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The sixth season of Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick‘s The Venture Brothers hits Cartoon Network‘s Adult Swim at midnight February 1st… or is it midnight January 31st… always get that confused. Which ever it is, there’s a new extended trailer for the long-awaited season six and we’ve also got the official Adult Swim recaps for seasons 1 through 5 brought to you from the bedroom of Henchman 21. Cue the Villain Costume Change Montage Music! (more…)


They say that good things come to those who wait… and we’ve been waiting since July 2013 for Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick to bring new episodes of The Venture Bros. back to Adult Swim on television. The long wait is over though, because Dr. Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture, Hank & Dean, Brock Sampson, The Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend, Henchman 21 (Gary), and all the other fabulous Venture Brothers characters will be making their way to your television set in a brand spanking new special that airs this… (more…)


In addition to interviewing the creators and a couple cast members from Rick and Morty while at San Deigo Comic-Con, I also had the opportunity to sit down with Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer of The Venture Bros. The always dapper pair were there promoting the upcoming season of their Adult Swim show, which can be succinctly described as Johnny Quest all grown up, but in reality is so, so much more. (more…)


Rusty Venture lives a pretty miserable life. Raised by an asshole of a father whose living memory overshadows his son in every way. Made to feel worthless for not living up to his father’s accomplishments, or hell, having any admirable accomplishments of his own. Given a life he didn’t ask for where he’s constantly attacked or kidnapped by super villains. Stuck raising two teenage boys. It’s not been easy for Rusty, and while he’s in no way inexcusable for the wreck of a life he leads, you do find yourself feeling sorry for the guy. And then there’s Spanakopita!, a yearly festival on the Greek island of Spanakopas, and the one time of year Rusty is actually happy.

Too bad, like anything good in his life, it’s all a sham.

To start with, spanakopita is a Greek spinach pie, not a festival or holiday at all. I doubt the island is even called Spanakopas, but to Rusty it’s the best vacation he’s ever had. It all began when he was a boy traveling to Greece with his father who, along with the original Team Venture, was attending the wedding of Jackie Kennedy, later Jackie Kennedy Onassis. When the former First Lady is abducted by L. Ron Hubbard it’s Team Venture to the rescue, all the while Rusty is accidentally kidnapped by some Greek fisherman down on their luck and looking to loot rich Americans’ yachts. Once discovered, the Greeks decide to ransom Rusty for even more money, and while awaiting the exchange they create the Spanakopita! festival to cheer up sad, afraid, little Rusty. There’s racing with goats, and sponge diving, and lifting little Rusty in the air while he’s tied to a chair. Y’know, all those traditional Greek customs.

Years later as an adult, Rusty returns to Spanakopas on the weekend he believes to be the festival, Spanakopita!, and seeing what a sad, pathetic, depressed man he’s grown into, the town continues to treat Rusty to the Spanakopita! of his youth. All while extorting him for outrageous sums of money, but hey, you get what you pay for, and can you really put too high a price on happiness?

Note: You should be yelling Spanakopita! out loud every time I type it for full effect.



In what could have been S.P.H.I.N.X’s – from here on out referred to as SPHINX because if I ain’t typing S.H.I.E.L.D. I sure as hell ain’t typing S.P.H.I.N.X. – return to glory, “SPHINX Rising” signals the end of the illustrious organization. Originally the weekly adversaries of O.S.I., the COBRA to their G.I. Joe if you will, the SPHINX that appeared on The Venture Bros. wasn’t the original SPHINX at all, but rather the cover operation for ex-OSI agents like Brock and Shore Leave, fighting the villains even OSI couldn’t touch. That was until Colonel Gather’s reinstated all those ex-OSI agents and they up and left SPHINX headquarters, currently adjacent to the Venture Compound, in the hands of Gary.

Y’know, Gary? Henchmen 21 who when his faithful buddie, 24, was killed in action became the ultimate henchmen only to later leave The Monarch, join SPHINX, and in Brock, Shore Leave, and Mile High’s absence become the sole member of SPHINX. He’s a man without a mission, that is, until he decides to continue the work of SPHINX and become a one man crusade on crime. Except he’s terrible. I mean really awful. In his first mission he manages to completely blow a covert operation of OSI’s by killing two of the four guys in Long Division’s gang. The two who weren’t Brock and Shore Leave undercover.



In the wake of Dr. Venture’s failures, heroes arise to clean up the mess. Last week it was the unlikely team of Billy Quizboy, former henchmen Gary, and Dean. In “Venture Libre“, Hank again becomes The Bat, and proves that with properly caffeinated fuel this could be Hank’s true calling. Dean, too, may have found his true calling, but after telling his father to basically, fuck off, he’s left to discover this on his own. Mix in some heavy influence from The Island of Dr. Moreau, Guevara-like revolutionary politics, and the return Venturestein and it’s a solid second outing for The Venture Bros.‘ fifth season.

The government’s come a calling because one of their operatives in South America’s gone A.W.O.L. and the only one he’ll answer to is his father, Rusty Venture. Last seen in “¡Viva los Muertos!”, Venturestein’s since learned how to make more good diction, make bed, and kill. (Syntax not so much.) He’s also learned about Ché Guevera and his revolutionary tactics from Jorge, the little shoe boy from father teach films. Armed with such knowledge Venturestien intends to create a new nation, Abomi-Nation, where all freakish experiments can come and live in peace. With his military group, U.R.G.H., United Repressed Grotesque Humanity, Venturestein will liberate all those unfortunate souls abused by super scientists and their bad hurt science. This is all well and good until Rusty, Sgt. Hatred, and Hank – Dean in his continued rebellion chooses to sit this adventure out because he is so over this shit – are sent by General Manhowers to end Venturestein and his revolution.



The agonizingly long wait of 2+ years without any new Venture Bros., besides a few short specials, has finally ended. Last night, while many of you were inconsolable and grieving over Game of Thrones, Season 5 premiered with “What Color is Your Cleansuit?“, an episode highlighting not only Dr. Venture’s continued incompetence, but the heroes who arise to clean up his mess. Tuning in though, it sure doesn’t feel like two years have passed at the Venture Compound as this episode’s events pick up basically where Season 4’s finale, “Operation P.R.O.M.”, ended.

Brock searches the wreck that may have claimed Molotov’s life, but with no trace of a body it seems obvious she’s still alive. Dean arrives home after a disheartening and disastrous attempt to earn Triana’s love by burning her name in giant fiery letters on her lawn, where Hank and Dermot left him. Hatred returns with Princess Tiny Feet only to learn The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch kidnapped her during a BDSM session with her new lover. Speaking of The Monarch and the Mrs., they get home and The Monarch insists on waiting outside for 21, sure that his most faithful henchmen is returning to work on the next step in the plan to ruin Dr. Venture. But 21, just Gary now, is off on his own having joined S.P.H.I.N.X only to have them leave him when Brock, Shore Leave, and the guys go back to O.S.I. since Colonel Gathers was put in charge after Colonel Treister shot himself into space like a torpedo. And Doc? He’s awoken by a call from his brother reminding him of the ray shield he’s supposed to deliver to the space station, Gargantua-2, in a only a few months time. Oh, and the prostitute who’s was actually one of Molotov’s Black Hearts in disguise woke up as a mutant fly creature. Whether that transformation happened before or after Doc slept with her, well, we’ll never know.



Earlier in the week I made a crack about The Venture Bros. having more characters than Game of Thrones. And dammit, they do! They have more characters than any cartoon has right to, but I wouldn’t wish for single one to be cut. The world created by Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer easily rivals the depth and richness of Westeros, except there are no winners and everyone’s an utter failure.

The show’s littered with washed-up heroes, vengeful but incompetent villains, and former child adventurers gone mad. Drawing inspiration from Johnny Quest, comic book superheroes, to any and all 70s pop culture references, The Venture Bros. features a vibrant world with dozens of insanely, colorful characters. Here, I’ve gathered what I consider to be ten of the best “other” characters from the show. Not the boys, or Brock, or The Monarch. Not even Molotov Cocktease or Shore Leave made the list. And not because they aren’t great characters, they’re two of the best, but because I wanted to showcase those one-offs or rarely recurring characters who add that special ingredient to an already robust cast.



If you’d somehow forgotten, somewhere between the official start of summer and there only being two episodes of Game of Thrones left, Venture Bros. is returning this Sunday night after a long, LONG hiatus. Seriously, Thronies, your show was off for one week, could you imagine waiting two and half years!? That’s where us Venturoos are right now, coming off a 2+ year hiatus.

(Okay, before all you ASOIAF fans rip my head off, I know you had to wait five years between A Storm of Swords and A Feast for Crows, and an even more agonizing wait of six years between Crows and A Dance with Dragons. I feel ya, I really do. We’re all in the wait for The Winds of Winter.)

Before you tune in to [adult swim] at midnight on June 2nd you might want to watch this Seasons 1-4 recap video, and then the Season 5 trailer. After that, why not review the overly complicated but oh-so-enjoyable – in that schadenfreude kind of way – relationships involving the ever growing cast of The Venture Bros. And if I’m going to continue with these Venture Bros./Game of Thrones comparisons, I might as well point out Venture Bros. may actually have the larger cast of the two. Almost entirely voiced by only two men, show creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, but still.


Click the above image to be taken to [adult swim]’s official relationship action map. It’s fully interactive! Hover over things! Hear things! Learn things! Things you may never have wanted to revisit, like the fact both Hank and his father have had sex with the same woman. Ew.

Venture Bros. returns this Sunday, June 2nd at midnight to [adult swim]. Don’t miss it! Or we’ll unleash Tim Tom and Kevin. Oh! And don’t forget to sign up for the new Shirt of the Week Club!


The Venture Bros., Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick‘s completely gonzo cartoon chronicling the adventures of Rusty Venture, former boy adventurer now called Doc, his sons, the boys, Hank and Dean, and their bodyguard, Brock Samson. It’s returning – FINALLY! – for its fifth season on June 2nd on [adult swim] and is supposed to pick up events right after the Season 4 finale.

Don’t remember every crazy thing that happened? Need a refresher? No worries, this video right here will get you up to date with basically everything that’s gone down in the Ventureverse – from The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend’s duoship to Brock’s new job with S.P.H.I.N.X. to Hank’s first time. So tune, drop out, relive four seasons of The Venture Bros. in only eight minutes,

Calling the complete history of The Venture Bros. complicated is an understatement. Were you to show this video to someone unfamiliar with the series, they’d stare at you like, “In what altered state have you been that you think this not only makes sense, but is entertaining?” Though, were they to totally dig it and want to watch more, you’ll know you’ve met a true friend for life. Venturoos are very devoted fanbase with great attention for detail, as any of my Dragon*Con Venture Party recaps can attest.

The Venture Bros. returns June 2nd on [adult swim] with this season featuring the guest voices of Aziz Ansari, Paget Brewster, Wyatt Cenac, Kevin Conroy, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, Gillian Jacobs, Kate McKinnon, Tim Meadows, J.K. Simmons, and Brendon Small. Holy hell, what an awesome lineup!

Source: io9