The Green Lanterns of Sector 2814
My love of the Green Lantern(s) is no secret (partly because I think I mention it on every single podcast that we do) and it's a franchise which has had a bit of a rough time over the last few years. We don't need to speak about the 2011 film which caused so much hate and arguably derailed Warner Bros plans for a DC Extended Universe before it even got off the ground but the comics also featured a Rebirth …
The Hulk: Monstrous Origins
Since his inception The Incredible Hulk has been held up as an analogy for many things; the 60’s counter culture urge to rise up against repression – a reaction to the frustrations of war and the fear of nuclear side effects/ mutations and even a study on anger and justified violence. Stan Lee called the character ‘a golem’ in line with Jewish myth, and recalled Hulk as the Atomic Age Jekyll and Hyde. With so many dissonant personalities emerging over …
Sanity Among Craziness: My Take on "The Killing Joke"
“It's all a joke! Everything anybody ever valued or struggled for..it's all a monstrous, demented gag! So why can't you see the funny side?Why aren't you laughing?” - JokerMy next Alan Moore piece will be on The Killing Joke - maybe the greatest comic book story ever told. Most comic book fans know the story behind it and the events that took place. I'm going to try to explain the book a bit, so sit back, relax and …
AI Comic Pod Awards 2016
As the year draws to a close, it seems only fitting to write one last article and it will sum up our recent 2016 Awards podcast and the accompanying Twitter polls as promised. A huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to vote and share these polls, your engagement is so appreciated and there's been some great debate about these results which is what we want! We hope to do more interactive episodes like this in the future …
Peter Parker: The Relatable One
From billboards in New York's Times Square to toy stores, book shelves and even music stores, Marvel Comics' flagship character seems to be everywhere as fans await the latest Spider-Man movie. However, Spider-Man's enduring popularity has little to do with his ability to climb walls, his super-human strength, or his somewhat creepy-yet-cool costume. Fans have loved Spider-Man because he has trouble paying his rent. He was not the most popular guy in school and does not always get the girl. …
Ultron: The Rise of Rogue AI
Ultron walks into a bar, and orders a drink. The bartender says, “We don’t serve robots!”. Ultron replies, “You will.” Artificial intelligence (AI) is a reliable theme in science fiction. In the Avengers: Age of Ultron, the AI arises from one of several alien Infinity Stones, with a bit of dabbling by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, who are trying to protect the planet from potential invaders. The evil AI, named Ultron, seizes on a directive to protect the planet …
Marvel Ranked - Your definitive guide to each and every film
It's your definitive ranked guide to Marvel's filmography, starting at the beginning of Phase 1 in 2008 with Iron Man, all the way through to Doctor Strange released this year. To coincide with the release of the @AIComicPod's 1 year anniversary pod, Rory Greenfield, Stuart Bridson and Gags Tandon rank each and every Marvel release. No doubt it's been a challenge with the quality available, we really are spoilt for choice. If you fancy listening to us talk about our rankings …
Superman: Our Jewish Hero
Superman's real name is Kal-El, son of Jor-El. The suffix El means “of God” in Hebrew, with Kal-El defined as “Voice of God”. Before Krypton's doom, Kal-El's parents put him in a Moses-like basket, sending him down the Nile of intergalactic space until he landed safely on Earth. Superman and Moses relied on their faith in the kindness of strangers and both had sets of parents who chose to send their sons into the unknown. This all sounds a bit …
V for Vendetta: Terrorism Justified??
In thinking my next idea for writing I wanted to a full length Alan Moore article and then thought better of it because his body of work is astonishing. What I will do is break down some of his finest works ever and hope that you appreciate him as much as I do. The first one I wanted to tackle is Moore's classic graphic novel "V for Vendetta". I know Stu and Rory already talked about the movie in a …
A Batman Family Secret?
I know, I know this isn't worth my time to read. The writer is just making up a bullshit theory blah, blah, blah. Give me 10 minutes of your time and let me explain. For 80 years, Batman and Joker have punched and laughed their way into the greatest rivalry in comics. This have been countless stories written about the two but one that has been hinted about in comic book and movie lore. The Joker is Batman's brother.... Don't …
AI Comic Pod: Episode 34 - An Introduction to DC Rebirth
The time is finally here for the comic pod to do a pod about comics! Stu is joined by Joseph Connors - our resident comic expert - to tell you about the recent DC Rebirth event, the New 52 fiasco and talk about the first title in this series... Aquaman! If you want to hear two very excited comic fans talk about DCs latest great idea then you want to listen to this latest episode!
The On The Box Podcast: CHUCK
Gags Tandon is back with a nostalgia special as the focus of the On The Box Podcast this week is cult classic: CHUCK! He is joined by two other Chuckaholics in Simon Brundish and Marco Lopes as they discuss exactly why you, the listener, should be watching Chuck, the reasons why it resonated with many and then they discuss the cast from the show and what they thought of each and every one of them! All this and more... On The Box!
AI Movie Night Podcast: Episode 22 - Trainspotting
Welcome to episode 22 of the Anfield Index Movie Night Podcast! Joe Simpson hosts this show as he and his panel look to review movies that are current and from the past! This week they look at all things Trainspotting! Joe is joined by Rory Greenfield and Karl Coppack on this episode.
The On The Box Podcast: Black Mirror - Series 3
Gags Tandon hosts another episode of the On The Box Podcast with Simon Dowling returning to the show to cover the third series of Black Mirror! The lads go through all of the episodes focusing more on their favourites breaking down the story and also looking at what they felt after watching the shows. The impact of the show as well as information on those involved with the shows!
The On The Box Podcast: Black Mirror - Series 1 & 2
Gags Tandon hosts another episode of the On The Box Podcast with Simon Dowling returning to the show to cover the first two series of Black Mirror! The lads go through all of the episodes focusing more on their favourites breaking down the story and also looking at what they felt after watching the shows. The impact of the show as well as information on those involved with the shows!
AI Comic Pod: Episode 33 - DC: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
2017 is sure to be a make-or-break year for the DC Extended Universe - the comics are selling like hot cakes, TV shows are going from strength to strength but they cannot replicate the same success. Stu and Rory are looking at DC's recent offerings to look at what they did well, what they did wrong and what should be forever consigned to movie hell and never again spoken about.
AI Movie Night: Episode 21 - The Untouchables
Welcome to episode 21 of the Anfield Index Movie Night Podcast! Joe Simpson hosts this show as he and his panel look to review movies that are current and from the past! This week they look at all things The Untouchables! Joe is joined by Martin Fitzgerald and special guest Chris Hewitt, from The Empire magazine and host of the Empire Podcast, on this episode.
The On The Box Podcast: Streaming TV vs Cable TV
Gags Tandon is back with the On The Box Podcast and this time he's joined by Rory Greenfield. They both discuss the change in how TV is watched and the pros and cons of Streaming and Cable TV. They also discuss the benefits of binge watching TV and also the drawbacks of it! All this and more... On The Box!
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