Arc Reactions – 55 – Velvet 1-10

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.

Talking points

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)

Naration (55:47)

Continuation past this story (1:04:41)

Letters Pages (1:07:16)

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As mentioned in the episode

BBFB 142 – Bruce Wayne, Murderer?

Deadpool film

Winter Soldier film

BBFB 141 – Catwoman: Dark End of the Street

Cosplay artist who painted her body like comic book characters

Our next podcast will be our coverage of the Suicide Squad (film) on August 7th. Our next Bat Books For Beginners episode will be Gotham Central: In The Line of Duty on July 19th.

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Zone 4 #320: The Zone Is Strong With Us!

The Zone 4 crew returns for another monthly dose of comic and related media goodness!

In honor of May the 4th earlier this week, we finally discuss Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

But before we do that, we talk some news – mostly about Star Wars. We also discuss several books we’re currently reading, The Flash TV show, a couple of non-comic TV shows we’re watching, and more!

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He’s Got Issues #170: New Comics, 4/22/15 (w/ Iceman’s “Outing”)

First Five:
1) All-New X-Men #40
2) Guardians Of The Galaxy And X-Men The Black Vortex Omega #1
3) Star Wars #4
4) Convergence #3 (Of 8)
5) Amazing Spider-Man #17.1

Top Ten:
6) Guardians Of The Galaxy #26
7) Convergence New Teen Titans #1 (Of 2)
8) Convergence Batman And The Outsiders #1 (Of 2)
9) Convergence Adventures Of Superman #1 (Of 2)
10) Convergence Superboy And The Legion Of Super-Heroes #1 (Of 2)

Best of the Rest:

  • Convergence Green Lantern Corps #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Hawkman #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Justice League America #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Swamp Thing #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence The Flash #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Wonder Woman #1 (Of 2)
  • Effigy #4


  • Amazing X-Men #19
  • Avengers Operation Hydra #1
  • Black Widow #17
  • Inhuman Special #1


  • Galaxy Quest The Journey Continues #4 (Of 4)


  • Kaptara #1
  • Velvet #10


  • Divinity #3 (Of 4)
  • Ivar Timewalker #4
  • Ninjak #2


  • Hulk Future Imperfect TP (New Printing)
  • Spider-Man The Complete Alien Costume Saga Volume 2 TP (You Tube Channel) (Podcast) (Facebook)



He’s Got Issues #170.3: Independents, 4/22/15


  • Adventure Time #39
  • Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #12
  • Curb Stomp #3 (Of 4)
  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes #6 (Of 6)
  • Suicide Risk #24


  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #14
  • Creepy Comics #20
  • Frankenstein Underground #2 (Of 5)
  • Grindhouse Drive In Bleed Out #4 (Of 8)
  • Halo Escalation #17
  • Mind MGMT #32
  • Mister X Razed #3 (Of 4)
  • Tomb Raider #15


  • King Flash Gordon #3 (Of 4)
  • Lady Rawhide Lady Zorro #2 (Of 4)
  • Legenderry Red Sonja #3 (Of 5)
  • Sherlock Holmes Vs Harry Houdini #5 (Of 5)
  • Solar Man Of The Atom #11


  • Angry Birds Comics #10
  • Borderlands #8
  • Creeple Peeple #3 (Of 3)
  • Drones #1 (Of 5)
  • Edward Scissorhands #7
  • Empire Uprising #1
  • Fly Outbreak #2 (Of 5)
  • G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #213
  • Galaxy Quest The Journey Continues #4 (Of 4)
  • Godzilla Rulers Of Earth #23
  • Infinite Loop #1 (Of 6)
  • Littlest Pet Shop Spring Cleaning #1 (One Shot)
  • Maxx Maxximized #18
  • Miami Vice Remix #2 (Of 5)
  • My Little Pony Fiendship Is Magic #4 (Of 5)(Nightmare Moon)
  • Popeye Classics #33
  • Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up #4 (Of 6)
  • Robert Heinlein’s Citizen Of The Galaxy #3 (Of 3)
  • Samurai Jack #18
  • Skylanders #8
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics Volume 3 #4
  • Transformers Windblade Combiner Wars #2
  • Uncle Scrooge #1
  • Zombies Vs Robots #4


  • Chew #48
  • Deadly Class #12
  • Empty #3
  • Intersect #6
  • Invisible Republic #2
  • Kaptara #1
  • Lazarus #16
  • Manifest Destiny #14
  • Postal #3
  • Satellite Sam #13
  • Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents Beyond Belief #1 (Of 4)
  • Velvet #10


  • Divinity #3 (Of 4)
  • Ivar Timewalker #4
  • Ninjak #2 (You Tube Channel) (Podcast) (Facebook)



Longbox Review Episode 75: The “I”s Have It

I talk about a few of my favorite titles (all Image books):

  • Sex Criminals (by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky)
  • Alex + Ada (by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn)
  • Velvet (by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, and Elizabeth Breitweiser)

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Zone 4 #287: Deadpool, Titans & Machinima, Oh My!

This week, Brant, John, Gordon and Ron take to the news and do a headlines-centric episode, mostly focusing on TV and Film. A Deadpool film? A Titans drama? JLA goes to Machinima? And much more!

Then Ron and Brant discuss the pilot of new Ioan Gruffudd vehicle, Forever, that debuts on Monday and Tuesday.

After that, Gordon, Ron and Brant discuss which comics they are enjoying these days.

And we close out the show with announcements.

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This Week’s Links and Topics

Girls With Issues New Episode!

Girls With Issues: Episode 23

This week we talk Batwoman #28, Uncanny X-Men #17, Velvet #3, Kelvin Keller is the Equalizer, Gail Simone’s Movement loses steam, but Tomb Raider and Savage Wolverine are there to pick up the pieces, Superman and Doomsday are about to have a meet-cute, and the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer produces nerd squee around the globe.

Batwoman 28 Uncanny X-Men 17 Velvet 3

Feed It Comics #24 | “Eat Breath Skate Love”

Feed It Comics - EP24 - Dante

Ah yes, this new year continues to unfurl with pleasant little surprises and this one is no exception. The mild mannered Dante of the Incompetent Comic Cabal Cast joins Doc Fluxx for this episode of Feed It Comics, and while in retrospect it was far more suitable for our supplemental program Doc’s Diagnosis, nobody will care enough to know the difference.

No, we are not performing an inquisition just yet, but trust that our master will be testing young Dante in the near future. For now, enjoy our banter about comics, roller derby, food, and how amazing Portland is.

Thanks for listening. Be a good chap and review us on itunes or Stitcher it would be incredibly cool of you and it will help us jump up in the standings. Surely you want the whole world to have access to such premium free media! Also, there is a comment section below meant for discussions. Try communicating with us, it may be the best thing you’ve done within hours.


Topics we cover:

  • Food Textures and Crunchiness
  • Roller Derby
  • Velvet
  • Thor
  • East of West
  • Ten Grand
  • Justice League: Gods Among Us
  • Sex Criminals

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Music by Doc Fluxx, Cannibal Ox, music from the  Fez Soundtrack and Deep Forest from some Chill Out Compilation. If you like the music totally seek it out and buy it.
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Feed It Comics #17 – “The Finest Mediocrity”


This episode sees the return of the three senior members of the Order, and because Doc was only firing on half of his available cylinders the show may reflect as much. We talk about Marvel’s new tryst with Netflix, DC moving to Burbank, and we do comic reviews for a good stretch, so ready your audio delivery devices and lets make this quick. Today we feed the master.

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Topics we cover:

  • Marvel & Netflix
  • DC Travels West
  • Solicits
  • Sandman Overture
  • Velvet #1
  • Lazarus #4
  • Long shot Saves the Marvel Universe #1
  • The Double Life of Miranda Turner
  • Amazing X-Men #1
  • The Star Wars
  • Sex Criminals #2
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • I don’t know…

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The Next Issue #114 – There are some Pretty Deadly 5 Ghosts out and about!


In this issue of the show Aitch, Elden and our new 3rd chair Peter discuss

The passing of Marcia Wallace and its impact on The Simpsons
The PBS Superheroes Documentary
Ol’ School United Artists movie theaters and Machete Kills

We also have an interview from The Third Eye Comics Halloween event featuring

Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham of The Five Ghosts of Fabian Gray
Kelley Sue Deconnick and Emma Rios of Pretty Deadly

(Thanks to Steve and the rest of the Third Eye crew for making this event happen!)

On our Pull List for Oct 30th we look at
Infinity #5
The Fox #1
Sandman Overture #2
X-Men Battle of the Atom #2
Batman Death of the Family TPB 1 and 2

In our Comic Reviews we look at

Velvet #1
Pretty Deadly #1
PLB comics Halloween special

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W.I.P. # 225 – Arrow vs. Shield

On this episode: My book of the week, “Arrow vs. Shield” & the Captain America 2 trailer.

Supanova Perth, Image Comics Expo and Captain Planet: THE MOVIE



A short one (due to our Man Of Steel review) to keep you going until Sunday. Let’s have at it!


SUPANOVA wrap up


We play our new game “G Money Guesses Groupon!!!!!”

UFP Crew Questions

–          Florida Vs George Zimmerman

–          Douchebags at Supanova

–          Jim Carrey about Kick Ass 2



“Comedian” Josh Thomas once again, pushes the boundary of the definition of “Comedian”

Fifi Box once again, pushes the boundary of “relevancy“

Texan teens Justin Carter hauled off to jail for bad taste FB comments Vs Pharrell



Neil Gaiman’s American Gods signed for 6 seasons on HBO

Vertigo releases

–          Hinterkind by Ian Edgington

–          The Discipline by Peter Milligan

–          Dead Boy Detectives By Toby Litt

–          Suiciders by Lee Bermejo (both writing and art)

Image Expo News!

–          MPH By Mark Millar and Duncan Fegredo

–          Velvet by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting

–          ODY-C by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward

–          Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour

–          Black Science by Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera and Dean White

–          Deadly Class by Rick Remender and Wesley Craig

–          Alone by J Michael Straczynski and Bill Sienkiewicz

–          Lost Souls by J Michael Straczynski and Colleen Doran

–          Dream Police by J Michael Straczynski and Mike Deodato

–          The Walking Dead will be released bi-weekly

Wolverine gum that no-one should buy!

State Of Decay re-submitted to the Australian Classification Board

Ubisoft hacked!

Latest GTA V needs a little room

Mad Max will be Australian after all!

If you’re an Xbox Fanboy, be ready to be labelled a “Chikan” or “Groper/pervert” in Japan

Terminator rebooting as a new trilogy

Captain Planet: THE MOVIE!!!

Geoff Johns to write for the new Arrow series

Agents of SHIELD promos

Dark Horse to re-launch the “Aliens” franchise

Private Eye #3