Mother Box: The Pilot Episodes!

By and | July 10th, 2018
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Get ready for the launch of the #MotherBox podcast next week with a rebroadcast of the pilot.

Get ready to expand your mind as Matt @MattLune and Paul @TwoPlai ‏start their dive into Jack Kirby’s Fourth World!

[Note: Rebroadcasting the pilot episodes initially presented on the Comics Syllabus and That’s the Issue podcasts, now presented in Mother Box’s own feed. The first episode of Mother Box comes next Tuesday, so stay tuned!][audio: https://paulflai.com/podcast-download/1247/00-pilot-jack-kirbys-fourth-world-begins-w-jimmy-olsen-133-135.mp3]

Or download the podcast episode here.

Matt and Paul launch “Mother Box: A New Gods Podcast on Jack Kirby’s Fourth World,”, a read-through of the “Fourth World Omnibus” by Jack Kirby. Together, Matt and Paul aim to learn about the New Gods universe, characters, and stories in anticipation of the planned New Gods movie directed by Ava Duvernay. They will read through and discuss Kirby’s “New Gods” work issue by issue. And they’ll invite on experts and other readers to inform them along the way. (Note: You can subscribe to “Mother Box” for now by adding the following URL to your favorite podcast app, while we wait for Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and other services to add it: http://paulflai.com/feed/podcast/motherbox )

Part One:

This part is a pilot, of sorts, for Mother Box, as well as a briefing about Jack Kirby, the New Gods, and what we hope to do with the project.

Some primer articles you might check out:

Multiversity’s Jonathan O’Neal’s piece
DC’s 101
Nerdist Primer
IGN rundown
Chris Sims at Comics Alliance
A blogger’s explainer piece
Recent Kirby write-up in the Independent
The Vulture’s Reisman longform
Another blogger’s take, what’s wrong with New Gods (it’s Superman)
LA Times “Reading Irresponsibly with Jack Kirby” piece

Part Two:

We continue with a closer reading of the first issues of the “Fourth World Omnibus,” the first three issues of Jack Kirby’s work at DC on “Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen.”

Whether you’re a new fan or an avid fan, if you want to read the Fourth World Saga along with us, on this, the second part of our pilot episode, we’ll be discussing the issues where it all began, “Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen” #133-135. Matt also mentions the Jack Kirby penned introduction from #133, which you can find below!

Next episode, official Mother Box episode 01, releases next Tuesday and will discuss “Forever People” #1, “New Gods” #1, “Mister Miracle” #1, and “Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen” #136

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Paul Lai


Matt Lune

Born and raised in Birmingham, England, when Matt's not reading comics he's writing about them and hosting podcasts about them. From reading The Beano and The Dandy as a child, he first discovered American comics with Marvel's Heroes Reborn and, despite that questionable start, still fell in love and has never looked back. You can find him on Twitter @MattLune


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