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THE UNDERTOW PODCAST

A podcast dedicated to the crime comics of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips.

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Episode 2-An Undertow tribute to Darwyn Cooke

In this episode, Robert and Bubba visit The Undertow to pay tribute to the late cartoonist Darwyn Cooke, who collaborated with Ed Brubaker on Catwoman and adapted Richard Stark's Parker books in a series of graphic novels.  Recommendations this month include the new Image book The Fix and Shane Black's latest film The Nice Guys.

1hr 18mins

29 Jun 2016

Rank #1

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Episode 4-Kill Or Be Killed #1

In this episode, we talk Kill or Be Killed #1, the new Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips series that premiered last month from Image Comics.  Our monthly recommendations include the 2015 New England horror film The Witch and the classic noir novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice.

59mins

1 Sep 2016

Rank #2

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Episode 18 - Kill Or Be Killed #13

We return to the Undertow for this month's discussion on Kill Or Be Killed #13, the latest issue in the ongoing Image Comics series from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Our monthly recommendations are the new crime comic Slots by Dan Panosian and Whiteout, the late 90s mini-series from Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber.

1hr 8mins

27 Nov 2017

Rank #3

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Episode 16 - Kill Or Be Killed #11

The team is back in The Undertow talking Kill Or Be Killed #11, the latest issue in the ongoing Brubaker/Phillips series that shows protagonist Dylan going through an emotional roller coaster. Recommendations for the month are The X-files Season 5 episode The Post Modern Prometheus and the IDW sci-fi comic Strange Science Fantasy.

1hr 19mins

12 Sep 2017

Rank #4

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Episode 6 - Kill Or Be Killed #3

We are back in The Undertow this month to talk Kill Or Be Killed #3 and give an update on all the new Brubaker/Phillips news including the deluxe edition of The Fade Out and the debut of HBO's Westworld.  Also, recommendations for the month from Robert and Bubba are the new comic The Black Monday Murders and the sci-fi film Ex Machina.

1hr

13 Nov 2016

Rank #5

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Episode 19 - Kill Or Be Killed #14

In this month's abridged episode, Robert discusses Kill Or Be Killed #14, the final issue of the comic's third arc, and briefly touches on the exciting news of a KOBK movie in development. His recommendations for the month are The Art of Sean Phillips, a 2013 career-spanning retrospective and Pikesville Straight Rye Whiskey.

30mins

15 Jan 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 35 - Criminal #7

With the new issue of Criminal set to come out tomorrow, Robert drops into the Undertow for a quick discussion of last month's Issue #7 focusing on Ricky Lawless.

13mins

24 Sep 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 7 - Kill Or Be Killed #4

Another month has passed and we are back in the Undertow for Episode 7 as we talk Kill or Be Killed #4 and the conclusion of the series' first arc!  As always, we've got monthly recommendations including the 1998 neo-noir film Dark City and news from the world of Brubaker and Phillips.

1hr 1min

17 Dec 2016

Rank #8

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Episode 9 - Kill Or Be Killed #5

The crew returns to the Undertow this month to talk about Kill Or Be Killed #5, the 1st issue of the 2nd arc of the series, plus a brief mention about Ed Brubaker and Nicolas Winding Refn's recently announced Amazon series Too Old To Die Young.  Recommendations this month also include Planetoid and the anthology The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics.

46mins

17 Feb 2017

Rank #9

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Episode 34 - Six Months of Criminal, Part 2: Issue #6

After a brief summer hiatus, the crew is back in the Undertow to discuss the first six months of the current Criminal monthly series from Image Comics and dive into Issue #6, the second chapter of the Cruel Summer arc. Following the Criminal discussion are recommendations for two Liam Neeson films, Cold Pursuit and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

44mins

12 Aug 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 17 - Kill Or Be Killed #12

The team is back this month to discuss their favorite issue of Kill Or Be Killed thus far, Issue #12. We also dive into the latest Brubaker and Phillips news, including Velvet TV developments and upcoming projects. To round out the episode, Bubba recommends a new Image crime comic mini-series The Hard Place and Robert offers up his Top 5 Tom Petty deep cuts.

1hr 14mins

11 Oct 2017

Rank #11

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Episode 32 - Criminal #4

In this month's episode, Robert talks about Criminal #4, the latest issue in the new monthly series from Image Comics. He also discusses the recent news in the world of Brubaker and Phillips, including the team's new feature interview in the digital comics magazine PanelxPanel.

19mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 11 - Kill Or Be Killed #7

We're back in The Undertow this month to talk about the latest issue of Kill or be Killed, a great issue from Kira's point of view.  As always, we've got news and recommendations for our listeners, including Michael Mann's Miami Vice and Brian Wood's great Vertigo comic, DMZ.

56mins

18 Apr 2017

Rank #13

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Episode 20 - Kill Or Be Killed #15

We are back in The Undertow this month with Guinness in hand to discuss Kill Or Be Killed #15, the first issue of the book's fourth arc. We also dive in to a recent video interview of Sean Phillips from a French comic convention that included a wealth of interesting news from the world of Brubaker/Phillips. Recommendations for this episode are two works from 2013, the Tom Hardy film Locke and the Brian K. Vaughan/Marcos Martin comic The Private Eye.

1hr 4mins

12 Feb 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 10 - Kill Or Be Killed #6

We return to The Undertow this month to talk all things Brubaker and Phillips, including Kill Or Be Killed #6.  Recommendations from the crew for our March episode are Conan the Slayer from Dark Horse comics and the 2005 Australian western The Proposition.

52mins

10 Mar 2017

Rank #15

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Episode 33 - Six Months of Criminal, Part 1: Issue #5

After a brief summer hiatus, the crew is back in the Undertow to discuss the first six months of the current Criminal monthly series from Image Comics and dive into Issue #5, the first chapter of the Cruel Summer arc. As always, we kick off the episode with a rundown of all of the recent Brubaker & Phillips news.

57mins

1 Aug 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 13 - Kill Or Be Killed #9

We are back in The Undertow this month to discuss Kill Or Be Killed #9 and all the latest Brubaker & Phillips news, including the intriguing mention of a "short Criminal graphic novella" in the most recent Ed Brubaker newsletter.  There are no recommendations this month (except for beverage recommendations...), but look for a bonus episode in the coming weeks where we do an in-depth discussion on the very strong sci-fi miniseries A.D. After Death.

30mins

29 Jun 2017

Rank #17

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Episode 5 - Kill Or Be Killed #2

Topic for this episode is Kill or Be Killed #2, the latest issue in the new monthly series from Brubaker and Phillips where we find out more about Dylan's childhood.  Plus, we've got some great film recommendations this month from Robert and Bubba.

58mins

10 Oct 2016

Rank #18

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Episode 14 - Bonus Discussion on A.D. After Death

In lieu of recommendations on our last episode on Kill Or Be Killed #9, here's a bonus episode for our Undertow listeners on the recently wrapped Image comics miniseries A.D. After Death by Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire. We both enjoyed this book immensely, and to no one's suprise, ended up talking about it in relation to Brubaker and Phillips partnership as well.  Great sci-fi, with a touch of crime, and gorgeous watercolors made this a fun to book to read and break down.

42mins

18 Jul 2017

Rank #19

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Episode 12 - Kill Or Be Killed #8

We return to The Undertow this month to discuss KOBK #8 and all of the latest news regarding the team of Brubaker & Phillips.  Recommendations from the crew are Steven Soderbergh's crime film The Limey and Jeff Lemire's new Image comic, Royal City.

56mins

26 May 2017

Rank #20