Archive for May, 2009


Want to play Uncharted 2 early?

May 27th, 2009 Posted by david brothers

An Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Multiplayer Beta code fell off a truck, and 4thletter! is passing it on to you.

If you want it, leave a comment telling us about a video game should’ve been a comic, and then tell us why. What about the game would make a good comic? Should it be a direct adaptation or something else? Basically, tell us what, why, and if you’re so inclined, how.

This is your chance to tell someone that you think the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series you’ve been writing in your spare time should be picked up by IDW, or that your Crackdown comic is going to move 100,000 copies for Marvel.

The deadline is June 3rd, the day the beta starts, so you have one week to come up with the best idea you can. Don’t blow it, kids. We’re gonna pick the best and give away the code.

Important bits: you’ve got to have a PlayStation 3 and a PSN account to make this work. PSN accounts are free, PlayStation 3s… not so much. If you’ve got both, comment away! If you don’t have either, you can still comment, but please be sure to let us know that you don’t have a PS3!

On June 3rd, after reading about the video games that should’ve been comics, I’m going to write about a video game that was turned into a pretty great comic.

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Which Lantern Would You Choose?

May 26th, 2009 Posted by Esther Inglis-Arkell

As part of the ongoing Green Lantern: The Masquerade theme, I’ve been looking through the various Green Lantern Corps, wondering what Corps I’d be signing up for.

Green is traditional, and I look good in the color.  But come on, willpower?  Me?  I’ve spent the last five years swearing that I’d get up early tomorrow and go jogging.  Also I’d have to put up with Guy Gardner.

Red?  I do like kitties, and they have one on staff.  But rage is tiring and vomiting lava is hard on the throat.

Yellow is a terrible color for me, and I can’t see myself instilling fear in anyone.

Forget about the Pink Corps of Star Sapphires.  Wearing that little clothing in the icy vacuum of space?  Why don’t I just pour a tray of ice cubes down my pants?

I flat-out hate the Indigo Lanterns.  Serene bastards.   You’re supposed to be compassionate!  Get off your lazy benevolent asses and get to work!

The Blue, the Lanterns of Hope, might get my vote, because hey, I’m hopeful.  Didn’t I spend the last four months hoping that they wouldn’t cancel Dollhouse?  And lo, they did not.   Behold my power!

But then there’s the Orange Corps.  Honestly, these are the ones I really want to be on.  Imagine all the cool stuff you’d get if someone gave you an magic wishing ring powered by greed.  That would rock.  And hard.

Sadly, as far as I can see, the Orange Corps is headed by Larfleeze, who looks like a bug would if it had just flown up your nose during an otherwise lovely bike ride and forced you to sneeze it out into your hand again.  And the only way you can join the Corps is to let Larfleeze kill you and steal your identity.

There’s always a catch, isn’t there?

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And now… some more CHIKARA

May 26th, 2009 Posted by Gavok

It’s been a while since I’ve given some love towards my favoritest wrestling fed in the whole wide world. I do have a full-on comic-to-DVD cover gallery in the works, but first I have to wait for an older show to reach my mailbox because nobody on the internet seems to have a good picture of the damn thing’s cover.

In the meantime, here are some YouTubian reasons why you should check out CHIKARA.

(The sound on this next one is a little off, but it’s Player Uno — the only wrestler to have his own pause button — debating the raving psychopath Delirious about Nintendo and its competitors)

So fun.

Personally, I highly suggest checking out all three nights of King of Trios 2009. Especially Night 2, which features an amazing four-way elimination match between El Generico, Nick Jackson, Jigsaw and Kota Ibushi.

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Your bi-weekly Fourcast!

May 26th, 2009 Posted by david brothers

In case you missed it yesterday, the first Fourcast went live on Memorial Day. Check it out here.

Here’s the details if you want to keep listening:
Podcast RSS feed
Main 4l! RSS feed
iTunes subscription

Sound good? We’ll be back in two weeks with more. If you’ve got comments, criticism, or suggestions, leave them on the post proper or drop us an email or a message on twitter.

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Preview of The Essex County Complete @ Top Shelf

May 25th, 2009 Posted by david brothers

Title kind of says it all, doesn’t it? Check out this preview of The Essex County Complete, including an introduction by Darwyn Cooke, at Top Shelf’s page.

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Great Moments in Black History #11: “Leave a ring around your eye and tread marks on your back”

May 25th, 2009 Posted by david brothers

from marvel’s daughters of the dragon: samurai bullets. words by jimmy palmiotti & justin grey, art by khari evans.

(what’s misty knight’s theme song? the champ. bet y’all didn’t know she had a fake arm, she lost it, wild and raw before rap, she was getting it on.)

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Fourcast! 01: Saved by the Cowl

May 25th, 2009 Posted by david brothers

We took the plunge and recorded the inaugural 4thletter! Fourcast! this weekend. Esther and I sat down in my apartment and talked about comics for a while, and our gift to you is thirty-four minutes and five seconds of good stuff. I’m not 100% happy with the mix, as there are a few audio peaks spread throughout, but we can work those out as we go along.

We’re looking at a biweekly schedule for now, and bringing in a few surprise guest stars down the line. We also need to rope Gavin into the mix, but that’s a problem for another day.

We begin the first of many Fourcasts with a talk about Batman: Battle for the Cowl, Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance starring the Super Young Team, and what character really hooked us into comics.

If you want to subscribe, hit up the podcast-specific RSS feed or grab the normal one. Tell your friends, give us an iTunes review or three, and drop us some comments. If you want to subscribe on iTunes, click here! If you have suggestions or want to donate some music… drop me an email.

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Lone Wolf and Cub Interlude: Haruku: The Manga

May 24th, 2009 Posted by david brothers


I hadn’t intended to write about Kazuo Koike and Yoshihiro Morifuji’s Hulk this early, but fortune favors the bold, I suppose. A few minutes after my second Lone Wolf and Cub post went live, I noticed a comment caught in my spam trap. I’m glad I stopped to read it, because it’s a gem. It originally ran in Weekly Bokura Magazine beginning in 1970, and I’m reasonably sure that this is the first time Americans have really gotten a chance to see it.

Garret sent over the link to a full scan of Hulk and thanked me for visiting his site. And, wow! It’s really interesting to see. I bothered a few Japanese-speaking friends until they agreed to help me figure out a few of details. The katakana for the title reads “Haruku.” Later in the volume, the logo treatment changes so that it reads “Haruku: Monsutaa Komiku.” “Hulk: Monster Comic.”

From what I and my lovely assistants managed to figure out of the story, it stars Dr. Araki, survivor of Hiroshima. Both of his parents died in the blast, and he’s come to Nevada to work on the gamma bomb. General Ross, Major Talbot, and Igor retain their names, but Rick Jones has been turned into Ricky Tenda. He’s got a Japanese mom and an American dad. Betty Ross is now Mitsuko, though Dr. Araki calls her Mitchan.
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Is this a comeback?

May 23rd, 2009 Posted by david brothers

No idea, but Gav told me to do this.
From the ever-classic rap battle.

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Grampa’s Batman and Robin

May 22nd, 2009 Posted by david brothers

Rafael Grampa’s Batman & Robin, that is. I found this via Sean Witzke, who found it via Grampa’s flickr.

I dig it.

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