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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.

    Miles Morales Brooklyn's Spider-Man

    Miles Morales Brooklyn's Spider-Man

    With the release of the Miles Morales: Spider-Man game for Playstation 4 & 5, it's the perfect time to do a follow-up on Miles Morales. Back in 2015 we did a Character Corner on Miles (Listen here). Since then a lot has happened. Matter of fact, around the time of that episode, Miles was making the huge transition from the 1610 Ultimate Universe to the main 616 universe through Jonathan Hickman's Secret Wars. The result of Secret Wars saw big changes for Miles as not only did he make it over to 616 but so did his family and friends. And with that Marvel now has two Spider-Men to play with: The elder Peter Parker who deals with the challenges of being Spider-Man as an adult and the teenage Miles Morales that still gives readers that classic "teenage Spider-Man angst". 

    The other big thing that's changed with Miles is that his creator Brian Michael Bendis finally passed the character along to another writer. Saladin Ahmed picked up the writing duties of Brooklyn's Spider-Man and not only has it been great, but the arc has tied directly back to Secret Wars and the fact that Miles & his family/friends are not from 616. It's been a great run so far and we can't wait to see how it all plays out. 

    Listen as we give the update on Miles and talk about how he's gone from new character 9 years ago to an unstoppable force that can't be too far from a live action debut.



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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Pull List: It All Matters

    Pull List: It All Matters

    It’s that time again…time for another episode of the Pull List one the Character Corner podcast. Kriss caught up on what Scott Snyder did on Justice League and is doing with his anti-Crisis Crisis, Dark Knight Death Metal and we have thoughts. 

    Outside of the DC & Marvel super heroes, Power Rangers remains great and if you haven’t been reading the Star Wars books you’re really missing out. Seriously, you can’t call yourself a Star Wars fan and not be reading what’s happening in those books. The third Darth Vader series from Marvel continues the trend of great Vader books. This current one is set right after Empire Strikes Back and well, Emperor Palpatine is an a*****e. 

     

    Over at Marvel, it’s X-Men everything. The X of Swords event is heating up but  . If you’re an X-Men fan you should be scared of what Hickman has up his sleeves. We’re slowly catching up on everything but one thing is clear: The X-Men are back. Every X-book is great and a must read. We're nervous because things are going well for the X-Men and X-Men stories always in with tragedy so we're now worried what's coming next (Nimrod is inevitable and yet we haven't seen any mention in a while). 

     

    And then there’s DC. Look, we’re hard on DC because well…we’ve been hurt before (see our live action movie rants). However, we’ve been overall pleasantly surprised by what they’ve done with Rebirth. What Scott Snyder has done the last year or so with Justice League and now Death Metal feels like finally someone is talking back to the leadership at DC and saying “all our history should matter and we should embrace it”. The conclusion of Death Metal and the fall out with Future State is very exciting. The problem is, there are still hints that the problems at the core of DC are still there. Like why when Snyder rolled off of Justice League to do an event that is literally destroying the DC multiverse….the Justice League book continued on with a new creative team like nothing was happening. At least now we're taking two steps forward and only one step back. That's still making progress.



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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Superman Part 2 Beacon of Humanity

    Superman Part 2 Beacon of Humanity

    It is good to be back. After taking an impromptu hiatus in September  we're back with a new episode of the Character Corner. We're wrapping up our  Superman series with Part 2. We pick up right where we left with the aftermath of the Death of Superman after his epic fight with Doomsday. Like the first episode, while we talk about issues and storylines, we also focus a lot on the themes around the character and what he means. A lot of the more modern Superman takes show a much more well-rounded and human character than were shown in previous comic eras or even the movies. Superman struggling with being alien yet feeling as if he's one of us humans is a key plot point in a lot of stories. At their core, Superman stories have always really been the story of an immigrant integrating with society.

    This was a really fun episode to record. We also draw some parallels between Superman and other characters like Captain America, Cyclops and Spider-Man. Give it a listen. Also, we really do appreciate the 5 star reviews on iTunes. During this rough year, it's been great to hear from fans of our episodes. It really helps keep us motivated to do more. So keep leaving reviews and we'll keep reading them.  

    Issues:



    *

    Reign of the Supermen





    * Action Comics #687-688

    * Adventures of superman #500 - 502

    * Superman #78 - 79

    * Superman  Annual #5

    * Superman: The Ma of Steel #22 - 23

    * Superman: The  Man of Steel Annual #2







    *

    Superman: The Return of Superman





    * Action Comics #689 - 692

    * Action Comics Annual #5

    * Adventures of Superman #503 - 505

    * Adventures of Superman Annual #5

    * Green  Lantern #46

    * Superman #80 - 83

    * Superman: The Man of Steel #24 - 26







    * Superman/Doomsday  Hunter/Prey

    * Superman The Wedding Album

    * Grant Morrison JLA (We're going to do a whole Character Corner on this run)



    * Superman Red/Superman Blue Special #1

    * Superman #132

    * Adventures of Superman #555

    * Superman: Man of Tomorrow #10

    * Action Comics #742

    * Superman: The  Man of Steel #77

    * Superman #133

    * Adventures of Superman #556

    * Action Comics #743

    * Superman Red/Superman Blue





    *

    Superman President Lex  (2003)







    * Action Comics #773

    * Adventures of Superman #581

    * Adventures of Superman #586

    * President Luthor Secret Files and Origins #1

    * Superman Vo2 #162

    * Superman Vo2 #163

    * Superman Vo2 #164

    * Superman Vo2 #165

    * Superman: Lex 2000 #1

    * Superman: The Man of Steel #108

    * Superman: The Man of Steel #109

    * Superman: The Man of Steel #110







    * Infinite Crisis

    *

    Superman: Camelot Falls





    * Superman #654

    * Superman #655

    * Superman #656

    * Superman #657

    * Superman #658

    * Superman #662

    * Superman #663

    * Superman #664

    * Superman #667

    * Superman #668





    * Superman Annual #13







    *

    Superman: Last Son of Krypton





    * Action Comics #844 - 846, #851, #866-870

    * Action Comics Annual #11







    *

    Superman: For Tomorrow





    * Superman #204 - 2015







    * Final Crisis

    *

    Superman: New Krypton





    * Superman: New Krypton Special #1

    * Superman #681

    * Adventure Comics Special Featuring Guardian #1

    * Action Comics #871

    * Supergirl Vol 5 #35

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Superman Part 1: It's a Bird, It's a Plane

    Superman Part 1: It's a Bird, It's a Plane

    We're back with another Character Corner episode. This time we're diving into the first part of a two part series on the man himself, Superman. Created in 1938 by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, Superman is the first superhero and is the birth of the Golden Age.

    The first part of this series is going to focus more on the overall history and context of Superman and not really digging into the stories too much. Mainly because there’s so much. This is once again a Golden Age character and perhaps the most important character in comic book history. There have been some changes here and there but Superman has largely remained the same compared to other characters (go dive into the histories of Wonder Woman or Hawkman). Superman also had the benefit of radio serials (Over 2000 episodes) that were aimed at kids that really helped the character take root.

    From 1941 - 1970, under editor Mort Weisinger, Superman stories spend nearly 3 decades finding their footing. While there are definitely stories here that resonate, this time period is really about setting up the overall characterization of who Superman really is. And it's a good foundation that anyone looking to make a live action Superman should look at (Looking at you Zack Snyder).

    In this episode we explore the 'who is he?' of Superman leading up to Crisis and then jump into John Byrne's Man of Steel which sets the stage of who Post-Crisis Superman is and is the Superman that is the model for all those that come after. We then end with the Death of Superman (Superman #75) which Dpalm makes a solid argument for the beginning of the death of comics.

    Before we jump into that though, Kriss and Dpalm take some time to talk about the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Boseman's death hits so hard because he was becoming a legend not just because of the characters he played on screen but because of who he was off of it. 

    Issues:



    * Key Issues



    * Action Comics #1 - First appearance of Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane

    * Superman #1 - First appearance Jonathan and Martha Kent 

    * Action Comics #23 - First appearance of The Daily Star/Daily Planet 

    *  Superman #7  - First appearance of Perry White 

    * Action Comics #6 (unnamed cameo), Radio serial (April 15 1940), Superman #13  - First appearance of Jimmy Olsen

    * Superman #76 - First official meeting of Batman and Superman





    * Key Villain Appearances



    * Action Comics #23 - First appearance of Lex Luther

    * Action Comics #242 - First appearance of Brainiac  

    * Superboy #68  - First appearance of Bizarro

    * Adventure comics #283 - First appearance General Zod 

    * Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 - First appearance of Darkseid





    * Powers



    * Flight - Comes in the second episode of the radio serial

    * Action Comics #11 - X-Ray vision & super hearinng

    * Action Comics #20 - Super human breath

    * Superman #129 - Freeze breath

    * Superman #146 - All of his powers except strength come from the Earth's sun

    * Action Comics #300 - All of his powers (even strength) come from the Earth's sun and are taken away by red sunlight

    * Superman #61 - Kryptonite first appears in the comics (mentioned on radio 6 years before)





    * Crisis on Infinite Earths

    * DC's Legends 1 - 6 - John Ostrander

    * John Byrne's Man of Steel 1 - 6 - retells the story origin of Superman Post Crisis

    * Superman The Man of Steel (These volumes collect Superman, Action Comics and Adventures of Superman)



    * Volume 2

    * Volume 3

    * Volume 4

    * Volume 5

    * Volume 6

    * Volume 7

    * Volume 8

    * Volume 9





    * The Death of Superman

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Pull List: Beware the Trees

    Pull List: Beware the Trees

    Covid made the release of comics a little wonky. But we're finally getting back to a normal schedule so the Pull List is back. We actually have a lot of books to talk about. One thing we do ask though is...when the hell is Saga coming back? It's been almost two years since we got an issues and it really drives home the fact that when it comes to independent books, nothing is guaranteed...even if it's super popular.



    Outside of the big 2, Dpalm sings the praises once again of the Power Ranger books and he might have even convinced Kriss to pick it up. Over at DC, we really need to talk about how great the Flash run of Williamson has been. We know he's coming to the end of his time on the book and of course like everything with Barry, Eobard Thawne is proving why he is the Flash's greatest enemy. 



    For Marvel, the Star Wars books are still great but the biggest thing right now is the Empyre event that's going on. While it seems to really be an Avengers/Fantastic Four event, X-Men #10 involves Vulcan and ties into Empyre while also setting up for the big X-Men even coming this fall. Also, if you've been reading X-Force then you know there's a lot of similarities between what that team has been dealing with and the Cotati threat in Empyre.  



    Issues:



    * Power Rangers



    * Ranger Slayer





    * Ninja Turtles

    * Star Wars



    * Star Wars: Darth Vader #3

    * Star Wars: Doctor Aphra

    * Star Wars





    * DC



    * The Flash



    * Latest #758





    * Young Justice

    * Legion of Superheroes

    * Deceased





    * Marvel



    * X-Men #10

    * X-Factor #1

    * X-Force

    * New Mutants

    * Venom

    * Amazing Spider-Man

    * Fantastic Four

    * Empyre

















     

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    • 45 min
    Nick Spencer Run Part 3 Secret Empire

    Nick Spencer Run Part 3 Secret Empire

    Kriss, Dpalm and Justin wrap up their revisit of Nick Spencer's Captain America run with the Secret Empire tie-in issues for both Captain America books as well as the Secret Empire cross-over event itself. As with the Captain America solo books, we discuss how relevant and timely some of the things Spencer brings  up are. From how evil Steve Rogers talks about Inhumans to  how easy it is to get so many people onboard with fascism when they think it personally benefits them. 

    Part 1 (Sam Wilson) and Part 2 (Steve Rogers) are on the Premium feed for Premium members.

    Issues:





    * Captain America Steve Rogers #16 - #19

    * Captain America Sam Wilson #22 - 25

    * Secret Empire Free Comic Book Day Issue

    * Secret Empire #0

    * Secret Empire #1 - 10

    * Secret Empire Omega







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Customer Reviews

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84 Ratings

Adolfo Jr ,

Warning Addictive show!!

I found your show and it’s really addictive, really forgot I had other podcasts to listen. I love D’palms sighs because I’m about to hear the best rant ever, don’t @me lol. Y’all really remind me why I love these characters so much. Could y’all do vertigo characters, also I need to know why y’all don’t like Old man Logan. But I’m lucky to listen to y’all at work because lately it’s the show that calms me down during the CCOVID days here at work. Keep it up y’all!!!

King Phocks ,

History

I’ve been listening to this podcast for about a year now and have learned so much from it(and spent a lot of money because of it) I love learning about the history of certain characters/groups and looking out for more writer/artist names on books. I do have a request. Can you please help me with a Jaime Reyes reading order? He’s been around since 2006 and hasn’t had much success since his first series, but he’s been in so many books!! I tried doing the research myself, but I don’t know how important some of his appearances are versus others.

jackblender ,

Pure passion

As a 50 something year old , old school comic book aficionados, I have enjoyed living the Covid with you. As a person that has the luxury of doing what I’m passionate about everyday I recognize that same enthusiasm in the 2 of you. Refreshing my knowledge of Claremont, an era I experienced first hand, or introducing someone that has been out of the scene to Miles Morales, you have helped me escape to a forgot and much missed time. Keep on being you because you guys rock

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