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Kriss and Dpalm are back with another Character Corner episode. This time its Part 1 of a two part series on the Robins. Weve covered most of the Robins already in previous episodes like Batman's Rogue Gallery, Tim Drake,  all the Batgirl episodes and our three part Batman series. But weve never really dug deep into each of the Robins and gone into their differences and how they tell the larger story of Batman.

We’re starting with Dick Grayson and Jason Todd not just because chronologically they were the first two robins but also because they represent the larger issues weve seen with Batman & DC Comics when they get translated to movies and TV. Everyone knows Dick Grayson is the first Robin but the reality is, by the time most of us were reading comics and aware of Batman, Grayson was far removed from being Robin. Same could be said for Jason Todd. Jason was first introduced in 1983 and was killed off in 1988. The first two Robins came and went before most people today were even 10. And thats where we see DC getting into trouble. The mantle of Robin is almost just as important and divisive as Batman. There isn't another sidekick character in which you have 4-5 drastically different character holding the title and all of them are just about important. Dick, Jason, Tim/Stephanie and Damien.

Were gonna go through each Robin and talk not just about some of their key issues but really dive into how theyre different from each other, and the role they play in Bruce/Batmans life. First up...the heir & the prodigal son: Richard & Jason.

Key Issues:

  • First Appearaances
    • Detective Comics #38 - First appearance of Dick Grayson/Robin
    • Tales of the Teen Titans #44 - First appearance of Dick Grayson as Nightwing
    • Batman #357 - First appearance of Jason Todd (Pre-Crisis)
    • Batman #366 - First appearance of Jason Todd as Robin (Pre-Crisis)
  • Early Years
  • Enter Jason Todd
    • Batman #408 - First appearance of Post-Crisis Jason Todd
    • Batman #410 - Post-Crisis Todd's first appearance as Robin
    • New Teen Titans vol 2 #20
    • Nightwing Year One
    • Batman #416 - Jason & Dick meet for the first time; Bruce admits to why he replaced Grayson
  • Death of Jason Todd
    • Batman #422
    • Batman #424 - Does Jason kill Garzonas or not?
    • Batman #426 - 429 - Death in the Family
  • Batman Prodigal
    • Batman #512
    • Shadow of the Bat #32
    •  
    • Detective Comics #679
    • Robin Vol 4 #11
    • Batman #513
    • Shadow of the Bat #33
    • Detective Comics #680
    • Robin Vol 4 #12
    • Batman #514
    • Shadow of the Bat #34
    • Detective Comics #681
    • Robin Vol 4 #13
  • Nightwing series
  • Return of Jason Todd
  • Battle for the Cowl
  • Batman & Robin
  • Grayson
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws (Rebirth)

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:57pm EDT

Kriss is back with another episode of the Insanity Check to cover this week's dose of insanity in the world. This week he's joined by Tim (@peoplescrtic)

Topics:

Guest: Tim

  • https://blog.seattlepi.com/peoplescritic/
  • @peoplescrtic

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:07pm EDT

We wrap up our creator spotlight on Jonathan Hickman with him destroying and rewriting the Marvel Universe(s). Hickman's Avengers run is so good because it ties in with his previous work with the Fantastic Four and S.H.I.E.L.D. perfect and really brings everything home. The way that New Avengers and Avengers seem to start off as different books but slowly reveal to be telling the same story is masterful.

If you want the full picture of what we discussed, make sure you listen to our episodes on Hickman's Fantastic Four and Secret Warriors/S.H.I.E.L.D. runs first. 

Reading Order:

Ultimate Comics :

  • Ultimate Comics Ultimates 1 - 6
  • Ultimate Comics Hawkeye 1 -4
  • Ulitmate Comics Ultimates 7 - 12

Avengers and New Avengers

  • New Avengers #1 - 3
  • Avengers #1 - 6
  • New Avengers #4 - 6
  • Avengers #7 - 13
  •  New Avengers #7
  • Avengers #14 - 17
  • Infinity
    • Infinity #1
    • New Avengers #8
    • Avengers #18
    • New Avengers #9
    • Infinity #2
    • New Avengers #10
    • Avengers #19
    • Infinity #3
    • Avengers #20
    • Infinity #4
    • Avengers #21
    • New Avengers #11
    • Infinity #5
    • Avengers #22 - 23
    • Infinity #6
    • New Avengers #12
  • New Avengers #13
  • Avengers #24
  • New Avengers #14 - 15
  • New Avengers Annual #1
  • Avengers #25 - 34
  • New Avengers #16 - 23
  • Time Runs Out
    • Avengers #35
    • New Avengers #24
    • Avengers #36
    • New Avengers #26
    • Avengers #38
    • New Avengers #27
    • Avengers #39
    • New Avengers #28
    • Avengers #40
    • New Avengers #29
    • Avengers #41
    • New Avengers #30
    • Avengers #42
    • New Avengers #31 - 32
    • Avengers #43
    • New Avengers #33
    • Avengers #44
  • Secret Wars
    • 1 - 9

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:31pm EDT

Kriss is back with another episode of the Insanity Check to cover this week's dose of insanity in the world. This week he's joined by Joi (@jumpedforjoi). They discuss Joi's upcoming trip to TIFF and what she's looking forward to seeing, the Pennsylvania Catholic Church basically running a pedophile ring, disgusting Middle school parents threatening a transgender girl and more.

Topics:

Guest: Joi


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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:29am EDT

We’re continuing our look at Jonathan Hickman’s Marvel run by going all the way back to the beginning and talking about his Secret Warriors and S.H.I.E.L.D. runs. We only touch on a bit of Secret Warriors since we’ve covered that before but we’ve never talked about S.H.I.E.L.D which has its foundations laid in Secret Warriors and explains several things from Hickman’s Fantastic Four run (Ever wanted to know how Nathan Richards got time travel abilities?).

The thing to understand about S.H.I.E.L.D is that it is super ambitious and leaves a lot on the table. This is a book that involves Leonardo Da Vinci and Sir Isaac Newton being members of The Brotherhood of the Shield, a Celestial driven mad when it reads the “Quiet Math” (the solution for everything), Howard Stark and Nathan Richards being members of the Brotherhood of the SHIELD and chasing down Nikola Tesla and many many other things. It’s crazy, it’s nuts and what’s really mind blowing is, the story might not be done yet. There are many questions left unanswered and we discuss how we are starting to see evidence that we might be getting answers soon.

Take a trip down this crazy road with us as we try to get all this information out of our heads.


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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:20am EDT

PODCAST WEEK 2018 IS HERE! We're releasing a UDPod episode every day this week, and today we take a look at a not-so-loaded AFC. Be sure to subscribe to the UDPod feed to ensure you get a full dose of audio greatness.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 5:47am EDT

Kriss is back with another episode of the Insanity Check to cover this week's dose of insanity in the world. This week he's joined by Shanna to recap more of SDCC, talk weird porn, call out dumb pastors and more.

Topics:

Guest: Shanna


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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

After an extended hiatus, Kriss is back with another episode of the Insanity Check. Since SDCC is recently over, this week Kriss is joined by Phenom from Where's My 40 Acres. Before jumping into a bit of a recap of SDCC they start off talking about how much they didn't miss discussing the craziness out in the world.

Topics:

Guest: Phenom


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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:51pm EDT

Kriss is back with another episode of the Insanity Check to cover this week's dose of insanity in the world. And this week was pretty insane. This week he's joined by a veteran of the MTR Network, Shanna. Shanna is launching her own comic, Young God, discusses what the comic is about and why folks should support.

Topics:

Guest: Shanna


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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:32pm EDT

Kriss and Dpalm are back with another...wait...is this a Character Corner or a  Comic Book Book Club? If you didn't know we're trying something new on the Character Corner podcast feed. We'll still be doing break downs of our favorite characters but in order to bring new content to the listeners, we're also going to be bringing some Comic Book Book Club episodes to the Character Corner. For this episode, we continue our dive into IDW's Transformers world with Chaos Theory, Last Stand of the Wreckers and Sins of the Wreckers.  

Now I know what you're thinking "Transformers? Really?" But these books are fantastic. Go listen to the IDW Primer also on the feed as well as when we discussed the first 22 issues of More Than Meets the Eye. Once you get over the initial hump of reading about giant robots you'll realize how human and real these books are. They deal with a lot of relevant topics in today's world:

Topics:

Chaos Theory:

  • Optimus Prime...sorry...Orion Pax is a bad ass
  • Optimus and Megatron were almost on the same sidea
  • Never Forget: This is all Whirl's fault

Last Stand of the Wreckers

  • A stark reminder that War isn't fun and has lasting affects
  • Here are the rules to be a Wrecker....as the Wreckers break every single one of them
  • Overlord is a sociopath
  • The reason why Fortress Maximus had PTSD over Overlord and Garrius-9
  • The Autobots had their fair share of war crimes
  • We're not saying Impactor was right but...we understand.

Sins of the Wreckers

  • Calling Prowl a "prick" is a bit of an understatement
  • Who Springer really is

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 5:14am EDT