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46 minutes | a month ago
Invincible Volumes 6 to 10 - Comic Book Book Club
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? what you hear? Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
81 minutes | 2 months ago
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. Sets the ground for the modern take on Barry and Eobard. Revealed that Thawne went back in time to kill Barry’s mother The Flash vol 3 Blackest Night Flashpoint The Flash Vol 4 (Rebirth) The Williamson run. We will be covering this in a Comic Book Book Club Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
46 minutes | 2 months ago
Invincible Volume 1 to 5 - Comic Book Book Club
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 what you hear? Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
77 minutes | 3 months ago
Scarlet Witch and Vision - Marvel's Odd Couple
First Character Corner of 2021 and we timed it to come out the same weekend that Marvel premieres its first Disney+ TV series: WandaVision. So, of course we had to tackle the Wanda Maximoff, The Scarlet Witch and her husband (ex-husband technically) Vision. These two characters actually have a pretty robust history and in the case of Wanda, have some pretty serious consequences in the Marvel Universe. The fallout from House of M significantly changed the status of mutants and led to some major moments. Hope wasn’t wrong when she said she blamed Wanda for everything. Both Wanda and Vision have some deep cut connections to the Golden Age. And for those that have seen the first two episodes of WandaVision, getting some of the background gone on these characters will probably make you look at those first two episodes less as a sitcom and more as the setup for a horror story. Issues: Uncanny X-Men #4 – First appearance of Scarlet Witch and her twin brother, Pietro/Quicksilver Avengers #16 – Cap’s Kooky Quartet. Wanda & Pietro join the Avengers Avengers #57 – First appearance of Vision Avengers #108 & 198 Avengers #128 – Agatha Harkness becomes to the magical mentor of Wanda Avengers #133 – 135 – Full origin of Vision revealing his connection to the android Human Torch Giant Size Avengers #4 – Marriage of Vision and Scarlet Witch Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1982) Issue 4 – Magneto revealed to be the father of Wanda and Pietro Avengers #242 – 243 – Vision becomes leader of the Avengers Avengers #251 – 254 – Vision tries to take over the world’s computers. Is stopped and then monitored by world governments Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1985) These 12 issues lead to the birth of Wanda & Vision’s twins: Tommy & Billy West Coast Avengers #42 – 5 – Vision Quest. Vision is dismantled and put back together without human emotion West Coast Avengers #51 – 52 – The truth about Wanda & Vision’s twins is revealed Avengers Vol 3 #10 – Wanda brings Wonder Man back from the dead Avengers vol 3 #500 – 503 – Disassembled. Wanda remembers the truth about her twins and things go very very badly House of M Wanda makes her way to #2 on the All Time Mutant decimation list with three simple words: No More Mutants Children’s Crusade Wiccan and Speed search for Wanda who they believe they are the reincarnated souls of her twins Avengers vs X-Men Uncanny Avengers – The “Unity” squad. Vision (Tom King) Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
67 minutes | 3 months ago
The Hickmanverse - Pull List # 7
We’re cutting it close but we’re squeezing in a final Character Corner/Pull List episode of 2020. This has been a long, stressful year that’s disrupted our normal schedule but we didn’t want to close out the year without one more episode. Plus, despite everything going on, it’s actually been a really great year for comics. There’s good stuff all around. Kriss has finally jumped into the Power Rangers books that Dpalm recommended and he really has been enjoying reading them. On the DC side, Scott Snyder’s Dark Knights: Death Metal is coming close to an end and it’s really good. As we’ve mentioned before, Death Metal has been a really good commentary on DC in trying to clean up the mess of their multiverse and their history of erasing their history. Hopefully they’ll keep it up after this is all over. Oh and Tom King is back to wrap up his Batman/Catwoman story. On the Marvel side, there’s plenty to go around. There’s the Star Wars books, particularly Darth Vader and when you couple those with the announcements from LucasFilms and it’s all very exciting. Captain America is great, Miles Morales’ Ultimatum story has wrapped up and there’s plenty more. But the real thing to talk about is what Hickman is doing with the X-Men. Dawn of X has wrapped up with the X of Swords and Hickman once again proves he’s playing the long game. As the man who wiped out the Captain Britain Corps, we didn’t expect him to be the one to bring it back and then to do it through a X-Men story but that’s exactly what he did. We’re excited to see what he’s going to continue to do with these X-Books and what’s coming with Reign of X. Oh and for 2021, we’re getting back to the basics. We’ll be kicking off 2021 with a Scarlet Witch and Vision Character Corner to coincide with WandaVision. And we’re going to also then do a Comic Book Book Club on Invincible. So stay tuned. Issues: Power Rangers Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers Vol 1 – 3 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol 1 – 6 Star Wars: Darth Vader #7 & #8 The Flash #763 & #764 Dark Knight Death Metal Dark Knights Death Metal #6 Dark Knight Death Metal – The Last Stories of the DC Universe Dark Knights Death Metal – The Secret Origin Dark Knights Death Metal – Speed Metal Action Comics #1028 Batman/Catwoman #1 Captain America #25 & #26 Miles Morales: Spider-Man #21 Excalibur #1 – #11 (Essential for the lead up to X of Swords) X of Swords Excalibur #12 X-Men #12 X of Swords: Creation #1 X-Factor #4 Wolverine #6 X-Force #13 Marauders #13 Hellions #5 New Mutants #13 Cable #5 Excalibur #13 X-Men #13 X of Swords: Statis #1 X-Men #14 Marauders #14 – 15 Excalibur #14 Wolverine #7 X-Force #14 Hellions #6 Cable #6 Excalibur #15 X-Men #15 X of Swords: Destruction #1 X-Men #16 Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
61 minutes | 5 months ago
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. Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
75 minutes | 6 months ago
It All Matters - Pull List #6
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 asshole. 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. Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
100 minutes | 6 months ago
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 Superman #682 Action Comics #872 Supergirl Vol 5 #36 Superman #683 Action Comics #873 Superman Grounded New 52 Doomsday Clock Non-Canon Injustice Superman: Red Son Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
101 minutes | 7 months ago
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 Superman The Man of Steel #18 Justice League of America #69 Superman #74 Adventures of Superman #497 Action Comics #684 Superman The Man of Steel #19 Superman #75 Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
45 minutes | 8 months ago
Beware the Trees - Pull List #5
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 Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
60 minutes | 9 months ago
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 Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
59 minutes | 9 months ago
Captain America Part 2 The Other Captains
Nothing like squeezing in one more Character Corner episode at the 11th hour. Anyway, Kriss and Dpalm are back with Part 2 of their Captain America Character Corner. In the first episode we covered Steve Rogers and in this episode we cover all the other men that have held the Shield (Minus Sam since we covered Sam a few years ago). While Steve Rogers was a Golden Age Character that eventually made his way to the Silver Age in Avengers #4, Marvel had published some comics with Captain America appearing in the 50’s. Never to let mess continuity get in the way, Marvel decided to give us some interesting characters to fill in those gaps. Some where noble (William Nasland and Jeff Mace). Others…not so much. There’s a recurring theme with the replacements of Cap. We go through the good and the bad. Issues: After WWII – What If Vol 1 Issue #4 William Nasland & Fred davis Jeff Mace (Also check out Captain America: Patriot) Cap of the 50’s Captain America #153 – William Burnside & Jack Monroe – First Appearance Captain America #232 – William Burnside returns as Grand Director John Walker Captain America #323 – First appearance as Super Patriot Captain America #333 – Takes over as new Captain America Bucky Barnes Brubaker Run Captain America: The Death of Captain America Vol 2 (Issues 31 – 36) Captain America: The Death of Captain America Vol 3 (Issues 37 – 42) Captain America: The Man with No Face (Issues 43 – 48) Captain America: Road to Reborn (Issues 49 – 50, 600 – 601) Captain America: Two Americas (Issues 602 – 605) Captain America: No Escape (Issues 606 – 610) Captain America: Trial of Captain America (Issues 611 – 615) Captain America: Prisoner of War (Issues 616 – 619) Isiah Bradley Truth: Red, White and Black Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
75 minutes | 10 months ago
Captain America Part 1 Steve Rogers
We’re back with a new episode of the Character Corner and this time we’re covering the legend himself: Captain America Steve Rogers. This will actually be a two part episode with the second episode focusing on the other holders of the shield (Bucky, Sam, Isaiah and others). For this episode though, we wanted to focus on Steve Rogers and some of the key runs for the character and how much of a symbol he is for the Marvel Comic universe. For those that falsely claim that comics today are “too political”, it’s clear they’ve never read a Captain America book because politics runs deep in these issues. Hell, the Captain America and the Falcon Secret Empire run (oh look at that, not the first time Secret Empire was used in a Captain America book) ends with Steve giving up the shield and becoming Nomad in a story that is a direct response to Nixon and Watergate that was happening around the same time. We’re also using this to springboard into our rerun of Nick Spencer’s run and to show how Spencer’s run builds on stories that came before it. There is a recurring theme in Captain America books about Steve being discredited and the lesson being “don’t just blindly follow symbols” Issues: Golden Age Captain America Comics #1 – First appearance of Steve Rogers/Captain America, James Buchanan”Bucky” Barnes, First appearance of Red Skull George Maxon (decoy) Captain America Comics #7 – First Appearance of Johann Schmidt as the real Red Skull Key First Appearances Avengers #4 – First Appearance of Silver Age Cap/Joins the Avengers Avengers #6/ Sgt Fury and His Howlinng Commandos #8 – First Appearance of Baron Zemo (Heinrich Zemo) Tales of Suspense #75 – First Appearance of Sharon Carter Tales of Suspense #77 – First Appearance of Peggy Carter Strange Tales #135 Sgt Fury and his Howling Commandos #5 – First Appearance of Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker Captain America #117 – First Appearance of Sam Wilson Key Issues Captain America #290 – 301 Death of the Red Skull #290 – First appearance of Sinthea Schmidt/Mother Superior (Sin, daughter or Red Skull) #298 tells the full origin of the Red Skull Captain America and The Falcon: Secret Empire Mark Gruenwald Issues #307 – #443 Issues #323 – First Appearance of John Walker aka US Agent Brubaker’s Run Captain America: Winter Solder Vol 1 Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol 2 Captain America: Red Menace Captain America: The Death of Captain America Vol 1 Hickman’s Avengers run Avengers Standoff Assault on Pleasant Hill Spencer’s Captain America Run Coates Captain America Run The rest of Brubaker’s run will be talked about during episode 2 when we talk about Bucky’s time as Captain America. We’ve also talked several times about Hickman’s Avengers Run that covers what happened with the Illuminati, New Avengers and Time Runs out in other episodes. Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
81 minutes | 10 months ago
The Incredible & Immortal Hulk - Character Corner #82
We’re finally back with a proper Character Corner. We get back to our roots with this episode. We’re not doing Creator Spotlight runs or a Comic Book Book Club. No this time we’re just going to take one character and tackle their history and we go for a big one: The Hulk. Created in May of 1962 (seriously, we didn’t plan on doing this episode in May, it just happened), Bruce Banner/The Hulk is an interesting character from Marvel in that his first appearance is is own solo book (Incredible Hulk #1). A lot of other big names from Marvel & DC got their first starts not in their own solo books, but as part of anthology series. The Hulk also built on the horror comics base of Marvel at that time. Modeled after Frankenstein’s monster as well as Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde, what we see with The Hulk is a character that is written at his best when writers focus more on the horror as well as the internal psychological struggle between Banner & Hulk. Yes, “Hulk Smash” and “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry” are the things that most people focus on but in this episode we look at the runs that really highlight the various personalities and internal war between Banner & Hulk. Episode note: We don’t get too much into Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk. We will do a separate episode on Walters when we get closer to the Disney+ show coming out. Key Issues: Incredible Hulk #1 – First appearance of Bruce Banner/Hulk, Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, Betty Ross and Rick Jones the universal side kick Tales to Astonish #62 – First appearance of Samuel Sterns aka The Leader Tales to Astonish #90 – First appearance of Abomination Incredible Hulk #141 – First appearance of Doc Samson the Incredible Hulk #181 – First full appearance of Wolverine The Defenders Bill Mantlo’s Run: Starts with Incredible Hulk #245 Crossroads of Eternity (#300 – #313) Peter David’s 12 Year run Incredible Hulk #331 – 400 JoeFixIt – Incredible Hulk #347 Incredible Hulk The End – Peter David’s “final” Hulk story Planet Hulk World War Hulk World War Hulks Civil War 2 Jason Aaron’s Incredible Hulk Run Al Ewings’ The Immortal Hulk Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
68 minutes | a year ago
Tom King's Batman Run: Breaking the Bat - Comic Book Book Club
April has been a long year and so we’re doing a bit of switching up. We were supposed to be doing a Hulk Character Corner this month but life was just so busy that didn’t happen. We still wanted to put out a show for the fans though. So we decided to put part 3 of our Tom King Batman Run up for all listeners on the MTR Network. Part 1 and Part 2 are up on the Premium feed so sign up if you want to hear those. In Part 3 we cover volumes 7 through 9. That’s The Wedding, Cold Days and The Tyrant Wing. There’s a lot that happens here and it’s all revealed to be the master plan of Bane to finally completely “Break the Bat”: Booster Gold is an idiot and tries to give Bruce/Batman a “gift” and it goes as horribly as you’d imagine a Booster Gold gift to go Joker and Selina have a heart-to-heart as they both lay bleeding out. Joker plants the “He can’t be happy and be Batman” seed Selina leaves Bruce waiting on the rooftop instead of marrying him A distraught and distracted Batman makes a mistake and Bruce is forced to convince a jury that Batman is not infallible in order to save Mr. Freeze from his mistake Grayson tries to cheer up Bruce only to end up with a bullet in his head from KGBeast Bane’s reveal as he slowly discredit’s Batman Bruce’s Flashpoint Daddy is home We’ll be back in May with the Hulk Character Corner as well as wrapping up the rest of his series on Premium. Sign up at premium.mtrnetwork.net to hear those episodes as well as part 1 & 2 and more. Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
51 minutes | a year ago
No New Comics - Pull List #4
2020 has been a weird decade. Yes you read that right. We finally come back for a Pull List episode to discuss some of the comics we're reading only to record on April 1st and there be no new comics released for Marvel or DC due to a world wide pandemic. Yeah, not an April's Day joke. The good news is there are still a ton of comics to read and now is the perfect time to catch up on them. We catch up on The Flash, Superman, Legion of Super Heroes, Coates' Captain America and of course what that crazy man Jonathan Hickman is doing with the X-Men. So tune in. Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
53 minutes | a year ago
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol 1 - 3 - Comic Book Book Club
On this episode we start the first of our two part Comic Book Book Club on the DC Rebirth run of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. We've covered the Green Lanterns before in a regular Character Corner but we really wanted to dive into this Rebirth run because it's really great. For this first episode we cover the first three volumes: Volume 1: Sinestro's Law Volume 2: Bottled Light Volume 3: Quest for Hope This run throws the reader right into the deep end. The Green Lantern Corps has been decimated, the Sinestro Corps has taken over as the galaxy's police force and Hal Jordan is trying to control the power of a prototype Lantern ring that is basically consuming him. And that's just the beginning. The great thing about this run is that if you have a favorite between Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner or Kyle Rayner then each of them gets their moment. Even better, if you weren't a Guy Gardner fan before (and let's be honest, there's plenty of reasons not to be), you will be by the end of these three volumes. If you want to hear us talk more about the Green Lantern Corp, check our our three part deep dive into the Corps. And we'll be back to finish the last 4 volumes of this run in a couple of weeks so stay tuned: Green Lanterns Part 1 Green Lanterns Part 2 Green Lanterns Part 3 Also, now is a great time to become a premium member because next month on premium Kriss & Dpalm start their reread of Tom King's Batman. So sign up now! Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
75 minutes | a year ago
Green Arrow Part 2 The Return of Oliver Queen
We’re back with part 2 of our Oliver Queen/Green Arrow Character Corner. We held off on it for a little bit so that we could record it after the final episode of CW’s Arrow. Watching Stephen Amell say goodbye as Oliver Queen while reading about Ollie’s return from death by writer Kevin Smith really complemented each other. It was fitting that Ollie’s return in the comics involved Hal Jordan as the Spectre as Arrow closes with Oliver being the Spectre himself. Ollie’s return in the comics also sets up a clear difference between him and Bruce Wayne/Batman. It feels like the best stories with Oliver Queen always revolve around him being more grounded and emotionally connected than Bruce. We see Oliver struggle with finding the best ways to save his city while also keeping those around him, close. He struggles with the fact that he abandoned Connor at a young age, failed Roy and has a complex relationship with Dinah. There are ups and downs in this whole thing but it all sudden comes to an end with DC relaunching the character (and their entire line) with New 52. The first 3 volumes of the New 52 are...okay at best. They're not bad but they also completely ignore all of the character development that had been done previously with the character. Jeff Lemire's three volume run starting at volume 4 is pretty good but also feels like a set up for things that never come. With the ups and downs of New 52, you can imagine we'd be a little skeptical of the Rebirth launch but the Green Arrow rebirth run by Benjamin Percy and others is absolutely fantastic. It does a good job of trying to tie in some of the pre-New 52 work with the New 52 stuff as well as finally reuniting Dinah and Ollie. Give our episode a listen as we break it all down and wrap up our deep dive into Oliver Queen. Issues: Kevin Smith Green Arrow Quiver Vol 1 Green Arrow The Sounds of Violence Vol 2 Brad Meltzer Green Arrow Archer’s Quest #16 - 21 Judd Winnick Green Arrow Straight Shooter 16 - 31 Green Arrow City Walls #32 - 39 Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer Judd Winnick Green Arrow 40 - 75 Green Arrow/Black Canary Green Arrow Year One - Andy Diggle New 52 Green Arrow Volume 1 The Midas Touch Green Arrow Volume 2 Triple Threat Green Arrow Volume 3 Harrow Jeff Lemire Green Arrow Volume 4 The Killing Machine Green Arrow Volume 5 The Outsiders War Green Arrow Volume 6 Broken Andrew Kreisberg Green Arrow Volume 7 Kingdom Benjamin Percy Green Arrow Volume 8 The Nightbirds Green Arrow Volume 9 Outbreak Rebirth Benjamin Percy Green Arrow Volume 1 The Death and Life of Oliver Queen Green Arrow Volume 2 Island of Scars Green Arrow Volume 3 Emerald Outlaw Green Arrow Volume 4 The Rise of Star City Green Arrow Volume 5 Hard Travelin' Hero Green Arrow Volume 6 Trial of Two Cities Green Arrow Volume 7 Citizen's Arrest Green Arrow Volume 8 The End of the Road Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
63 minutes | a year ago
Doomsday Clock Was Worth the Wait - Pull List #3
It’s here! The last Character Corner and Pull List of 2019 (and the decade). We told you all we’d be back if Doomsday Clock stuck to it’s release date and guess what? It did. Not only that, but in the end the entire series was worth it. Yes, there were a bunch of frustrating delays. But Geoff Johns Geoff Johns it up and delivered a great series that really brings all of what DC has been working on with Rebirth together. It’s an exciting time for DC Comics and to see what the future holds as it finally feels like there is an actual long-term plan at DC and the mess that came out of Flashpoint has been resolved. Thanks, Geoff Johns, for cleaning it all up and giving it all purpose. But that’s not all we’re here to discuss. We’re also talking about how much our wallets and budgets have been destroyed by all the new X-Books and the end of an era withTom King finishing his epic run on Batman as well as Jason Aaron saying goodbye to Thor. We finish it all up with a discussion about some of our favorite runs, comics and creators of the last decade. Give it a listen and enjoy. DC Doomsday Clock Batman The Flash Bendis on Superman Deceased Marvel All the X-Books X-Men X-Force Mauraders New Mutants King Thor (Thank you Jason Aaron) Iron Heart Captain America Comics of the Decade (not in any order or a complete list) Snyder’s Batman run Uber Marvel’s Star Wars books (read them all) Star Wars (High Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen) Darth Vader (Incorrectly said Cullen Bunn wrote the first Vader, it was Kieron Gillen. Bunn wrote Darth Maul) Charles Soule’s Darth Vader (Read this if you’re playing Fallen Order) Darth Vader Doctor Aphra Back half of Fables Transformers More than Meets the Eye Lost Light Tom Taylor's Injustice Gods Among Us Saga The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl G Willow Wilson’s Ms Marvel Jason Aaron’s Thor run Dan Slott's Silver Surfer Donny Cates Thanos Venom Greg Ruka’s Wonder Woman (New 52) Hickman SHIELD Secret Warriors Fantastic Four Avengers New Avengers Secret Wars House & Powers ofX Matt Fraction’s Iron Man & Hawkeye Tom King Vision Mr Miracle Batman Brian Michael Bendis Ultimate spider-man (miles) Superman Volume 5 Young Justice Vol 3 Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
89 minutes | a year ago
Claremont X-Men Part 4 Birth of the Blue & Gold Teams
We’re finally here. The end of our Claremont X-Men run here on the Character Corner. We started this almost 6 months ago. To be fair we took a few detours and breaks but we’re wrapping it up now. Honestly, this has been one of our favorite series of episodes and not just because we got to talk about the X-Men. Rereading Claremont’s run and what he was able to do really exposed how much of the traits of the X-Men come from his time on the series. And even though this took us 5 episodes (4 on the X-Men and one on the New Mutants) by the end, we still only scratched the surface. We barely touched Excalibur and we didn’t revisit the Wolverine series that Claremont was also writing at the time. There’s just so much. For this last run we cover the 19 remaining issues of New Mutants that Claremont wrote before handing off to Louise Simonson (who deserves a lot of credit for what she wrote in New Mutants and X-Factor running parallel to Claremont), the lead up to and through X-tinction Agenda, the Muir Island Saga with the return of the Shadow King and then the first 3 issues of the 1991 X-Men book. The Trauma of the New Mutants - New Mutants #35 - 54 We last left off the New Mutants they had just returned from Asgard and Magneto, fresh off his trial, was now headmaster of Xavier’s school. Now in Part 3 of our series, we touch on some of the later stuff that happens with the New Mutants when Simonson is writing but for these 19 issues, it’s important to note that Claremont focused on the trauma of the students as well as the growth of Magneto. To say the New Mutants up to this point have been put through the ringer is an understatement. While we only covered it briefly, Secret Wars 2 is a traumatizing event for the students because…they die. The Beyonder basically uses them as his play things and so Magneto is left trying to not only earn their trust as their headmaster but cut through the core of their PTSD. Throw in the always scheming Emma Frost and the completely terrible Empath and the job of Erik gets even harder. Claremont’s run on New Mutants can really be summed up as an exploration of young teen mutants trying to navigate a world that hates them while still trying to be kids. X-tinction Agenda Back on the X-Men side, the X-Men themselves aren’t fairing that much better. While they’ve taken over the old Reaver’s base in Australia and are fresh off of Inferno, things start taking a turn. The Reavers and Lady Deathstroke strike back and crucify Wolverine. Betsy uses the Siege Perilous to escape the trap set by the Reavers which will later have some pretty disastrous consequences. The results are what lead to Betsy being captured by the Hand and having her body switched with that of an Asian woman, Colossus becoming a painter and later being manipulated and controlled by the Shadow King and then Havok becoming a Magistrate for the Genoshians. This is the backdrop leading into X-Tinction Agenda which sees Cameron Hodge teaming up with the Genoshians to get his revenge on the X-Men. While the X-Men are able to beat Hodge, the New Mutant’s Warlock is one of the early casualties. During this time, we also get introduced to other X-Men that will eventually become mainstays on future X-Teams. A young Chinese American mutant named Jubilee shows up in issue #244. Gambit makes a cameo in Uncanny X-Men Annual #14 and Uncanny X-Men #266. This is Storm’s Story One of the things that cannot be understated his how much Claremont’s X-Men run is really about Storm. Ororo is a constant presence in Claremont’s run. Before X-Tinction Agenda, Storm is thought to be dead but is really stripped of her memory and put in a young girl’s body. This is where she meets up with Gambit while being pursued by the Shadow King. While she gains her memories back, for a while she’s still left in that young girl’s body with limited control of her powers. Yet she’s still leader of the X-Men. Claremont makes it abundantly clear how important she is.
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