Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Podcasts have, through some unlikely sorcery, become the hot entertainment and education medium of the 21st century. Their appeal is still not fully understood, but something about their ability to be listened to while we multi-task, combined with the soothing nature of other people’s voices, makes them perfect for sharing obsessions and interests.Because we’re geeks, we like to talk about comics. And we like to listen to other people talk about comics. So a big chunk of our subscription page is taken up with superhero podcasts. What follows are eleven of our favorites, approaching the four-color medium from a variety of different angles.Off PanelThis long-running podcast hosted by David Harper has built up a strong reputation for fascinating guests, and with over 150 episodes in the can you’ll be catching up for a long time. Some of our favorite episodes include Todd McFarlane giving the inside story on the birth of Image Comics and the one where Andrew W.K. shows up to explain the positivity and power of fandom in both music and comics. Harper sometimes digresses into movies and sports talk, but the majority of the meat here is comic books and episodes are brisk, insightful listens.Listen here.Wait, What?For five years, Graeme McMillan and Jeff Lester have released a new episode of Wait, What? every other Monday. That’s a pretty serious run in podcasting terms. The duo cover just about every aspect of mainstream comics, from deep dives into Marvel and DC lore to independent work, webcomics and more. Right now they’re in the middle of a massive project to explore Marvel’s first family, the Fantastic Four, in a recurring “Baxter Building” segment that grinds through the series in chronological order.Listen here.Jay & Miles X-Plain The X-MenOf all the comic book franchises, none is as convoluted and opaque as the X-Men. What started out as a team of five merry mutants and their wheelchair-bound leader has grotesquely blossomed into a sprawling labyrinth of alternate universes, time travel and other nonsense. The hosts of Jay & Miles X-Plain The X-Men are committed to walking you through the mess one issue at a time, covering the characters, situations and creative teams that made the X-Men so popular. The show is eminently listenable, very funny, and they even got legendary X-scribe Chris Claremont on for their 100th episode.Listen here.War Rocket AjaxWith nearly 400 episodes in the can, War Rocket Ajax is one of the hoariest of the comics podcasts. Hosted by Chris Sims and Matt Wilson, it’s a funny and free-ranging dive through the nooks and crannies of comics history. One of the best recurring features is “Every Story Ever,” which takes submissions from readers and attempts to place them in a comprehensive ranking of every issue published in comics history. Needless to say, this is an absolutely absurd task, but the guys have already managed to get 592 damn stories on there (with DC’s Identity Crisis in the last place slot).Listen here.The Savage LandThe wide-ranging coverage on The Savage Land isn’t restricted to just comics – they do movies, games and other geek culture too – but the level of fandom here is top-notch. Hosts Matt Hockett, Rachael Pedersen and Jason Hammons, have great conversational rapport as they briskly go through the latest releases, talk about the latest industry news and interview writers, artists, editors and other fan figures. It’s a solid podcast that has won a dedicated fanbase through regular updates and uniformly high quality.Listen here.Under The HoodSome of our favorite podcasts are the ones that take a laser focus on a subject and just mercilessly dissect it. Case in point: Under The Hood, which puts one of the greatest superhero comics of all time under the microscope. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen is a fascinatingly dense creation, in its twelve issues pushing the limits of what capes and spandex could do emotionally and politically. Each episode features hosts Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou and Kieran Shiach diving deep into a single page of the comic, drawing out connections and symbolism that a more casual reader could miss. They’re about halfway through the first issue right now, so things are starting to heat up.Listen here.Word BalloonWhile not exclusively comics-focused, as you can guess from the name this Canadian podcast delves heavily into the world of superheroes. Host John Siuntres is one of the best interviewers in geek culture, taking the time to study up on his guests and their work each and every episode so he doesn’t waste time and can get to the good stuff. The show has featured just about everybody who is anybody in modern comics, from Batman writer Tom King and Brian Michael Bendis to up-and-comers and indie artists. If you’re deep into comics, this is a must-listen and there’s a huge library of back episodes to sift through.Listen here.11 O’Clock ComicsIf you’re looking for a podcast that covers the latest and greatest floppies to hit the spinner rack, 11 O’Clock Comics is for you. Each week the team tackles new releases, giving unvarnished criticism and recommendations. Hosts Vince, David and Jason have been working together for a decade, so they have a natural rapport that makes for easy listening. In addition to reviews, the podcast gets a wide variety of guests to stop by, from mainstream stars like J. H. Williams III and Jeff Lemire to more indie artists like Josh Bayer. This is a great one to hit up before you make your weekly trip to the store.Listen here.The Comic ConspiracyPart of the Geekbox podcast network, The Comic Conspiracy is a weekly show where hosts Ryan Higgins, Brock Sager, Toby Sidler, and Charlie West get you ready for New Comics Day with previews of upcoming books, reviews of their pull list, and more. They’re also really good at grabbing high-profile guests – most notably Scott Snyder, architect of DC’s Batman line for the last five years or so. If you’re looking for a one-stop overview of everything that’s happening in the industry, this is the place to go.Listen here.Journey Into MiseryA popular genre of podcast is the “explainer,” which typically takes the form of a more learned host laying out the details for a newbie. Journey Into Misery revolves around Kieran Shiach taking a single character every episode and trying to make their adventures comprehensible to perpetually perplexed co-host Helena Hart. The end result is very funny and remarkably listenable, as Hart has a great instinct for cutting to the quick of these ridiculous stories and Shiach boasts an Answer Man-level knowledge of comics minutiae.Listen here.