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By Matthew Szewczyk
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#52 - The Falcon and Winter Solider debut panel reaction episode
We take a look at the first episode of the newest Disney+ Marvel series, The Falcon and Winter Solider. We talked live after the episode and I was joined by NerdStop co-host Lucas, my wife Jen and Twitch Star Mxllow.
March 20, 2021
#51 - Justice League: The Snyder Cut reaction show
After years of waiting, the Zack Snyder version of Justice League is finally here! Released on HBOMax we watched all four hours and give our hot takes immediately after. Regular host Matt is joined by NerdStop podcast co-host Lucas for this special episode.
March 19, 2021
#50 - WandaVision series finale reaction episode
To celebrate the 50th episode of the First Comics News Podcast, I recorded a live discussion of the WandaVision series finale and the credit scenes. I am joined this episode by my son Lucas (co-host of the NerdStop podcast) and my wife Jenny (star of Jenny’s Yoga Journey YouTube fitness series).
March 5, 2021
#49 - DC Infinite Frontier reboots the rebooted reboot, America Chavez, Brzrkr, Marvel Declassified
The newest DC reboot is here with Infinite Frontier #0, Batman, Suicide Squad, Swamp Thing and Crime Syndicate. Plus Brzkr #1, Marvel Declassified podcast, America Chavez #1 and the G-Man Kickstarter launch.
March 3, 2021
#48 - Justice League Snyder Cut trailer deep dive, that Vanity Fair article, state of comic movies
At a listeners request I dive a bit more into the new Justice League trailer for the Snyder cut coming to HBOMax in March. Vanity Fair magazine just published an amazing article on Snyder with new information on how this new version came to be which is discussed before wrapping up with an overview look at the current state of super-hero movies and the dark days before X-Men and Spider-Man launched the new age of comic films.
February 23, 2021
#47 - Orcs!, Radiant Black, The Last Ronin, Savage, X-Men Legends and more
This episode features some great comics worth your time including pick-of-the-week Radiant Black #1, the delightful Orcs! #1 and the darkest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles story yet, The Last Ronin. Plus there is a look at WandaVision and Resident Alien TV shows as well as a brief talk about the newest Justice League trailer.  Comics: Orcs! #1 (Kaboom) Radiant Black #1 (Image) Savage #1 (Valiant) X-Men Legends #1 (Marvel) TMNT The Last Ronin #1 & 2 (IDW) TV WandaVision  (Disney+)  Resident Alien (Sci-Fi) Movies Justice League trailer Send comments and feedback for the show
February 20, 2021
#46 - Specter Inspectors, Black Knight, WandaVision, Avengers Mech Strike
Pick of the week is Specter Inspectors #1 from Boom Box. Additional comic reviews of: King in Black - Black Knight #1, Avengers Mech Strike #1, Hot Valley Days and Cocaine Nights #2, and DC’s Future State. Media talk about WandaVision, Godzilla vs Kong and the Mandalorian.
February 5, 2021
#45 - X-Ray Robot, Star Wars, Mythic Quest, Amazing Stories, RBI Baseball 20
This episode: COMICS X-Ray Robot #1, Star Wars #4, Darth Vader #2, Why I am not reviewing Image Comics right now. TV: Mythic Quest and Amazing Stories on Apple TV+, Shudder horror talk. MOVIES: All the theater have shut down. GAMES: RBI Baseball 20, Animal Crossing and the PS5 specs are revealed.
March 19, 2020
FCN Podcast #44: Queen of the Black Coast, Batman, Join the Future, Carson of Venus, Scoob! & more
This episode covers: Comics: Queen of the Black Coast #1 (Ablaze Publishing), Batman #90 (DC Comics), Join the Future #1 (Aftershock Comics), Spider-Man Noir #1 (Marvel Comics), Carson of Venus: Realm of the Dead #1 (American Mythology) TV The Last of Us Playstation game is coming to HBO Movies Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novel explains how Palpatine survived and the Scoob! final trailer with a surprise villain Games Evercade handheld system is coming May 22
March 5, 2020
FCN Podcast #43: Kidz, Best of 2000 AD, Star Wars, Shark of War, Locke & Key
We are back! This episode we talk comics: Kidz #1, Star Wars #3, Shark of War #1, Best of 2000 AD #1, Usagi Yojimbo Color Classics #2, TMNT: Jennika #1; TV Locke & Key, Beforeigners and The Outsider; Movies: Sonic the Hedgehog
February 29, 2020
FCN Podcast #42: Superman: Year One, Usagi Yojimbo, Warlord of Mars Attacks, Critical Role
This episode we will talk about: Superman: Year One, Frank Millers new controversal origin story Usagi Yojimbo #1 from IDW and the worst review you will find on the internet Warlord of Mars Attacks #1 which is the craziest crossover of the week Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins #1 based on the hit D&D live streamers adventures
June 20, 2019
FCN Podcast #41: Sham Comics, Neon Future, Star Wars, Dragonfly & Dragonflyman
This episode we will talk about: Sham Comics #1 Neon Future #3 Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1 The Wrong Earth series Star Wars #108 Star Wars: Age of Rebellion - Luke Skywalker #1 The Swamp Thing TV Show
June 7, 2019
FCN Podcast #40: Ranking every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Over a decade in the making, the most ambitious saga in movie history will come to a close with the release of The Avengers: End Game. Taking a look at the last 11 years of movies, host Matt Szewczyk and his 13-year old son Lucas rank and discuss every movie released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From Iron Man to Captain Marvel, they hit them all along with thoughts on where the next wave of films will go and how they will remember this era of super-hero films from two very different perspectives.
April 19, 2019
FCN Podcast#39: Shazam!, Detective Comics, Morbid Museum, Neon Future, Uncle Scrooge
This episode of the podcast covers: Shazam! Movie release Shazam #4 Detective Comics #1000 Neon Future #1 Uncle Scrooge #43 Marvel Team-Up #1 Pick of the Week: Barbara Macabres Morbid Museum #1
April 4, 2019
FCN Podcast#38: Captain Marvel, Exciting Comics, Gold Digger, Amazing Spider-Man, ICYMI
This episode of the podcast covers: Avengers: End Game new trailer Captain Marvel movie review Amazing Spider-Man #17 Gold Digger #260 It Came On A Wednesday $5 ICYMI #2 Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal #2 Pick of the Week: Exciting Comics #1
March 14, 2019
FCN Podcast #37: Midnight Mystery, Amazing Spider-Man, Rick & Morty, Martin Manhunter, Astro Hustle
After a brief (ha!) hiatus the podcast is back with coverage of: Amazing Spider-Man #16 West Coast Avengers #8 Martin Manhunter #3 Astro Hustle #1 Midnight Mystery #3 Rick & Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons ICYMI #1 Albert Einstein Time Mason #5
March 6, 2019
FCN Podcast #36: Headlopper, The Paybacks, Usagi Yojimbo, Star Wars, Ivar Timewalker and more
This weeks comic book discussion features Headlopper #1, The Packbacks #1, Holy F*cked #1, Star Wars #9, Ivar Timewalker #1, Usagi Yojimbo #145 and more!
September 23, 2015
FCN Podcast #35: Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1, Tet #1, Seven Per-Cent Solution #2, and more!
It is all about the comics this episode as Matt and Gabe talk about Star Wars Shattered Empire #1, Lando #3, Darth Vader #9, Tet #1, D4ve TPB and Sherlock Holmes: The Seven Per-Cent Solution #2. If you love comics this is the podcast for you!
September 10, 2015
FCN Podcast #34: The Flash, Lando and the Star Wars crew, Archie Super Heroes & Horror and more!
Ant-Man and Fantastic Four movie talk, Lando #2 (along with all the Star Wars comic books), Secret Wars, The Flash and more. Plus an extended discussion about the Archie horror and super hero titles with Gabe who has never read any of them and Matt who is a super fan.
August 12, 2015
FCN Podcast #33: Archie #1, Airboy #2, Lando #1, Long Distance #2 and more!
We are back with an all new 100% comic book podcast! We talk not only about Lando #1 but also the entire line of Marvel Star Wars comic books including Star Wars, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and Kanan. Then we talk about the very controversial Airboy #2, the charming Long Distance #2 and the highly anticipated relaunch of Americas's favorite teenager; Archie #1.
July 9, 2015
FCN Podcast #32: Pax East 2015 show review along with best and worst of show awards!
We went to Boston last weekend for Pax East 2015 and we survived to bring you tales from the expo floor! Matt and Gabe talk about the general expo, the various panels, the cos-play and of course the games. We name the best booth, best games, best swag and more so make sure you check it out! Among the games we discuss are Overwatch, Puzzles & Dragons Super Mario Edition, Xenoblade Chronicles, Knight Squad, Infinite Crisis, Boot Hill Heroes 2, Codename: S.T.E.A.M., Magnetic by Nature, Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows and many more.
March 14, 2015
FCN Podcast #31: Birthright Volume 1, Princess Leia #1 and a look at Star Wars: Rebels season one
We have Star Wars on our minds as we take a look at the third Star Wars comic to be released from Marvel, Princess Leia #1. We also spend some time talking about the first season of Rebels including the mind-blowing final three episodes of the season. There is also a lengthy review of Birthright Volume 1 and movie news.
March 12, 2015
FCN Podcast #30: D4ve #1, Joe Frankenstein #1, Darth Vader #2, Black Hood #1 and more!
Lots of comic talk this week including Darth Vader #2, Starlight, Black Hood #1, Joe Frankenstein #1, D4ve #1, Amazing Spider-Man #15 and more! Plus Duck Tales return, Star Wars Rebels , the Avengers Vault and Archie gets dark.
February 25, 2015
FCN Podcast #29: Darth Vader #1, Southern Bastards #7, Pathfinder Origins #1 and more!
This time Matt & Gabe discuss new comics Darth Vader #1, Star Wars #2, Southern Bastards #7, Pathfinder Origins #1, and Ghost Rider #11. They also talk about the first Fantastic Four movie trailer, the Netflix Daredevil series trailer and the news that Spider-Man is now part of the Marvel movie universe!
February 12, 2015
FCN Podcast #28: Star Wars #1, Ant-Man, Squirrel Girl, Judge Dredd and more!
We are back! The biggest comic book of the decade has just launched and we celebrate with a new episode, a new co-host and lots of Star Wars #1 talk! Check out what we talk about this time: Red Sonja / Conan #1, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1, Dredd, Ant-Man #1, the Ant-Man movie trailer, a history of Star Wars comic books, Star Wars #1 and Star Wars Imperial Assault.
January 15, 2015
FCN Podcast #27: Captain America: The Winter Solider, Free Comic Book Day, Star Wars "May the Fourth" Day
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May 5, 2014
FCN Podcast #26: Thor: The Dark World, Afterlife with Archie, She-Hulk, Harbinger, Walking Dead
The pick of the week is Harbinger: Bleeding Monk #0 from Valiant.The episode starts off with a review of Thor: Dark World which was a huge hit in theaters. Then we talk about the upcoming marvel movies includes Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy as well as a new top 10 super-hero movie of all time! Comics include The Returning #1, Afterlife with Archie #4, Blackout #1, Harbinger: Bleeding Monk #0, Sex Criminals #5, Injustice v2 #1-4, Light Brigade, She-Hulk #2, Captain Midnight #9, Noah.Then talk turns to the new Big Trouble in Little China comic, Ant-Man, and the shocking events of this weeks episode of the Walking Dead. And they still are not watching Agents of SHIELD.
March 22, 2014
Episode #025: Fantastic Four, Loki, Five Weapons, Arrow, Walking Dead and Sherlock
The pick of the week is Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #1 from Boom Studios. The episode starts off with new comic books including Fantastic Four #1, Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #1, The Adventures of Nilson Groundthumper, and Five Weapons #7.Then Matt and Patrick talk about the state genre TV including Arrow, Sleepy Hollow, Walking Dead and Sherlock among others.There is also a spirited debate about the casting of the Fantastic Four movie and the role of race in super hero movies.
March 2, 2014
Episode #024: Image Expo, Diamond 2013 Market Share Report, Violence in the DC New 52, The Future of Star Wars Comics. Pick of the week: Afterlife with Archie #3.
The pick of the week is Afterlife With Archie #3 from Archie Comics.Image Expo gave us lots of new comic book announcements, mainly from previously Marvel creators, with a few really interesting titles coming in 2014.Diamond released its 2013 sales numbers and market share report and there were a few real surprises there.Matt tried to catch up on the DC New 52 line and the discussion turns to how dark that comic line is and how the constant mass destruction and ultra-violence within their pages wears on the readers. The 2013 final box office numbers came out so how did the heavy slate of hero movies do worldwide?New comic reviews include Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year 2 #1, Afterlife with Archie #3 (pick of the week), Sex Criminals #4, and Skyman #1.Matt read the recent Neil Adams comic Batman: Odyssey and tries to explain to Patrick what the hell was going on in the series.Dark Horse announced that they were losing the rights to produce new Star Wars comics after this year and Patrick has a great idea to wrap up their run. We talk about the history of Star Wars comics and what we would like to see in 2015 leading up  to the new movies. Playstation Now was announced at CES and the discussion turns to streaming media and how the new service, along with the WWE Network, may change the way we get entertainment.2014 looks to be a great year for movies and we pick out some of our must see flicks of the coming year.Patrick wraps up the episode with a talk about the TV shows he is watching with a focus on American Horror Story and Sleepy Hollow among many others.
January 11, 2014
Episode #023: 2013 In Review - Our Best and Worst in Comics, Movies, TV and Video Games. Pick of the week: Alex + Ada.
The pick of the week is Alex + Ada #2 from Image.This episode four new comics are reviewed; Alex + Ada #2, Superior Spider-Man #6, The Star Wars #0 and Imagine Agents #3.Then it is on to our epic 2013 year in review featuring our best and worst picks of the past year.We start off with movies and both agree that Pacific Rim is our best movie of 2013, sorry 12 Years a Slave. Other movies making the good list include Despicable Me 2, World War Z, End of the World, Frozen, and World's End. Our worst of the year include the Lone Ranger, Man of Steel, Star Trek 2 and Iron Man 3. Then we turn our sophisticated gaze towards the television and Matt chose Sleepy Hollow as his pick of the year while Patrick chose Game of Thrones. Other good shows include American Horror Story, Broadchurch, Toy Hunter, Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, Under the Dome and Key and Peele. Our dogs of the year on the tube include Agents of Shield, High School USA, and Family Guy.Matt talks about his favorite games of the year but LEGO City: Undercover was his choice for Game of the Year. Other highlights included Super Mario 3D World, Steamworld Dig, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, The Last of Us, Rayman Legends, Pokemon X&Y, and Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. We finish with a look back at the world of comic books. Our mutual Comic of the Year (ongoing) was Superior Spider-Man from Marvel. Matt's Comic of the Year (Limited) was Reality Check from Image while Patricks was 47 Ronin from Dark Horse. Other books that made the best of list include Masks, No Tomorrow, Imagine Agents, It Came from Beyond!, Death Sentence, Saga, Skyward, Black Beetle, Sex Crimals, Injustice, and Afterlife With Archie.If that was not enough the boys play comic book trivia from the board game Comic Crusades throughout the program.Have a safe and happy Christmas and join us next time for a look ahead at 2014 along with a talk about Matt Smiths last episode of Doctor Who.
December 23, 2013