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Let’s Talk Comics #1 – Let’s Talk Secret Wars


Hello Four Colors! I am PLEASED to announce the start of my new comic book podcast - Let’s Talk Comics! This podcast will be taking the place of the single episode of the Four Colors podcast. This will be far more in-depth, as we spend each episode tackling a specific book or series. In addition, we will have celebrity guests (as the podcast expands out), so be on the lookout for that. New episodes of Let’s Talk Comics will be released every Friday and… Read More »

Time of the Preacher


The following first appeared on the website of North Hollywood’s Blastoff Comics, the second website to carry the comic book musings of Four Colors! Thanks to the whole gang over there!!! Also, NOTE: There is some saucy language in this piece; kind of unavoidable when talking about Preacher… ENJOY!   To lay my bias on the table right off the bat, I believe Preacher is the best series Vertigo has published. Some might argue for Neil Gaiman’s Sandman or Warren Ellis’ Transmetropolitan,… Read More »

Wednesday Reviews – October 29 5TH WEEK EDITION!

Wednesday Reviews

Wednesday Reviews – Week of October 22 Guardians of the Galaxy #20 Written by Brian Michael Bendis @BRIANMBENDIS Art by Ed McGuinness and Valerio Schiti @ValerioSchiti Published by Marvel @Marvel For those of you who joined Guardians of the Galaxy because of the film (which, let’s be honest, is most of us), you might be unaware of what Peter Quill and his merry band of space outlaws have been up to, specifically that up until relatively recently, Quill, along with Nova and Thanos, were… Read More »

Things for this Weekend

Happy Friday, Four Colors readers! Boy, oh boy! Have some interesting things happened in the past few days. Of course, the biggest news is the release of the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ho. Lee. Crap. This is one nice trailer. Marvel had planned on releasing this trailer next week, during the broadcast of Agents of SHIELD (which I should probably write more about because it has gotten pretty good). But the trailer was leaked earlier this week and so… Read More »

Wednesday Reviews – October 22

Wednesday Reviews

Wednesday Reviews – Week of October 22 Cyclops #6 Written by John Layman @themightylayman Art by Javier Garrón @JavierGarron Published by Marvel Like Four Colors has done in the past with Wednesday Reviews, this will normally be two-three issue reviews, highlighting something from the big publishers and something from the smaller ones. But since most of the books that I would review are already subjects of longer pieces I have started, we are simply focusing one book from Marvel, but don’t worry, it’s a… Read More »

The Death of Wolverine


“Tepid.” That is the best word to describe Charles Soule and Steve McNiven’s The Death of Wolverine, the final (for now) story of Marvel’s premier mutant. I got it from CBR’s The Buy Pile and I find the word “tepid” to be so perfect. Never has a blaze of glory felt so stale. This week, The Death of Wolverine concluded with issue 4. Written by Soule (who just became exclusive to Marvel) and art by McNiven, the mini-series showed the… Read More »

Creator Interviews from SDCC


Fresh from SDCC three months ago, I have some great creator interviews from the Con. In order, you can listen to Sam Humphries (Marvel - The Legendary Star-Lord), Terry Moore (Rachel Rising, Strangers in Paradise), Donny Cates (Dark Horse Comics), Will Carsola and Dave Stewart (Mr. Pickles on adult swim), the two-part interview with the creators/producers of Robot Chicken – Zeb Wells, Tom Root, Matthew Senreich, and Breckin Meyer, and finally, Jack McBrayer, Robert Smigel, and Michael Koman (Untitled Jack McBrayer/Triumph the… Read More »

Four Colors – Season 5

Four Colors - Season 5 Title

Hello to the truest of believers! Welcome to Season 5 of FOUR COLORS! We are back after an extended hiatus, but now, there is far too much in the news to leave the blog unattended. My life was upended, in a VERY good way, following Comic-Con and it has taken until this past month for everything to settle down. But now, we are back! Like I said, there is far too much in the news to be silent, especially after… Read More »

Days of Marvel Present (Part 2 of 3)

The following first appeared in the June edition of Culture Counter Magazine. But I wrote it (and totally spaced on re-posting it), so we’re also gonna post it on the blog too. Enjoy! Part 2: Cracks in the Mark 42 Armor The “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is basically the first post-”Avengers” superhero film. The three films Marvel Studios has released since (“Iron Man 3″, “Thor: The Dark World”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) were already in motion, as part of their oft-mentioned “Phase… Read More »

Days of Marvel Past (Part 1 of 3)

The following first appeared in the April edition of Culture Counter Magazine. But I wrote it, so we’re also gonna post it on the blog too. Enjoy! Part 1: Nothing Lasts Forever The first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, in fact Spidey’s first tussle with a super villain, features the Fantastic Four. In what is clearly a classic Stan Lee market move (their introductory caption begins “Extra Bonus Extra!!”), Peter Parker tries to get a job with the team as a… Read More »