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Dpalm & Kriss love talking about Comic Books & Comic Book Characters. The Character Corner lets them do just that. We pick some of our favorite characters from DC, Marvel, Image and more to discuss their backgrounds and important issue runs. We cover some characters you might not know about or you wan too learn more about. This is the perfect show for both those who only know these characters from the movies and for hardcore comic book readers. Check the show notes for the key issues we discuss.

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Dpalm & Kriss love talking about Comic Books & Comic Book Characters. The Character Corner lets them do just that. We pick some of our favorite characters from DC, Marvel, Image and more to discuss their backgrounds and important issue runs. We cover some characters you might not know about or you wan too learn more about. This is the perfect show for both those who only know these characters from the movies and for hardcore comic book readers. Check the show notes for the key issues we discuss.

    Invincible Volume 11 to 15: Whole Lot of Problems

    Invincible Volume 11 to 15: Whole Lot of Problems

    One of the biggest differences between the Invincible comic series and the Amazon Prime Video adaptation is the pace. The comic really doesn't give you a chance to catch your breath. And just to be clear, that works for the comic media. In these three volumes we get so much. From the "Invincible War" to Conquest to the Viltrumite War (and a bunch of stuff in between), these 5 volumes are jammed with problems for Mark. We get to see Mark struggling with not just being a hero but how. Mark has to ask himself what kind of hero he wants to be and deal with those consequences. Should he kill the truly horrible and evil people that he's come across that have caused so much death, pain and destruction? Or is that the easy way out and there's better ways? We end volume 15 with Mark thinking there's a better way but honestly, it seems like it's just going to lead to more problems.

    Overall this has been a really great series to read while watching the TV series. It feels like each offer a really great experience that doesn't taint the other. 



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    • 53 Min.
    Barry Allen and the Flash Family Part 2

    Barry Allen and the Flash Family Part 2

    We're finally back with part 2 of our Barry Allen and the Flash family Character Corner series. We handle this episode a little different than our typical episodes. While we still bring up issues to read, we really focus on the discussion of the evolution of the Flash and the Flash family. Particularly under Mark Waid's run. His run is really what helped define the modern take on The Flash Family and the Speed Force. This run also serves as the bridge between all of the eras of the DC Universe as Waid helped revamp and reintroduce some Golden Age characters like Max Mercury and Johnny Chambers. Waid also brings us the first appearance of Bart Allen from the 31st Century, accompanied by the return of Iris. This run really set up not only Barry's legacy but also was the perfect example of how DC characters can pass the mantle from character to character to build generational connections to characters. Wally West goes from reluctantly filling in his uncle's shoes to becoming the confident Flash for years. After his introduction in Waid's run, Bart is a founding member of Young Justice that eventually leads into another incarnation of the Teen Titans with Bart eventually taking the title Kid Flash. It all works so well...and then Geoff Johns brings back Barry Allen in Rebirth (not the latest Rebirth run). We talk about that decision and how in hindsight it might not have been a wise one and also represents a core problem with DC's approach to their characters.

    Issues:



    * The Flash Volume 2 - Mark Waid's Run 



    * Issues #74 - 79: The Return of Barry Allen



    * Issue #76: Reintroduction of Max Mercury





    * Issue #91: First cameo appearance of Bart Allen

    * Issue #92: First full appearance of Bart Allen

    * Issues #95 - 100: Terminal Velocity



    * First appearance of the Speed Force









    * Young Justice Volume 1 (1998)

    * Teen Titans Volume 3

    * The Flash Fastest Man Alive

    * New 52 Flash



    * Flash Annual #3 - First appearance of Wallace West









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    Pull List: Bald Headed Bastards

    Pull List: Bald Headed Bastards

    It's the battle of the bald headed bastards (no not Kriss & Dpalm), Zordon and Professor Xavier. Who is more likely to put your kids in a dangerous, life threatening situation? We've determined they're both trash but at least Xavier will shoot you some money on the side after wiping your mind of the fact that you ever had kids. Anyway, we're back with another Pull List. There's plenty to talk about because well...there's just so many good comics to read. Kriss continues to catch up on the Power Rangers books and...they're pretty good. The current Darth Vader book continues the trend of Vader books being fantastic. I  believe Emperor Palpatine still has a few strands of hair left so he doesn't cut for our Battle of the Bald Headed Bastards show down but...what a dick. This current series is really driving home the fact that Vader didn't kill Palpatine in Return of the Jedi to save his son but rather because he was finally getting revenge on the bully who spent DECADES trolling him. 

    On the Marvel Super Hero side we  break things down by either on "The Island" (Krakoa) or "Off the Island". RIP to your wallet because all the X-Books are great. And then when you add in Captain America, Captain Marvel, Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, Immortal Hulk (someone please hug Al Ewing), Eternals and more and well...you're gonna go broke. And DC? Well, they're not slouching off either. With Death Metal over, DC is now working on the future of their universe and we're interested.

    AND...Kriss is happy to report that DC Universe Infinite (i.e. DC Unlimited) is actually pretty good. DC finally gave us what we wanted for their digital back catalog and while there is definitely room for improvement, it's miles above what they were offering before. So if you were looking for a way to go and read some of the old DC comics, sign up for DC Universe Infinite and get to reading.



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    • 1 Std. 12 Min.
    Comic Book Book Club: Invincible Volumes 6 to 10

    Comic Book Book Club: Invincible Volumes 6 to 10

    We're back with the next 5 volumes of Invincible and cover volumes 6 through 10. Invincible is an interesting series because it's able to navigate accelerated storytelling with seeding things that don't pay off until volumes later. It's a good combination that both continually rewards the reader while also giving them something to look forward to. 

    In these 5 volumes, Mark is really coming into his own as a hero. It's like a combination of Spider-Man and Superboy with all the real-world problems that come with that. Trying to manage his grades in college and his love life while also being a hero, clearly is taking a toll. It doesn't help that Nolan pops back up and we see what he's been up to. Gotta say, when it comes to trash fathers, Nolan isn't at the top of the list yet but he's rapidly climbing. 

    There's a lot to cover so give this episode a listen. We'll be back soon with volumes 11 - 15. Also later in March we'll be discussing the first 3 episodes of the animated series coming to Amazon Video. So stay tuned. 





    Issues:



    * Volume 6: A Different World

    * Volume 7: Three's Company

    * Volume 8: My Favorite Martian

    * Volume 9: Out of this World

    * Volume 10: Who's the Boss?





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    • 46 Min.
    Barry Allen and the Flash Family Part 1

    Barry Allen and the Flash Family Part 1

    This feels like a long time coming. It's actually quite amazing that it's taken us this long to cover Barry Allen. We're slowly making our way through the original seven members of the Justice League (Martian Manhunter is the only remaining member left and we'll cover him soon). There's a few reasons why it's taken us such a long time to cover the character that practically launched the Silver Age of comics.

    First, we're Wally West fans. There's a reason why Wally West was the second character we ever covered on the Character Corner. And rightly so. Most of what everyone knows of the Flash came from Wally's time (The Speed Force was created during Mark Waid's great Wally West run). Related to this, the second reason it has taken us this long is because Barry Allen for so long represented more of a Legend in the DC Universe than anything else. His first appearance kicked off the start of the Silver Age and his death not only saved the DC Universe but also arguably kicked off the Bronze Age. His sacrifice set the bar and tone for so many characters, not just Wally. He also for the longest time the promise of a hero passing his mantle and legacy to his protege. And honestly, the best Barry Allen stories and the ones people really think of that define the character, all came after his return from death after two decades. 

    But before we get into Barry, we start with Jay Garrick, the Golden Age Flash. We'll also be covering some of the other members of the Flash family in part 2. Consider these episodes the primer for later this year when we do a deep dive Comic Book Book Club into Josh Williamson's run on the Flash that really brings home and ties together the legacy of Barry Allen.

    Issues:



    * Jay Garrick



    * Flash Comics #1 - First Appearance of Jay Garrick The Golden Age Flash

    * All Star Comics #3 - First Appearance of the Justice Society of America (Jay was founding member and Chairman)





    * Barry Allen



    * Showcase #4 - First appearance of Barry Allen the Silver Age Flash

    * Flash #110 - First Appearance of Wally West as Kid Flash

    * Flash #123 - Flash of Two Worlds (Barry & Jay meet for the first time)

    * The Original Rogues (We covered Flash Rogues on this episode)



    * Captain Cold - Showcase #8 

    * Mirror Master (Sam Scudder)- The Flash #105 

    * Gorilla Grodd - The Flash #106 

    * Pied Piper (Hartley Rathaway) - The Flash #106 

    * Weather Wizard (Mark Mardon) - The Flash #110 

    * Trickster James Jesse - The Flash #113 

    * Captain Boomerang - The Flash #117

    * The Top (Roscoe Dillon) - The Flash #122

    * Abra Kadabra - The Flash #128 

    * Heat Wave - The Flash #140

    * The Golden Glider (Lisa Snart) - The Flash #250

    * Rainbow Raider - The Flash #286





    * The Flash #139 - First appearance of Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash/Professor Zoom

    * The Flash #275 - The death of Iris Allen

    * The Flash #282 - 283 - Thawne revealed as Iris' murderer

    * The Flash #324 - Barry kills Thawne when Thawne tries to kill his new fiance

    * The Flash #340 - 350 - Trial of  the Flash. #350 ends with Iris being revealed to be from the 30th century and still alive, Barry goes off with Iris to live in the 30th century

    * Crisis on Infinite Earths

    * The Wally West Years (Check our Wally West Character Corner & the Update)

    * Final Crisis #2 - The real return of Barry Allen

    * The Flash The Rebirth - Six Issue mini-series.

    • 1 Std. 20 Min.
    Comic Book Book Club: Invincible Volume 1 to 5

    Comic Book Book Club: Invincible Volume 1 to 5

    Is World Domination a father-son bonding activity? Kriss and Dpalm dive into Robert Kirkman's Invincible with the first five volumes. The first 5 volumes of this series are a great introduction to the world that Kirkman has set up. It's also a great example of how those that say they want a "dark", R-rated Justice League (looking at those lost SnyderCut stans), just need to pick up some creator owned books. Invincible starts off as basically "What if we took Superman, gave him a son and then made him an evil tyrant that needed to be stopped by his son?" Seriously, Nolan/Omni-Man beating the shit out of his son Mark/Invincible is something no one is really expecting to see.

    But don't think that Invincible is just some DC rip-off. Far from it. Yes they take their shots and have their parodies, but really Invincible does a great job of building its characters and the world they live in into something that stands on its own. By the time you finish volume 5, you're fully invested. There's the trauma of Mark and his mother Deborah trying to piece their lives together after Nolan is revealed to be an evil tyrant and exposed to the whole world. The supporting cast like Allen the Alien, Atom Eve (who when you realize what her powers are you'll be questioning yourself), the Mauler Twins, Monster Girl and others are all intriguing and interesting on their own. Then there's the feeling that you clearly don't know all that is going on besides the fact that Kirkman has a plan and is willing to take his time to build out that world. All of this makes for a great and exciting read. 

    We'll be back at the end of the month to do the next 5 volumes. Make sure you stay tuned and pick up your own copies so you can read along with us.

    Issues:



    * Volume 1 Family Matters

    * Volume 2 Eight is Enough

    * Volume 3 Perfect Strangers

    * Volume 4 Head of the Class

    * Volume 5 Facts of Life





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