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Ep 76 – Harley, Harley, Harley!

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“By all means, keep selling Mad Love. But do you have to sell it as a coloring book?”  Jessica Plummer, “A Close Look at the Paradox of Harley Quinn” in BookRiot.

 

Harley Quinn has quickly become one of the most popular, and the most controversial, characters in comic book media. Returning guest and comic book nerd and critic extraordinaire joins us for an in depth look at this fascinating character, whose portrayals span the range from wacky kids show villain  to abuse survivor to kinky sex symbol. In this episode we look at the evolution and development of the character, the questions she raises both in her stories and about her stories, and our hopes for her future. 

Jessica Plummer lives in New York and loves Superman very very much. You can listen to just how much on her Superman podcast, Flights and Tights (http://flightsandtights.libsyn.com/). She also writes about comics and books in general at BookRiot.com (https://bookriot.com/author/jessica-plummer/). Find her on Twitter @jess_plummer.  In this episode she references her recent article on BookRiot, “A Close Look at the Paradox of Harley Quinn,” quoted above. 

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The Ethics of Arrows, with JP Fairfield

JP and ArrowMy guest this week is JP Fairfield, of the Nerdgasm Noire Network and Operation Cubicle podcasts.  Together we explore the latest season of Arrow, the costs of being a hero, and why long suffering Quentin Lance deserves a break!

 

 

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Why So Serious? Paul & Matthew talk The Joker

 

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Are we all just one bad day from where the Joker is? What makes the Clown Prince of Crime such a great villain, and who played him best? Paul and Matthew dive into these questions on this week’s podcast.

 

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Villains who have a Point: Astra From Supergirl

astraWas Astra right in Supergirl season 1, that some terrible acts can be justified in order to save the world? Is there some value to authoritarism if it leads to solving our problems? Should we just put the scientists in charge?

 

 

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This is the first in a series that we will from time to time return to over the coming months, in which  Paul and I explore what happens when you find yourself agreeing with the ‘villain.’ So often we get villains who have goals we might see as admirable, but our hero tells us the methods are wrong. But are they always?

Let us know what you think!

Suicide Squad: Initial Reactions

AmandaWallerss3I saw Suicide Squad about a week ago, and had a lot of thoughts about it. I expect it’s going to inspire a number of upcoming posts where I go deep on specific aspects, including the nature of redemption, the Joker/Harley relationship, and the character of Amanda Waller, but for now, I wanted to start with some quick thoughts, in no particular order. Some are about ethics, some are just reactions to the movie, all of them are addressed to the makers of the movie, for no particularly good reason.  (more…)