Zone 4 #330: Special Guest Jen Finelli!

The crew returns down one, but with a very special guest, Jen Finelli! She’s an M.D., a sci-fi author, a comic lover, and much more! Listen in on her amazing journey and learn about all her works!

Plus, Jen joins us for a little comic talk as we discuss the Justice League and Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers, Dark Days, Secret Empire, Gail Simone’s thoughts on NDAs and the like, and more!

Jen’s Links:

“I’m Having an Affair With My Wife!” seedandspark.com (April 1st) and mysweetaffair.com (all other times)

Becoming Hero, InDemand: http://igg.me/at/BecomingHero

Crossover Alliance’s new superhero anthology, Christian dark fiction:

Giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2808b08c10

Get the books: https://www.thecrossoveralliance.com/tca-anthology-v3

Brain Worms and White Whales on Escapepod: http://escapepod.org/2016/02/01/ep518-brain-worms-and-white-whales/

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Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of Ichi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant and Platinum End

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Japanese Adam Sandler?

This month on The Comics Alternative‘s manga series, Shea and Derek check out two very different titles. They begin with Kazuto Tatsuta’s Ichi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (Kodansha Comics). This is a 500+ page account of the reconstruction and cleanup in the wake of 2011’s disaster in Fukushima. As the guys discuss, the text does two things at once: provides objective reportage of the situation surrounding Fukushima and reveals the author’s very personal experiences  in securing and maintaining his role in the cleanup efforts. While both guys enjoyed the book, perhaps Derek more than Shea, they nonetheless wondered about Tatsuta’s background as a mangaka — “Kazuto Tatsuta” is a nom de plume, so it’s difficult to determine any bibliography — and any potential agenda (if any) underlying this work.

After their focus on real-world disaster, the guys move into the realm of fantasy. Platinum End (VIZ Media) is a current shōnen series from Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the same team behind Bakuman and Death Note. The second English-language volume was just released this month, so the guys have enough story under their belts to get a secure feel for the art and narrative. As Derek explains, the premise appears a little on the hokey side, at least at first, but as things develop the story begins to take on a life of its own, one that soon hooks you. Much of this is because of Obata’s style, but there are also larger thematic issues that make this title worth exploring. The guys discourse over the text’s theological import, its engagement with gender identity, and its satiric commentary on contemporary popular culture. This is definitely a series that both Shea and Derek will continue reading.

Doctor Who: Series 6

John and Kay have a spoiler filled discussion about series 6 of the Doctor Who television series starring Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor.

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 89: Examining The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy

At first glance, Ultimate Marvel’s “Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” is an exciting read, a page-turner, and, if a one hundred thousand mile long swarm intelligence scares the bejesus out of you as it does me, the cause of a few nightmares.

I can count on one hand the number of times I experienced the inability to put a comics series down before I finished the whole thing, and I am happy to count  “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” among those times along with Y, THE LAST MAN, THE WALKING DEAD, and ULTIMATE X-MEN.

LISTEN: You’re probably an X-Men fan if you’re reading this! Our previous episode features Monet St. Croix and Dust!

“The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” is a set of three limited series runs ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE, ULTIMATE SECRET, and ULTIMATE EXTINCTION. Each limited series is written by Warren Ellis with various artists. At its best, “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” flawlessly flows from issue to issue, making it near impossible to stop until the entire trilogy is finished. Sometimes, a slew of different artists working on a singular story can cause disjointedness but, instead, the art in each limited series worked in perfect tandem with the writing, enhancing it through epic cinematic visuals while capturing the most personal of moments between characters.

While being an amazing read, “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” is not without its flaws. While it seemed to perfectly encapsulate and even enhance the humanity of characters like Captain America, Nick Fury, Tony Stark, Reed Richards, and Thor by exploring their flaws and intellectual and emotional limitations, for those of us who tend to root more for the female characters, we were left wanting in the cases of Jean Grey, Susan Storm, and Black Widow. That being said, the depiction of Carol Danvers throughout the story is hilarious when it needs to be without losing the seriousness of the character who climbed the ranks through the American Military Industrial Complex.

HEAR: This podcast celebrates the women of X-Men: Jean Grey, Storm, Emma Frost, Rogue, and Mystique!

In the 89th episode of the ComicsVerse Podcast, ComicsVerse Marvel Section Editors Kat Vendetti and Alex Bisignaro join CEO and host Justin Alba, Columbia University Ph.D. student Nolan Bensen, and ComicsVerse X-Men writer Marius Thienenkamp for a discussion of “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” that examines themes of extraterrestrial life science, religion and Galactus as the un-creator, gender and sexism, and the role of government in Ultimate Marvel’s comics.

The discussion may be heavy, but a fair share of lighter funny moments did arise. After all, this is the ComicsVerse Podcast. Would you expect anything less than to laugh your butts off while learning a lot?

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Comic Frontline Live #145: Reborn!

Every week the Comic Frontline crew unites to do a LIVE Show through Google Hangouts where we discuss the news and comics of the week and have some fun while doing it!

This week it’s a half crew as we discuss SO much news, like Ultron’s return, a Librarians comic, Marvel Generations, Justice League and Spider-Man trailers, and more!

Plus Worst Pick, The Top 5 comics and Cover of the Week, Most Anticipated 3 comics for next week, let your voice be heard in our weekly poll and more!

Radio Free Asgard 266

This week we wrap up the first Sif story arc in Journey Into Mystery with issue #650! See the Berserkers run…erm…berserk.. in Asgardia and Broxton! Facepaint causes some chaos, Heimdall ends up not being headless, and somehow it ends with a snowball fight… Nuff said!

Comics Alternative Interviews: Back with Kyle Starks

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  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:44 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:37 – Interview with Kyle Starks
  • 01:01:47 – Wrap up
  • 01:02:54 – Contact us

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Indiana Beard?

The Two Guys with PhDs are happy to have Kyle Starks back on the show. This time, they talk with him about his new Image Comics series Rock Candy Mountain, the first issue of which comes out next week. In their conversation, the guys ask Kyle about the genesis of this project, his collaboration with Chris Schweizer, the fascination with hobos, and his decision to set the narrative in post-war America. Andy and Derek also spend a good deal of time talking with their guest about the demands of writing and drawing for an ongoing monthly series and how that dynamic might have changed his storytelling style, previously exemplified by the original graphic novels Sexcastle and Kill Them All. Along the way, they discuss his ongoing writing for Rick and Morty, other projects in the works, and possibilities for Kyle’s hobo name.

Comics Alternative, Episode 233: Reviews of Afar, Underwinter #1, and Helena Crash #1

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  • 00:00:29 – Introduction
  • 00:02:30 – Patreon news!
  • 00:04:13 – Listener mail!
  • 00:09:14 – Afar
  • 00:36:46 – Underwinter #1
  • 00:56:10 – Helena Crash #1
  • 01:06:37 – Wrap up
  • 01:07:25 – Contact us

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Sailor Mouth

This week Andy and Derek check out three recent titles for listeners with divergent, yet discerning, tastes. They begin with Leila Del Duca and Kit Seaton’s Afar, an original graphic novel coming out next week from Image Comics. Both of the guys enjoyed the story, although Derek feels that the narration is unbalanced. It’s almost as if the creators hadn’t ultimately decided where to take their fantasy or which character’s perspective they wanted to privilege. Andy feels that this “incompleteness” may be due to future plans for the story, that this may be the first installment in a series of graphic novels.

Next, the Two Guys turn to the first issue in the latest series from Ray Fawkes, Underwinter (Image Comics). While the creator’s art style here is reminiscent of his earlier miniseries, Intersect, the storytelling is more immediate and accessible. In what purports to be an ongoing horror series, this first issue of the initial arc does everything that it needs to do and nicely sets the stage for what’s to come. Both guys are impressed!

Finally, Derek and Andy strike a lighter note with Fabian Rangel Jr and Warwick Johnson Cadwell’s Helena Crash #1 (IDW Publishing). This is a fun story, a futuristic tale in some unspecified world where coffee is illegal. The title character is a smuggler of the banned java, and her fearless, caffeinated attitude, along with the luchador crime boss she freelances for, makes for some wacky reading.

Super Hero Speak – #196: Legally Bland

This week the guys review Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix. Are the critics right about this one? Has Marvel had their first stumble? Or do the fans need to watch it and decide for themselves? All these import questions and more are answered in their review of Iron Fist! Enjoy, but be warned there are spoilers ahead.

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Comic News Insider Episode 755 – Grande MoCCA Prep!

Comic News Insider: Episode 755 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Anno Dracula #1, Helena Crash #1, Iron Fist Vol 5 #1, Magdalena Vol 4 #1

Jon Hoche is back in the co-host chair! He and Jimmy discuss the Justice League and Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers, The Flash musical  episode, and this weekend’s MoCCA Festival. They are off to a Gotham press event directly after so the episode goes quite briskly! News includes: The Pro is getting a live action adaptation, Mighty Mouse is getting a new comic book series, Silver Sable/Black Cat will team up for a Spider-verse movie, Greg Pak is writing his first prose novel based on his Planet Hulk storyline, Disney CEO Bob Iger suggest that Han Solo may not be the character’s real name, Marvel’s Generations comic series will pair up old and new heroes and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Doctor Strange (2016)

John and Kay have a spoilers filled discussion about the Doctor Strange movie.

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Crisis On Infinite Midlives Show Episode 146: Kenny Powers of The Sea

Sometimes, the best laid plans to watch thirteen episodes of Iron Fist on Netflix and talk about them on the Internet go wrong, particularly when one of your hosts is on call for work all weekend, and when neither of your hosts are particularly engaged by Kung-Fu stories.

However, this week gave us the releases of two comics-related movies: Justice League and Spider-Man: Homecoming, with two very different strategies. One sketched out the general plot of its movie so completely, you almost don’t need to see the movie, while the other spent three minutes trying to convince us that Aquaman is somehow more compelling as a mouthy drunk. So we talk briefly about the trailers, which worked better for us, and how we desperately hope that Zack Snyder has a win in him.

We also discuss:

  • Iron Fist #1, written by Ed Brisson with art by Mike Perkins,
  • Suicide Squad #14, written by Rob WIlliams with art by John Romita Jr. and Eddy Barrows, and:
  • Action Comics #976, written by Dan Jurgens with art by Mike Perkins!

And, the disclaimers:

  • Because of time constraints, this episode was recorded live to tape.
  • This show contains spoilers. If you don’t want to know how Action Comics #976 ends, congratulations! We both like the original Watchmen!
  • This show contains adult, profane language, and is therefore not safe for work. If you don’t want your mom to overhead why we think Mr. Mxyzptlk would ask Dr. Manhattan, “Why so blue?” get yourself some headphones.

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There Can Be Only One #2: John Hooke

From the Highlands of Zone 4 comes the next episode of THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! Join Brant and Chris as they discuss the second issue of Highlander: The American Dream from IDW!

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Song sampled:

Princes of the Universe
Artist: Queen
Year: 1986
Album: A Kind of Magic

Video Version: https://youtu.be/0ljv7yDS8dc

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 116: DC Rebirth Week 40, Superman Reborn and Parfaits

Another week, another podcast as Jim, Eric, Reggie, Chris, Mark, Branden and Trevitt all gather together to bring you 10+ hours of goodness.  This week is all about Superman and see what Jim and Eric think of the Reborn finale as well as every other book that came out this week…and much more!

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