Kirby Your Enthusiasm

A RAMBLING discourse this time round. Firstly, I plug the shit out of a bunch of podcasts and websites:

* Mike Pindell's Comic Book Attic (

* Derek Coward's Comic Book Noise (, AND

* Harry Cee's The Next Issue (

Also, The Next Issue has its own Facebook group at!/groups/167476376654249/?ap=1. So does this blog at!/groups/251545944859184/?ap=1.

And a final few plugs to:

* Lone Star Comics (, AND

* (

I think that's the lot. :)

Next, I rave about sci-fi authors, including Philip Jose Farmer and his intriguing Riverworld and Wold Newton family concepts. Finally, I review the first three TPBs of Gail Simone's Secret Six. Flawed but fun reading.

Running time: 46 minutes

Please email me with your thoughts at or contact me on the KYE Facebook group page.

Direct download: KYE13.mp3
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I'll be posting podcasts on this site, but any comics-related stuff (pix, articles, etc) will be put on my Facebook group page at KIRBY YOUR ENTHUSIASM at!/groups/251545944859184/?ap=1.


Same with wrestling-related stuff at WHAT WOULD CHRIS BENOIT DO? at!/groups/117624151660137/?ap=1.




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IN WHICH I get my days confused (I recorded this on a Friday, not a Saturday) and give a shout-out to various cool comics podcasts I listen to:

The Comic Book Attic (

Comic Book Noise (

Chronic Insomnia (

And another great resource is The Comics Podcasts Network (

I wrap up this podcast with a tale about my most recent haul from the fantastic Elizabeth's Bookshop in Pitt Street, Sydney. Learn more about this second-hand bookstore at

If you want to tell me about some other comics podcasts I might like, please email me at

Running time: 25 min.

Direct download: KYE12.mp3
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 * NOW WITH STAR RATINGS (ala Wrestling Observer Newsletter PPV reports) *


***** Watchmen, Marvelman, V For Vendetta

**** From Hell, Supreme, Swamp Thing, Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow?

*** League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Axel Pressbutton, Tom Strong

** Promethea

* WildC.A.T.S.

DUD (or lower) anything he’s written for Avatar or any of the non-comics drivel he shits out on a regular basis

1.-12. Sleeper Season One (Wildstorm, 2009) ***¾

- originally published in Sleeper #1-12 (2003-04)

Writer: Ed Brubaker/Artist: Sean Phillips

Goddamn, this was good! Not great – it lost momentum in the middle issues, but a pretty good noir tale (even if it does feature superheroes). If you like Ed's Criminal series, then this is a worthwhile read as well.

13. Secret Avengers #12 (Marvel, 2011) ***

Writer: Ed Brubaker/Artists: Will Conrad & Mike Deodato

A strangely unsatisfying ending to Brubaker’s run (which he’d kicked into high gear with the Max Fury/Shang-Chi storyline. Mysterious immortal hero-turned-villain John Steele was also a nice addition, but his “origin” in #11-12 lacked oomph. I hope Warren Ellis has more fun with him when he starts his run on this title in a few issues.

14.-19. Incognito #1-6 (Icon, 2008-09) ****

Writer: Ed Brubaker/Artist: Sean Phillips

20.-24. Incognito: Bad Influences #1-5 (Icon, 2010-11) ***¼

Writer: Ed Brubaker/Artist: Sean Phillips

While I loved, loved, LOVED the first miniseries (the idea of a vicious supercrim forced into witness protection and having to spend his life with “normals” was a cool concept), the second miniseries fell flat. Ed stated he didn’t know where Bad Influences was heading – he wrote it on the fly as an experiment in writing...and it shows. I’m sure there’ll be a third instalment, but I’m a bit worried it’s just gonna wind up as a nastier rehash of Daredevil vs Kingpin in prison from a few years back. I guess we’ll find out.

25.-48. Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Omnibus Vol. 1 (Marvel, 2009) ***¾

- originally published in Daredevil #82-105 (Marvel, 2006-09)

Starts out strong with the “Daredevil in prison” storyline. Foggy Nelson dies? Holy fuck! That blew me away – pity it was a big work. But the series went downhill for a bit with the “Daredevil in Europe storyline, but it all kicked back into top gear for the “Daredevil vs Mr Fear” arc and ended with an absolutely gut-wrenching final couple of issues. Great stuff.

49. Captain America #600 (Marvel, 2009) ***¾

Writers: Ed Brubaker & friends/Artists: Butch Guice & friends

Steve’s alive? Hooray! Nice back-up tales, too and the 1940s-era reprint is one I haven’t read before. Good stuff.

50.-55. Captain America: Reborn (Marvel, 2010) **¾

- originally published in Captain America: Reborn #1-6 (Marvel, 2009-10)

Writer: Ed Brubaker/Artists: Bryan Hitch & Butch Guice

Strangely disappointing. While it was nice to see Steve Rogers return, Ed did it in a pretty lame way. And I still don’t quite get why the Red Skull wanted to send Rogers back in time. Why not just kill the fucker stone fucking dead? And the end sequence of the two Captain Americas fighting a giant Red Skull was just ridiculous. Still, I liked that Skull’s daughter, Sin, now looks like him courtesy of a nasty explosion.

56.-73. Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark & Stefano Gaudiano Omnibus Vol. 2 (Marvel, 2010) ***¾

- originally published in Daredevil #105-119, #500, Annual #1 and Daredevil: Blood Of The Tarantula (Marvel, 2008-10)

Daredevil’s wife is insane, but shit just keeps getting worse for Daredevil in Brubaker’s second half of his legendary run. Lady Bullseye (which could have been a stupid Bullseye rip-off, but kinda works), Black Tarantula, Dakota North and the return of The Owl AND The Kingpin. This is a fitting conclusion to the series and the final issue’s denouement is a shocker. All in all, after reading this 100+ issue run by Bendis and Brubaker I have to say, Daredevil is the LAST guy I’d have as a friend, relative or lover. You’re just gonna wind up dead, insane or mind-fucked.


74.-79. Daredevil: Father (Marvel, 2006) ***

- originally published in Daredevil: Father (2004-06)

Writer: Joe Quesada/Artists: Joe Quesada, Danny Miki & Richard Isanove

It’s nice that Joe dedicated this book to his dad, but y’think his old man would’ve been happier with a tale less clichéd and derivative? What you have is another tired serial killer yarn while Joe does his best to ape Frank Miller (covers, certain splash pages) and Rob Liefeld. The wacky new Latino supergroup, The Santerians, thrown into the mix are kinda interesting, but the rest of the tale is meh. Only read this if you score it cheap (or, like me, it’s a lender from a friend. Thanks, Matt!).

80. THB #4 (Horse Comics, 1995) **½

Story/art: Paul Pope

This was a nice rare find from Elizabeth’s Bookshop in Pitt St, Sydney. I adore Pope’s artwork, but goddamn! He’s a pretentious motherfucker.

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Or is it episode 14 part 2? In this scotch-fuelled, controversial episode, we give several shout-outs to Niki Nitro and wonder whether it’s worthwhile attending a CWA show in Sydney to see her in the flesh.

We laugh at Antonio D’eath’s family photos, we discuss promotions having problems with heckling fans (with a few words of wisdom directed at PWA in Sydney).

We discuss the...ahem, impact of TNA returning to Aussie TV.

We discuss who’s better: Niki Nitro or Sara Jay. We deliver a Sara Jay bombshell!

Next, Dubbs discusses recent problems in SWA in Newcastle and why several wrestlers walked out of the promotion. We also compare SWA and PWA on a business level.

And then we get to the meat of this podcast: the appalling treatment of Aussie wrestling legend ADAM GAMBINO by the ungrateful hacks at the DCW Variety Hour. We talk to Adam exclusively as he drops bombshell after bombshell about the Mr Criss Fresh and his lackeys.

We then make a controversial offer to Adam to leave the Variety Hour and join the What Would Chris Benoit Do? team. Will he accept? Find out!

After Gambino hangs up, we discuss Australasian wrestlers having a tryout with WWE. How did Kyote and Huss go?

And, in a shocking moment, Dann Lennard says something that rarely comes from his lips. How will Huss respond to this truth bomb?

We wrap the show up in nostalgic fashion, discussing one of the most controversial incidents in Aussie wrestling history: the riot at Bronte RSL from a few years back. Dann was in the audience. Dubbs was backstage drinking poison. Our memories may differ slightly on details, but we still manage to fondly reminisce about this unforgettable event.

All in all, it’s the most controversial, bridge-burning episode EVER of the world’s No. 1 wrestling podcast. It’s 90 minutes of lighthearted mayhem. WHAM! Can your heart stand it?!!

Direct download: wwcbd15.mp3
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IN WHICH me and co-host Mark Williamson discuss Friday night's WWE house show in Sydney: who rocked, who sucked and why R-Truth is NOT main event material.

We analyse the AWF's upcoming iPPV and discuss Dubbs's experience attending that show live a few weeks back.

We reminisce about Rohan Herbstreit's run as the boss of How he wronged us and why we don't hold a grudge.

We commemorate the fourth anniversary of Chris Benoit's death. Was he really that bad? (Um...yes)Dann eviscerates the shitty new autobiography by Bruce Hart (above).

And there's a shout-out to both Jason Helton and Niki Nitro (below).

All this and more makes up part one of a controversial two-part podcast.

Running time: 57:30

Direct download: wwcbd14.mp3
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