let's be honest, I can barely read it), down the left side of the image are the various stages of Maria Helena:
Then, there are 9 points in time listed (with red words) along the timeline (the blue line). Those red labels, from left to right are:
This chart will only be somewhat helpful without listening to the episode itself.
Many apologies for the confusing nature of time travel. Fortunately, we're following her story from her point of view today, so that should make it a bit easier. Maybe!
Also, in this episode, we reveal a comic book series that has always been a part of Sentinel Comics, though not used in quotes on cards in Sentinels of the Multiverse, due to being non-canonincal. That book is called Disparation. It plays an important role in this episode.
Around the 48 minute mark, Adam succinctly sums up how La Comodora combines all Hakas into two Hakas, as discussed in the Haka episode. Here's another version of Adam explaining that event:
Worth a thousand words, right?
This episode is pretty evenly split between overview and questions. We get into the Q&A portion pretty close to the halfway point, around 51 minutes in.
Lots of time travel shenanigans in the questions, and some pirate voices as well.
Just after 71 minutes in, we get new limericks from the challenger, Arcanist Lepus!
Around the 88 minute mark, we get a question about Chiquito that ends up leading to actual explanation of how La Paradoja Magnifica works. Spoilers: it has nothing to do with anyone eating a strange alien monkey creature.
We get a question 97 minutes in that result in us telling the story of the Black Spot variant of La Comodora. Void incursions abound!
At around an hour and 51 minutes in, we get a suspicious question about a bunch of alternate reality characters seen in one of La Capitan's deck, and we talk a bit about each of those heroes and where they come from.
And then we're done! Possibly the shortest future section ever in today's episode.
See you Thursday for the first ever Editor's Note!
Let's talk about the Southwest Sentinels! And then Void Guard!
Run Time: 198:12
This is our longest and strangest episode ever. By far. In a lot of ways. Our fault for doing an episode about four different characters covering two teams. Also, no interlude this Thursday - we packed everything into this one episode.
Knowing that this episode would go long, right off the bat, we ask Trevor to get aggressive with the edits. And yet, still, this episode is so many hours long. What happened? Oh geeze. We're sorry?
So, we mention in the first few minutes that last week we had a huge spike of new listeners on Wednesday. That Wednesday was our highest download day of all time. What?! Why? If you're a new listener who joined us last Wednesday, let us know where you came from, please! Tweet at us here, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know what brought you to The Letters Page! We're excited to have all you fantastic listeners, old and new alike!
Then we start going blow by blow through the pages of the Southwest Sentinels comic books.
After the 27 minute mark (once we're into the second issue of Southwest Sentinels), we talk about a character named Night Snake. Here's the sketch (as promised around 28:30) of that character who never made it into the canon of Sentinels of the Multiverse, even though he was a part of Sentinel Comics.
And then, we're on to Southwest Sentinels #3!
At 45 minutes in, we do a bit of foreshadowing for the power origin description that we don't actually get to until the question section MUCH later. (Like, over an hour later.)
Just after 70 minutes in, we end the Southwest Sentinels book, do a bit of transition story, and then start up the Void Guard book. It's not enough that we're doing an episode about four different heroes, we're also talking about two different hero teams!
We finally begin the Q&A portion of the podcast after an hour and a half into the show. And we have a TON of great questions. Buckle up, everyone!
97 minutes in, we finally begin actually explaining the origins of the powers of Doctor Medico and Mainstay, and how that origin connects to what else is happening in the pages of Sentinel Comics. This is a big reveal that has additional ramifications as Sentinel Comics moves forward into the future.
Then, around the 110 minute mark, we dig into the real story behind The Idealist! Finally! In retrospect, it shouldn't have surprised us that this episode ended up over three hours long, given how much we're covering here, and how many big reveals there are. But still. Whoof.
So many questions about so many things!
Around the 175 minute mark, we promise to show off Writhe being creepy. So, here you go!
Finally, after 190 minutes of episode, we get into the future section and talk a bit about what the futures could hold for Void Guard.
Whew! That was a long episode! Did you make it through the whole thing? We barely did!
Get your questions about La Capitan / La Comodora in now!