When you start reading comic books decades into a character or even an entire publisher’s existence, how do you go back and find out all of the stories that got them to that point, especially when it’s 1991, you’re fourteen, and you don’t have money, a car, or the Internet at your disposal? Well, join me as I talk about how I learned about Marvel and DC’s histories through their “official” history accounts: The History of the DC Universe, Marvel Saga, The History of the Marvel Universe, and The Other History of the DC Universe. Plus: listener feedback!
In 1984, Marv Wolfman and George Perez shocked their fans by revealing that the New Teen Titans’ newest member, Terra, was working with Deathstroke: The Terminator. Then, they finished Terra’s story in what is the high-water mark for their run, “The Judas Contract.” This episode, Donovan Grant joins me to take a look not only at the story as a whole, but The Other History of the DC Universe #3.
CONTENT WARNING: In this episode, we discuss the relationship between Slade and Tara and talk specifically about issues concerning rape, and the exploitation of minors.
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In 2004, DC Comics released ‘Countdown to Infinite Crisis,” and set in motion a six-month buildup to what would be the most monumental crossover in recent DC history, Infinite Crisis. This May, that ‘countdown” and buildup to Infinite Crisis is the topic for the annual JLMay crossover. It is “The Event Before The Event.”
In this episode, I step in to take on the only miniseries from that time that you’d expect, which is The Return of Donna Troy. But in order for you to actually understand how and why Donna Troy is returning (and where she went in the first place, you need to know the answer to the age-old question … “Who is Donna Troy?”
And trust me, the answer is complicated.
Join me as I look at Donna’s origin and history through its most important phases–the swingin’ ’60s original Teen Titans, the Wolfman-Perez classics “Who is Donna Troy?” and “Who is Wonder Girl?”, and even the Nineties where she was the victim of crossover shenanigans and John Byrne. And that’s just a warm-up for my coverage of the four-issue miniseries that’s written by Phil Jimenez, penciled by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (praised be his name) and inked by George Perez.
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This episode is just one part of a huge podcast crossover for JLMay 2020. Be sure to check out the following shows over the course of May to continue the epic coverage of the event before the event.
- Aquaman and Firestorm: The Fire and Water Podcast
- Robin: Everyone Loves The Drake
- Pop Culture Affidavit
- The Fanholes Podcast
- Justice’s First Dawn
- It All Comes Back To Superman
- The Birds of Prey Podcast
- Married With Comics
- The Coffee and Comics Podcast
- The Longbox Crusade
- Task Force X
- Relatively Geeky Presents
- Wonder Woman: Warrior For Peace
Also, if you are listening to these shows and digging this podcast crossover, be sure to use #JLMay2020 if you’re sharing these episodes on social media.