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We took a little break but we’re finally back with another Character Corner. We still have to finish up our Peter Parker series but we wanted to take a bit of a detour from Marvel and head over to DC and cover one of the most confusing comic book character histories ever: Hawkman.

Now you may be asking yourself “Why Hawkman? Why now?” And that’s a very valid question. Why would we tackle one of the most confusing comic book characters of all time at this point? The answer is simple: Scott Snyder’s Dark Knights: Metal. Snyder wrote an incredible 52 issues of Batman during New 52 and he’s now back with a series that not only answers questions about Batman but also Hawkman, Nth Metal and the rest of the DC Multiverse. While it’s a daunting task to take on Hawkman’s history (one that rarely works out), Snyder definitely has our attention with the first issue of Metal, as well as the preludes Dark Days: The Forge and The Casting.

Key Issues:

  • Flash Comics #1 - First Appearances of Carter Hall and Shiera Sanders
  • Brave and the Bold #34 - First Appearances of Katar Hol and Shayera Thal/Hol
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths
  • The Shadow War of Hawkman
  • Hawkworld - Tim Truman's mini-series
  • Hawkworld - John Ostrander's ongoing series
  • Zero Hour: Crisis in Time - Merges Carter, Katar and Shiera
  • JSA Secret Files #1 - First appearance of Kendra Saunders
  • JSA
    • The Return of Hawkman (Issues #16 - 25)- Carter Hall returns
    • Black Reign
  • Hawkman Volume 4
    • Issues 1 - 25 Geoff Johns Run 
    • Issues #43- 45 - Charlie Parker reveals that Fel Andar was his father
    • Issues #47 - 49 - Rann/Thanagar War
    • Issue #50 becomes Hawkgirl
  • Hawkgirl
    • Issue #60 - Kendra/Shiera defeat Hath Set, ending the curse
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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

 

Justin from Three Fifs Podcast is back on the Insanity Check with Kriss. We'd like to say this was an episode about nothing but fun stuff but thanks to having a white nationalist and racist man in the White House...well...things don't go that way.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:20pm EDT

#PodcastWeek on the MTR Network comes to a triumphant end. Each day a new episode and UDPod is going to take on a different topic, and we end with a bang. Cam and Rich from PWTorch join us to wish Ric Flair well, rave about NJPW's G1, and break down what's turned into WWE's second biggest week of the year.

Cam - @CeeHawk - PWTorch - South Kongress

Rich - @Rich_Fann - PWTorch - Buffalo Wins

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:26am EDT

Kriss & Phenom are back to review The Hitman's Bodyguard starring Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds. We also discuss if Salma Hayek can act, what other films we're looking forward to seeing the next couple of months and why A Ghost Story still sucks. 

The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:12am EDT

#PodcastWeek on the MTR Network continues. Each day a new episode and UDPod is going to deep dive in to a different topic. Today we're continue our look at the NFL's upcoming season and the NFC is in the cross hairs. Nata from Uproxx is here partially to pick the over/unders, but mostly to troll me about how the Falcons season ended.

Konata - @NataTheScribe - Uproxx

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:36am EDT

#PodcastWeek on the MTR Network continues. Each day a new episode and UDPod is going to deep dive in to a different topic. Today we're dipping our toes into the upcoming NFL season. Because we're us, we drafted Justin from the Three Fifs Podcast to help preview the entire AFC in the only way that matters: through the eyes of a gambler.

Justin - @Ljay90 - Three Fifs Podcast

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:24am EDT

The first ever #PodcastWeek on the MTR Network is here. Each day, UDPod is going to deep dive in to a different topic, and today we're taking a look at the wider world of college football in 2017. Micheal Felder of Bleacher Report and Connor Tapp of 247Sports join the podcast as we swing through the ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12 and Pac 12 to try to make some sense of all the noise.

Michael Felder– @InTheBleachers – @ItsFelder - Bleacher Report

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:14am EDT

The first ever #PodcastWeek on the MTR Network is here. Each day, UDPod is going to deep dive in to a different topic, and you can't know where you're going until you know where you've been. That means going back to m y podcast roots and chatting with Chad Floyd about UGA Football's upcoming year. We talk strengths, weaknesses and predict out Coach Kirby Smart's second year in Athens.

Chad Floyd – @Chad_Floyd– DudeYouCrazy.net - Tar Heel Blog

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:06am EDT

On this episode of the Insanity Check, Kriss is joined by Joi from Black Girl Nerds and we talk about the murder and mayhem that happened in Charlottesville, VA due to white nationalists showing their asses. We push back against the narrative that "this isn't America" because the truth is, what happened in Charlottesville is very American.

Topics:

  • Rotten Tomatoes and white critic's narrow views
  • America treats Nazis & Hitler as end game bosses that were defeated long time ago
    • The Nazi summer camps for kids in 1930's America
    • Operation Paperclip
    • Wernher von Braun not only was a Nazi who became the head of NASA but almost got a Medal of Freedom
  • America has been the melting pot for racists from the KKK to Nazis for ever
  • The Myth of Robert E Lee
  • Trump has these people in his own administration
  • Extremism and the Military 
  • White Supremacists want to start their own tech companies
  • Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro?
  • Great Moments in White Privilege
    • Mom surprised other parents are upset she used her breast milk for brownies for the whole class
  • Black Woman Shoutout

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 3:54pm EDT

One of my goals at Awesome Con this year was to find and highlight creatives of color who were engaged in inspiring and interesting pursuits.  There were so many individuals at the convention this year involved in outreach and development.  I was able to sit down with two representatives from a few of these organizations.

PBS Media Creative Director Naseed Gifted talked to me about the organization and their new graphic novel PB Soldier, which Gifted created.  The novel is drawn and colored by Abel Garcia.

PB Soldier follows Nat Cummings, a hacker turned government operative who finds himself in the middle of an intrigue he must extract himself from before it is too late.  Billed as The Bourne Identity meets V is for Vendetta, Cummings' adventures takes him and the reader all over the world.  We also discuss the importance of representation and connecting youth with the material that they are interested in by cultivating their interest in creating art.  Find out more about their graphic novel and their outreach efforts by visiting their website at www.pbsmediastudios.com.

Art Way Alliance Communications Director Sierra Dangerfield-Harris sat down with me to discuss the mission of the nonprofit, it's diverse artist staff, and the importance of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) to the K-12 educational system and how their organization seeks to promote this creativity in youth of the D.C. area.  If you would like to assist or have their artists visit your venue, information is available at their website at www.artwayalliance.org.

I hope you enjoy the interviews with these engaged and talented individuals.


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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:25am EDT