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#185 – Carter Hall

Katar Hol/Hawkman

Today we talk about Carter Hall and Katar Hol, both of them are Hawkman, and sometimes they're the same person. The Hawkman backstory is full of things such as: reincarnation, aliens, a hawk god, and questionable story choices by the DC creative team.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Excerpt from Flash Comics (1940) #1
-All-Star Comics (1941)
-Silver Age Hawkman archive collection
-Hawkman (1964)
-Justice League of America (1960) #31
-Crisis on Infinite Earths reading order & our episode on it
-Hawkworld (1989)
-Hawkworld (1989b)
-Superman/Batman (2003) Public Enemies
-Zero Hour (1994) (& reading order for tie-ins)
-Hawkman (2002)
-Flashpoint (2011) reading order -The Savage Hawkman (2011) (New 52)
-Dark Nights: Metal (2017)
-Hawkman (2018)

-New Mutants (1983)
-The Adventure Zone: Crystal Kingdom
-X-Factor (2005)
-New Mutants (2003)

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#184 – James Madrox

Multiple Man

Today we talk about Jamie Madrox, a guy who can create and absorb duplicates of himself, has a pathological need for attention, and is a certified Nasty Boy (the henchman group, to be clear.)

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Giant-Size Fantastic Four (1974) #4
-X-Factor (2005)
-Fallen Angels (1987)
-X-Factor (1986) #71
-Madrox (2004)
-Multiple Man (2018)
-X-Corp (2021)
-New Mutants: Dead Souls (2018)

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#183 – Jean-Paul Beaubier

Northstar

Today we talk about Jean-Paul Beaubier, a Canadian mutant with pointy ears who can go really fast, fly, and make bright lights. He's also gay and has a very buckwild coming out issue from 1992.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Uncanny X-Men (1963) #120
-Alpha Flight (1983)
-Alpha Flight (1983) #106
-Northstar (1994) (blog post with excerpts)
-Uncanny X-Men (1963) #414
-Uncanny X-Men (1963) #508
-Astonishing X-Men (2004) #51
-X-Factor (2020)
-Excalibur (2019)
-The Refrigerator Monologues

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#182 – Julio Esteban Richter

Rictor

Today we talk about Julio Esteban Richter, also known as Rictor, who is a mutant with earthquake powers who's been on X-Factor, X-Force, New Mutants, and Excalibur. Today, also, Briar makes a LOT of Richter scale jokes, fully forgetting until after recording the actual spelling, RIP.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-X-Factor (1986) #17
-X-Terminators (1988)
-New Mutants (1983) #74
-X-Force (1991) #11
-X-Factor (2005)
-Don't want to make Shatterstar jealous
-X-Factor (2005) #45 (the kiss)
-Avengers: The Children's Crusade (2010) #6
-New Mutants: Dead Souls (2018)
-Shatterstar (2018)
-Excalibur (2019)
-X-Factor (2020)
-The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine graphic novel
-FTL, Y'all
-Astonishing X-Men Vol. 10: Northstar
-Midnighter (2015)
-Midnighter and Apollo (2016)
-Winter Soldier (2018)
-Iceman (2017)
-Empyre (2020)
-Luca

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#181 – Shatterstar

Gaveedra-Seven/Benjamin Russell

Today we talk about Shatterstar, also infrequently known as Gaveedra-Seven and Benjamin Russell (that one time that he mind-melded with a man in a coma), an alien mutant who is a gladiator, a fashion disaster, and his own dad.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-New Mutants (1983) #99
-X-Factor (2005)
-X-Factor (2005) #45
-Rictor saying he and Shatterstar broke up
-Shatterstar (2018)
-X-Factor (2020)
-Julio... my love...?
-Nightwing #81 variant cover

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#180 – David Alleyne

Prodigy

Today we talk about David Alleyne, a mutant called Prodigy who can telepathically gain knowledge and skills from other people. He joined the New Mutants, lost his powers, became disillusioned with the X-Men, joined the Young Avengers, and went to interdimensional college.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-New Mutants (2003) #4
-New X-Men (2004)
-X-Men: Legacy Annual (2009) #1
-X-Men: Regenesis (2011) #1
-Young Avengers (2013) #6
-Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling (2020) #1
-X-Factor (2020) #10 Hellfire Gala (& the specific preview page Tommy is in)
-America (2017)
-Ant-Man (2015) #1
-X-Factor (2020)
-"Am I the only person on the team who's straight?"
-Super Sons: The Polarshield Project
-Superman/Batman (2003) vol. 1
-DC Pride (2021) #1
-Nightwing (2016) #81
-The Harley Quinn cartoon quote about Batman's sex life

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#179 – Daken Akihiro

Wolverine/Dark Wolverine/Horseman of Death

Today we talk about Daken, Wolverine's evil bisexual son. He was adopted, named Akihiro, meanly called Daken, became evil, tried to kill Wolverine, became Wolverine, and now he's just kind of around?

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Wolverine Origins (2006) #10
-Dark Avengers (2009)
-The photo Briar sent to Olivia mid-episode
-Dark Reign: The List - Punisher (2009) #1
-Dark Wolverine (2009)
-Dark Wolverine 88, Frankencastle (2010) #19, Dark Wolverine 89
-Daken: Dark Wolverine (2010)
-Uncanny X-Force (2010) #27
-Uncanny Avengers (2012) #9
-All-New Wolverine (2015) #21
-Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer (2018)
-Return of Wolverine (2018)
-House of X (2019) #5
-X-Force (2019) #9
-X-Factor (2020)
-Marvel's Voices: Pride (2021) #1
-the OTHER picture Briar sent Olivia
-Strange Academy (2020)
-DC Pride (2021) #1
-Hellfire Gala recommended reading/release dates
-Deadpool crashes the Hellfire Gala
-Pixels of You

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#178 – Lucas Trent & Andrew Pulaski

Midnighter & Apollo

Today we kick off Pride month with Midnighter and Apollo, the night/day-opposites-attract superhero couple who adopted the literal spirit of the 21st century as their daughter, got divorced, got back together, and kinda did it all over again after being rebooted!

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-StormWatch (1993) vol 2
-The Authority omnibus
-Midnighter: I know all your moves; Dick: you know NIGHTWING but do you know ROBIN?????
-Midnighter (2006)
-The Authority (2008)
-Grayson (2014)
-I'd know that ass anywhere
-StormWatch (2011)
-Midnighter (2015)
-Midnighter and Apollo (2016)
-DC Pride (2021) #1
-Robin (2021) #2
-Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0
-Stargirl Spring Break Special (2021) #1
-Batman (2016) #108
-Marauders (2019) #20
-Nightwing 81 Pride cover

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#177 – Bane

Today we talk about Bane, a man who grew up in a prison, studied hard, was experimented on, and then decided when he got out of prison that he was going to go to Gotham and destroy Batman.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Batman: Knightfall (1993)
-Batman: Legacy vol 2
-Batman: No Man's Land (1999)
-Batman: Gotham Knights (2000) #33
-JSA: Classified (2005) #17
-Secret Six (2006)
-Batman (2016)
-Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (not a comic)
-Nightwing (2016) #80
-Invincible

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#176 – Talia al Ghul

Talia Head/Leviathan/Daughter of the Demon's Head

Today we talk about Talia al Ghul, an assassin who really epitomizes gatekeep, gaslight, girlboss. She's run the League of Assassins, raised a deadly child, ran LexCorp into the ground (on purpose), and killed and/or tried to kill just so so many people.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Detective Comics (1937) #411
-Batman (1940) #232
-Batman: Son of the Demon (1987)
-Batman: Batman and Son (2006)
-Superman/Batman (2003)
-Batman: Death and the Maidens (2003)
-Batman: Under the Hood
-Red Hood: The Lost Days (2010)
-Batman and Robin (2009) #10
-Batman Incorporated (2010)
-Robin: Son of Batman (2015)
-Batman (2016) #33
-Chronin by Alison Wilgus
-Fence
-Lumberjanes
-Stargazing by Jen Wang
-DCeased: Hope at World's End (2020)
-Invincible

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#175 – Ra's al Ghul

The Demon's Head

Today we talk about Ra's al Ghul, a man who has decided to use his immortality for crime, a very brief stint of trying to save the environment, fighting Batman, and also trying to get Batman to marry his daughter.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Batman (1940) #232
-Batman: Birth of the Demon (1992)
-Batman: Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul (2007)
-Batman: Death and the Maidens (2003)
-Red Robin: Collision
-Worthikids - Palpatine's Journey
-Bloom
-Bloom part II announcement
-Invincible
-DC Festival of Heroes (2021) #1

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