Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 242, “The Ordinary Four”

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Gobbledygeek episode 242, “The Ordinary Four,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a near-autistic supergenius, a Portishead-loving invisible girl, a man on fire, and a big ol’ pile of rocks walk into another dimension… Oh wait, you have heard this one before? You didn’t like it then, either? Huh. Hollywood has now ruined Fantastic Four three times, and Paul and AJ are on hand to detail all the ways this iteration goes wrong. What makes it worse is that it starts with Josh Trank’s good intentions to give Marvel’s first family a fresh update with a strong cast featuring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell. Re-edits, reshoots, and one incomprehensible finale later, those good intentions have been nullified. What happened? DOOM.

Next: who knows? It’s a mystery episode.

(Show notes for “The Ordinary Four.”)

Comics 201: More Recommendations

In our latest episode, Paul and I mentioned a number of comics recommendations for beginners in a variety of genres. However, we also mentioned that we had to pare down our lists significantly so that the topic would even approach being manageable. Here, as promised, are our other selections.

SUPERHEROES

FANTASTIC FOUR #232-293 (John Byrne)

After his legendary Uncanny X-Men run, John Byrne took over Marvel’s first family, the Fantastic Four. Cinematic storytelling, emotional character shake-ups, shocking betrayals. And he grew up Sue Storm, taking her from the Invisible Girl to the Invisible Woman.