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Every other week, hosts Jay Jones and Mike Christensen review two current ongoing comic books from our pull lists before diving into discussion of a classic - and oftentimes ridiculous - comic or graphic novel. Then we close out each episode with one of two games: "Super-Mundane," where we ask which super hero would be the best (and worst) at an everyday task or activity; or "Who Am I?" where we play twenty questions to try to guess the identity of a specific hero or villain. We hope you join us in celebrating the crazy and often hilarious world of comics!

Latest Episodes

Ep 85 - Y: The Last Man, JLA: Year One, and the Last Days of Superman

In this very special episode of "Because Comics," we recommend a few classic comics we love, "Y: The Last Man" and "JLA: Year One." Then we go back to a classic Superman story - "The Last Days of Superman!" And then we do it again... you'll see. Finally, we play a game of "Super Mundane," and ask which superhero would be the best and worst podcaster? Thank you so much for listening! Because Comics is going on a brief hiatus, but we want to thank the fans for our fantastic interactions, and we hope to be back with more episodes in 2018! In the meantime, follow PartialArc.com for news on our brand-new board game,Mortals! And remember... Do good to others and every man can be a Superman. Pull List: Jay:“Y: The Last Man"(Vertigo), written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Pia Guerra. Mike:“JLA: Year One"(DC), written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid, art by Barry Kitson. Main Segment: “Superman" #156 - "The Last Days of Superman!"(DC), written by Edmond Hamilton, art by Curt Swan and George...

64 MIN2017 JUL 24
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Ep 85 - Y: The Last Man, JLA: Year One, and the Last Days of Superman

Ep 84 - Batman, Defenders, and Spider-Man- The Final Chapter! (Part 2)

Mike and Jay recommend "Batman" and "The Defenders," and then in honor of "Spider-Man: Homecoming," we finish our summary of the story we began in the last episode! Then we ask which Spider-Man we'd most like to fight: Tobey Macguire or Andrew Garfield? Pull List: Jay:“Batman - The War of Jokes and Riddles"(DC), written by Tom King, art by Mikel Janin. Mike:“Defenders"(Marvel), written by Matt Fraction, art by Terry Dodson, Jamie McKelvie and various. Main Segment: “Amazing Spider-Man" #32-33 "The Final Chapter!"(Marvel), written by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko. Game:"Would You Rather... be a supervillain and fight Tobey Macguire's Spider-Man or Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at@partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday and Thursday at PartialArc.com, and follow him on Twitter at@supergeekmike

48 MIN2017 JUL 9
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Ep 84 - Batman, Defenders, and Spider-Man- The Final Chapter! (Part 2)

Ep 83 - Shirtless Bear Fighter, the Secret Voice, and Spider-Man: If This Be My Destiny! (Part 1)

This week, Jay and Mike recommend "Shirtless Bear Fighter" and "The Secret Voice," and then we begin to explore the best "Spider-Man" story ever made! At least the first part of it... Then we play "Super Mundane," and ask which super-hero would be the best and worst dentist? Pull List: Jay: “Shirtless Bear Fighter" (Image), written by Sebastian Girner & Jody LeHeup, art by Mike Spicer and Nil Vendrell. Mike: “The Secret Voice" (Study Group Comics), writing and art Zack Soto. Main Segment: “Amazing Spider-Man" #31 - "If This Be My Destiny!" (Marvel), written by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko. Game:"Super-Mundane - Who would be the best and worst destint?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at@partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday and Thursday at PartialArc.com, and follow him on Twitter at@supergeekmike

37 MIN2017 JUN 26
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Ep 83 - Shirtless Bear Fighter, the Secret Voice, and Spider-Man: If This Be My Destiny! (Part 1)

Ep 82 - Hadrian's Wall, Up and Out, and Wonder Woman: Battle for Womanhood!

Jay and Mike recommend you read "Hadrian's Wall" and "Up and Out," and then we flash back to an early Wonder Woman story where she fights a guy named Dr. Psycho! Then we play "Would You Rather," and determine which comic book universe would be the best place to be a demigod. Pull List: Jay: “Hadrian's Wall" (Image Comics), written by Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel, art by Rod Reis. Mike: “Up and Out" (Webcomic), by Julia Kaye. Main Segment: “Wonder Woman" #5 - "Battle for Womanhood!" (DC), written by Alice Marble and William Moulton Marston, art by Sheldon Moldoff and Harry G. Peter. Game:"Would You Rather...Be a demigod of Marvel's Norse mythology or DC's Greek mythology?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at@partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday and Thursday at PartialArc.com, and follow him on Twitter at@supergeekmike

46 MIN2017 JUN 12
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Ep 82 - Hadrian's Wall, Up and Out, and Wonder Woman: Battle for Womanhood!

Ep 81 - Kill Or Be Killed, Anno Dracula, and Thor in Space

We recommend you read "Kill or Be Killed" and "Anno Dracula," and then we talk about space slavery and French accents as Thor fights the Grey Gargoyle in space! Pull List: Jay: “Kill Or Be Killed" (Image Comics), written by Ed Brubaker, art by Elizabeth Breitweiser & Sean Phillips. Mike: “Anno Dracula" (Titan), written by Kim Newman, art by Paul McCaffrey. Main Segment: “Thor" #258-259 - "If the Stars Be Made of Stone!" (Marvel), written by Len Wein, art by John Buscema. Game:"Super-Mundane - Who would be the best and worst meter maid?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at@partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday and Thursday at PartialArc.com, and follow him on Twitter at@supergeekmike

49 MIN2017 MAY 29
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Ep 81 - Kill Or Be Killed, Anno Dracula, and Thor in Space

Ep 80 - Batman/Shadow, Rose, and To Be Or Not To Be

It's our three-year anniversary! And we're recommending "Batman/Shadow" and "Rose," and then we're gonna read through "To Be Or Not To Be" by Ryan North! And then we play "Would You Rather," and debate which comic we'd rather be in charge of editing: the X-Men comics, or the Fantastic Four comics? Thanks so much for listening for the past three years! Pull List: Jay: “Batman/Shadow" (DC), written by Steve Orlando & Scott Snyder, art by Riley Rossmo. Mike: “Rose" (Image), written by Meredith Finch, art by Ig Guara. Main Segment: “To Be Or Not To Be" (Riverhead Books), written by Ryan North, art by various. Game:"Would You Rather... be the editor for the X-Men comics or the Fantastic Four comics?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at @partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday and Thursday at PartialArc.com, and follow him on Twitter at@supergeekmike

48 MIN2017 MAY 15
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Ep 80 - Batman/Shadow, Rose, and To Be Or Not To Be

Ep 79 - Providence, Godshaper, and the Laughing Fish

Jay and Mike recommend you read "Providence" and "Godshaper," and then we uncover a classic Batman vs. Joker thriller as we recap "The Laughing Fish!" Then we wrap up with a game of "Super-Mundane," and pose the question: which heroes would be the best and worst laser tag players? Pull List: Jay: “Providence" (Avatar), written by Alan Moore, art by Jacen Burrows. Mike: “Godshaper" (BOOM! Studios), written by Simon Spurrier, art by Jonas Goonface. Main Segment: “Detective Comics" #475-476 - "The Laughing Fish" (DC), written by Steve Englehart, pencils by Marshall Rogers, inks by Terry Austin. Game:"Super-Mundane - Who would be the best and worst laser tag player?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at @partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday and Thursday at PartialArc.com, and follow him on Twitter at@supergeekmike

42 MIN2017 MAY 1
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Ep 79 - Providence, Godshaper, and the Laughing Fish

Ep 78 - Moonshine, Southern Cross, and Jughead #200

In our Pull List segment, Jay and Mike recommend "Moonshine" and "Southern Cross." Then for our Main Segment, we take a look at the instant classic, "Jughead" #200! Jughead Jones is given the deal of his life... but at what cost? Then we play "Would You Rather," and debate which would be better: an Avengers musical or a Justice League musical? And through this game, we all learn something that we wish we had never known... Pull List: Jay: “Moonshine" (Image), written by Brian Azzarello, art by Eduardo Risso. Mike: “Southern Cross" (Image), written by Becky Cloonan, art by Andy Belanger and Lee Loughridge. Main Segment: “Jughead" #200 - "Something Ventured, Something Gained" (Archie Comics), written by Tom Root, pencils by Rex Lindsey, inks by Jim Amash. Game:"Would You Rather... watch an Avenger musical or a Justice League musical?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at @partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday...

34 MIN2017 APR 17
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Ep 78 - Moonshine, Southern Cross, and Jughead #200

Ep 77 - I Kill Giants, Darth Maul, and the Justice League's Super Traitor

In this episode, Jay and Mike recommend "I Kill Giants" and "Darth Maul," and then we flash back to a classic, bizarre comic, as the Justice League must deal with Snapper Carr: Super-Traitor! Finally, we play a game of "Super-Mundane" and ask which heroes would be the best and worst bus drivers? Also, a warning: this episode was recorded late at night, and things got a little loopy... enjoy! Pull List: Jay: “I Kill Giants" (Image Comics), written by Joe Kelly, art by J.M. Ken Niimura. Mike: “Darth Maul" (Marvel Comics), written by Cullen Bunn, art by Luke Ross. Main Segment: “Justice League of America" #77 - "Snapper Carr - Super Traitor!" (DC), written by Dennis O'Neil, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Joe Giella. Game:"Super-Mundane - Who would be the best and worst bus driver?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at @partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday and Thursday at PartialArc.com, and follow him on Twi...

41 MIN2017 APR 3
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Ep 77 - I Kill Giants, Darth Maul, and the Justice League's Super Traitor

Ep 76 - Mother Panic, Coady and the Creepies, and Thor vs. Mangog

This week we review "Mother Panic" and "Coady and the Creepies," and then we recap Thor's 3-issue fight with the Mangog! Then, we play "Would You Rather," and debate where would be the best place to work: the Daily Bugle, or Nelson and Murdock? Pull List: Jay: "Mother Panic" (DC), written by Jody Houser and Jim Krueger, art by Tommy Lee Edwards, Phil Hester, and Ande Parks. Mike: “Coady and the Creepies" (Boom! Studios), written by Liz Prince, art by Amanda Kirk. Main Segment: “Thor" #155-157 "Mangog!" (Marvel Comics), written by Stan Lee, art by Jack Kirby. Game:"Would You Rather... work at the Daily Bugle or Nelson & Murdock?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at @partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday and Thursday at PartialArc.com, and follow him on Twitter at @supergeekmike

56 MIN2017 MAR 20
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Ep 76 - Mother Panic, Coady and the Creepies, and Thor vs. Mangog

Latest Episodes

Ep 85 - Y: The Last Man, JLA: Year One, and the Last Days of Superman

In this very special episode of "Because Comics," we recommend a few classic comics we love, "Y: The Last Man" and "JLA: Year One." Then we go back to a classic Superman story - "The Last Days of Superman!" And then we do it again... you'll see. Finally, we play a game of "Super Mundane," and ask which superhero would be the best and worst podcaster? Thank you so much for listening! Because Comics is going on a brief hiatus, but we want to thank the fans for our fantastic interactions, and we hope to be back with more episodes in 2018! In the meantime, follow PartialArc.com for news on our brand-new board game,Mortals! And remember... Do good to others and every man can be a Superman. Pull List: Jay:“Y: The Last Man"(Vertigo), written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Pia Guerra. Mike:“JLA: Year One"(DC), written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid, art by Barry Kitson. Main Segment: “Superman" #156 - "The Last Days of Superman!"(DC), written by Edmond Hamilton, art by Curt Swan and George...

64 MIN2017 JUL 24
Comments
Ep 85 - Y: The Last Man, JLA: Year One, and the Last Days of Superman

Ep 84 - Batman, Defenders, and Spider-Man- The Final Chapter! (Part 2)

Mike and Jay recommend "Batman" and "The Defenders," and then in honor of "Spider-Man: Homecoming," we finish our summary of the story we began in the last episode! Then we ask which Spider-Man we'd most like to fight: Tobey Macguire or Andrew Garfield? Pull List: Jay:“Batman - The War of Jokes and Riddles"(DC), written by Tom King, art by Mikel Janin. Mike:“Defenders"(Marvel), written by Matt Fraction, art by Terry Dodson, Jamie McKelvie and various. Main Segment: “Amazing Spider-Man" #32-33 "The Final Chapter!"(Marvel), written by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko. Game:"Would You Rather... be a supervillain and fight Tobey Macguire's Spider-Man or Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at@partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday and Thursday at PartialArc.com, and follow him on Twitter at@supergeekmike

48 MIN2017 JUL 9
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Ep 84 - Batman, Defenders, and Spider-Man- The Final Chapter! (Part 2)

Ep 83 - Shirtless Bear Fighter, the Secret Voice, and Spider-Man: If This Be My Destiny! (Part 1)

This week, Jay and Mike recommend "Shirtless Bear Fighter" and "The Secret Voice," and then we begin to explore the best "Spider-Man" story ever made! At least the first part of it... Then we play "Super Mundane," and ask which super-hero would be the best and worst dentist? Pull List: Jay: “Shirtless Bear Fighter" (Image), written by Sebastian Girner & Jody LeHeup, art by Mike Spicer and Nil Vendrell. Mike: “The Secret Voice" (Study Group Comics), writing and art Zack Soto. Main Segment: “Amazing Spider-Man" #31 - "If This Be My Destiny!" (Marvel), written by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko. Game:"Super-Mundane - Who would be the best and worst destint?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at@partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday and Thursday at PartialArc.com, and follow him on Twitter at@supergeekmike

37 MIN2017 JUN 26
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Ep 83 - Shirtless Bear Fighter, the Secret Voice, and Spider-Man: If This Be My Destiny! (Part 1)

Ep 82 - Hadrian's Wall, Up and Out, and Wonder Woman: Battle for Womanhood!

Jay and Mike recommend you read "Hadrian's Wall" and "Up and Out," and then we flash back to an early Wonder Woman story where she fights a guy named Dr. Psycho! Then we play "Would You Rather," and determine which comic book universe would be the best place to be a demigod. Pull List: Jay: “Hadrian's Wall" (Image Comics), written by Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel, art by Rod Reis. Mike: “Up and Out" (Webcomic), by Julia Kaye. Main Segment: “Wonder Woman" #5 - "Battle for Womanhood!" (DC), written by Alice Marble and William Moulton Marston, art by Sheldon Moldoff and Harry G. Peter. Game:"Would You Rather...Be a demigod of Marvel's Norse mythology or DC's Greek mythology?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at@partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday and Thursday at PartialArc.com, and follow him on Twitter at@supergeekmike

46 MIN2017 JUN 12
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Ep 82 - Hadrian's Wall, Up and Out, and Wonder Woman: Battle for Womanhood!

Ep 81 - Kill Or Be Killed, Anno Dracula, and Thor in Space

We recommend you read "Kill or Be Killed" and "Anno Dracula," and then we talk about space slavery and French accents as Thor fights the Grey Gargoyle in space! Pull List: Jay: “Kill Or Be Killed" (Image Comics), written by Ed Brubaker, art by Elizabeth Breitweiser & Sean Phillips. Mike: “Anno Dracula" (Titan), written by Kim Newman, art by Paul McCaffrey. Main Segment: “Thor" #258-259 - "If the Stars Be Made of Stone!" (Marvel), written by Len Wein, art by John Buscema. Game:"Super-Mundane - Who would be the best and worst meter maid?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at@partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday and Thursday at PartialArc.com, and follow him on Twitter at@supergeekmike

49 MIN2017 MAY 29
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Ep 81 - Kill Or Be Killed, Anno Dracula, and Thor in Space

Ep 80 - Batman/Shadow, Rose, and To Be Or Not To Be

It's our three-year anniversary! And we're recommending "Batman/Shadow" and "Rose," and then we're gonna read through "To Be Or Not To Be" by Ryan North! And then we play "Would You Rather," and debate which comic we'd rather be in charge of editing: the X-Men comics, or the Fantastic Four comics? Thanks so much for listening for the past three years! Pull List: Jay: “Batman/Shadow" (DC), written by Steve Orlando & Scott Snyder, art by Riley Rossmo. Mike: “Rose" (Image), written by Meredith Finch, art by Ig Guara. Main Segment: “To Be Or Not To Be" (Riverhead Books), written by Ryan North, art by various. Game:"Would You Rather... be the editor for the X-Men comics or the Fantastic Four comics?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at @partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday and Thursday at PartialArc.com, and follow him on Twitter at@supergeekmike

48 MIN2017 MAY 15
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Ep 80 - Batman/Shadow, Rose, and To Be Or Not To Be

Ep 79 - Providence, Godshaper, and the Laughing Fish

Jay and Mike recommend you read "Providence" and "Godshaper," and then we uncover a classic Batman vs. Joker thriller as we recap "The Laughing Fish!" Then we wrap up with a game of "Super-Mundane," and pose the question: which heroes would be the best and worst laser tag players? Pull List: Jay: “Providence" (Avatar), written by Alan Moore, art by Jacen Burrows. Mike: “Godshaper" (BOOM! Studios), written by Simon Spurrier, art by Jonas Goonface. Main Segment: “Detective Comics" #475-476 - "The Laughing Fish" (DC), written by Steve Englehart, pencils by Marshall Rogers, inks by Terry Austin. Game:"Super-Mundane - Who would be the best and worst laser tag player?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at @partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday and Thursday at PartialArc.com, and follow him on Twitter at@supergeekmike

42 MIN2017 MAY 1
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Ep 79 - Providence, Godshaper, and the Laughing Fish

Ep 78 - Moonshine, Southern Cross, and Jughead #200

In our Pull List segment, Jay and Mike recommend "Moonshine" and "Southern Cross." Then for our Main Segment, we take a look at the instant classic, "Jughead" #200! Jughead Jones is given the deal of his life... but at what cost? Then we play "Would You Rather," and debate which would be better: an Avengers musical or a Justice League musical? And through this game, we all learn something that we wish we had never known... Pull List: Jay: “Moonshine" (Image), written by Brian Azzarello, art by Eduardo Risso. Mike: “Southern Cross" (Image), written by Becky Cloonan, art by Andy Belanger and Lee Loughridge. Main Segment: “Jughead" #200 - "Something Ventured, Something Gained" (Archie Comics), written by Tom Root, pencils by Rex Lindsey, inks by Jim Amash. Game:"Would You Rather... watch an Avenger musical or a Justice League musical?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at @partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday...

34 MIN2017 APR 17
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Ep 78 - Moonshine, Southern Cross, and Jughead #200

Ep 77 - I Kill Giants, Darth Maul, and the Justice League's Super Traitor

In this episode, Jay and Mike recommend "I Kill Giants" and "Darth Maul," and then we flash back to a classic, bizarre comic, as the Justice League must deal with Snapper Carr: Super-Traitor! Finally, we play a game of "Super-Mundane" and ask which heroes would be the best and worst bus drivers? Also, a warning: this episode was recorded late at night, and things got a little loopy... enjoy! Pull List: Jay: “I Kill Giants" (Image Comics), written by Joe Kelly, art by J.M. Ken Niimura. Mike: “Darth Maul" (Marvel Comics), written by Cullen Bunn, art by Luke Ross. Main Segment: “Justice League of America" #77 - "Snapper Carr - Super Traitor!" (DC), written by Dennis O'Neil, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Joe Giella. Game:"Super-Mundane - Who would be the best and worst bus driver?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at @partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday and Thursday at PartialArc.com, and follow him on Twi...

41 MIN2017 APR 3
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Ep 77 - I Kill Giants, Darth Maul, and the Justice League's Super Traitor

Ep 76 - Mother Panic, Coady and the Creepies, and Thor vs. Mangog

This week we review "Mother Panic" and "Coady and the Creepies," and then we recap Thor's 3-issue fight with the Mangog! Then, we play "Would You Rather," and debate where would be the best place to work: the Daily Bugle, or Nelson and Murdock? Pull List: Jay: "Mother Panic" (DC), written by Jody Houser and Jim Krueger, art by Tommy Lee Edwards, Phil Hester, and Ande Parks. Mike: “Coady and the Creepies" (Boom! Studios), written by Liz Prince, art by Amanda Kirk. Main Segment: “Thor" #155-157 "Mangog!" (Marvel Comics), written by Stan Lee, art by Jack Kirby. Game:"Would You Rather... work at the Daily Bugle or Nelson & Murdock?" Listen to full episodes at PartialArc.com Email us atbecausecomics@gmail.com, and find us on Twitter at @partialarc Read Mike's columns every Tuesday and Thursday at PartialArc.com, and follow him on Twitter at @supergeekmike

56 MIN2017 MAR 20
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Ep 76 - Mother Panic, Coady and the Creepies, and Thor vs. Mangog
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