Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #64: Hard Travelers for Hire — Iron Man 3

July 7, 2017

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. Now, by listener request, Greg and Nick are embarking on a chronological voyage through the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

This month marks the much-anticipated (?) return of the Hard Travelers for Hire series as Nick and Greg take a look at the the movie that kicked off the MCU's Phase II: the controversial Iron Man 3! It's the most contentious installment yet, as Nick and Greg do battle over the pros and cons of the Shane Black film. Is the Mandarin a racial stereotype rooted in the past or a character ripe for reinvention? Does child actor Ty Simpkins annoy or impress? And is the movie's divisive swerve a brilliant twist or a lazy cheat?

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #63: GIANT SIZE — 2017 Halfie Awards

July 1, 2017

It's the most prestigious event of the year: the 2017 Halfie Awards! Join an all-star cast of PTBN Pop contributors as they count down the very best (and worst) in comic books and related media over the last calendar year. Featuring a cavalcade of celebrity guests!

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #62: Countdown — Wonder Woman Rebirth

June 24, 2017

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. And if there’s anything that fanboys love, it’s debating what book is better than another book or which character is “cooler.”

Enter Countdown, a monthly episode where Greg and Nick will each give a top five list and debate the merits therein.

Wonder Woman Month concludes at PTBN Pop with the boys counting down their favorite issues of the current ongoing Greg Rucka-written Wonder Woman series, which is part of the DC Rebirth initiative

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #61: Off the Page — Wonder Woman (NBC pilot)

June 16, 2017

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. And their love of comics isn’t limited to the page. In Off the Page, Greg and Nick will examine pieces of comic book media outside the comics themselves.

Wonder Woman Month continues on the show as the boys watch and review the unaired pilot episode of David E. Kelley's 2011 Wonder Woman TV series. The show was intended for NBC, but the network passed. Did they make a mistake? Quite frankly, that's for the Hard-Traveling Fanboys to decide.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #60: SPECIAL EDITION — Wonder Woman Film Review

June 8, 2017

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys.

In this special edition, Nick and Greg talk about the number one movie in the world: Wonder Woman! The boys discuss director Patty Jenkins' first stab at the superhero genre, a critically acclaimed feature that seems to be putting the DC cinematic universe on track. Where does Gal Gadot's portrayal rank among the all-time superhero performances? How was the action? What was up with the CGI? Was Chris Pine properly cast? Find out in this episode!

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #59: The Longbook Hunters — Wonder Woman: Blood

June 2, 2017

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. Over the course of their travels through comicdom, they have encountered numerous stories via the wonder of trade paperbacks and graphic novels. Once a month, Nick and Greg will review one of those collections in The Longbook Hunters.

This week, the boys kick off Wonder Woman Month at PTBN Pop with a look at the first volume of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang's New 52 Wonder Woman reboot, titled "Blood." This story updated Diana's origins and crafted a tale of political power struggles involving the Greek gods. But how does it measure up to its competition?

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #58: SPECIAL EDITION — CW Season Finale Reviews

May 27, 2017

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. In this edition of the Longest-Running Weekly Episodic Comic Book Podcast in All of Place to Be Nation (TM), the boys present a SPECIAL EDITION featuring their exclusive reviews of the season finales of Supergirl, The Flash and Arrow on The CW! Which show left them feeling deflated, and which one reached new heights?

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #57: Off the Page — Superman Lives

May 20, 2017

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. And their love of comics isn’t limited to the page. In Off the Page, Greg and Nick will examine pieces of comic book media outside the comics themselves.

For the first time ever, the boys review an unmade movie script! In this case, it's Kevin Smith's script for "Superman Lives," a Tim Burton-led Superman film that never took off. Unfortunately, this particular show is riddled with audio issues. Nevertheless, the boys soldier on.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys #56: Countdown — DC streaming service wish list

May 11, 2017

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. And if there’s anything that fanboys love, it’s debating what book is better than another book or which character is “cooler.” Enter Countdown, a monthly episode where Greg and Nick will each give a top five list and debate the merits therein.

This time around, the boys are counting down the five things they each want to see from the announced DC Comics digital service coming in 2018. From new TV series to classic comics, they discuss how to make this a must-buy streaming service.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #55: The Longbook Hunters — Hard-Traveling Heroes Pt. 2

May 5, 2017

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. Over the course of their travels through comicdom, they have encountered numerous stories via the wonder of trade paperbacks and graphic novels. Once a month, Nick and Greg will review one of those collections in The Longbook Hunters.

In the second part of their look at the 1970s Green Lantern/Green Arrow comics of writer Denny O'Neil and artist Neal Adams, Greg and Nick delve into the growing drug epidemic, obvious messianic analogies and the ... somewhat unique attire of John Stewart.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #54: The Longbook Hunters — Hard-Traveling Heroes Pt. 1

April 28, 2017

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. Over the course of their travels through comicdom, they have encountered numerous stories via the wonder of trade paperbacks and graphic novels. Once a month, Nick and Greg will review one of those collections in The Longbook Hunters.

In this edition, the boys finally bite from the low-hanging fruit. That's right, the Hard Traveling Fanboys are finally reviewing their namesake, the Hard Traveling Heroes! Nick and Greg sat down with the recently reprinted collected edition "Green Lantern/Green Arrow," which encompasses the historic 1970s stories by Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams! Learn about the history that led into the iconic creative team's bold new takes on DC's preeminent emerald-clad heroes. From Adams' innovative visuals to O'Neil's socially conscious prose, it's an era that informed virtually every subsequent story involving these characters.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #53: Off the Page — Batman Forever

April 21, 2017

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. And their love of comics isn’t limited to the page. In Off the Page, Greg and Nick will examine pieces of comic book media outside the comics themselves.

This time around, the boys have been kissed by a rose! That's right, they're re-examining the 1995 Joel Schumacher film Batman Forever! From the backstage maneuverings that preceded the film to the ... curious ... characterizations of the villains, this film is put under a critical microscope. And the results aren't pretty.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #52: Countdown — Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo Batman

April 13, 2017

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. And if there’s anything that fanboys love, it’s debating what book is better than another book or which character is “cooler.”

Enter Countdown, a monthly episode where Greg and Nick will each give a top five list and debate the merits therein. This month, the boys count down their favorite issues of the landmark New 52 Batman series by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo! From the Court of Owls to a Superheavy finale, it was a run for the ages. Which issues top Greg and Nick's respective lists?

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #51: Hard Travelers for Hire - Marvel’s The Avengers

April 9, 2017

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. Now, by listener request, Greg and Nick are embarking on a chronological voyage through the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

This month, it's a very special LIVE (recorded) edition of the Hard Travelers for Hire! Nick and Greg are joined by Russell Sellers, Todd Weber and, making his PTBN Pop debut, Andrew Garner to take a look at Marvel's The Avengers! The gang assembled in Orlando, the site of WrestleMania 33, to watch this film and reminisce about a project so big that it wasn't even a movie ... it was an event!

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast: 50TH EPISODE GIANT-SIZE EXTRAVAGANZA!

March 31, 2017

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages... the Hard-Traveling Fanboys proudly bring to you our landmark 50TH EPISODE GIANT-SIZE EXTRAVAGANZA! We're joined by Jennifer Smith, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber to take an in-depth look at DC Rebirth, one year later! We talk about the highs, the lows and the ... mediums? AW, SPANK IT!

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