Host Anthony Desiato journeys to Krypton, Smallville, and Metropolis with guest Dan Greenfield (13th Dimension) as they discuss the five major post-Crisis tellings of Superman’s origin story: MAN OF STEEL (1986) by John Byrne, FOR ALL SEASONS by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, BIRTHRIGHT by Mark Waid and Leinil Yu, SECRET ORIGIN by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, and AMERICAN ALIEN by Max Landis. Part 1 of a two-part book club event. Anthony and Dan will be back in two weeks for Part 2, which will tackle MAN OF STEEL (2018) by Brian Michael Bendis.
This month Ryan is joined by Rob to digest and discuss Avengers #679-682, part of the weekly series event “No Surrender”. Tune in as the guys gush and become fearful of their favorite skunk-hair X-Man, Rogue. In this installment, the creative teams deliver an enjoyable Marvel cosmic event. Thanks for listening!
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Ryan and Allen review and discuss the highly anticipated weekly series event, Marvel’s Avengers “No Surrender”. The series debut gives the guys a ton of excitement to drive to see the future of their beloved characters. Join the guys as they provide an in depth review and give you their overall opinion in the end while snowed in. No better time to talk comics. Thanks for listening!
The crew celebrates the milestone 400th episode! (After legacy renumbering of course!)
We talk Spider-Man Homecoming, share some funny Facebook Shout-Outs, and wrap things up with San Diego Comic-Con news!
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Legion has gone mad, seduces his future mother, and plans to kill Magneto? Allen and Ryan wrap up their coverage of Legion Quest and discuss the end of the X-Men!?
– Uncanny Vol 1 X-Men #321
– Cable Vol 1 #20
– X-Men Vol 2 #41
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Capturing the Spirit of The Spirit
Every year for Will Eisner Week, always the first seven days in March, the Two Guys with PhDs like to do something special and Eisner-related for the podcast. This year is no different, and for the current episode Andy and Derek have decided to discuss the many uses of The Spirit since Will Eisner’s passing on January 3, 2005. And there are a lot more manifestations of The Spirit than you might think. The guys compare and contrast the various uses of this seminal crimefighter, highlighting those examples that attempt to capture the original tone of The Spirit, that deviate from the original in curious ways, and that cross over into other narrative worlds. The many titles and creators they discuss include:
- the one-shot Batman/The Spirit, by Joef Loeb and Darwyn Cooke in 2007 (DC Comics)
- the 32-issue run of The Spirit between 2007 and 2009, by Darwyn Cooke, Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier, and many others (DC Comics)
- Brian Azzarello and Rags Morales’s 6-issue miniseries First Wave, published between 2010 and 2011 (DC Comics)
- the concurrent-running The Spirit: First Wave series by Mark Schultz, David Hine, and others, going for 17 issues from 2010-2011 (DC Comics)
- Mark Waid’s 4-issue miniseries Rocketeer/Spirit: Pulp Friction, illustrated by various artists and released in 2013 (IDW Publishing)
- Will Eisner’s The Spirit by Matt Wagner and Dan Schkade, running for 12 issues between 2015 and 2016 (Dynamite Entertainment)
- the recent first issue of Francesco Francavilla’s Will Eisner’s The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers (Dynamite Entertainment)
- and Joe Staton and Mike Curtis’s current Dick Tracy strip and its team-up with The Spirit (Tribune Company).
There is a lot packed into this episode — you’ll hear plenty about Ebony White, Commissioner and Ellen Dolan, Silk Satin, Mister Carrion, Sand Serif, The Octopus, and, of course, P’Gell — but, thankfully, almost no mention of the disastrous 2008 film. It’s all about the comics.
Check out the various The Spirit titles discussed in this special episode:
On this podcast we talk about some Doctor Strange and The Walking Dead casting news. Then we review The Goddamned #1, All-New, All-Different Avengers #1 and Web Warriors #1. Exciting stuff. Listen in!
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This week on the podcast, the Two Guys with PhDs take a close look at a few #1 issues and one minicomic series. However, before they get into the nitty gritty of their reviews, they share some of the listener mail and attention they’ve been receiving — including a very cool call-out from the Kyle and Drew at Comics for Fun and Profit — and then go into some news out of SDCC. In particular, they discuss this year’s Eisner Award winners, most of which the guys are familiar with and/or had expected (or hoped) to win. However, there were some surprises as well as some disappointments in this year’s Eisners, but such is the game of awards systems such as this. After highlighting a little more news out of San Diego — e.g., the announcement of new Vertigo titles, the return of Lady Killer, Fantagraphics to publish the next Kramers Ergot — Andy and Derek plunge into the titles that they’re discussing this week. First, they look at Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce’s We Stand on Guard #1 (Image Comics). This is one of the most anticipated new series of the year, and the guys waste no time in underscoring not only BKV’s storytelling abilities, but Skroce’s meticulous art. Next, they look at the latest attempt to bring The Spirit back to reading audiences. With Will Eisner’s The Spirit #1 (Dynamite Entertainment), Matt Wagner and Dan Schkade capture not only the spirit — bad pun intended — of the original, but also introduce Eisner’s crime-fighting world in such a way that brand new readers can easily get on board, even without much knowledge of the original. The same can be said of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples’s Archie #1 (Archie Comics). The creators’ take on the comics icon appears both fresh and reverential, making this new series accessible, yet in a familiar way. Still, the guys wonder who exactly the audience might be — or might end up being — for these new spins on Archie Andrews and Denny Colt. Finally, Derek and Andy turn to a minicomic series from Tim Comrie, Leisure. This is an autobiographical, very personal, series with three issues so far. Comrie lays bare both his pleasures and his turmoils, and in a genuine manner that never comes across as calculated or discomforting. The guys also bring in a discussion of Comrie’s other series (along with Mike Heneghan), Five Hour Comics, and compare its style and tone to Leisure. If you’re not familiar with Tim Comrie’s work, then now is the time to check it out!
Reviews: Archie #1
Jimmy is in L.A. post-SDCC and has to fly solo again. All of his big Hollywood co-hosts backed out at the last minute. Thanks a lot, Jennifer Lawrence! He gives you his recap of the massive craziness that is San Diego Comic Con! You’ll also hear interviews with cartoonist extraordinaire Fabio Moon (Two Brothers, Casanova) and the adorable young actress Francesca Capaldi (The Peanuts Movie, Dog With A Blog). News includes: Eisner winners, Archie to crossover with The Ramones, the Milestone universe returns to DC Comics, The Killing Joke will be DC’s next animated feature, Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will team up, Marvel’s post Secret Wars relaunch will start with Avengers #0, Joss Whedon returns to comics with a creator owned comic called Twist, a Green Lantern Corps movie is in the works and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
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I’ve been interested in the Dark Circle Comics line ever since I first heard about it! After all, I’ve been a fan of the Black Hood, The Shield and The Fox for years now!
This week, I get to chat with Alex Segura, editor for those upcoming books, about the characters and the creators who will make these books worth your attention! We discuss what Alex sought out when looking for talent to bring these characters to life, what we might expect and not expect to see when the comics hit the stands, and what the future holds for this ambitious line of books! We even chat a little about Mark Waid coming to script Archie! Look for The Black Hood #1 to arrive on Wednesday, February 25, and to learn more, go to their website at DarkCircleComics.com!
Comics covered this episode include Descender #1 (Image), All-New Hawkeye #1 (Marvel), andPrincess Leia #1 (Marvel). PLUS BONUS speed reviews of Winterworld #0 (IDW Publishing) and Halogen #1 (BOOM! Studios).
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03:53 – Descender #1
15:40 – Winterworld #0 (speed review by Mark Williams)
18:00 – All-New Hawkeye #1
28:50 – HaloGen #1 (speed review by Ben Penfold-Marwick)
30:30 – Princess Leia #1
The crew returns with another brand new episode of your favorite round table comic podcast!
Brant, John, Gordon and Ron discuss the industry news over the last several weeks, including the new Age of Ultron trailer, the return of DuckTales, the Supergirl TV show, and more, plus talk of recent episodes of Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, Constantine and so on!
(The Zone 4 site has been down a lot recently, we are getting new hosting soon)
You can now find Zone 4 on Stitcher.com as well!
Real Books Don’t Have Batman 1/15/15
This week is a very special episode of RBDHB, due to Deshawn’s absence, Frank is joined by his girlfriend, Mary! Listen in as Frank throws his girlfriend into the world of weekly comics.
This week we review:
Daredevil # 16
Swamp Thing # 38
Spider-Verse # 2
Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-man # 9
Justice League United # 8
Batgirl # 38
Batman Eternal # 41
RBDHB Mark Waid Interview BCC 2014
My personal favorite interview I did at Boston Comic Con, I got the chance to interview the ever great Mark Waid! We talk Daredevil, Thrillbent & the new Agents of Shield comic!
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Same As It Ever Was?
The Two Guys with PhDs (talking about comics) are back with another Publisher Spotlight episode. This time they are focusing on Dynamite Entertainment, specifically the new Gold Key comics that they have been reviving: Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, by Greg Pak and Mirko Colak; Magnus: Robot Fighter, by Fred Van Lente and Cory Smith; Solar: Man of the Atom, by Frank J. Barbiere and Joe Bennett; and Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult, by Mark Waid and Neil Edwards. They discuss the new series in the order in which they’ve been introduced, and the guys even comment on Dynamite’s strategy of staggering releases and not just publishing everything at once, much like Valiant did with their new revived titles a couple of years ago. Andy is more familiar with the original Gold Key comics, at least most of them, than Derek, so when they can they point out the similarities and differences between the recent comics and their earlier manifestations from Gold Key, Valiant, Acclaim, and Dark Horse. The guys definitely have their preferences — e.g., they love Van Lente’s humor in Magnus, they appreciate both Van Lente and Waid’s send up of reality television, they’re curious where Barbiere is going with Solar’s daughter, and while they’re not big fantasy/Conan fans, they do like what Pak and Colak have done with Turok — and much of this comes out in their discussion. Overall, they really like what Dynamite is doing with their recent revival and look forward to seeing how it unfolds…and how things may all come together (as we are teased in the first issue of Doctor Spektor).
Plus, the guys share listener mail that they’ve recently received. Keep ’em coming!