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Super Teams, Literature, and Headlights
It’s time for another look at the current Previews catalog, so this week Andy and Derek check out all of the interesting solicitations for May. First, though, they briefly discuss their plans (or lack thereof) for Free Comic Book Day this coming weekend, and then they share some listener mail. After that, they begin their deep dive into the May Previews..and it’s a good long dive this month. Among the many upcoming titles they highlight are:
- Dark Horse Comics – Moebius Library: The Art of Edena, The End League: Library Edition, Mister X: The Modern Age, and Lifeformed: Cleo Makes Contact
- DC/Vertigo – Swamp Thing: Bronze Age Omnibus and The American Way: Those Above and Those Below #1
- IDW Publishing/Top Shelf – Saucer Country, Time and Vine #1, Space Bat and the Fugitives: Tacos at the End of the World, Jungle Girls, The Story of Men, Behind You: One-Shot Horror Stories, Jérôme K. Jérôme Blôche, Vol. 1: The Shadow Killer, and Sax Rohmer’s Dope
- Image Comics – Moonstruck #1, Generation Gone #1, By Chance or Providence, The Other Side: Special Edition, and The Street Angel Gang
- Aftershock Comics – Unholy Grail #1
- Alternative Comics – Cloud Stories
- Big Planet/Retrofit Comics – Shit and Piss
- BOOM! Studios – Jane
- Cinebook – Valerian, Vol. 17: Orphans of the Stars
- Dynamite Entertainment – Bettie Page #1, The Green Hornet ’66 Meets The Spirit #1, and James Bond: Kill Chain #1
- Drawn and Quarterly – Palookaville, Vol. 23
- Fantagraphics Books – Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge, My Pretty Vampire, All Time Comics: Crime Destroyer #2, and Ten Thousand Years in Hell
- First Second – Pigs Might Fly and Demon, Vol. 3
- Gallery 13 – Alone
- Lion Forge – Superb #1
- Oni Press – Kill Them All
- Simon and Schuster – The Good Earth
- Titan Comics – The Death of Stalin
- Vault Comics – Heathen, Vol. 1
- Vertical Comics – She and Her Cat
- Cernunnos Publishing – Headlight Honeys: The “Perfect Pair” in Vintage Paperbacks, Pulps, and Comics
- Abrams Books – Kirby: King of Comics Anniversary Edition
We discuss the first 10 issues of Velvet by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. This female led spy story is set in a very realistic environment and focuses on a retired agent who must use her spy skills to solve a mystery.
Is Velvet a Ms. Male character? (11:18)
Velvet’s approach to Marina (21:51)
A More Realistic Spy Story (36:16)
The plot (42:44)
The world is very real (50:28)
Continuation past this story (1:04:41)
Letters Pages (1:07:16)
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Reviews: Batman Rebirth #1, Bolts #1, Civil War II #1, Control #1, Green Arrow Rebirth #1, Green Lanterns Rebirth #1, Superman Rebirth
Emily Edwards returns to the rotating co-host chair! They chat about the rumors involving Brie Larson as Captain Marvel and Tom Hiddleston as James Bond. News includes: Superman will make an appearance in the first 2 episodes of Season 2 of Supergirl, Millarworld announced Reborn from Mark Millar and Greg Capullo, and Gillian Anderson will play “Media” in the upcoming TV adaptation of American Gods. Jimmy is leaving for Heroes Con in North Carolina next week and you shouldn’t definitely go if you are in Charlotte from June 17-19! One of the best comic conventions around. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
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“There’s a lot of liquid and goo in this first issue”
For the past several weeks the Two Guys with PhDs have been looking mostly at book-length works, trades, original graphic novels, and archival collections. This week, Andy W. and Derek thought that they’d catch up with their single-comic-book-issue reading by focusing on six recent #1 titles:
- Paper Girls – Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang (Image Comics)
- Monstress – Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
- The Goddamned – Jason Aaron and R. M. Guéra (Image Comics)
- Klaus – Grant Morrison and Dan Mora (BOOM! Studios)
- Snow Blind – Ollie Masters and Tyler Jenkins (BOOM! Studios)
- James Bond – Warren Ellis and Jason Masters (Dynamite Entertainment)
The guys note that there’s an embarrassment of riches to choose from, as there have been many recent first issues from some powerhouse creators, including Brian K. Vaughan, Jason Aaron, Grant Morrison, and Warren Ellis. For the most part, each of the titles from these writers is a home run, although Andy is not quite impressed with Klaus, feeling that it’s a little too formulaic. The guys also note that The Goddamned isn’t for those with Puritanical sensibilities, James Bond breaks free of the property’s Hollywood shackles, and Paper Girls visits the 1980s in a fun and non-stereotypical way. (Plus, Derek is glad that there are no Goonies references anywhere to be found.) Snow Blind is a great first issue, as well, setting up what promises to be an intelligent four-issue crime/noir miniseries…although given the potential in this inaugural issue, this story seems that it could go on for more than four installments. And both Andy and Derek are bowled away by Liu and Takeda’s Monstress. Not only is the storytelling sophisticated, intricate, and intelligently populated, but there is over sixty pages of story in this first issue. The guys are used to oversized #1 issues from Image — in fact, they’re getting spoiled by them — but the amount of material in this comic goes above and beyond! Finally, the guys wrap up my commenting briefly on some of the other recent #1 issues that they could have included in this episode, such as Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s Black Magick (Image Comics); Garth Ennis and Keith Burns’s Johnny Red (Titan Comics); Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, and Patric Reynolds’s Joe Golem: Occult Detective (Dark Horse Comics); and Sam Humphries and Tommy Patterson’s Citizen Jack (Image Comics). And then there are the various Vertigo #1 issues that have been coming out recently. But that’s the subject of another podcast!
Reviews: 8House: Arclight #1, Barb Wire Vol 2 #1, Spire #1, We Stand On Guard #1
Due to some last minute cancellations, Jimmy has to do a solo episode for you. He’s madly prepping for San Diego Comic Con and it’s all down to the wire. You’ll hear his lovely friend Milana Vayntrub in this episode too! She was visiting NYC and they had a drink and chatted about her sci-fi comedy Other Space, being “Lily” on the AT&T commercials, her directing ambitions and more. News includes: Image Expo announces massive slew of new comics, DC announces 8 new mini-series, Marvel annouces 45 titles for the post-Battleworld Marvel lineup, Dynamite announces new projects from Garth Ennis (A Train Called Love) & Warren Ellis (James Bond) plus collaborations with Atari and Fleischer Studios, JK Rowling is developing a Harry Potter stage play and Elodie Young has been cast as “Elektra” in Netflix’s Daredevil series. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
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Well better late than never you know…. Eh, whaddya gonna do right?
Here’s what’s what…
What if Grant Morrissons Multiversity was found by aliens?
We address the UFP Crew Questions and talk topics
- Ryan Reynolds pic as Deadpool
- Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor
- Bond teaser trailer for Spectre
- Constantine TV series to learn its fate shortly
- Arthur Darvill cast as Rip Hunter
- Ciara Renee casts as Hawkgirl
- Inu Yashiki
This week, the cast is light again due to some illness, but Brant and Ron hold down the fort.
It’s an all Headlines Topic Time, as they discuss television and film news in the world of comics and related media! From the Terminator trailer, to the casting of Suicide Squad, to the Flash/Arrow crossover, and much more, it’s all about multimedia.
Then it’s announcements before they close the show.
You can now find Zone 4 on Stitcher.com as well!
Oh dear….. It’s quite a pleasant affair here….. HAHA! F*ck that! A HUGE show here. Let’s check it out!
Channel ten doesn’t fail to disappoint with shitting on their own points and sh*tting out terrible programs
UFP Crew Questions
– Justin Beiber becoming the new Chris Brown
– “What if” scenarios involving Chrissie Swan
– Comic books that will never be adapted into movie
– Fave 80s movies
– Amanda Bynes falling further and further into the deep end
– “What if” scenario involving Disney buying DC Comics
– Inkers involved in comics
– Australian Urban Legends
Haley Morris-Cafiero: Fat narcissist and lonely c*nt
Aaron Fotheringham rules
The Great Gatsby Review – VERY slight spoilers
NERD NEWS! at 1hr 15mins
Christopher Lee’s celebrates his 91st Birthday by releasing a metal album
KILLER GAMMA RAYS!!!!
Trask Industries revealed by Bryan Singer to be included in Days of Future Past
DC’s “Villains Month” updates/follow up titles and inclusion of David Finch
Joss Whedon summons Saoirse Ronan as The Scarlett Witch
Neil Gaiman…. ACTING via Blood Kiss Kickstarter
Jim Jarmusch’s new vampire film, Only Lovers Left Alive
Sam Mendes back on board for the next Bond film
Francesco Francavilla’s “Batspoiltation”
Damon Lindelof apologises for nothing
Optimus Prime: Fast and the Furious Douche-Truck
Doctor Who is “Thunderingly Racist”
E3 2013 anticipated releases
Shinji Mikami’s The Evil Within
Teaser trailer for Sonic: Lost World
More problems with Xbox One
Blizzard’s under wraps release
Wolfenstien reboot fans were asking for
Leprechaun reboot NO ONE was asking for
“Hello everyone. It’s been a while…”
C Bomb talks about what he doing that stopped them from recording a drop date ago
HUGE shout out to our friends at The Boxed Whine! Be sure to check them out.
C Bomb vents his spleen at Sunrise yet again!
4 year old mayors are not newsworthy
UFP Crew Questions
– Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
– People saying stupid things
– G Money’s X Men storyline picks
– Fave albums matched with fave films
– Joining KISS
– UFP: Origins
– Why we stay in AUS
House swap: Belfast/Bel Air version
Lindsay Lohan? More like Lindsay Bloat-han! Am I right fellas?!?
… And the latest in “No shit news” from UWA: Kids playing active games are better than the sedentary games!
Northbridge now the “Hip and Funky” capital of WA
Miley Cyrus is the Dr Rockso of the Maxim hot 100
If someone loses your Mercedes, don’t threaten people with huge black dildos
Deadpool buys naked Bea Arthur painting
Rebel Wilson is now horrible every week!
NERD NEWS (@ 1 hr and 1 min)
4 more DC cancellations: Dial H, Demon Knights, Thresh-hold, Legion of Super Heroes
James Robinson leaves DC
Next Bond films possibly to be taken over by Christopher Nolan
Zombieland TV series “Heckeled to death”
Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Toxic Avenger remake
Superman Unbound review
New Riddick trailer
Gambit and Red She-Hulk to end shortly
Boom studios putting out a new Robocop title by Frank Miller
New Warriors set to return
Doctor Who pretend leaked spoilers
EA won’t release games on WiiU
A guy uses the same Pokemon for almost a decade
Fake Nintendo phone looks great
Game releases for this week
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 3DS
Resident Evil: Revelations – PS3X360PCWIIU
Fast & Furious: Showdown – X360PS3
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger – PC and Xbox 360
Sniper Elite V2 – WIIU
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes – WiiU
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Martheus and Janet Wade are interviewed about their latest Original Graphic Novel, Jetta: Tales of The Toshigawa – Full Circle, then Jon Carroll swings by as he and Shawn discuss the iPad 2 and Race In Comics, and later on Donny Salvo stops by as Shawn tells him about the strangest dream he’s ever had, which then lead to a slew of tangents to later finding out what John Cena and Donny have in common!
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