The Dark Knight Returns Podcast

In this outing, Image founders head for home, wall-crawlers head back to the big screen, X-Men head back to Earth, DC’s Big Three head for trouble, the next big thing is twenty years ago, and we tackle head on one of the world’s great conundrums: Can Logan’s claws pierce Steve Rogers’ shield? Plus, a look back at Frank Miller’s opus. All this and much much more on this, as the podcast reaches the age of majority.


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Rodrigo: Marvel 1985 #1 (Marvel Comics)
Before SECRET INVASION…before WORLD WAR HULK…before CIVIL WAR… The most powerful super-villains in the Marvel Universe gather their might to wreak havoc on the one place they’ve never before set foot—YOUR WORLD! As mankind’s enemies cut a swath of destruction with unprecedented ferocity and ruthlessness, the fate of the planet rests in the hands of one person: Toby, a 13-year-old boy who holds the key to uniting his comic-book idols, the Marvel Heroes! Superstars Mark Millar (CIVIL WAR, FANTASTIC FOUR) and Tommy Lee Edwards (BULLET POINTS, The Question) deliver a Marvel Event the likes of which you’ve never seen!

Stephen: Trinity #1 (DC Comics)
DC’s new weekly series TRINITY explodes in an extra-sized debut issue featuring art by fan-favorite Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man) and Art Thibert with lead stories and dialogue by Kurt Busiek (SUPERMAN, ASTRO CITY)!

The lead feature explores the unusual bond — and importance — of DC’s top three characters, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, as a mysterious dream links them together and may prophesy important changes in their trinity!

Plus, a co-feature in issue #1 explores the mysterious connection between several villains who are watching the Trinity —as well as the near future for these characters and their surrounding world! Co-features in issues #2-4 fill in back-story on some of the other important players in this major storyline.


Matthew: Giant Size Astonishing X-Men #1
Too big to be contained in a normal issue, the grand finale of Joss Whedon (Buffy, Firefly) and John Cassaday’s (CAPTAIN AMERICA, Planetary) landmark run is right here! The powerlords of Breakworld bring the fight to Earth. Can the X-Men stop them from destroying the whole planet? Will the Avengers join their fight? What we do know is this: one of the X-Men won’t walk away from this fight. Plus spotlight interviews with Whedon and Cassaday!
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Best Comic Book Weapon
A) Mjolnir
B) Green Lantern’s Ring
C) Wolverine’s Claws
D) Captain America’s Shield
E) Doc Ock’s Tentacles
F) Iron Man’s Suit
G) The Right Hand of Doom
H) Pumpkin Bombs
I) The Witchblade
J) Captain Cold’s Freeze Gun
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The Dark Knight Returns
Bruce Wayne is close to being a broken man but something is keeping him sane: the need to see change and the belief that he can orchestrate some of that change. Batman is back. The Dark Knight has returned.

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. Lifeisaglitch on

    Great podcast, I’m a big Batman fan so of course i enjoyed hearing your individual takes on TDK, agreed with a lot, got a lot of new things to think about. BUT i really gotta wonder how long does it take to get a banana split, i mean come Ooooon!

  2. Lifeisaglitch on

    BTW the people that like Batman as the vigilante are a way different crowd then the ones that enjoy thinking of him as The Worlds Greatest Detective aka EXTREME MCGyver aka somebody that wouldn’t play chess against Reed Richard for lack of a challenge… In my mind Bruce isn’t just Batman, he really is THE GODDAMN BATMAN a demon like entity that entered young Bruce in that alley and hasn’t left since…Something out of this world that grants him the mind he has like a wink wink nudge nudge “Dark Passenger” (google it) thats sorta what I’m thinking. Batman gets power form the dark like Kal-el from the light and not only by using fear and creating the icon of the bat, which we all know makes him more then a man etc etc but maybe even in a literal sense. Maybe thats why Etrigan was introduced in a Batman comic? In any case Bruce is mortal, Batman the vigilante is mortal, but THE BATMAN is NOT mortal and is way more out of this world then Superman, Bizarro or even fuckwit for that matter.

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