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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.

    Shang-Chi Master of Kung Fu

    Shang-Chi Master of Kung Fu

    Kriss and Dpalm are finally back with a new Character Corner episode. This time we're talking about the Marvel Master of Kung Fu himself, Shang-Chi. We decided to wait until after we talked about the movie before diving into this character and for good reason. See, there's really no nice way to say this but the history of Shang-Chi is pretty racist. From the inception of the character and tying him to the racist Fu Manchu character all the way to even more modern books with the character that rely on how "foreign" he is. Shang-Chi is a character that has really suffered from good intentions that still fall short. Outside of the varying degrees of racism, the character has also suffered from being stagnant and not growing. A lot of that has changed though with the most recent solo series for the character. In the last year or so, Shang-Chi has grown in depth and his solo books have been really great.



     

    For this episode we do a little less going into the step-by-step history of the character and focus more on the most interesting aspects, the racism & problems that plagued the early books and why the new books really have opened up some new possibilities for the character.







     

    Issues:



    * Special Marvel Edition #15 - First Appearance

    * For old school Shang-Chi books it's best to read the different Omnibus



    * Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Omnibus Vol 1 & 2

    * Shang-Chi Master of Kung-Fu Omnibus Vol 1 - 4





    * Marvel Knights 1 - 15

    * Civil War: Heroes For Hire



    * Volume 1: Heroes for Hire

    * Volume 2: Ahead of the Curve

    * Volume 3: World War Hulk





    * Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu (2009) - First story is written by Jonathan Hickman & is Deadpool & Shang-Chi in a deadly motorcycle race

    * Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu 1 - 3

    * Secret Avengers



    * Volume 2: Eyes of the Dragon - Retcons Shang-Chi's father to be Zheng  Zu

    * 16 - 21





    * Avengers World & Avengers Vol 5 (We will dive into these during Part 6 & 7 of Into the Hickmanverse)

    * Totally Awesome Hulk #13 - 18

    * Domino #1 - 5

    * New Agents of Atlas #1 - 4

    * Shang-Chi #1 - 5 (2020)

    * Shang-Chi (2021 - Present)







     



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    • 53 min
    Into the Hickmanverse Part 5: Ultimate Universe

    Into the Hickmanverse Part 5: Ultimate Universe

    We're back with part 5 of our Into the Hickmanverse series. This time Hickman teams up with Bendis again to dive into the Ultimate universe. But before we do that, we first have to address how we got here. Yes that means retelling the story (if you can call it that) of Ultimatum and how the Ultimate universe was left in shambles. We then cover Bendis' trilogy (Ultimate Enemy, Ultimate Mystery and Ultimate Doom) that casts the Ulimate Universe's Reed Richards as a villain.

     

    All of that sets the stage for Hickman to come in and tell his story. But first he gives us a little background on Ultimate Thor and retells the story of Ragnarok. Then Hickman tells the story he was telling in Fantastic Four but this time with another evil Reed Richards. The story of "The Maker". Again, this is all laying the groundwork for what Hickman will be doing next: Avengers. We'll be back soon to tell that in a three-part series soon.

    Issues: 



    * Pre-Hickman



    * Ultimate Enemy 1 -4

    * Ultimate Mystery 1- 4

    * Ultimate Doom 1 - 4





    * Ultimate Comics Thor 1 -4

    * Ultimate Comics Fallout 1 - 6

    * Ultimate Comics Ultimates 1 - 6

    * Ultimate Comics Hawkeye 1 -4

    * Ultimate Comics Ultimates 7 - 12







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    • 57 min
    Into the Hickmanverse: Fantastic Four Part 2

    Into the Hickmanverse: Fantastic Four Part 2

    The latest part of our Into the Hickmanverse series by wrapping up his Fantastic Four run. This covers both Fantastic Four and FF (Future Foundation).

    We kick everything off with the new series, FF as well as some new uniforms for Marvel's first family. Also, Spider-Man comes in to fill in the spot left by Johnny. Things really take off here. First on the list of things for the Future Foundation to do: Solve the issue of Doom's diminished intelligence. The next thing? Get some of the Fantastic Four's most intelligent enemies and have them come together to do one thing: Defeat Reed Richards. Since there are now 4 other Reeds from other universes running around thanks to lil ole Val.



    As the series goes on Hickman starts to reveal what's really going on and why future Val & Franklin are manipulating the past. It all comes down to buying 27 minutes to align everything perfectly to save the universe. And at the heart of that is Doom standing against mad Celestials. 

    Hickman's run ends with him laying the groundwork for his big event (Time Runs Out/Secret Wars) that is still a few series away. We get the returning of Black Bolt and the Inhumans to earth as well as the bonding of Reed Richards and T'Challa. These have big impacts later on in the New Avengers run when these three link back up as members of the Illuminati that's trying to stop the incursions. 

    But before we get into all that, we need to take a trip over to the Ultimate universe where Hickman apparently took a look and said "Here I can build".



    Issues:



    * FF Volume 1



    * FF #1 - #5





    * FF Volume 2



    * FF #6 - #11





    * Story alternates between FF & Fantastic Four going forward

    * Fantastic Four #600

    * FF #12

    * Fantastic Four #601

    * FF #13

    * Fantastic Four #602

    * FF #14

    * Fantastic Four #603

    * FF #15

    * Fantastic Four #604

    * FF #16

    * Fantastic Four #605 & #606

    * FF #17 & #18

    * Fantastic Four #607 & #608

    * FF #19 - #21

    * Fantastic Four #609 to #610

    * FF #22

    * Fantastic Four #611

    * FF #23







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    • 47 min
    Into the Hickmanverse: Fantastic Four Part 1 - The Death of Johnny Storm

    Into the Hickmanverse: Fantastic Four Part 1 - The Death of Johnny Storm

    We're finally back to our series covering Jonathan Hickman's Marvel runs. This time we're revisiting his great Fantastic Four run. We start first with the Dark Reign mini-series and then cover issues 570 to 588 in Fantastic Four.



    The great thing about reading a Hickman run is when you go back to read it and realize he's laid the groundwork for the next series he's going to write. Throughout the beginning of his FF run we see the seeds of what Hickman will do when he starts his Avengers run.



    The Dark Reign mini-series gives us an important foundation for the rest of Hickman's FF run. First, it reveals that Franklin's powers are back when he uses a toy gun to shoot real bullets at Norman Osborne. Then there's Reed building and using the Bridge which will come into play in Hickman's Avengers run. It also introduces The Council of Reeds. More importantly though, this series digs into Reed Richards obsession with "solving everything" and his hubris of "I alone can fix it".



    The main Fantastic Four run picks up with where Hickman left off in Dark Reign. We also get the reveal of why the 616 Reed Richards is the best Reed: Because he still had his father. We see the results of what happened in the SHIELD series with Nathaniel Richards. Hickman takes it a step further with The Great Hunt, that saw the Nathaniel Richards from all realities hunt and kill each other until only one remained. What's funny is that this story is something we've just seen told in the Loki series. We also get Val revealing to be smarter than her dad, Nu-World, the emergence of the Four Cities, the creation of the Future Foundation and more.

    This episode ends with the emotional issues of 587 and 588. 587 sees the last stand and death of Johnny Storm while 588 is the emotional silent issue with the aftermath of his death.



    We'll be back to wrap up this run in September. Then after that we'll be moving onto Hickman's Ultimate run and then eventually...Avengers & Secret Wars. Stay tune and remember:





    Issues:



    * Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1 - 5

    * Fantastic Four #570 - 588



    * Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman Volume 1

    * Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman Volume 2

    * Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman Volume 3

    * Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman Volume 4









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    Black Widow - Natasha Romanoff

    Black Widow - Natasha Romanoff

    We're back with another Character Corner, this time to talk about Natalia Romanova aka Natasha Romanoff aka The Black Widow. On the surface this seems like a pretty straight forward character. A former Russian spy who was trained to be a femme fatale in a secret Soviet program that was recruited and turned into an ally by Nick Fury. But there ini a lot more to the character. First, Black Widow is yet another example of a Marvel character that has a redemption arc. Like Hawkeye, Vision and Scarlet Witch, Black Widow is yet another character that starts off as a villain only to turn into an Avenger (not just a member but a leader). The difference is, while Natasha became a hero, she never gave up being a spy and would definitely put two in the back of a someone’s head if they deserve it.

    The other interesting thing about Black Widow is her mysterious history. The classic Uncanny X-Men #268 reveals a history that goes all the way back to 1941 with Captain America and Logan. There are also issues that reveal she received a modified Soviet version of the Super Soldier serum which is why she hasn’t aged. Then there’s the mysteries of “The Red Room”.  All of this leads to a rather interesting character with a history that sometimes changes but at it’s core still remains the same.

    Issues:



    Tales of Suspense #52 - First Appearance

    Avengers #38 - 52 - Redemption arc including turning down joining the Avengers to work for Nick Fury & SHIELD

    Amazing Spider-Man #86 - First appearance of the modern Black Widow look

    Amazing Adventures #1 - 8 

    Daredevil



    Issues #75 - #92

    Issues #92 - 107 - Co-headlines the Daredevil book









    * Frank Miller Daredevil Run



    * Issues 178 - 190





    Inhumans # 5 - First appearance of Yelena Belova

    Marvel Knights



    Black Widow  #1 - 3 (Takes on Yelena Belova)

    Marvel Knights  #1 - 12

    Black Widow 1 - 3 (Greg Rucka)

    Black Widow 1 - 6 (Things They Say About Her)









     





    Black Widow: The Name of the Rose

    Civil War

    Avengers Time Runs Out

    Secret Empire





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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Pull List: Fireworks

    Pull List: Fireworks

    We're finally back with a new Pull List and there's a lot to talk about. We're really in the new Golden Age of comics. The biggest problem is there are just too many good books to read. The X-Men & X-Men related books alone are worth their weight in gold. Seriously guys...we're terraforming planets and claiming them for mutants now? Also Mystique is gonna burn everything down. Everything.

    But the X-Men books aren't the only good thing out right now. DC is doing very well moving on with the next stage of DC Comics with some really exciting things coming forward. The Star Wars books are still great. And Coates' run on Captain America ends and it was glorious.

    Here are some of the books we talk about on this Pull List (It is by no means an exhaustive list):





    * Robin

    * Nightwing

    * Batman

    * Wonder Woman

    * Checkmate

    * Power Rangers

    * War of the Bounty Hunters (Star Wars Books: Star Wars, Darth Vader, Bounty Hunters, Doctor Aphra)

    * Daredevil

    * Eternals

    * Captain America

    * United States of Captain America

    * King in Black

    * The Hickman Mutantverse







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Customer Reviews

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95 Ratings

95 Ratings

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Excellence

I’m not gonna hold you but this is the best comic podcast on the interwebs. Treat yourself

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Once More.

I finally went back to work and these episodes have been keeping me sane I’m really waiting for a grant Morrison JLA.Or a black lightning character corner. I know you guys got Williamson’s flash on deck I love you for doing this once again gentleman be well and stay safe

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When I listen to the character corner it’s the type of conversation I wish I could have with a group of friends and this is the next best thing like any podcast I listen to on the regular.

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