Comics critic Oliver Sava returns to the show for the sixth annual Superhero State of the Union. Sava discusses the mini-series gap between the Big Two, Dawn of DC, DC’s castings, the Knight Terrors bump, event comics, price points, Big Two cohesion, continuity, Marvel’s current state, Al Ewing and the upcoming Immortal Thor, the X-Men line, Marvel’s messiness, Doctor Strange: Fall Sunrise, the Energon Universe, Daredevil, our most desired turns for the Big Two, and more.
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Header photo is from Tradd Moore’s cover to Doctor Strange: Fall Sunrise #1. Off Panel’s opening theme music is Vulfpeck’s “Outro,” used with permission from the band (and thanks for me for them doing so!), with the rest of the music being an original track by custom music agency Upright T-Rex Music, written and performed specifically for the podcast. A huge thanks to Ross and Cody from Upright T-Rex Music for putting the track together!