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We’re a few weeks out from Thor: Ragnorak being released so I guess it’s time to drop our latest Character Corner: Thor Part 1!

First off, we recorded this over a month ago so please excuse any outdated references. If you’re listening to this I’m assuming Trump hasn’t killed us all so that’s a positive. Anyway, in this first part of a two part series, we cover Thor Volume 1 and Thor Volume 2. Our main focus though is the Walt Simonson run from volume 1 that ran from issues 337 – 382. Simonson both wrote and draw these issues and the entire run is a masterpiece. He introduces Beta Ray Bill, gives us an epic battle with Sutur, Skurge’s Last Stand and even turns Thor into a frog. It’s a wonderful run that is always at the top of any “Best of Thor” list.

We then get into Dan Jurgen’s volume 2 which starts off rough but really picks up with the death of Odin and Thor taking over as the All Father. We find out why Thor’s connection to humanity is needed and the disastrous results if Thor fully embraces being a God without that connection. And then Ragnorak comes.

In both volumes 1 & 2 we see the story of Ragnorak with volume 2 fully seeing Ragnorak coming to fruition. If you want to prepare for Thor: Ragnorak come November 3rd, make sure you listen to this Character Corner, then check out the issues below. Every issue should be on Marvel Unlimited, so get to reading.

 

Issues:

  • Thor: Tales of Asgard (2009) – Remasters old Jack Kirby & Stan Lee stories that flesh out Odin & Asgard
  • Journey Into Mystery #83 – First Appearance of Thor
  • Avengers #1
  • Thor Volume 1
    • Walt Simonson’s Run
      • #337-340 – The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill
      • #340 – 353 – The Sutur Saga
      • #362 – Skurge’s Last Stand
    • Thor Volume 2
      • #36 – 43 - The Death of Odin
      • Gods on Earth – # 51- 58, Iron Man #64, Avengers #63
      • Spiral - #59-67
      • #80 – 85 - Thor Disassembled (Ragnarok)

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We're back from New York Comic-Con! Brandon (@Phenomblak) joins Kriss to talk about NYCC 2017 and how much we've grown from the first Con back in 2013. We talk about what was different this time, some of our equipment, why we can no longer run a two-person crew anymore and more. 

We then cover the news from the Marvel retailer's only panel at NYCC that revealed the racist and bigoted comic book store owners and we have a few choice words for these idiots (Spoiler alert: they're bad at running a business). We also touch on the Harvey Weinstein allegations but it will be covered more on the next episode.  

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Topics:

  • NYCC Recap
  • Cigarette breathe vs Weed vs Coffee Breath
  • Kriss isn't a fan of the smell of weed
  • Great Moments in White Privilege
  • Complaining comic book store owners are just bad business owners
  • Men Are Trash - the Harvey Weinstein allegations are proof of this
  • Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro?
    • Will police robots end racial bias? (of course not)

 

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Journey with The Doctor and Tim Lewinson, writer and creator of Savage Empire, into a world of time rifts, urban warfare, and dinosaurs.  Tim joins me to discuss his debut novel, how his work in video games lent itself to writing, the difference between the media, creating a diverse world with 3 dimensional characters, and the amazing story that Savage Empire introduces.

Find Timothy on Twitter: @vancouvertim and on Instagram: @likestofight

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The one benefit of Trump attacking athletes is that Dpalm and the Unanimous Decision podcast have to cover politics freeing up the Insanity Check to talk other things this week. For that, Kriss brings on Tim (@Peoplescrtic) to cover some entertainment and movie news that's been slipping through the cracks. We still touch on a little politics but we also hit the hard hitting stories like...the Mad Pooper. 

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We’ve definitely hit our Super Tuesday Recap groove cause we’re back already with a new episode. This time we bring in Rod from The Black Guy Who Tips to also share his thoughts on Secret Empire. We also wanted to do a follow up to our last episode on Secret Empire now that the wrap-up issue, Secret Empire: Omega, has come out.  In our last episode we speculated about what would be in Omega and it turns out, it was even better than we thought. Secret Empire: Omega really lays out the moral issue at the heart of the event: How much different was Hydra Steve from the previous government and people in place? Hydra Steve's methods were direct and easy to call fascist but he was only able to get as far as he did because the moral compass of America was already in decay. 

Listen to the whole episode to find out what we thought. 

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Kriss is joined by Aaron from the Black Astronauts podcast. It's a random and lighter show than the last several ones. We talk about Destiny 2 being addicting and why studios should stop putting their movies out around Star Wars (and other big blockbusters that always bury their films). We then talk about Kriss' simple tweet that went viral and what it says about what people think of when it comes to diversity in films. Why is white the default even for women? Why can't James Bond be black? We also hit the Jemele Hill ESPN issue and also discuss phone prices. Like I said...it was a random show.

Topics:

  • Destiny 2 is even more addicting than Destiny 1
  • Kathleen Kennedy had JJ Abrams in her back pocket
  • Stop putting your films near other blockbuster films
  • Kriss goes viral
    • Red Sparrow trailer
    • Why is the default always white?
    • There are no non-white people in Russia apparently
    • Why can't James Bond be black?
  • Arrow wants to do a Black Lives Matter episode (just no)
  • Jemele Hill and the mess ESPN created 
  • Calling White Supremacists 'White Supremacists' is more offensive than being a White Supremacist
  • The ESPN internal chat messages over ESPN's handling of the Hill situation
  • Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro?
  • Why the debate over phone prices explains the issues with getting Universal Healthcare.

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It’s the Super Tuesday Recap you’ve been asking us for. Kriss, Dpalm and Justin are back to discuss Nick Spencer’s Secret Empire. If we sound a bit animated during the show it’s because there has been an incredible amount of poorly written takes on this event. Now of course, not everyone is going to like or even agree with everything that happens in this event. That’s perfectly okay. What’s not okay though is when entire articles are written or discussions are had and basic facts are misconstrued or worse, ignored.

Read Secret Empire and the associated Captain America books. Reading what other people have written (even us) doesn’t do it justice. This is a great Captain America story, the best Sam Wilson story ever written and a pretty relevant book in light of recent events in America.

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This week Kriss is joined by Rich Jones to talk about all the craziness in the world. We talk about a lot of topics starting with how group think and pressure to conform to traditions leads to people feeling forced into doing certain things. Kriss tells his own hilarious story about faking speaking in tongues. We then move on to talking about all the hurricanes and how vulnerable the certain people are. Then finally there's a discussion about the sexism powerful ambitious women face.

Topics:

  • Kriss tells the story of when he faked speaking in tongues as a kid in church
  • Some are too poor to evacuate hurricane Irma 
  • Why does the media cover disasters like outside observers instead of helping?
  • Asking if Kathleen Kennedy is the right person to lead LucasFilms is blatant sexism
    • Two films, grossing $3 billion but her credentials are questioned
  • Sexism in the 2016 election (and after)
  • Hillary Clinton needs to shut up (even though Bernie didn't and Mitt Romney didn't)
  • Hillary is actually right
  • Great Moments in White Privilege
  • Black Woman Shoutout

 

Guest:

Rich Jones - @richJones15 

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*We start this episode with a special message about how to donate directly to black women affected by Harvey. Here are the links you need (they're case sensitive):

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We're wrapping up our Peter Parker Character Corner with the third and final part. We go over (quickly) the introduction of Carnage and then Peter & Harry's final confrontation. Then its on the one of the most controversial storylines: The second clone saga. No matter where you fall in the debate, we can all agree things got a bit out of control. It's not all bad though since Ben Reilly has become a pretty popular character and so despite the mess, there were some good outcomes. We then get into Civil War, One More Day and where Peter is now. Our Rogue Wars character corner covers a lot of the later issues of Peter so you'll definitely want to check that out.

Issues:

  • Carnage
    • Amazing Spider-Man #344 - Cletus Kasady
    • Amazing Spider-Man #360-361 - First Appearance of Carnage
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man #200 - Harry Osborn Dies
  • The Second Clone Saga (won't list out all the issues, there are too many)
    • Amazing Spider-Man #418 - Return of Norman Osborn/reveals he was behind everything
    • The Clone Saga Mini-Series - 6 issues that follows the original script
  • Amazing Spider-Man vol 2 #38 - The Conversation
  • Marvel Knights Spider-Man 1 - 12
  • Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure - Brian K Vaungh
  • Spider-Man The Other - gives him new powers
  • Civil War #2 - Peter reveals his identity to the world
  • Sensational Spider-Man Annual #1
  • One More Day - Peter & MJ make a deal to give up their marriage to save aunt May
    • The Amazing Spider-Man #544
    • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24
    • The Sensational Spider-Man vol 2 #41
    • The Amazing Spider-Man #545
  • Amazing Spider-Man #638 - 641 - One Moment in Time 
  • Amazing Spider-Man #655 -656 - No One Dies
  • Superior Spider-Man
  • Spider-Verse
  • Spider-Men - 616 Peter meets Miles Morales
  • Clone Conspiracy 
  • Ultimate Spider-Man (the entire run)

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*We start this episode with a special message about how to donate directly to black women affected by Harvey. Here are the links you need (they're case sensitive):

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On this Labor Day Weekend Insanity Check, Kriss is joined by Ashanti (DocuDrunks, Scarestalgia). We talk Joel Osteen and prosperity preaching, Antifa vs Neo-Nazis & the dangers of "both side-isms", Cops violating people's rights again and more. Oh and Ashanti gets her fun in by talking sports. Yes sports.

Make sure you stick around for the last 11minutes for a special message from Latoya about the FEMA response and how to get help because of hurricane Harvey.

Topics:

  • Joel Osteen is a scam artist
  • Prosperity Preachers are basically pimps
    • Juanita Bynum and her $5000 pen & $20,000 threshing floor
  • Antifa vs Nazis...its really not a choice
    • This is a bad article on "both side-isms"
    • Really say out loud the differences between Antifa & Nazis to see how silly it is
  • Cops being terrible
  • Great Moments in White Privilege

Guest:

Ashanti - @NotThatAshanti 

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