VFCast! Season 5 Episode 8: Blondes punching time travel … right in the face!


Did I post a Marvel from the wrong universe? Let your nerdrage guide you, my child.

Title: Captain Marvel Volume 1: In Pursuit of Flight
Author: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists: Dexter Soy, Emma Rios 
Publisher: Marvel Comics  
Release Date: January 1, 2013


So somehow this week we’ve had a flood of comment spam. I’m wondering it that is how it goes. First you get the spammers. then you get an explosions of podcast listeners. Then you get to punch the atmosphere of earth.

We don’t talk about how comfortable the creative team on this book is with iconic imagery. I’m not even sure what the icons are, but they invoke Superman, Marvel’s Golden Age, and Gloria Steinem back-to-back, without breaking a sweat.

The ironic hipster part of me wants to cringe. I’m certinally somewhat uncomfortable looking straight into the camera of my life and just saying how awesome/terrible something is. At its’ worst Captain Marvel Vol. 1 is a little preachy. At its’ best it is rad beyond reason, working with the best parts of the cultural heritage it inherits with both a warm nostalgia and a total instance that it must be fresh, new, and emotionally resonant.


VFCast! Season 5 Episode 7: Just when I thought we’d gotten away from the Elder Gods, time traps lay at the bottom of the ocean.


Title: The Underwater Welder 
Creator: Jeff Lemire 
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions 
Release Date: August 7, 2012

This book has a lot going for it. If you want to know about those things listen to the podcast. At it’s best it is a discussion of what it means to be unprepared for the responsibility of becoming an adult. At its worst it is super mansplaney.
Why do men leave their wives? Our secret pain cannot be understood by vagina people. Why is there a crisis of masculinity? I’m not sure, but man is a man’s pain real. Man is it not to be misunderstood, dismissed, or ignored. The pain of dealing with all this power, prestige and awesomeness is just too much for us to bear. I guess we will have to go underwater, where it is safe.
Perhaps I am being unfair. Jeff Lemire is writing from his own expedience, and mixing it with the fantastic. He is a good writer, and fantastic artist, and a deeply thoughtful man.
I just get tired of that being the only kind of book we read on this ‘cast.

Next week! Kelly Sue DeConnick!

Friends of The Vestrymen are funnier than you!

Want to write a vestrymen post about comic book feminism?
9:36 AM
Cabel Schoen
Melissa Trent
will you write one of my finals?

9:37 AM
Is it about Batman?
9:38 AM
Cabel Schoen
Melissa Trent
I’m taking Gotham City Administrative Law

9:39 AM
Sounds awesome
is rule one that due process is for chumps?
10:12 AM
Cabel Schoen
Melissa Trent
my other class is “First Amendment and the Joker: what you need to know”

10:13 AM
is murder covered by free speech now?
10:14 AM
Cabel Schoen
Melissa Trent
I think that it’s more of a “the first amendment let’s you say that…but you might not want to around the joker”

10:15 AM
I thought it might be more “is the Joker performance art”
10:15 AM
Cabel Schoen
Melissa Trent
ooh that’s better

10:15 AM
Does putting Mr. Freeze in jail for trying to save his wife create a ….
wait for it
“chilling effect” for future medical research?
10:16 AM
Cabel Schoen
That joke was so bad it drove you out of your email
10:43 AM
Cabel Schoen
Melissa Trent
it made me have a “I am clearly talking to people online” face in class

10:43 AM
Can I post this conversation to TheVestrymen?

Season 5 Episode 6: Maybe it is better with acid?

Title: Action Comics: Vol 3: At The End Of Days 
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Rags Morales 
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: December 11, 2013

Superman Typing

When a thing you love ends how do you remember it? Do you remember the good times? The times before it all went wrong? We don’t remember the past objectively anyways. Perhaps life is just about joy, about purity, about perfect moments.

Or perhaps the dark time matter. Perhaps surviving the hard times makes the good times better. Perhaps when we look back we we strip something vital, something important, something that matters, if we strip away all the flaws, the confusion and the betrayal.

All I know for sure in life is that Dune was a stand alone novel, and The New 52 Action Comics only had two volumes.

Season 5 Episode 5: Elder Godhood and the Life Cycle of a Fish-Man

Title: Hellboy Volume 1
Creator: Mike Mignola
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: 3rd Edition: December 9, 2003

Listen to me! The Many-Sided-Ones knock! You think we are just Podcasting about their glory three weeks in a row because they make for great villains? You think we like talking about their many sided glory? We love them with a dark love. Our dedication to their glory flows not from our own engines. The Mechanic removed that which shines in us. Now we rot. We rot with the glory and power of an ant forced to behold the full splendor of a man. Our many sided parts, jokered passion, our ardor are not a warning, but rather a joyful noise! We are The Men of the Vestry; We show you What-Is-To-Come!

Alternatively titled Sometimes Red Dudes Get Unreasonably Angry About Frogs.