A special, slightly different episode: Paul and "That’s the Issue" host Matt Lune embark on a podcast journey, as they launch "The Mother Box: A New Gods by Jack Kirby Podcast" project, 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.
This episode is a pilot, of sorts, for "The Mother Box," as well as a briefing about Jack Kirby, the New Gods, and what we hope to do with the project. Next week, on "That’s the Issue," we will 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."
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Some primer articles you might check out:
Multiversity’s Jonathan O’Neal’s piece:
Chris Sims at Comics Alliance:
A blogger’s explainer piece:
What’s the deal with the Fourth World?
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:
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