Cracking The Vault



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  • Episode 174 - The 2019 Vaulty Awards


    .. in which we, Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, & Ryan Miller, celebrate the best in comics & comics-related media of 2019, in our fifth annual Vaulty Awards show!! Download EP_174_-_THE_2019_VAULTY_AWARDS_FIN.mp3

  • Episode 173 - Horrified


    .. in which we, Ryan Miller, Patrick Clarke, & Tony Asaro, celebrate Ryan's birthday in a town beset by evil, trying to fend-off the fury of Dracula, The Wolf Man, & The Mummy, in a round of Prospero Hall's Universal Monster-mash cooperative board game Horrified, out of Ravensburger Games!![Note: This episode is a tad noisy! 'Cause that's what happens when you put a mic on a table & then play a board game on that same table! Mistakes were made, lol. Regardless, we hope you enjoy the episode, because we had an absolute blast making it. Cheers.] Download EP_173_-_Horrified_FIN_FIN.mp3

  • Episode 172 - New Years Comics Resolutions 2020


    .. in which we, Patrick Clarke, Tony Asaro, & Ryan Miller, indulge in one of our longest-running annual traditions & take a look at how we did on our comics-related resolutions from 2019, before then making a whole batch of spectacularly-ill-advised new resolutions for 2020!![image from My Hero Academia by Bones/Funimation, created by Kōhei Horikoshi] Download EP_172_-_New_Years_Comics_Resolutions_FIN.mp3

  • Episode 171 - The HoX & PoX of It All


    .. in which we, Ryan Miller, Patrick Clarke, & Tony Asaro, try our level best to wrangle, explain, & discuss, our feelings about the biggest comic event of 2019: Marvel's 12-part, showstopping, X-Men miniseries, House of X & Powers of X, by Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, Marte Gracia, R.B. Silva, & Adriano Di Benedetto!![Note: We recorded this episode in November, just as the first wave of Dawn of X was debuting. Much has happened in those books in the meantime, & there have also been a great many exciting developments with Tony's flowerbed full of Krakoa Seeds. We will update you on these matters with all due haste.] Download EP_171_-_HOX_POX_FIN.mp3

  • Episode 170 - The Year Was 1979


    .. in which we, Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, & Ryan Miller, travel all the way back to The Bronze Age of Comics in honor of Tony's birthday, & rap about what was on the spinner rack in 1979!!(featuring reviews of Ghost Rider, Elfquest, & the original Marvel-era Star Wars comics) Download EP_170_-_The_Year_Was_1979_FIN.mp3

  • Episode 169 - The Long-Lost Superman Ep


    .. in which we, Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, & Minnie Saucedo, (with additional contributions from Ryan Miller, & Ben Schwartz), helped celebrate Tony's birthday way back in September of 2018 by talking-out all our feels concerning The Big Blue Boyscout, himself, Clark Kent.*** This one sat buried in The Vault for an embarrassing length of time, which was unplanned & unintentional, & we're thrilled to finally put it out there, into the world. Thank you for sticking with us, thank you -as always- for listening, we hope you enjoy hearing this as much as we enjoyed making it, & we hope each & every one of you is having a warm & wonderful winter holiday season. Lastly but most importantly, a big thank you to Minnie for being such a vital part of our show for so many episodes. We remain deeply grateful to her, for her incalculable contributions to Cracking The Vault during her time with us. ***[cover image from Action Comics (vol

  • Episode 168 - 10 in 10 with Ben: September Edition


    .. in which Tony Asaro sits down with Ben C. Schwartz for a our debut rapid-fire-questionnaire mini-episode of 10-in-10 with Ben!! Download 10_in_10_w_Ben_SEPT_19_FIN_FIN.mp3 [cover image from Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #309, by Chris Bachalo & Tim Townsend]

  • Episode 167 - Planetary


    .. in which we, Patrick Clarke, Ryan Miller, & Tony Asaro, belatedly celebrate Patty's birthday by discussing one of his favorite-ever comics: Planetary, written by Warren Ellis, drawn by John Cassaday, & colored by Laura Martin!![Warning: We talk about the entire book, in this episode! Consider yourselves officially spoiler-warned!! Additionally, we had to keep the A/C on during recording, because it was a scorcher, & we apologize for the resulting slight background hum. Last but not least, we totally forgot to mention the great Laura Martin during this episode, but her colors on this book are remarkable (as her colors always are, see also, her work on Wonder Woman, Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man, Black Panther, & heaps more beautiful comics over the course of her stellar & distinguished career), & we are collectively deeply embarrassed that we dropped the ball on saying so, on mic.] Download EP_167_-_Planetary

  • Episode 166 - San Diego Comic Con 2019 News & Reviews


    .. in which we, Tony Asaro, Ryan Miller, & Patrick Clarke, gather to talk Eisner Award Winners, newly released movie & tv trailers, & the rest of the biggest announcements that dropped at this years San Diego Comic Con!! Download EP_166_-_SDCC_News___Reviews_FIN.mp3

  • Episode 165 - Spider-Man: Far From Home


    .. in which we, Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, & Ryan Miller, finally weigh-in on the 23rd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Far From Home!![*Be-warned: This review contains spoilers from the get-go!*] Download EP_165_-_Spider_Man_Far_From_Home_FIN.mp3

  • Episode 164 - The Future of The Marvel Cinematic Universe


    .. in which we, Ryan Miller, Tony Asaro, & Patrick Clarke, muse & speculate upon what the Marvel Cinematic Universe might look like, in the next few years, as it moves into Phase 4!! Download EP_164_-_The_Future_of_The_MCU_FIN.mp3

  • Episode 163 - Avengers: Endgame Review


    .. in which, at long last, we, Tony Asaro & Ryan Miller, reveal our thoughts & our feels on the 22nd movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame![This episode begins with Non-Spoiler talk, after which we issue a clear Spoiler Warning, before diving into a more detailed discussion of the film] Download EP_163_-_Avengers_Endgame_Review_FIN_SML.mp3

  • Episode 162 - Fourth Anniversary Ramen Bowl Roundtable


    .. in which we, Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, & Ryan Miller, celebrate Cracking The Vault's 4th anniversary with our 4th-ever ramen bowl roundtable AMA special! Download EP_162_-_Fourth_Anniversary_Ramen_Bowl_Roundtable_FIN.mp3 [episode image from The Best of DC #16, by Rich Buckler & Dick Giordano, courtesy of DC Comics]

  • Episode 156 - The 2018 Vaulty Awards


    .. in which we, Tony Asaro, Ryan Miller, & Patrick Clarke, take a look back at the best in comics from last year, & announce the winners *including your Listener's Choice picks* in all 21 categories celebrating our favorite comics, characters, & creators, of 2018, in our 4th annual Vaulty Awards! Download EP_156_-_2018_Vaulty_Awards_FIN.mp3

  • Episode 157 - Our Comic Book Resolutions for 2019


    .. in which we, Patrick Clarke, Tony Asaro, & Ryan Miller, take a look back at how we did on our 2018 comic book resolutions, & then look forward to what comics-related goals we're hoping to accomplish this year!![image from Batman Adventures Holiday Special #1, by Paul Dini, Dan Riba, & Bruce Timm, courtesy of DC Comics] Download EP_157_-_Comic_Book_Resolutions_for_2019_FIN.mp3

  • Episode 158 - The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl


    .. in which we, Ryan Miller, Tony Asaro, & Patrick Clarke, celebrate Ryan's birthday by finally devoting an entire episode to one of our most beloved characters, & most-favorite comics on the stands: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Download EP_158_-_The_Unbeatable_Squirrel_Girl_FIN.mp3 [image from The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #9, by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, & Rico Renzi, courtesy of Marvel Comics]

  • Episode 159 - The Umbrella Academy


    .. in which we, Ryan Miller & Tony Asaro, review the first season of Netflix's adaptation of the Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba, & Dave Stewart, Dark Horse comic, The Umbrella Academy!![Please be aware: The first 20 minutes or so are our spoiler-free impressions, after which we give a clear spoiler warning, & then proceed with loads of spoilers for both Season 1 of the show, & for the first two volumes of the comic!] Download EP_159_-_The_Umbrella_Academy_Review_FIN.mp3

  • Episode 160 - The Mighty Captain Marvel


    .. in which we, Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, & Ryan Miller, review the latest blockbuster from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel!*Please note: We do discuss spoilers for the film, in this episode!* Download EP_160_-_Captain_Marvel_FIN.mp3 [image from The Life of Captain Marvel #4, by the great Jen Bartel, courtesy of Marvel Comics]

  • Episode 161 - Free Comic Book Day 2019 Preview


    .. in which we, Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, & Ryan Miller, dive into our annual sneak-peek of the creator line-up, festivities, sale info, & some of the array of FCBD 2019 books that will be available at Empire's Comics Vault, on Saturday, May the 4th, aka Free Comic Book Day 2019!! Download EP_161_-_FCBD_2019_Preview_FIN.mp3 [official FCBD 2019 t-shirt image by Derek Charm, of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead, & Star Wars Adventures, among other delightful & adorable things]

  • Episode 155 - Introducing People To Comics


    .. one of our long-lost summer specials has finally surfaced(!), in which we, Minnie Saucedo, Patrick Clarke, & Ryan Miller, discuss how we go about introducing non-comics readers to our favorite four-color medium! Download EP_155_-_INTRODUCING_PEOPLE_TO_COMICS_FIN.mp3

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