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56: Weird Members Of The Justice League Part 1 - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 56

11/6/2019
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The Justice League is DC’s premier super team , and with members that include A-list heroes like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Martian Manhunter and The Flash, it’s only natural that it would be popular with fans. But the League has many more “heroes” that make up its roster, and over its decades-long history fans have seen a many changes to the guard - along some strange additions … This week Andrew, Rob and Mick investigate the odder side of the Justice League, and...

Duration:01:08:48

55: Horror In Superhero Comics (Featuring Luke Herr) - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 55

10/30/2019
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Halloween rolls around again, so Andrew and Rob decided to invite Luke Herr from the podcasts MultiversalQ, UltiversalQ and Exiled over for a horror-themed chat about superhero comics. Join us as we decipher Tales From The Crypt, explore The Vault Of Horror, Journey Into Mystery for amazing fantasy and tales both strange and suspenseful, and finally enter the modern realm of comics. Our featured comics are Lightstep by Milos Slavkovic and Mirko Topalski, and Hellboy And The B.P.R.D.: 1956 If...

Duration:01:05:39

54: October 2019 Comics Blowout - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 54

10/23/2019
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This week we decided to do another of our semi-regular comics blowouts because we planned to have two Halloween episodes (and not at all because we’ve got piles of comics and not enough time …). So what’s in store? Well, we’ve got The Immortal Hulk: Abomination, Miles Morales: Straight Out Of Brooklyn, the first volume of The Mask Omnibus, Superior Spider-Man: Full Otto, Domino: Hotshots, Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Visions, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Vivisectionary: A Convocation...

Duration:01:06:36

53: Comic-Book Adaptations That Went Astray - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 53

10/16/2019
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We're kicking things off this week with a quick look at the new Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix as it's a nice little prelude to our main topic - comic-book adaptations that strayed a lot from the source material (in both the bad ways and the good ways). After that we have our usual look at the things we've been reading, which this week include Meyer by Jonathan Lang, Marvel's Invaders, the second volume of Emanon (Emanon Wanderer), by Kenji Tsurata, The Girl In The Bay by J.M. De...

Duration:01:03:43

52: Comic-Book TV Shows - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 52

10/9/2019
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TV adaptations of comics are all the rage these days, and since our resident comics sage (Andrew), has gone to do Roman things (that may or may not include conquering Europe), we decided to investigate the plethora of live-action superhero shows. From the Adventures of Superman back in 1952, through the swinging '60s Batman years and the '70s Shazam!, Hulk and Wonder Woman, to the modern day Flash, Agents of Shield, Cloak & Dagger and Runaways, join Rob and Mick for a journey through the...

Duration:00:55:00

51: Marvel's War Of The Realms - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 51

10/2/2019
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The War of the Realms is the big Marvel crossover event that spun out from the pages of the Thor comics, but with so many characters involved in a fight across the nine realms from Norse mythology, where do you even start. Join Andrew, Mick and Rob as they wade through a stack of War of the Realms titles, K-Pop superheroes, trailer-park Skrulls, flying horses, ghost cowboys, babysitters, Hench-Con, Ares (The God of War), and a whole lot of other stuff. Our featured comics on this episode are...

Duration:01:05:46

50: Superman's Bizarre Powers - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 50

9/24/2019
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Sometimes you don’t have to look far to see just how weird comics can get, and in this episode we’re looking no further than Superman, who probably has the strangest collection of powers and abilities of any character in comics. Now relatively speaking, flight, super-strength, super-speed, heat vision, X-ray vision, cold breath and invulnerability are pretty normal for a superhero, so what we’re talking about is the really odd stuff. Get ready for super ventriloquism, super hypnotism, super...

Duration:00:59:36

49: The Future Of The Justice League - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 49

9/17/2019
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It’s our 200th episode, but rather than celebrating this milestone of podcasting, Andrew and Rob decided to try and figure out where the DC could take their premier superhero team now that Bat-fleck and Super-Cavill have hung up their capes. Get ready for a barrage of lesser-known DC characters as we come up with several ideas including a Booster Gold/Blue Beetle movie, an alternate timeline version of Wonder Woman: 1984, creative use of the supervillain Doctor Destiny, and more. After that...

Duration:00:55:10

48: Hellboy and Supernatural Pest Control - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 48

9/3/2019
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Hellboy is arguably one of the most recognisable comic-book characters that aren’t part of the Marvel of DC multiverses, and Mike Mignola’s creation has been preventing all manner of occult shenanigans, mystical hijinks and supernatural tomfoolery for twenty five years. Which means it’s a good time to find out more about Hellboy, the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defence, and punching demons in the face with a big red hand made of stone. Join Andrew and Rob for a paranormal excursion...

Duration:01:03:59

47: The Boys: Spanking Superheroes - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 47

8/26/2019
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It’s every fan of the MCU’s worst nightmare - Sony and Disney-Marvel have split and now Spider-Man has to go live with mummy-Sony. This has led to a lot of wild and worried speculating across the internet, so rather than stick our oar into already muddy waters, we decided to discuss The Boys instead. That’s the Amazon Prime series adapted from the violent and brutal superhero deconstruction comics by Garth Ennis, not some local gang of jack-the-lads and ne’er-do-wells. After that it’s time...

Duration:01:00:29

46: Semi-Retired Comic-Book Tropes - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 46

8/21/2019
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Comic-book tropes change over time so this week Andrew and Rob decided to cast a nostalgic (and sometimes harshly critical), eye over some of those that have or are falling out of use. From talking in the third-person, the mysterious narrator, thought bubbles, and the dreaded exposition dialogue, to sidekicks, celebrity appearances, and public service announcements, there’s a whole heap of stuff to talk about. And yes, we did include the extra muscles and really, really, really skin-tight...

Duration:01:02:36

45: Thor: Love And Thunder - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 45

8/13/2019
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SDCC dropped a lot of revelations about Marvel’s Phase 4, and this week we’re focusing on the announcement that Taika Waititi will be directing Thor: Love And Thunder, and that Jane Foster will be wielding Mjolnir. So along with the shocking revelation that George Clooney could have played the role of Nick Fury (and the equally shocking reminder that The Hoff actually did), Andrew and Rob get down to more Thor-ness than you can twirl a hammer at with Jason Aaron’s Jane Foster/Thor arc. the...

Duration:01:06:57

44: July 2019 Comics And Manga Blowout - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 44

8/7/2019
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It’s the end of July, which means it’s time for another of our monthly comic-book and manga extravaganzas where we try to cram as many different titles into one episode as we can. This month we’ve got another wide-ranging selection that includes the second volume of the HALO: Omnibus, the stand-alone graphic novel HALO: Lone Wolf, Winter Soldier: Second Chances, Conan the Barbarian: The Life And Death Of Conan, the second volume of Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama, Ironheart: Those With...

Duration:01:08:39

43: SDCC 2019 Roundup - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 43

7/31/2019
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San Diego Comic-Con is one of the highlights of the year for fans of all things superhero, and as usual we’re here to add our own brand of shabby chic to proceedings while we talk about the things that DC and Marvel have in store for everyone going forward. After that we manage to squeeze in a little bit of time for the things that we’ve been reading, which thus week are Marvel Comics: Timeless Tales, the second omnibus edition of Mind MGMT by Matt Kindt, and God of War. If you've enjoyed...

Duration:00:57:08

42: Who Are The Eternals? - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 42

7/24/2019
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After burning omelettes and being fed tasty chicken, we decided we’d prepared enough to tackle one of the more … confusing additions to Marvel’s burgeoning cinematic universe, the super team known as The Eternals! Join Andrew, Mick and Rob for an exploration of the shocking history, powerful storylines and memorable characters that make up the group. Wait. That’s the X-Men, or The Avengers, or The Inhumans, or just about any other team of superheroes. So what are The Eternals actually famous...

Duration:01:13:30

41: Spider-Man: Far From Home SPOILER-CAST - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 41

7/16/2019
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On this week’s 4-Panel it’s a festival of Spider-Man versus Mysterio as Andrew and Mick embark upon a spoiler-filled discussion about the latest addition to the MCU - Spider-Man: Far From Home. Is it as good as Homecoming? Is it the best Spider-Man movie so far? After answering those (and other), questions it’s time for a new set of musings like why do the two characters have so much beef between them, what are Mysterio’s real origins, how many Mysterios are there really, and other things...

Duration:01:01:56

40: Too Many Spider-Men: The Musical - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 40

7/8/2019
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To celebrate the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home we decided to investigate the surprisingly vast numbers of alternative Spider-folk that infest the Marvel’s multiverse, but after kicking things off in the familiar territory of Peter Parker, Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy, things start going downhill very quickly. Seriously, the Spider-folk are literally crawling out of the walls. It’s kind of appropriate that our regular look at the things we’ve been reading begins with Venom: The Abyss,...

Duration:01:01:46

39: June 2019 Comics And Manga Blowout - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 39

7/3/2019
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The Summer Solstice has passed and we’re at the end of the June, which means it’s time for another of our monthly catch-up sessions, so welcome to another episode packed full of comics and manga! So without further ado, this week we have Exiles: The Trial of the Exiles, the first two volumes of O Maidens In Your Savage Season by Mari Okada and Nao Emoto, The Immortal Hulk: Hulk In Hell, Star Wars: Han Solo - Imperial Cadet, The Burning Black: The Legend of Black Shuck, the first volume of...

Duration:01:08:40

38: The Batman Villain Variety Show - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 38

6/25/2019
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With the announcement that Robert Pattinson will be donning the mantle of The Dark Knight in the next movie, we take a look at the villains who are set to play a role in the story, which naturally leads us on to some of Batman villains in general. With some of the more … eccentric … members of Gotham’s cavalcade of criminals from the comics and the TV series, it’s only natural that things are going to weird. After that we get back to our regular coverage of the things that we’ve been...

Duration:01:03:29

37: X-Men: Dark Phoenix SPOILER-CAST - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 37

6/18/2019
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Soooooo ... Dark Phoenix is finally out in cinemas, and given our feelings about the trailer, the convolutedly confusing history of the X-Men and the Phoenix force itself, and the twisted timelines of the film franchise, we still went to see it. 4-Panel. We watch it or read it so you don't have to :) Anyway, if you want to know about the history of the Phoenix Force then check out 4-Panel Vol. 2, Episode 35 - Dark Phoenix: Mad Jeans And Mutant Men. Today we're doing a review of the film so...

Duration:01:02:41