Character Corner - A Podcast On Your Favorite Comic Book Characters



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.


  • Black Widow - Natasha Romanoff

    22/08/2021 Duración: 01h28min

    We're back with another Character Corner, this time to talk about Natalia Romanova aka Natasha Romanoff aka The Black Widow. On the surface this seems like a pretty straight forward character. A former Russian spy who was trained to be a femme fatale in a secret Soviet program that was recruited and turned into an ally by Nick Fury. But there ini a lot more to the character. First, Black Widow is yet another example of a Marvel character that has a redemption arc. Like Hawkeye, Vision and Scarlet Witch, Black Widow is yet another character that starts off as a villain only to turn into an Avenger (not just a member but a leader). The difference is, while Natasha became a hero, she never gave up being a spy and would definitely put two in the back of a someone’s head if they deserve it. The other interesting thing about Black Widow is her mysterious history. The classic Uncanny X-Men #268 reveals a history that goes all the way back to 1941 with Captain America and Logan. There are also issues that reveal she

  • Fireworks - Pull List # 9

    02/08/2021 Duración: 01h24min

    We're finally back with a new Pull List and there's a lot to talk about. We're really in the new Golden Age of comics. The biggest problem is there are just too many good books to read. The X-Men & X-Men related books alone are worth their weight in gold. Seriously guys...we're terraforming planets and claiming them for mutants now? Also Mystique is gonna burn everything down. Everything. But the X-Men books aren't the only good thing out right now. DC is doing very well moving on with the next stage of DC Comics with some really exciting things coming forward. The Star Wars books are still great. And Coates' run on Captain America ends and it was glorious. Here are some of the books we talk about on this Pull List (It is by no means an exhaustive list): Robin Nightwing Batman Wonder Woman Checkmate Power Rangers War of the Bounty Hunters (Star Wars Books: Star Wars, Darth Vader, Bounty Hunters, Doctor Aphra) Daredevil Eternals Captain America United States of Captain America King in Black The

  • Invincible Volumes 21 to 25 - Comic Book Book Club

    13/07/2021 Duración: 54min

    All good things must come to an end and so it is with our read through the Invincible series. Now it's well known that even the best series have a hard time sticking the landing. How did Invincible do? stuck the landing. Kirkman really gives this series the ending it deserved and it felt like it came full circle and was completely earned.  Of course it also comes with a lot of brutality and shocking deaths but we would have it now other way because...well...this is Invincible. This was a really great series to read and gives you a taste of what a big superhero epic could be if there was a finite story and end in mind.  Issues: Invincible Volume 21: Modern Family Invincible Volume 22: Reboot? Invincible Volume 23: Full House Invincible Volume 24: The End of All Time Part 1 Invincible Volume 25: The End of All Time Part 2 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://t

  • Into the Hickmanverse Part 2: S.H.I.E.L.D

    29/06/2021 Duración: 48min

    Now the fun begins. Secret Warriors gave us a taste of what was in that crazy brain of Hickman. S.H.I.E.L.D. is where we really start to see things form. This is the series that will have readers going back to issue 25 of Secret Warriors to start piecing things together. It's also where the foundations for what Hickman does in his Fantastic Four run gets set.  We not only get the foundation of SHIELD starting way back in ancient Egypt by Imhotep (with a young Apocalypse and Moon Knight) but establishing it as a secret brotherhood whose purpose was/is to stop the premature destruction of mankind. And this highlights what makes Hickman's runs so good. In a way he's a history professor whose main focus is finding the obscure in the Marvel Universe and making it not only relevant, but expanding the universe. Sure, at its core we're getting a fundamental power struggle between Leonardo DaVinci and Sir Isaac Newton about whether man should continue to fight or survival or accept its fate. But outside of that, we're

  • Into the Hickmanverse Part 1 - Secret Warriors: Wheels within Wheels

    04/06/2021 Duración: 48min

    So it's time to dive into something really good. We're starting our "Into the Hickmanverse" series where we cover the major Marvel runs of Jonathan Hickman. Now if you've been a long time listener, then you'll know that we've not only talked about the works of Hickman a lot but we've also covered a lot of them already. But you're still not going to want to miss this series. First, while we've covered a lot of these stories already, it's really been all over the place. Some have been Character Corners, some have been premium-only Comic Book Book Clubs and some of the more recent stuff (like the current X-Men run) we've been covering on the Pull-List. But this series is going to be us going (mostly) in chronological order, all in one place. Secondly, we've never done the full Hickman run back-to-back-to-back like we are here. And why does that matter? Well, it lets you see how masterfully Hickman connects all of the dots. It also makes it easier to go back once things start clicking and go "hey, wait a minute..

  • Invincible Volume 16 to 20

    30/05/2021 Duración: 47min

    So we're getting close to the end of our Invincible Comic Book Book Club and it would be an understatement to say things have escalated. To be honest, things get so intense in these 5 volumes, I was so traumatized, I thought I had already released this episode. So apologies for the delay but we're finally back.  So what happens in these 5 volumes? Oh nothing, just.... Allen decides to release the Scourge virus on Earth, knowing that it might kill all the humans on earth as well. Oliver agrees Invincible gets hit with concentrated Scourge virus, nearly killing him and taking his powers Bulletproof becomes the "Black Invincible"  Invincible's plan with Dinosaurus goes horribly wrong, surprising no one Cecil bans Nolan to the Moon to keep an eye on the other Viltrumites Nolan & Mark are revealed to be the direct descendants of Emperor Argall, thereby making Nolan the new and rightful leader of the Viltrumites We find out what really happened with Monster Girl & Robot on the Flaxan home dimension and it's

  • Invincible Volume 11 to 15: Whole Lot of Problems

    28/04/2021 Duración: 53min

    One of the biggest differences between the Invincible comic series and the Amazon Prime Video adaptation is the pace. The comic really doesn't give you a chance to catch your breath. And just to be clear, that works for the comic media. In these three volumes we get so much. From the "Invincible War" to Conquest to the Viltrumite War (and a bunch of stuff in between), these 5 volumes are jammed with problems for Mark. We get to see Mark struggling with not just being a hero but how. Mark has to ask himself what kind of hero he wants to be and deal with those consequences. Should he kill the truly horrible and evil people that he's come across that have caused so much death, pain and destruction? Or is that the easy way out and there's better ways? We end volume 15 with Mark thinking there's a better way but honestly, it seems like it's just going to lead to more problems. Overall this has been a really great series to read while watching the TV series. It feels like each offer a really great experience that d

  • Barry Allen and the Flash Family Part 2

    13/04/2021 Duración: 01h01min

    We're finally back with part 2 of our Barry Allen and the Flash family Character Corner series. We handle this episode a little different than our typical episodes. While we still bring up issues to read, we really focus on the discussion of the evolution of the Flash and the Flash family. Particularly under Mark Waid's run. His run is really what helped define the modern take on The Flash Family and the Speed Force. This run also serves as the bridge between all of the eras of the DC Universe as Waid helped revamp and reintroduce some Golden Age characters like Max Mercury and Johnny Chambers. Waid also brings us the first appearance of Bart Allen from the 31st Century, accompanied by the return of Iris. This run really set up not only Barry's legacy but also was the perfect example of how DC characters can pass the mantle from character to character to build generational connections to characters. Wally West goes from reluctantly filling in his uncle's shoes to becoming the confident Flash for years. After

  • Bald Headed Bastards - Pull List # 8

    25/03/2021 Duración: 01h12min

    It's the battle of the bald headed bastards (no not Kriss & Dpalm), Zordon and Professor Xavier. Who is more likely to put your kids in a dangerous, life threatening situation? We've determined they're both trash but at least Xavier will shoot you some money on the side after wiping your mind of the fact that you ever had kids. Anyway, we're back with another Pull List. There's plenty to talk about because well...there's just so many good comics to read. Kriss continues to catch up on the Power Rangers books and...they're pretty good. The current Darth Vader book continues the trend of Vader books being fantastic. I  believe Emperor Palpatine still has a few strands of hair left so he doesn't cut for our Battle of the Bald Headed Bastards show down but...what a dick. This current series is really driving home the fact that Vader didn't kill Palpatine in Return of the Jedi to save his son but rather because he was finally getting revenge on the bully who spent DECADES trolling him.  On the Marvel Super Hero si

  • Invincible Volumes 6 to 10 - Comic Book Book Club

    07/03/2021 Duración: 46min

    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

  • Barry Allen and the Flash Family Part 1

    18/02/2021 Duración: 01h20min

    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 t

  • Invincible Volume 1 to 5 - Comic Book Book Club

    02/02/2021 Duración: 45min

    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 hi

  • Scarlet Witch and Vision - Marvel's Odd Couple

    17/01/2021 Duración: 01h16min

    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 Quarte

  • The Hickmanverse - Pull List # 7

    31/12/2020 Duración: 01h06min

    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 announcemen

  • Miles Morales Brooklyn's Spider-Man

    20/11/2020 Duración: 01h01min

    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

  • It All Matters - Pull List #6

    27/10/2020 Duración: 01h15min

    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 a

  • Superman Part 2 Beacon of Humanity

    20/10/2020 Duración: 01h39min

    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

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

    31/08/2020 Duración: 01h41min

    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, t

  • Beware the Trees - Pull List #5

    05/08/2020 Duración: 45min

    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 in

  • Nick Spencer Run Part 3 Secret Empire

    15/07/2020 Duración: 59min

    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: Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR

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