First Strike: The Invasion! Podcast Ep.1 Preludes and Rumblings

So it begins...

Still working on the next episode of Lonely Hearts, but don't despair, Bass and I have gotten together to produce one of two new podcasts from the Lonely Hearts family, and from the soon-to-be-launched Fire & Water Podcast Network, of which your humble host is the most French-Canadian of members. That podcast? First Strike: The Invasion! Podcast, covering every issue and tie-in of DC Comics' 1988 crossover event, Invasion! In our first episode, we talk about the event as a whole, and cover the comics that led into the first issue of Invasion! We call it Preludes and Rumblings, and we hope it prepares you for what's to come.

Listen to Episode 1 (the usual filthy filthy language warnings apply, but it's not too bad here) by clicking HERE!

Or you can right-click “download”, choose “Save Target/Link As”, and select a location on your computer to save the file (39 MB).

Or subscribe to First Strike: The Invasion! Podcast on iTunes!

Here are the comics we're covering in this episode
And there's also a fair bit of talk about this awesome ad DC ran in its comics in preparation for the war to come.
Credits :
Relevant teaser clip from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" by Don Siegel, starring Kevin McCarthy

End theme music from "The Day the Earth Stood Still" score by Bernard Herrmann

"It's an Invasion" (Theme for First Strike in the bloopers) lyrics and noise by Siskoid

Bonus clips from: "X-Files Theme" by Mark Snow; "Justice League Animated Series", the Flash voiced by Michael Rosenbaum; "Shakespeare in Love" by John Madden, starring Tom Wilkinson, Geoffrey Rush and Steven O'Donnell; "Wonder Woman Theme" by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel.

Thanks for leaving a comment, and protect yourself! THEY'RE ALREADY HERE!!!


@Reading_Hix said...

Hey Siskoid and Bass, thanks for the podcast. This, of all the DC crossovers is the one nearest and dearest to my heart as I got into comics soon after Millennium and was on the ground floor for this one. This was a great time to get into DC Comics as there were lots of series that were fairly new which allowed you get the caught up on the full runs relatively easily: Starman, Animal Man, Manhunter, Power of the Atom, Checkmate, Doom Patrol etc. I'm going to pretend I didn't buy New Guardians as well.

I'm glad you did the preliminary-strike issues as these are overlooked. It's good you both enjoyed the Veitch/Alcala Swamp thing issue as it's indicative of the strength of that post-Alan Moore run. It was darkly humorous, quirkily unafraid to use some of the odd corners of the DCU such as Arkham Asylum, Solomon Grundy, Congorilla, Hans von Hammer and Roy Raymond to name a few. Veitch only did from issue 65 to 87 as DC grew cold feet at the last minute on his infamous "Alec meets Jesus" issue which was part of his final storyline. This editorial mess also led to Neil Gaiman aborting his planned takeover of the book. Ah, imagine what could have been.

Anyway, I can't wait to hear the next episode. Cheers.

Siskoid said...

Seems like we're cut from the same cloth on this one!

We plan on releasing an episode every three weeks, rotating weekly with other shows under the Lonely Hearts Family banner.

Anonymous said...

I never knew I needed an Invasion! podcast until you mentioned a few weeks ago.

Invasion! is definitely the gold standard to these Secret Crisis on Infinite Wars cross-over type of things released by the Big Two; however, after being underwhelmed by Secret Wars 2, Legends and Millennium I nearly skipped the whole thing back in the day/

Continued success.


Jeff R. said...

I always went for "ku-hunds", myself.

The Swamp Thing run we never got was going to be rotating authors between Gaiman, Morrison, and I think Bissette (Not sure about that third one), and all we got anywhere near it was Annual #5.

Jeff R. said...

Kuh-hunds, that is, not koo-hunds.

Siskoid said...

See? Damn near impossible to figure. I'm gonna be shocked when I watch the Justice League episode that features them.

Garaujo: Can't fault you for wanting to give up after those lackluster-to-terrible crossovers (and yes, I realize them's fightin' words if you like Legends).

Billy Henehan said...

Great episode! I'm hooked!

Siskoid said...

Glad you enjoyed it! I thought we were a little bit too enthusiastic myself, but it should be expected at the start of a project.

I do hope we have one of those big Siskoid/Bass blow-ups down the line (I seem to remember them happening in real life, but can't narrow down the specifics). Maybe he really likes The New Guardians or something.

Jeremy Patrick said...

Compliment that sounds like an insult: That was much better than I expected! My favorite part? The song at the end. I hope your vocal freestylings appear in every episode . . .

Siskoid said...

You are the first and only person brave enough, bold enough, to mention the song, sir.


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