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Review: Frogman

Review: Frogman

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on April 14, 2013

Cover He’s Green, he’s wet, he ain’t your pet… He’s FROGMAN. Frogman tells the story of a unique superhero that doesn't quite grasp the simple working of life, but still strives to do good and protect his city. Frogman is a parody of the superhero genre. The main character is based heavily on established superheroes like Spider-Man from whom he takes that perpetual bad luck that is characteristic of Peter Parker. From Superman he inherits the secret identity.Also his origin seems similar to Mogli or even Tarzan. How is it? This comes from the minds of Mark Lewis and Matt Fitch. A while back they started the Frogman Kickstarter project in order get the funding needed to print this comic. They succeeded and got funded. Tha allowed them to print hard copies of their comic book.And thus Frogman got introduced to the world. This book is all about having fun. Matt and Mark obviously had fun creating Frogman and I had fun reading it. The hero is a parody of Spider-Man in the sense that he shares the same concept powers and has the height of the world on his shoulders. Nothing ever goes as it should and he can never get a break, just like Peter Parker. The Evil Taxman This bad luck is the source of some wonderfully hilarious jokes. Freddy (Frogman's alter ego) is a fast food worker that has severe financial problems and, after seeing his paycheck, decides to take down the Taxman. And who can blame him? Turns out that the Taxman is an actual person and tougher than he thought. This means that he puts up a good fight, perhaps to good for Frogman. In this book you'll find gratuitous violence, explicit sex scenes, STDs and (good and bad) puns. So it should be kept out of the hands of children and easily offended adults. Not that this is a particularly offensive book, but its better to play it safe. The art is very simple. Its in black and white and with some influence from John Romita, Sr's work. While its not stellar its competent enough. My only complain would be the lack of detail of the backgrounds on most panels. A Hero Has Needs Verdict? This is a good book to read if you like, or at least don't mind, parodies of your favorite superheroes. It might not be a groundbreaking book, but that was never the point. Its all about having fun and enjoying comics for comics sake. If you want, go to Dead Canary Comics and get your copy. Publisher: Dead Canary Comics Year: 2013 Pages: 32 Authors: Matt Fitch, Mark Lewis ISBN: N/A Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/review-frogman.html

Marvel X-Book Previews 04-17-2013

Marvel X-Book Previews 04-17-2013

By Jude Terror in Previews on April 14, 2013

We've got previews of Astonishing X-Men #61, Cable and X-Force #7, Savage Wolverine #4, Wolverine and the X-Men #27AU, X-Factor #254, and X-Men Legacy #9!

Marvel Avengers Family Previews 04-17-2013

Marvel Avengers Family Previews 04-17-2013

By Jude Terror in Previews on April 14, 2013

We've got previews of Captain America #6, Captain Marvel #12, Dark Avengers #189, Iron Man #8, and Thunderbolts #8, all in stores this week!

Silver Surfer: Parable - Stan Lee Moebius

Silver Surfer: Parable - Stan Lee Moebius

By Arion in Reviews on April 13, 2013

New edition of Parable / nueva edición de Parábola “Faith without judgment merely degrades the spirit divine”. And truly, that applies to every religion in every era. For many, religion is the perfect excuse to sacrifice reason. Religious fanaticism has existed for centuries, and it still exists today. Those who believe that can communicate directly with a higher being, are often devoid of doubts and questions. For them, faith is always the rightful justification for all actions. Years after the first incursion of Galactus, Norrin Radd (also known as the Silver Surfer) still roams the Earth, without goals or purposes, he lives the life of the homeless people, covered in wretched threads while being vilified and ignored by men. One day, a gigantic vessel, bigger than the world’s largest cities arrives to our world. Inside this intergalactic transport lies a figure that exudes majesty and grandeur: Galactus, the devourer of worlds. Although in the past this cosmic entity had pledged not to destroy mankind, he has now chosen a more subtle approach. He arrives and shows a fraction of his near infinite power, and soon millions of people, in every continent and in every city start worshipping him as the one and true creator, after all, if Galactus is not god who else could even be close to such divine power? And very easily, a television evangelist convinces everyone that he is the prophet and Galactus the one and only god. Silver Surfer undresses (his board is still wrapped up) / Silver Surfer se desviste (su tabla todavía está envuelta) And when Galactus speaks he says he has come to set humanity free, no longer bound to man-made laws and to fragile concepts as order. "If god is dead, then everything is per-mitted”. Is a famous phrase misattri-buted to Dosto-yevsky, and that is what Galactus wants humans to think. Soon, violence escalates, murders, plundering and destruction become the norm, “the thin veneer of civilization is stripped away, to be replaced by brutal, mindless anarchy”. Galactus plan is simple, without breaking his oath he’ll simply allow humanity to exterminate itself and then consume the planet. But, if god is dead, is everything permitted? On the contrary, as Jacques Lacan put it, if god is dead, then nothing is permitted. The idea of celestial reward or netherworld punishment shouldn’t rule the fate of mankind. Whatever choice we make will have consequences here and now, not in the afterlife; and we must be aware of that.  For the first time in years, the Silver Surfer once again soars the skies. But men and women don’t trust him. For them, he’s an intruder, a heretic, someone who stands in their way of eternal devotion. The Silver Surfer knows that even with his cosmic powers he is no rival for Galactus, but he still fights against him. In the end, despite the bravery and nobility of Norrin Radd, Galactus overpowers him. But throughout the battle, people have realized that this false god has no respect for the planet and no interest in preserving life. This recognition is sufficient to destroy Galactus plans.  The end of Parable presents one of Stan Lee’s most remarkable narrative devices: when the Silver Surfer is recognized as the savior of mankind, every leader and every nation on Earth wants him to be the greatest authority of the world, to be a new god that they can worship, with a mindless devotion that reminds Norrin Radd’s of the inherent weaknesses of society: “Surely this is why they so often fall prey to tyrants and despots. Why cannot they realize that the truest faith is faith in oneself?”. In the end, Silver Surfer decides to flight into space, and there, he looks back on Earth, confident that a life of solitude is preferable than a life spent as the new leader of the human civilization. “You struck in the name of your god, see now what such blind devotion has wrought!” / “¡Atacasteis en el nombre de vuestro dios, contemplad  ahora lo que semejante devoción ciega ha ocasionado!” There are moments of such an intense emotional strength. Like the way in which the television evangelist realizes that Silver Surfer is abandoning the world. Norrin Radd could be the perfect ruler, but he doesn’t want that. He doesn’t want people to follow him blindly, he wants them to think and make decisions for them-selves. It’s hard to believe that Stan "The Man" Lee could capture the essence of some the most fascinating philosophical thoughts in only 50 pages of story. Written in 1988, this comic is by far one of the best Stan Lee stories I’ve ever read.  Reading the prolog, I was surprised to see how excited the Father of Marvel felt when he met Moebius. He reacts like an enthusiastic fan of the French artist. The man who has created Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and pretty much every major character of the Marvel Universe feels intimidated and thrilled to work with one of Europe’s most talented and important artists.  And of course, in these pages Moebius proves why he was such an influential artist, and why he inspired not only readers but also many professional artists. He has a “superb sense of storytelling and polished, cinematic pacing”. Parable has a very distinctive European touch, but at the same time is a unique example of Moebius experimenting with the American comic book format and trying new things. In a 14-page epilogue, Moebius explains every step of his creative process. He penciled and inked Parable, but he also lettered it, something very unusual in the American comic book industry, and he also colored it. To do that, he had to adapt to the limited color palette that was available for American comics in the 80s, but maybe because of those limitations he managed to create an absolutely beautiful masterpiece. Reading this afterword is like taking an art lesson. A master like Moebius has taught me a lot just by explaining why he took certain artistic decisions instead of others. He redid many pages of Parable because he considered them to be too detailed: “Details are dangerous, because an overabundance of details is a bad thing. It’s like filling the page just because it’s there, or feeling that because you put in a lot of details, you’re doing a wonderful job, but that’s wrong. Details must take into account the natural rhythm of the eye, like breathing. Details must follow the flow of the story, and accentuate its strong moments. Details are like background music in an orchestra”. Surely, every composer understands the need of moments of silence in a symphony, likewise, artists should also know when it’s necessary to include a vast amount of details and when to stop. Some of my favorite artists, such as Barry Windsor-Smith, Brian Bolland or John Cassaday, know how to maintain this difficult balance. Moebius, however, is such an experienced artist that he automatically knows how to keep the equilibrium: there’s detail when it’s needed, and dynamism and pure movement when it’s required. His bold designs and his extraordinary style are a joy to behold. And to top it all, Stan Lee does justice to the French artist’s work, by creating a deeply emotional and intelligent script about faith, divinity and the human condition. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ "La fe sin juicio meramente degrada el espíritu divino". Y, por cierto, eso se aplica a cada religión, en cada época. Para muchos, la religión es la excusa perfecta para sacrificar la razón. El fanatismo religioso ha existido por siglos, y hoy aún perdura. Aquellos que creen que pueden comunicarse directamente con un ser superior, a menudo prescinden de las dudas y las preguntas. Para ellos, la fe es siempre la justificación idónea para todas sus acciones. Galactus versus Silver Surfer Años después de la primera incursión de Galactus, Norrin Radd (también conocido como Silver Surfer) todavía deambula por la Tierra, sin metas ni propósitos, vive la vida de los mendigos, cubierto por harapos, mientras es vilipendiado e ignorado por los hombres. Un día, un gigantesco bajel, más grande que las más extensas ciudades, llega a nuestro mundo. Dentro de este transporte intergaláctico yace una figura que exuda majestad y grandiosidad: Galactus, el devorador de mundos.  Aunque en el pasado esta entidad cósmica ha jurado no destruir a la humanidad, ahora ha optado por un enfoque más sutil. Llega y muestra una fracción de su casi infinito poder, y pronto millones de personas, en todos los continentes y en todas las ciudades, empiezan a idolatrarlo como al único y verdadero creador, después de todo, si Galactus no es dios ¿quién más podría estar cerca a semejante poder divino? Explotando la ignorancia de millones, un evangelista de la televisión convence a todos de que él es el profeta de Galactus, el dios único. Y cuando Galactus habla, dice que ha venido para liberar a la humanidad, que ya no estará sujeta a las leyes hechas por el hombre y a los frágiles conceptos de orden. "Si dios está muerto, entonces todo está permitido". Es una famosa frase mal atribuida a Dostoyevsky, y eso es lo que Galactus quiere que piensen los humanos. Pronto, la violencia aumenta, los asesinatos, los saqueos y la destrucción se convierten en la norma, "el delgado velo de la civilización se rasga, para ser reemplazado por la anarquía más brutal e insensata". El plan de Galactus es simple, sin romper su juramento él simplemente permitirá que la humanidad se extermine a sí misma para luego consumir el planeta. Pero, si dios ha muerto, ¿entonces está todo permitido? Por el contrario, como afirma Jacques Lacan, si dios está muerto entonces nada está permitido. La idea de una recompensa celestial o un castigo del inframundo no deberían regir el destino de la humanidad. Cualquiera que sea nuestra decisión, habrá consecuencias en el aquí y el ahora, y debemos ser concientes de esto. Por primera vez en años, Silver Surfer surca los cielos una vez más. Pero los hombres y las mujeres desconfían de él. Para ellos, él es un intruso, un hereje, alguien que obstaculiza el camino a la devoción eterna. Silver Surfer sabe que incluso con su cósmico poder no es rival para Galactus, pero aún así pelea contra él. Al final, a pesar de la nobleza y la valentía de Norrin Radd, Galactus lo derrota. Pero en la batalla, la gente se da cuenta de que este falso dios no tiene respeto por el planeta ni interés en preservar la vida. Esto es suficiente para destruir los planes de Galactus.  El final de Parábola presenta uno de los recursos narrativos más destacables de Stan Lee: cuando Silver Surfer es reconocido como el salvador de la humanidad, todos los líderes de todas las naciones de la Tierra quieren que él gobierne el mundo, que sea un nuevo dios al que puedan adorar, con una desquiciada devoción que hace que Norrin Radd recuerde las debilidades inherentes de la sociedad: "Seguramente es por eso que ellos, tan a menudo, caen presa de los tiranos y los déspotas. ¿Por qué no pueden darse cuenta de que la fe más verdadera es la fe en uno mismo?". Al final, Silver Surfer decide huir al espacio y, desde allí, observa la Tierra, confiado en que una vida de soledad es preferible a ser el nuevo líder de la civilización humana. Hay momentos de una enorme fuerza emocional. Como la manera en la que el tele-evangelista se da cuenta de que Silver Surfer va a abandonar el mundo. Norrin Radd podría ser un dios idóneo, pero él no quiere eso. No quiere que la gente lo siga a ciegas, él quiere que piensen y tomen decisiones por sí mismos. Es difícil creer que Stan "The Man" Lee pudo capturar la esencia de algunos de los más fascinantes pensamientos filosóficos en tan sólo 50 páginas de historia. Escrito en 1988, este cómic es, de lejos, una de las mejores historias que he leído del Padre de Marvel. “Consequences are for lesser beings, I am Galactus. That is sanction enough” / “Las consecuencias son para los seres inferiores, yo soy Galactus. Esa es sanción suficiente” Al leer el prólogo, me sorprendió ver lo emo-cionado que estaba Stan Lee cuando conoció a Moebius. Es un fan entusiasta del artista francés. El hombre que creó a Spider-Man, los X-Men, los Fantastic Four y básica-mente a todos los personajes impor-tantes del Universo Marvel se siente nervioso al trabajar con uno de los artistas más relevantes y talentosos de Europa. Y por supuesto en estas páginas, Moebius demuestra por qué es un artista tan influyente, y por qué ha inspirado no sólo a los lectores sino también a muchos artistas profesionales. Él tiene un "soberbio sentido de secuencialidad, y un ritmo visual prolijo, cinemático". Parábola tiene un toque europeo muy distintivo, pero al mismo tiempo es un ejemplo único de la experimentación que hace Moebius con el formato del comic book norteamericano. En un epílogo de 14 páginas, Moebius explica cada paso de su proceso creativo. Dibujó Parábola a lápiz y luego a tinta, pero también hizo el rotulado, algo muy inusual en la industria estadounidense, y también hizo los colores. Para lograrlo, tuvo que adaptarse a la limitada paleta de colores que estaba disponible en los 80, pero quizás a causa de esas limitaciones terminó haciendo una hermosa obra maestra. Leer este epílogo es como estar en una clase de arte. Por lo menos, siento que un maestro como Moebius me ha enseñado mucho tan sólo con explicar por qué hizo lo que hizo en Parábola, y por qué tomó ciertas decisiones artísticas en lugar de otras. Rehízo muchas de sus páginas porque las consideraba demasiado detalladas: “Los detalles son peligrosos, porque una abundancia excesiva de detalles es algo malo. Es como llenar la página sólo porque está allí, o sentir que porque pusiste un montón de detalles, estás haciendo un trabajo maravilloso, pero eso no es así. Los detalles deben tomar en cuenta el ritmo natural del ojo, es como respirar. Los detalles deben seguir el flujo de la historia, y acentuar sus momentos fuertes. Los detalles son como la música de fondo en una orquesta”. Sin duda, todos los compositores entendieron la necesidad de momentos de silencio en una sinfonía, del mismo modo, los artistas también deberían saber cuándo es necesario incluir una vasta cantidad de detalles y cuándo detenerse. Algunos de mis artistas favoritos, como Barry Windsor-Smith, Brian Bolland o John Cassaday, saben cómo mantener este difícil equilibrio. Moebius, sin embargo, es un artista tan experimentado que automáticamente sabe cómo mantener el balance: hay detalle cuando es necesario, y dinamismo y movimiento puro cuando es requerido. Contemplar sus audaces diseños y su extraordinario estilo es un placer. Y encima Stan Lee le hace justicia al trabajo del artista francés, creando un argumento profundamente emocional e inteligente sobre la fe, la divinidad y la condición humana.   Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/04/silver-surfer-parable-stan-lee-moebius.html

Sword Of Sorcery #7 Preview

Sword Of Sorcery #7 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on April 13, 2013

What is the great evil Constantine unleashes on Gemworld, and why is Amethyst powerless to stop him?

New 'Iron Man 3' Spot shows off Iron Man Tech

New 'Iron Man 3' Spot shows off Iron Man Tech

By Jeremy Shane in News with Benefits on April 13, 2013

Spot offers a look at a few new moments of footage alongside what looks like footage made just for this promotion.

New 'Elder Scrolls Online' Screens + A Look at Two Monster Types

New 'Elder Scrolls Online' Screens + A Look at Two Monster Types

By Jeremy Shane in News with Benefits on April 13, 2013

Get a look at a couple of the monsters that will be trying to kill you in ESO, the Dreugh and Ogrim. Plus a few 'new' screenshots.

Dos Vidanya Winter Soldier

Dos Vidanya Winter Soldier

By sdsichero in News with Benefits on April 13, 2013

Writer confirms title's cancellation.

 Batman and (Red) Robin #19: The Debuts of Carrie Kelley and.. Stephanie Brown?!

Batman and (Red) Robin #19: The Debuts of Carrie Kelley and.. Stephanie Brown?!

By Zechs in News with Benefits on April 13, 2013

Keen eyed fans have taken notice that more than one female Robin might have debuted in Batman & (Red) Robin #19.

All-Star Western #19 Cover Reveal

All-Star Western #19 Cover Reveal

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on April 12, 2013

What type of gold means certain death for Jonah Hex?

Bleeding Cool Article Links Costumed Panhandling Law to Orwellian Dystopia

Bleeding Cool Article Links Costumed Panhandling Law to Orwellian Dystopia

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on April 12, 2013

In a particularly melodramatic moment for the gossip website, Bleeding Cool has suggested a new law targeting costumed panhandlers in Times Square will criminalize cosplay at New York Comic Con.

Wonder Woman #19 Cover Reveal

Wonder Woman #19 Cover Reveal

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on April 12, 2013

What is the one way Wonder Woman can stop Orion?

SPACE 2013: Michael Carroll

SPACE 2013: Michael Carroll

By J.M. Hunter in Features on April 12, 2013

Michael Carroll brings his own brand of Stick-Figure Funny to the Outhouse in a special SPACE Pre-Show Interview with the Indy Hunter!!

Iron Man 3 Suits Revealed

Iron Man 3 Suits Revealed

By Jeremy Shane in News with Benefits on April 12, 2013

Some really cool motion graphics by designer Kaism Lim show off Iron man 3 armors.

SPACE 2013: Matt Dembicki

SPACE 2013: Matt Dembicki

By J.M. Hunter in Features on April 12, 2013

Our last day of SPACE Pre-Coverage continues with Publisher/Writer/Artist Matt Dembicki, D.C. are you listening?!

The New Toonami Line-Up

The New Toonami Line-Up

By Zechs in News with Benefits on April 12, 2013

The new line-up for Toonami starting April 27th is here!

Opening Cinematic & Launch Trailer for 'Injustice: Gods Among Us'

Opening Cinematic & Launch Trailer for 'Injustice: Gods Among Us'

By Jeremy Shane in News with Benefits on April 12, 2013

It's a fighting game, but offers a bit of story as well, check out the trailer and then the opening cinematic for a look at the world of Injustice.

New 'Star Trek Into Darkness' TV Spot and Movie Poster

New 'Star Trek Into Darkness' TV Spot and Movie Poster

By Jeremy Shane in News with Benefits on April 12, 2013

I suppose this could be spoilery, but can't imagine how you will avoid seeing the poster or commercial until the movie comes out.

Warner Bros. Gives Stephen King the Alan Moore Treatment

Warner Bros. Gives Stephen King the Alan Moore Treatment

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on April 12, 2013

The popular writer is not happy about WB's plans to make a Shining Prequel.

SPACE 2013: Brian Canini & Derek Baxter

SPACE 2013: Brian Canini & Derek Baxter

By J.M. Hunter in Features on April 12, 2013

From Drunken Cats and their Drunken Creators to French only comics...there's even a mention of Angry Birds somewhere in this interview with SPACE Exhibitors Brian and Derek of Drunken Cat Comics!

Review: Skullkickers Volume 2 Five Funerals and a Bucket of Blood

Review: Skullkickers Volume 2 Five Funerals and a Bucket of Blood

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on April 12, 2013

Cover Skullkickers Volume 2 Five Funerals and a Bucket of Blood continues the saga of our heroes Shorty and Baldy. Last time we saw them they had just saved the village of Mudwich. As a result they're invited to the capital of the Kingdom and once there are invited to a fancy dinner with some local nobles. From here on things naturally take a few turns towards the predictable unpredictable. As you might imagine Shorty isn't exactly a calm guy and Baldy is far from discrete. When they're framed for a little something something they didn't do all hell breaks loose and the find themselves against all of Urbia's population. There are minor spoilers ahead. Tread carefully. How is it? As soon as you turn the first page you know that something will go horrifically wrong. Shorty and Baldy are invited to a formal dinner with the nobles of Urbia. Can you imagine these two among civilized people? Me neither. Fate has it that the hooded assassin from the first story arc also has an interest in that very same dinner. Then a something something happens and thus begins a new adventure. NOOOOOOOOO Baldy! I don't know if Jim Zub intended to mimic the standard structure of a RPG game or not, but this story arc has a lot of similarities with it. Breaking down this story arc in a RPG game perspective: Heroes get to new town; Immediately are introduced to local problems, thus creating a new main quests; Eventually meet new (and opposing) factions; Then have to build reputation with said factions by completing quests for them; There has to be a quest for gear in order to overcome new challenges; Faction quests conflict with each other, or in other words, the heroes can't make everyone happy; Confrontations with increasingly difficult bosses; To win the final boss confrontation the heroes need to rely on the participation of one of those factions; Heroes move to the next town. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/review-skullkickers-volume-2-five.html

Frank’s Conversations With Not Alive People: Thanos

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By Frankenstein, Former Agent of S.H.A.D.E. in News with Benefits on April 12, 2013

Wise man once say “Only Frank could go to Titan.”

Uncanny Avengers Fan Distressed About Uncanny Avengers' Regular Release Schedule

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By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on April 12, 2013

The fan described the first few issues as "like a surprise birthday in his pants" when they sporadically came out.

Valiant Solicitations for July 2013

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By Royal Nonesuch in News with Benefits on April 12, 2013

The end of Harbinger Wars and the start of Quantum & Woody. All this and more from Valiant.

Birds Of Prey #19 Preview

Birds Of Prey #19 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on April 12, 2013

There is a traitor on the team — so who is the member that threatens to tear the Birds of Prey apart?

This Week In Punchy for the 10th of April 2013

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By Niam Suggitt in Reviews on April 12, 2013

Punchy's review column staggers on, with looks at new issues of Batman, Avengers, Fantastic Four, Saga and Green Lantern Corps.

SPACE 2013: Bob Corby

SPACE 2013: Bob Corby

By J.M. Hunter in Features on April 12, 2013

With one more day to go before SPACE 2013, the Indy Hunter talks to Bob Corby!

Tiny Update on Crowdfunded Atttempt to Bring Young Justice & Green Lantern: The Animated Series Back

Tiny Update on Crowdfunded Atttempt to Bring Young Justice & Green Lantern: The Animated Series Back

By Zechs in News with Benefits on April 12, 2013

It's not much, but it's real, and not an April's Fool joke.

Disney Lays Off Most of Hand-Drawn Animation Division

Disney Lays Off Most of Hand-Drawn Animation Division

By Zechs in News with Benefits on April 12, 2013

EA isn't the only one announcing layoffs as the House of Mouse clears out their hand-drawn animation division.

Catwoman #19 Preview

Catwoman #19 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on April 12, 2013

Catwoman needs help — but what is the only place the Justice League of America can take her?

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