Welcome friends to Back Issue Bloodbath, a comics-centric podcast presented by Geek Hard. Join hosts Andrew Young and Petula Neale as they get down and dirty in the four-colour world of comic books, focusing on classic stories, new issues, comic creators and hot button topics.

Superheroes are super by nature. They do and see things that us mere mortals can only dream of. It’s easy to be impressed by their feats of strength, speed and wonder. On the flip side, it’s sometimes not so easy to relate to them. There are heroes that are so powerful, you can’t even imagine them ever having problems. Then there are others that you find it hard to empathize with because they could have easily solved their problems years ago. It’s not easy being a hero but it’s even harder to get empathy from the reader.

Over the years, readers have found empathy for the most unlikely of heroes. Smart writing made that happen. Sometimes, writers make the wrong moves to get empathy for their characters as well. It’s a delicate balance that we examine on this week’s Bloodbath.

Join Andrew and Petula as they look at the heroes that are easy to empathize with and the ones that are not. We also talk about both the effective and cliche tropes used to garner empathy from comic fans. It’s all coming your way on a Back Issue Bloodbath that’s all about the feels.

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