Assemble After Dark
Summary: Every week, Joey Esposito, Benjamin Bailey and a slew of special guests dissect your favorite comics, movies and pop culture tidbits. It's like hanging out with your best buds who won't shut up about comic books.
Here it is, the Assemble After Dark episode all about one of the greatest action movies of all time, Point Break starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze! We're joined by writer Adam P. Knave to break down the epic tale of Johnny Utah and Bodhi, getting to the bottom of why 100% pure adrenaline is the only way to live one's life. We touch on all of our favorite Point Break moments, sequel and spin-off theories, its connections to John Wick, and so much more. So get ready, you quarterback punks. And remember: why be a servant to the law when you can be its master?
Here it is, the Assemble After Dark episode all about the psychedelic celebration of superhero comics, DC Comics' Final Crisis! Written by Grant Morrison with an all-star cast of artists like J.G. Jones and Doug Mahnke, Final Crisis offers a lot to unpack and digest. Love it or hate it, you can't deny the utter ambition that bleeds from this book. Assemble AD does its best to analyze the big ideas contained in this bonkers masterpiece.
Here it is, the Assemble After Dark episode all about the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! We're joined by fellow Power Rangers enthusiast Sina Grace as we dive into all things MMPR and discover what makes this pop culture phenomenon so fondly remembered. Who's our favorite ranger? What's our favorite episode? Moment?! We get into it. IT'S MORPHIN TIME.
Here it is, the Assemble After Dark episode all about the Wildstorm masterpiece, Warren Ellis and John Cassaday's Planetary! We discuss its ins and outs, clever pulp fiction references, the greatest character moments, our favorite single issues, and how this series is the prime example of being happy to deal with delayed books if it means more consistency. Strap in and help keep the world strange!
Here it is, the Assemble After Dark episode all about Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's Marvel classic, Spider-Man: Blue! Ben and Joey fight back tears to discuss this emotional retelling of Peter Parker's romance with Gwen Stacy, the tragedy that befell them, and all of the good times (and Spider-times) that surrounded them and their friends. It's a true love letter to the early Spider-Man canon, told in a way only the masterful team of Loeb and Sale could manage. And also: Happy New Year!
Here it is, the Assemble After Dark episode all about the most Burton-y Tim Burton movie, Batman Returns! Writer Joshua Williamson joins us for our final Christmas-themed episode to talk about this bizarre adventure of the Dark Knight in one of the most visually compelling Batman offerings. From Christopher Walken to Michelle Pfeiffer to the Pee-Wee's Big Adventure cast reunion, Batman Returns is a movie full of bat-shit crazy bat stuff. Plus: Joey and Ben recount some of their favorite things from 2014!
Here it is, the Assemble After Dark all about the classic Christmas turd, Jingle All The Way! This episode spirals out of control quickly, as Ben lashes out at Joey, his family, and you, the listener. Joey, on the other hand, enjoys the spirit of the holiday and finds lots to love in this film. It's a frantic, angry episode, the perfect company on a cold, bitter, Christmas evening.
Here it is, the Assemble After Dark all about one of the greatest Christmas flicks of all time, Joe Dante's hilariously horrific Gremlins. Released in 1984, this Steven Spielberg-produced classic introduced the world to the lovable Mogwai Gizmo, helped bring about the PG-13 rating and even dared to tell kids the truth about Santa Claus. We dive into the movie's history, our deep affection for it, and the surprising hidden secrets of the Peltzer family.
Here it is, the Assemble After Dark episode all about the Christmas classic, Die Hard 2: Die Harder. Ben is joined by Die Hard expert Jon Poole to discuss all the mayhem, violence, and Reagan references in the Die Hard franchise. Plus, Jon gives the perfect pitch for a final Die Hard film, Die Hardest!
Here it is, the Assemble After Dark episode all about the Dark Horse Comics bizarre masterpiece, Umbrella Academy, by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba. Discussing both Apocalypse Suite and Dallas, we dig into fighting unfair prejudgments, how the series celebrates comics as a medium, and our immense desire to see more.
Here it is, the Assemble After Dark all about the Marvel comic event, Civil War. The guys discuss whether or not the series holds up, their favorite moments, and the the importance of events in shared, superhero universes. Plus, there's some talk about Valiant Comics and the awesomeness of Joey and Ben's current music playlists. It's pure magic from start to finish.
Here it is, the Assemble After Dark episode all about Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen's Superman: Secret Identity. Strap yourselves in for a discussion about one of the most unique and heartwarming takes on the Man of Steel that doesn't actually star the Man of Steel. It's a story that speaks to all kinds; you might love this book even if you don't generally care for Superman or even superhero comics. In fact... it might just be the book to change your mind.
Here it is, the Assemble After Dark episode all about Frank Miller's Sin City. The prolific creator has no shortage of influential work, but this week we discuss why this hard-boiled noir saga just might be his best and most beautiful. Who's the best character? Which volume is the best? Those burning questions answered and more! Plus, we get some amazing Taco Bell voicemails and talk about our all-time favorite TV shows.
Here it is, the Assemble After Dark episode all about the Robocop. The guys are joined by writer Joshua Williamson to discuss everyone's favorite robot police officer and a bunch of other late 80's action movies. Also - fair warning - this is an explicit episode. It's Robocop, guys! It's impossible to discuss it without throwing a few f-bombs around. Sorry, mom and dad.
Here it is, the Assemble After Dark episode all about the X-Men event, Days of Future Past. This is a super 25th episode spectacular! You get the announcement of a Taco Bell themed episode, the rules for an upcoming contest and an interview with the co-editor of the Days of Future Past film, Michael Hill. It's big, bold stuff and super awkward when Joey outs Ben for having not seen the film. Oops.