Robin: What's In A Name?
In years gone by it seems as though every superhero used to have a sidekick - Green Arrow had Speedy (also known as Red Arrow & Arsenal), Captain America had Bucky, Aquaman had Aqualad and Aquagirl, The Flash had Kid Flash but no sidekick is more famous or more revered than The Boy Wonder himself, Robin. Throughout DC's continuity there have been SIX iterations of Robin and what I want to do today is focus on the four most well-known of these …
X-23: Wolverine's "Daughter"
I haven't been this excited for a film in a long time. Wolverine is a huge favorite of mine and with the plot line seemingly having his “daughter” X-23 in it I thought I would provide background info on her origins, how she became the new Wolverine etc. With Hugh Jackman hanging up the claws after this movie he very well may die, as he does in the comic books. Having Dafne Keen, who plays Laura Kinney aka X-23 in …
Legion: Professor X's Powerhouse
I started watching the new FX series "Legion" and with that in mind I'd thought I share some info on who Legion aka David Charles Haller really is. I have high hopes for this show and I wanted to share some of his background and how he got his powers. I don't know if the show will follow his comic book exploits but I'm sure there will be examples pulled from them. So sit back and enjoy reading about this …
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 …
The On The Box Podcast: Westworld Review
Gags Tandon is back with the On The Box Podcast to review the blockbuster show that was Westworld! He has OTB regular Joe Connors back with him as well as a debut for freelance writer Mike Williams. The trio discuss their favourite characters and the twists throughout the show before Joey asks a question about humans playing God and whether it's right or not! All this and more on the On The Box Podcast!
AI Comic Pod 36: Logan Review
Rory Greenfield is back on hosting duty, joined by Stuart Bridson and Marco Lopes, to review the magnificent Logan. We hope you enjoy our humble words, to fit such a pioneering, emotional, frankly beautiful film.
The On The Box Podcast: Sneaky Pete
Gags Tandon is back with The On The Box Podcast! This week he invites Jim Fishlock to discuss the Amazon Video smash hit: Sneaky Pete! Gags and Jim discuss the story of the show, what they loved about it and discuss the performances of each of the characters! All this and more On The Box!
AI Comic Pod: Episode 35 - Logan Preview
Logan is the next and final chapter in the Wolverine trilogy so Marco Lopes joins our own Stu to preview what is sure to be one of the smash hit movies of the year. You won't need Adamantium claws to slash your way through all this comic-related knowledge.
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!
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