In this episode, Ryan struggles to defend why cynicism can be good when it’s in a story he kinda likes. Sly thinks all superheroes look the same. Darryl discovers the most relatable villain. And Phil just can’t help but nitpick plot holes just because they don’t make any sense and hurt the narrative. What a stickler!
We talk about a book we’ve been awkwardly avoiding for years, DC’s 2004 event: Identity Crisis. This is one of the biggest DC stories we’ve covered and it’s the one that proved just how cynical Alan Moore’s influence was. So we should hate it, right? Well…
On this episode, we dip into the first half of Identity Crisis. We’ll finish it next time, don’t worry! Ryan’s a giant hypocrite who likes this book (but WITH ASTERISKS, HE SWEARS). Darryl finally found a superhero story that he doesn’t think is dumb (most of the time). Phil just loves big anime fights. Sly packs this episode with more lore than ever.
We’re continuing our Stan Lee bonanza! So we spend another episode dunking on him. In the early 2000s, he had a series of books called “Just Imagine,” where he rebooted the major DC characters but with one major twist… now they’re dumb! Excelsior!
On this episode, we cover Stan’s re-imagining of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Ryan’s got the maturity of a 12 year old when it comes to respecting other cultures. Darryl is finally appreciating the finer things of comics, like wearing your underwear on the outside. Phil is a scumbag, but this time… in SPACE. And can you pass the Sly test and prove your worthy of existence?
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! It’s time to help Robin find his mom! All four of them! Iran’s in the news a lot lately, so we recorded an episode two weeks ago, before anything happened to help hype it up for everyone. We’re getting our cohesive synergy on by following up our episodes on DC’s political stories of the 80s and some of Jim Starlin’s work to bring you Jim Starlin’s mark on the Batman Universe, Death In The Family. Just like Thanos, he set out to kill half of our main heroes. So who died: Batman or Robin? We’ll give you a hint, it’s definitely not Batman.
In this episode, we get some pretty serious whiplash from all the tonal shifts here. First, Ryan goes looking for some nose candy before Robin throws him off a balcony. Sly is FINALLY respecting Ryan’s choice of favorite characters (Jason Todd 4eva). Darryl just can’t stop wondering if Batman’s a real dad or not. And Phil has some thoughts on American foreign policy regarding serial killers.
Content Warning: As is so often the case, we talk about some pretty gratuitous violence here, including suicide.
Oops, We Talked Politics this week, everybody. We cover one arc of Steve Englehart’s Green Lantern, Red Lantern. An alien Green Lantern defects to Russia at the height of the Cold War and meets Gorbachev. It goes about how you would expect. Oh, also a 12 year old girl uses a ring to turn into an adult and make out with Hal Jordan. Yikes.
Welcome to our second annual Legacyvember, Somebody-Kill-Me-November, Thanks-for-killing-my-favorite-characters-giving extravaganza. This month, we’re talking Green Lantern. In the 90s, Green Lantern went crazy, killed everybody, and was radically re-imagined as another 5’10” white guy with dark hair! So progressive! Plus the origin of the trope “Fridging,” when a female character is brutalized to motivate a male character! So progressive!
On this episode, we finally reveal just where the term “fridging” comes from, everyone’s favorite sexist trope! It’s been a year since we talked about The Death and Return of Superman. What happened next for Green Lantern after his city was destroyed? And how was it different from the last time a new Green Lantern showed up? Sly brings back his lore corner! Ryan really spent a lot of time talking about this story in college. Phil reveals his true superhero alter identity, The Hobo! Darryl’s been waiting to see if this story lives up to the hype for years. Does it?
Content Warning: This episode heavily discusses brutal violence against women.