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Capes On the Couch - Where Comics Get Counseling

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Saving the world doesn't necessarily mean you go home happy. How's the mental health of your favorite superhero? A comic aficionado and a board-certified psychiatrist look at the various neuroses of your favorite heroes and villains and provide options for treatment.

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Issue 81 - Superboy Prime

We punch a wall through Superboy-Prime! How is Prime like 2Pac? And which DuckTales character is Alex Luthor Jr. like? Listen in to find out!

SHOW NOTES:

  • Intro
    • Shoutout to Seequels - every week three hosts review direct-to-video sequels of childhood favorites, and compare/contrast with the originals - seequels.com
  • Background (04:38)
    • Superboy-Prime created by Elliot S! Magin & Curt Swan  in DC Comics Presents #87 (Nov. 1985)
    • Earth-Prime is “our” world in the multiverse - no superheroes exist
    • Clark Kent is the adopted son of Jerry & Naomi - turns out he’s actually got latent superpowers, which manifest when he turns 15 and Halley’s Comet passes overhead
    • Joins the Crisis on Infinite Earths - ends up in a paradise dimension alongside Superman & Lois of Earth-2, and Alexander Luthor Jr. of Earth-3
    • Longs to return to his world, even though it was destroyed, and becomes angsty - punches the wall of reality, creating numerous changes in reality and retconning several character changes
    • Destroys the JLA Watchtower, and proceeds to attack Conner Kent, who he believes stole his life - kills several heroes who come to defend Conner
    • Banished to the Speed Force for several years, before escaping with a suit of armor that boosts his power levels
    • Ends up killing Conner after they destroy Alex’s vibrational tuning fork that would impact the multiverse - this also results in the merging of the several Earths
    • Heads to Oa, where he wipes out dozens of Green Lanterns - attacked by Superman of Earths 1 & 2, and kills Earth-2 Superman - taken into custody by Guardians of the Universe
    • During the Sinestro Corps War, he is freed and joins the Sinestro Corps - one of the Guardians sacrifices themselves to destroy him, but all it does is infuse him with Oan energy
    • Gets sent to the 31st Century, where he discovers that history has largely forgotten him - he is revealed to be the Time Trapper, a villain of the Legion of Super-Heroes, and ends up attacking himself - this sends him back to Earth-Prime, which was not destroyed - everyone there has read all of the comics, and they fear him - he ends up in his parents’ basement, a parody of toxic fanboys
    • Transported back to Earth-1, where he gathers other villains and attacks the Teen Titans - they overpower him and imprison him in the Source Wall
    • Recently revealed to be trapped in the Monsterlands, where he broke out and is seeking revenge on Shazam
  • Issues (18:00)
    • Given no time to process his powers, never really learned to control them or how to use them
    • Angst over being taken away from his entire family & support system (24:10)
    • Extremist - unsure if he can ever be praised for doing anything, he just dives into villainy (31:25)
  • Break (39:03)
    • Plugs for Varmints & Petri Dish, plus Meredith Finch 
  • Treatment (40:22)
    • In-universe - Kitchen sink - bring everyone & everything
    • Out of universe - Peer support group (43:35)
  • Skit (55:43)
  • Ending (61:50)

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