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2: Marvel's Weirdest Aliens- 4-Panel Vol. 3, Issue 2

1/22/2020
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Get ready to blast off with Andrew and Rob on an intergalactic voyage of discovery! Join them as they uncover the most bizarre races in the Marvel universe. Will Rob be able to guess the alien race's backstory from just their name? Obviously not... but what elaborate nonsense will he come up with instead? It's going to be scaly, slimey and filled with a surprising amount of Hawkeye. Then it's back down to Earth for the usual comic reviews. This week we have more from Kino's Journey and...

Duration:01:10:58

1: Comic Movie Club: Watchmen (2019) – 4-Panel Vol. 3, Issue 1

1/15/2020
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It’s 2020 and the boys are back with an all new volume of 4-Panel! Yes, like a scientist rebuilding himself into a glowing blue god with a huge neon elephant, we’re now a new and improved 4-Panel… And one with a whole new segment to boot! Join us (and special guest, Cinema Eclectica’s Graham) for our inaugural Comic Movie Club as we look back at one of the most interesting shows of 2019, HBO’s Watchmen. Then we get into what we’ve reading, which this week includes the Flaming Carrot Omnibus,...

Duration:01:11:31

61: 4-Panel's Christmas Annual 2019

12/30/2019
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Here we are again with our final offering of 2019 - our Christmas Annual! Andrew, Mick and Rob strengthen their resolve with a bit more Christmas cheer before diving back into the murky depths of the big pile of comics and manga for their favourite discoveries of the year. From stay-at-home Yakuza and amnesiac Martian cyborgs to superhero body horror and a comedic take on old public domain comics, it’s been a strange year overall … We’ll be back in the next couple of weeks with the third...

Duration:00:36:20

60: December 2019 Comics And Manga Blowout - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 60

12/26/2019
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It's December, and what better way to celebrate Christmas and the New Year than with a big pile of comics and manga ... so that's exactly what we did! For this, our penultimate episode of 2019 we've got a veritable Turducken of graphic literature goodness and badness including Blossom 666 (with the first issue of Jughead: The Hunger Versus Vampironica), Major X, Beasts Of Burden: Neighborhood Watch, Calamity Kate, Critical Role Vox Machina: Origins, Marvel's Fearless, The Courageous...

Duration:01:03:08

59: November 2019 Comics And Manga Blowout - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 59

12/17/2019
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As we head into the end of 2019 we’ve got just enough time to cram in a few more comics, so this week it’s time for another of our semi-regular dives into the big pile of comics. So what did we fish up this week? There’s the first volume of the manga adaptation of Bakemonogatari by Nisio Isin with art by Oh! Great, Our Encounters With Evil: Adventures of Professor J. T. Meinhardt and His Assistant Mr. Knox, Ms. Marvel: Destined, the second volume of Magus Of The Library by Mitsu Izumi, Fate/...

Duration:01:03:21

58: The Many Faces Of Batman - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 58

12/3/2019
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Batman has a long history in comic-books, but unlike characters like Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and others who aren't called Green Lantern, there are more version of Batman than people would believe - and that's before we get to Dark Nights: Metal! So where does one begin with so many different versions of the Caped Crusader? With one of Batman's most controversial and divisive "replacements" obviously ... After that it's time for our regular look at the things that we've been reading,...

Duration:01:03:23

57: Weird Members Of The Justice League Part 2 - 4-Panel Vol. 2, Issue 57

11/25/2019
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We’re back and fully refreshed after a short period off to recharge, and this week it’s the second part of our look at the weirder members of the Justice League. From the original JLA to Justice League Europe, Antarctica (we’re not kidding), and the full-on International version, there are plenty of odd characters to choose from so this may take a while ... … … Okay, so this is probably a topic we’ll come back to at some point in the future. For now we’ll leave you with our regular look at...

Duration:01:14:00

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