Zone 4 #439: Who Needs Continuity When You Have Grant Morrison?

The crew of Zone 4 returns for a brand new episode of the podcast!

This time, they talk Grant Morrison’s Green Lantern #1 and DC Universe’ Titans episode 4!

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Alternate Reality – Episode 402

Alternate Reality – Episode #402

It was a fifth-week so the books were light on the Alternate Reality Podcast, but none the less the conversation was full.  The big event in the DC Universe right now is Heroes in Crisis and Jon is here to tell you all about who killed who in this epic “Who Done It” in the DC Universe.  Not to be outdone Charlie gives us an earful about Marvel’s even “Spider-Geddon” (ominous music).

The boys round out the night with talk of everything from He-Man fighting Superman to Batman hunting a yeti.  It was a full show in not a full week of books.


Heroes In Crisis #2
Vault of Spiders #1
Injustice vs Masters of the Universe #4
Doom Patrol #12
Batman Secret Files
Spider-Force #1

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Super Hero Speak – #281: The Daredevil You Know?

Happy Halloween! This week the guys review Daredevil Season 3 with special guest host Deron from The Super Powered Fancast! Together they talk the latest DC, Marvel and Star Wars news and then they dive into what might be the best Marvel Netflix season yet! So sit back and enjoy, but be warned there are spoilers ahead!

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Super Hero Speak – #279: Everything old is old again

This week the guys discuss all the latest Marvel and DC news you need to know. Like Iron Fist being cancelled, Chuck Wendig fired from Star Wars, Jason Bannon cast as Alfred in Pennyworth and the Secret Six gets pilot order from CBS. All this plus interviews with Scott Hanna and Thom Zahler. So sit back and enjoy!

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Super Hero Speak – #270: Snitches Get Stitches, Bitches!

This week the guys talk about the latest in news in comic book culture including No Batman in Batwoman, Cyborg on Doom Patrol and WB making a Supergirl movie. Plus social media shout outs and fan questions. And finally the guys bring you an interview with Mike Dean and Tim Radecki creators of Super-Bud, enjoy!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 276: Reviews of Milk Wars, Motor Girl Omnibus, and Strangers in Paradise XXV #1 & #2

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Paul is back on the podcast, fresh from working on his dissertation. On this episode, he updates Derek on his dissertating progress, and then the Two Guys plunge into the show proper. They begin by looking at the five issues that make up the DC Universe/Young Animal crossover Milk Wars (DC Comics). Both Paul and Derek share their experiences reading JLA/Doom Patrol Special #1Mother Panic/Batman Special #1Shade, the Changing Girl/Wonder Woman Special #1Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye/Swamp Thing Special #1, and Doom Patrol/JLA Special #1. A significant difference between the guys’ appreciation of the Milk War crossover is linked to each of their post reading history with both the Young Animal titles and DC’s current superhero happenings.

After that, they celebrate the recent work of Terry Moore. The Two Guys discus in detail Motor Girl Omnibus, released just last month from Moore’s Abstract Studios. This is a limited series that originally came out in 2017, but both Derek and Paul wanted to revisit the title now that the entire run is available in one volume. From there, they jump into the first two issues of Moore’s latest efforts, Strangers in Paradise XXV. Both are excited to be back in the world of Katchoo and Francine, and even more compelling is the fact that Moore is crossing over his narrative worlds. There are elements of both Rachel Rising and Echo in this new SiP. And while those familiar with Moore’s previous comics will bring an enhanced appreciation to the latest series, first-time readers of Moore will nonetheless get a lot out of Strangers in Paradise XXV without feeling lost. Both Paul and Derek love the work of Terry Moore, and their discussion of these new releases demonstrate this fact.

Episode 264: Our Favorite Comics of 2017

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  • 00:00:27 – Introduction
  • 00:03:14 – Contexts and caveats
  • 00:11:32 – Our favorite comics of 2017
  • 02:09:06 – Wrapping up our favorites, and honorable mentions
  • 02:13:52 – Contact us


And the Winner Is…

Paul and Derek are back with The Comics Alternative‘s annual “Favorites” episode. This is where the Two Guys share what they consider to be the best comics of the past year. Usually this year-end show is released as the very last regular review episode of each year, but this time around the guys had to postpone the recording due to family issues. But we’re not far from the end of 2017, and Paul and Derek wanted to get the show out in as timely a manner as possible. So here you have it, the Two Guys’ 10 favorite titles of 2017:

Paul’s Top 10 of 2017


Derek’s Top 10 of 2017


The Honorable Mentions…These Titles Almost, but Just Didn’t Quite, Make It onto Each Guy’s List

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Longbox Review 110: DC’s Young Animal Imprint, part 1

Long-time Doom Patrol fanatic and my good friend Travis joins me in a lively discussion about DC’s and Gerard Way’s Young Animal imprint. This episode, we discuss Doom Patrol (1-3) and Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye (1-3 and the backup strips). Join us next episode when we discuss Shade, the Changing Girl and Mother Panic.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 222: A Discussion of DC’s Young Animal Line

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This week the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics discuss DC’s Young Animal titles. They begin with Gerard Way and Nick Derington’s Doom Patrol, the maiden voyage of the new imprint. There have been three issues released so far, and the guys really like what they’ve seen. Way definitely takes a cue from Grant Morrison’s legendary run on the title, referencing many of Morrison’s original additions to the Silver Age series — most notably Danny the Street and Flex Mentallo — yet at the same time making Doom Patrol uniquely his own.

After that, Andy and Derek discuss the first four issues of Shade the Changing Girl. This is Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone’s revamping of the old Steve Ditko creation (and best popularized in the early 1990s by Peter Milligan and Chris Bachelor), Shade the Changing Man. Their emphasis on the lives of young high school women promises to be a curious spin on the property.

Next, the guys turn to what Andy calls his favorite of the Young Animal line, Jonathan Rivera, Gerard Way, and Michael Avon Oeming’s Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye. As they point out, Cave Carson is a character from the early 1960s appearing in both Brave and the Bold and Showcase, but unlike his contemporary Rip Hunter, he never received a title of his own. Way, Rivera, and Oeming are now giving him that opportunity.

The Two Guys conclude their episode with a very different kind of Young Animal title, Jody Houser and Tommy Lee Edwards’s Mother Panic. This is the only one of the four series not to be based on Silver Age properties, and it’s the only one to be deeply enmeshed into the DC Universe. For that reason, Derek is less enamored with Mother Panic — at least in terms of the first two issues so far — feeling that it takes itself too seriously and wonders why this wasn’t a regular DC title. Andy has no problem with this Gotham-drenched series.


Comics Alternative, Episode 221: The January Previews Catalog

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Happy New Year from the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics! On this, their first regular episode of 2017, Andy and Derek take their monthly gander at the current Previews catalog. Before they do that, though, they welcome and thank a couple of new Patreon supporters to the Comics Alternative family, including Alla Rull, who becomes the latest of the guys’ official Podcast Patrons. Then they jump headlong into the January Previews, highlighting a variety of upcoming titles from both large and small publishers alike. Among the interesting fare found in this month’s catalog are offerings from:


Comic News Insider Episode 721 – Garden State-ing!


Comic News Insider: Episode 721 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Doom Patrol Vol 6 #1, Forevers #1, Mycroft Holmes #1 & 2. Legends of Chamberlain Heights, Gotham S3 premiere, Lucifer S2 premiere

Jimmy journeys out to the Garden State (New Jersey) to find the podcast wife Erica Schultz! She returns after a long absence and they record in the remote CNI studios chatting about Jimmy’s first Ren Faire, Batman Day and a big nerd win at The Emmys. News includes: Margot Robbie will produce and star in a Harley Quinn spinoff film, Valiant Comics will have cat cosplay variant covers, Mariko Tamaki and Nico Leon are the creators behind an upcoming new Hulk series focusing on Jennifer Walters, Todd MacFarlane confirms a new Spawn movie, Simon Bisley is returning to Lobo, a new Kate Bishop Hawkeye series is on the way and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!



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Top 5 Comics Podcast Episode 76 – Season 4

Comic book round table. This week, we have – Justice League Darkseid Special #1, Black Panther #1, Empress #1, Superman #51, Poe Dameron #1, Interview with Scott Koblish and more ………..

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News In Comics…. – 6:07- 21:22

Justice League Darkseid Special #1 – 21:22 – 21:49

Black Panther #1 –40:32- 50:01

Empress #1 – 50:01– 1:00:01

Superman #51– 1:00:15- 1:13:22

Poe Dameron #1 – 1:13:22- 1:25:43



Interview with Scott Koblish at SVCC 2016 – 1:25:43- 1:39:01


Books to look for – 1:39:59

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Wrapped In Plastic # 66 – Catching Up

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-newsfeed “archie gets gay”
-one to watch
-wrap it up
-versus “aquaman vs sub mariner”
-catching up
-scot’s corner “order 66”

Teenage Wasteland Episode 64 – Don’t Be a Know-it-All

This week on Teenage Wasteland…

Something funny and odd happened during my last trek to my local comic shop. It’s a tale I wish to recount while hopefully instilling some sense of moral fortitude. Let’s learn the lesson, people, nobody likes a Know-it-All. Also, some comic talk and a word from Mr. Jeff Sandquist.

Books Discussed
Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #1-15
Siege #1-2

CGS #786 – Call Me with Alec B.

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The Pull List podcast #99: X-BABIES #1 / HAUNT #1 / ATOMIC ROBO VOL 01 TP

(0:48:28) This week Craig gets infantile with X-BABIES #1, Sean gets unholy with HAUNT #1 and they both burst out laughing to the ATOMIC ROBO VOL 01 TP from Red 5 Comics! All this and much, much more!

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0:00:00 – Show ID

0:00:11 – Music: “Ring Capacity” by Kirby Krackle

0:01:08 – Introductions

0:03:10 – X-BABIES: The Mojoverse is the victim of a hostile takeover, and when it affects the regular programming, the X-Babies have something to say about it.

0:12:50 – HAUNT #1: When his military brother Kurt gets killed, Daniel Kilgore is haunted by his ghost, and when killers come a-callin’ the two brothers merge to form something more…

0:23:25 – The Stacks:

0:23:38 – DOOM PATROL #3


0:26:20 – JERSEY GODS #8

0:27:00 – BATMAN & ROBIN #5

0:28:23 – JONAH HEX #48

0:28:52 – PLANETARY #27

0:29:43 – X-MEN VS. AGENTS OF ATLAS #1

0:31:00 – STRANGE TALES #2


0:32:22 – FROM THE ASHES #5

0:33:18 – SWEET TOOTH #2

0:34:08 – WITCHFINDER #4

0:35:12 – Top of The Stacks: Sean – FROM THE ASHES #5; Craig – WITCHFINDER #4


0:45:17 – Wrap-up

0:47:10 – Music: “Ring Capacity” by Kirby Krackle

0:48:28 – End