The Incomparable is a weekly dive into geeky media we love, including movies, books, TV, comics, and more, featuring a rotating panel of guests and hosted by Jason Snell.

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Summer Superhero Spectacular: Round Three

Our summertime superhero tournament continues, as 16 champions are reduced to eight. This round brings new judges and a requirement to argue against the opposite opponent! Who will withstand the withering assaults? Only time will tell.

The match-ups:

(1) Spider-Man vs. (4) Kitty Pryde
(11) Beta Ray Bill vs. (2) Captain America

(1) Superman vs. (5) Doctor Strange
(3) Barry Allen/The Flash vs. (2) The Hulk

(1) Batman vs. (13) Moon Knight
(6) Barbara Gordon/Batgirl/Oracle vs. (2) Wonder Woman

(1) Iron Man vs. (12) The Thing
(6) Rorschach vs. (2) Wolverine

Jason Snell with Lisa Schmeiser, Chip Sudderth, Tony Sindelar, Dan Moren, Philip Mozolak, Mois├ęs Chiullan and Monty Ashley

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High Five

On the occasion of our fifth anniversary, we present this special episode where Jason and five of our favorite panelists come together live around a table to talk about nothing in particular.

5 years!

Jason Snell with David J. Loehr, Dan Moren, Erika Ensign, Steve Lutz and Scott McNulty


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Summer Superhero Spectacular: Round 2

Our ridiculous celebration of superheroes continues in round 2, in which 32 heroes enter and 16 depart! This round incorporates your comments and votes, which we solicited after our last round. This also marks the final round for judges Lutz and Michaels, who assure you that absolutely no cash has changed hands in exchange for their votes. We’ve also added some new advocates and shuffled the deck a little bit. Join us on the next segment of our journey to discover which superhero reigns supreme.

The match-ups:

(1) Spider-Man vs. (8) Aquaman
(5) Silver Surfer vs. (4) Kitty Pryde
(11) Beta Ray Bill vs. (14) Kate Bishop/Hawkeye
(10) Wally West/The Flash vs. (2) Captain America

(1) Superman vs. (9) The Falcon
(5) Doctor Strange vs. (4) The Tick
(11) Invisible Woman vs. (3) Barry Allen/The Flash
(7) Ghost Rider vs. (2) The Hulk

(1) Batman vs. (8) Black Widow
(5) Daredevil vs. (13) Moon Knight
(6) Barbara Gordon/Batgirl/Oracle vs. (3) Green Arrow
(7) Deadpool vs. (2) Wonder Woman

(1) Iron Man vs. (9) Gambit
(12) The Thing vs. (13) Big Barda
(6) Rorschach vs. (14) Invincible
(10) Nightcrawler vs. (2) Wolverine

Jason Snell with Steve Lutz, Philip Michaels, Lisa Schmeiser, Shannon Sudderth, Chip Sudderth, Philip Mozolak, Tony Sindelar, Dan Moren and Monty Ashley


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Chekhov’s Bob-omb

Rocket Surgery

Our survey of terrible films continues with 1993’s “Super Mario Bros.”, which features surprisingly little of the characters, setting, or joy that one might attribute to the beloved video-game franchise. Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, and the directors of the original “Max Headroom” film collaborate on this dreadful tale about evolved dinosaurs, dystopian parallel-universe New Yorks, and a couple of plumbers named Mario, one of whom is also named Luigi.

Jason Snell with Joe Rosensteel, Philip Michaels, Tony Sindelar, Monty Ashley, Steve Lutz and David J. Loehr


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Raptor Sipping Tea

Comic Book Club

Our Comic Book Club reconvenes to discuss “Runaways,” the 2003-2004 comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. This is a Marvel Comic that’s also an original creation, and we’re tackling the 18 issues of the first volume, which form a self-contained story. How does the book alienate its teenage protagonists? Does the plot twist make sense? And why isn’t this a Marvel movie or TV show?

Jason Snell with Shannon Sudderth, Lisa Schmeiser, Tony Sindelar and Dan Moren


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Space Bureaucracy

Book Club

It’s time for our annual dive into the Hugo Awards, focused mostly on the five nominated novels, but also touching on short fiction, comics, films, and TV episodes, as well as this year’s big Hugo controversy.

Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, Erika Ensign and David J. Loehr


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Summer Superhero Spectacular: The Aftermath

After the nearly three hours of silly superhero tournament stuff we released last week, there’s no new episode this week. But Jason’s here with a reminder that you can affect the results of round two of the tournament, coming next month, by voting now!

Jason Snell


255d

Summer Superhero Spectacular: Latveria Region

In celebration of the four days of Comic-Con 2015, we present a four-day celebration of silly superhero debates! We’ve seeded 64 heroes into a tournament that’s designed to find the most incomparable superhero of them all. Or something like that. The advocates are sometimes passionate and sometime disinterested, but that’s okay, because the judges are completely capricious.

Today’s episode features the first round in the Latveria region, featuring the following match-ups:

  • Iron Man (1) vs. Iron Fist (16)
  • Phoenix (8) vs. Gambit (9)
  • Captain Marvel / Carol Danvers (5) vs. The Thing (12)
  • Hawkeye / Clint Barton (4) vs. Big Barda (13)
  • Rorschach (6) vs. Storm (11)
  • Thor (3) vs. Invincible (14)
  • Black Panther (7) vs. Nightcrawler (10)
  • Wolverine (2) vs. Tigra (15)

Jason Snell with Steve Lutz, Philip Michaels, Tony Sindelar, Lisa Schmeiser, Dan Moren, Chip Sudderth, Andy Ihnatko and Monty Ashley


255c

Summer Superhero Spectacular: Metropolis Region

In celebration of the four days of Comic-Con 2015, we present a four-day celebration of silly superhero debates! We’ve seeded 64 heroes into a tournament that’s designed to find the most incomparable superhero of them all. Or something like that. The advocates are sometimes passionate and sometime disinterested, but that’s okay, because the judges are completely capricious.

Today’s episode features the first round in the Metropolis region, featuring the following match-ups:

  • Superman (1) vs. Iceman (16)
  • Atom (8) vs. Falcon (9)
  • Dr. Strange (5) vs. X-O Manowar (12)
  • Tick (4) vs. Catwoman (13)
  • Hellboy (6) vs. Invisible Woman (11)
  • Flash - Barry Allen (3) vs. Question (14)
  • Ghost Rider (7) vs. Blue Beetle - Jaime Reyes (10)
  • Hulk (2) vs. Booster Gold (15)

Jason Snell


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Summer Superhero Spectacular: Gotham Region

In celebration of the four days of Comic-Con 2015, we present a four-day celebration of silly superhero debates! We’ve seeded 64 heroes into a tournament that’s designed to find the most incomparable superhero of them all. Or something like that. The advocates are sometimes passionate and sometime disinterested, but that’s okay, because the judges are completely capricious.

Today’s episode features the first round in the Gotham region, featuring the following match-ups:

  • Batman (1) vs. Starman (16)
  • Black Widow (8) v. Professor X (9)
  • Daredevil (5) vs. Harley Quinn (12)
  • Miles Morales (4) vs. Moon Knight (13)
  • Barbara Gordon (6) vs. Dick Grayson (11)
  • Green Arrow (3) vs. Mr. Fantastic (14)
  • Deadpool (7) vs. Martian Manhunter (10)
  • Wonder Woman (2) vs. Wildcat (15)

Plus stick around at the end for a very special musical interlude.

Jason Snell with Chip Sudderth, Monty Ashley, Lisa Schmeiser, Tony Sindelar, Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, Steve Lutz and Philip Michaels


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Summer Superhero Spectacular: Central City Region

In celebration of the four days of Comic-Con 2015, we present a four-day celebration of silly superhero debates! We’ve seeded 64 heroes into a tournament that’s designed to find the most incomparable superhero of them all. Or something like that. The advocates are sometimes passionate and sometime disinterested, but that’s okay, because the judges are completely capricious.

Today’s episode features the first round in the Central City region, featuring the following match-ups:

  • Spider-Man (1) vs. Beast (16)
  • Aquaman (8) vs. Blue Beetle Ted Kord (9)
  • Silver Surfer (5) vs. She-Hulk (12)
  • Kitty Pryde (4) vs. Jonah Hex (13)
  • Shazam (6) vs. Beta Ray Bill (11)
  • Green Lantern (3) vs. Kate Bishop Hawkeye (14)
  • Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan (7) vs. The Flash Wally West (10)
  • Captain America (2) vs. Solar: Man of the Atom (15)

Jason Snell with Andy Ihnatko, Chip Sudderth, Lisa Schmeiser, Tony Sindelar, Dan Moren, Monty Ashley, Philip Michaels and Steve Lutz


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