The Incomparable

The Incomparable

A weekly dive into geeky media we love, including movies, books, TV, comics, and more. Jason Snell talks with a rotating panel of regular guests. Winner of the 2012 Parsec Award for best fan podcast! Find out more at

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#126: A Dark, Dark Narnia

February 2, 2013 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 9 minutes

Get out your magical key ring and prepare for our discussion of "Locke and Key" by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. It's a dark fantasy/horror comic with some touches of Stephen King, fitting since Joe Hill is Stephen King's kid! It's also really good. We drop some mild spoilers for Vol. 1, "Welcome to Lovecraft," which you should go buy right now. Plus: What comics are we reading?

Special guests Lisa Schmeiser, Moisés Chiullan, and Jason Brightman.

#125: Kiss the Elf

January 26, 2013 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 15 minutes

Our fellowship is sundered, as we wrap up our look at the "Lord of the Rings" movies with a discussion of our favorite (and some least-favorite) performances. Also, is Yoda better than Gollum? Who likes Orcs, anyway? Why does Liv Tyler make Jason want to go to the bathroom? And there are many, many endings. (Part 2 of 2.)

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, and John Siracusa.

#124: Hobbit Hanukkah

January 19, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

It's a two-part podcast about a three-part movie series spread across six discs based on a novel divided into three parts! We tackle Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, from its epic length to the perils of adapting such rich source material. Plus a spotter's guide to differentiating between Dwarfy, Elfy, Beardy, and Hobbits One through Four. And Glenn proves that he knows Elvish. The road goes ever on, and on, and on... (Part 1 of 2.)

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, and John Siracusa.

#123: Ski Lodge Pick

January 12, 2013 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 15 minutes

Insert a quarter and settle back to listen to us discuss the Oscar-nominated animated feature "Wreck-It Ralph," which is inspired by classic video games. If you make it past the first level, you'll also hear us discuss some of the video games our collection of elderly gentleman played when they were children back in the '70s and '80s. If you don't make it that far, keep trying--the change machine's right over there.

Special guests Dan Frakes, Glenn Fleishman, John Siracusa, Monty Ashley, and Steve Lutz.

#122: Recursive Clip Loop: Our 2012 Favorites

January 1, 2013 at 12:15AM • 1 hour 37 minutes

We say goodbye to 2012 by listing our favorite stuff from the past year. We also recall our favorite podcast moments, read a whole bunch of listener comments, and celebrate the three brand-new words we popularized this year. (This is a new episode, though it does contain a few classic Incomparable clips from 2012--and beyond.)

Special guests Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, John Siracusa, Lisa Schmeiser, Scott McNulty, Serenity Caldwell, and Steve Lutz.

#121: Ice Mary Poppins

December 25, 2012 at 11:30PM • 40 minutes

A live "flash" episode recorded right after we watched the 2012 "Doctor Who" Christmas special, "The Snowmen." We welcome (back?) Jenna-Louise Coleman and discuss whether this new start for the Doctor has rekindled our enthusiasm for the show.

Special guests Dan Moren, Scott McNulty, and Serenity Caldwell.

#120: A Horse with a Hat

December 23, 2012 at 12:30PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

Showing remarkable optimism, we gathered on the eve of the Mayan apocalypse to discuss movies we might see in 2013. In this episode, we discuss the trailers for much-anticipated films "Star Trek Into Darkness", "Man of Steel", "Pacific Rim", "Oblivion", "After Earth", "The Lone Ranger", and "Upstream Color." Also: Robot Thursdays, the merits of Star Trek punctuation, a Bolivian, Ethan Hunt versus the Fresh Prince, and traditional Kryptonian formalwear.

Special guests Dan Moren, John Siracusa, Scott McNulty, and Steve Lutz.

#119: The Guilt-Trip Superhero

December 15, 2012 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 41 minutes

With great power comes the responsibility to book great guests. And so when it came time to discuss "The Amazing Spider-Man" and Spidey in general, Jason turned to reknowned spider-fans Andy Ihnatko and Dan Benjamin. We discuss how the Spidey in the new movie is a different sort of guilt-trip superhero. Dan explains why you can't actually kill a spider. Andy previews his new comic book, The Indigestible Spider-Man. We touch on the changes in Ultimate Spider-Man and speculate about the soon-to-arrive Amazing Spider-Man #700. Jason sings two different Spidey theme songs and does his J. Jonah Jameson impression. This giant-sized episode is more Spidey than you can shake a web at.

Special guests Andy Ihnatko & Dan Benjamin.

#118: The Incomparable Holiday Vault 2

December 8, 2012 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 1 minute

Trim the tree, wrap the presents, and watch out for the killer in your attic! It's time for us to place five new gems into the Incomparable Holiday Vault! We discuss some beloved holiday classics and offer a few surprise choices. This is a darker installment, as we uncover the racism in some holiday staples, and then Steve inducts a horror movie. And can a talk show really be a holiday special? You're gonna shoot your eye out with that thing!

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Lisa Schmeiser, and Steve Lutz.

#117: Intergalactic FedEx

December 2, 2012 at 5:30PM • 1 hour 15 minutes

We follow up on our previous episode to ask Serenity Caldwell how she uses her iPhone to read books (and discover her shocking method of scanning pages). Then there's a discussion of Lois McMaster Bujold's latest Vorkosigan novel, "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance." Finally (at 65 minutes in if you're skipping ahead), Jason asks Scott to recommend which unread book on his Kindle he should dive into next.

Special guests Dan Moren, Scott McNulty, and Serenity Caldwell.