ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 52: The Origin of Batman’s HUSH

Over the last 75 years of Batman history, the Caped Crusader has seen more than his fair share of enemies. From Joker to Two-Face to Riddler to Penguin, his rogues gallery includes some of the best-known and most adversarial villains in comic books. This is a group of rogues so popular that they’re even getting to be the focus of their own movie: Suicide Squad. While people will argue over who was the best Joker or Two-Face, there remains a villain that hasn’t yet been represented on film- though he did make an appearance in Arkham City and Arkham Knight… Hush.

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Hush is a villain who strikes at Bruce a bit more personally than his other opponents, for Hush knows Bruce intimately. The two grew up together and shared a lot of the same experiences. This is what enables Hush to be so vile, so effective, and so much fun to read. He can affect the Dark Knight in ways that no other enemy is capable of even conceiving. However, there is more to this villain than just an old score to settle with a childhood friend. Truly, Hush is one of the villains who has one of the more dynamic and emotional origin stories.

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In episode 52 of the ComicsVerse podcast, we present to you our analysis of what makes Hush who he is, using Jeph Loeb’s HUSH and Paul Dini’s HEART OF HUSH as our main sources of his history. On the podcast are Editor-in-Chief Travis Czap, Head of ComicsVerse’s publishing division Glenn Matchett, and they are joined by Brian Delpozo, Malia Knight, and Fabio Castelblanco. Join this crew as they dive headfirst into one of the Caped Crusader’s greatest rogues and try to discover what it is that makes Hush tick. By the end of it, we’re sure that you’ll find Hush to be one of Batman’s more interesting villains, too.

ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 51: The Origin of Black Panther

Created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Black Panther was the first black superhero.  In 2005, Reginald Hudlin and John Romita, Jr. launched an epic take on the Panther – one that would marry him into the mainstream Marvel Universe as surely as he married X-Men’s Storm.

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In this podcast, we ran through the first of Hudlin and Romita’s arcs, and focused in on the central question: Who is the Black Panther?  It was a fascinating discussion, with a particular focus on the way Wakandan culture is presented as different to Western (particularly Western American).  Whereas Western culture treats people as individuals, many African cultures believe that a person is understood corporately; as a result, Reggie Hudlin’s portrayal of the Black Panther risks being fascinatingly off-key for a Western audience, carefully assessing the Black Panther in the context of his ancestry, his family, and his legend.

At heart, this book is about the Black Panther, not about T’Challa, and so several of the team were left feeling as though they hadn’t gotten to know T’Challa at all.  There was also discussion about the role of Wakanda in the first Black Panther arc, with the nation itself portrayed as much as a character as the Black Panther.  In fact, #1 arguably spends more time setting up Wakanda than it does the Black Panther!

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The Black Panther, though, is a legend – a legacy title, one that, unlike most legacy titles, was designed to be one.  In a world of Thunder Gods and alien armadas, the Black Panther’s is a spiritual legacy, one that is treated with an ironic amount of disdain by the rest of the world.  The portrayal of American society and military ambitions in this book is absolutely fascinating.

In November 2017, we will see the Black Panther on the big screen; we’ve already seen a glimpse of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s portrayal of Wakanda, back in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  This first arc is surely required reading for understanding the character and context of the Black Panther.

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Kay Honda, Marvel Comics Assistant Editor – Kathleen Wisneski, Jamie Rice, Brian Delpozo and Tom Bacon

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Alternate Reality – Episode 275

Alternate Reality - Episode 275

Alternate Reality – Episode #275

Comic Reviews with Chris Partin, nuff said! (wow I’m really getting lazy about this show note stuff – Jon)


Time Stamps h:mm:ss

0:00:00 – Cold Open
0:00:06 – Intro Music
0:01:17 – Intro
0:06:23 – In Stock Trades Advertisement

0:07:37 – Comic Reviews
0:10:05 – G.I. Joe Origins #12
0:13:19 – Siege #2
0:24:08 – The Question #37 (Blackest Night)
0:28:35 – The Authority #19
0:35:20 – Superman: World of New Krypton #12
0:43:39 – Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #32

0:49:54 – Lightning Round
0:52:18 – Savage Dragon #157
0:52:59 – Sweet Tooth #6
0:54:35 – Ultimate X #1
1:00:35 – Invincible Iron Man #23
1:02:26 – Blackest Night Wonder Woman #3
1:07:42 – Legends Enchanted #0

1:11:30 – Close
1:19:59 – Exit Music

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Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 113 (2/7/10)

Holy guacamole was it a great week for comics! Pick of the week goes to Jason Aaron & R.M. Guera for Scalped #34 (Vertigo). Fast Five picks include G.I. Joe: Origins #12 (IDW), DEMO 2 #1 (Vertigo), Blackest Night: The Question #37 (DC), House of Mystery #22 (Vertigo), and Ghost Riders: Heaven’s On Fire #6 (Marvel).

Lotta Jason Aaron titles out, lotta Vertigo titles out.

The Mean Geek-Comics Podcasting on the Edge of Civility-Episode 29-“Cosplay is bad for you!”


Episode #29 is available now-The Warhammer and TechJedi have a-not-too-deep discussion on the various aspects of costumes. It’s fun, irreverant, and filthy. Have at it.

Several inaccuracies have been sprinkled through the recording to see who gets pissy. See how many you can get!

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Weapon X Episode

In this special episode, Cammy gives the rundown on (in his opinion) the definitive origin of Wolverine, and how he got his adamantium claws.  Weapon X by Barry Windsor-Smith is the main focus, with some talks of the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman.

A review of the movie to follow sometime this weekend!