Cable aka Soldier X
Nathan Christopher Charles Summers' destiny was planned before his parents even met. Geneticist Mr. Sinister found that a union between the X-Men Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Jean Grey (Marvel Girl) would produce a powerful genetically superior mutant. Sinister hoped he could control such a mutant and use it to defeat his immortal adversary, Apocalypse. Around this time Jean's form and consciousness was replaced by the reckless cosmic Phoenix Force while she healed from radiation poison in a cocoon at the …
Logan - Movie Review
The Logan I've been waiting for! It's been a a while since I've been moved by a movie, even longer since one made me well up at the end. We'll get to that in a moment. Logan shouldn't be put in a category or genre of a comic book film even though its main characters are comic book icons. It's a drama that will make you laugh, cry and think about your whole life and what's its purpose and meaning are. …
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. …
The On The Box Podcast: Discussing Master of None
Gags Tandon is back with The On The Box Podcast and this week the topic of discussion is the excellent Netflix Original - Master of None. Gags is joined by NYC native Justin Wells and also debutant DJ Jesal. They discuss their favourite characters, scenes and what they thought of the finale. There is a non-spoiler discussion to start the show in the first fifteen minutes as well as a look at some stats so if you do wish to listen to see whether you'd like the show you can always listen to the first fifteen minutes of the show! All this and more on the On The Box Podcast!
The On The Box Podcast: Discussing 13 Reasons Why?
Gags Tandon is finally back with another On The Box Podcast and he has regular Joey Connors back as well as the returning Mike Williams to discuss the immensely popular, yet infamous show - 13 Reasons Why? As usual Gags and his guests go through a non-spoiler section to kick off followed by some stats on the show. Finally the discussion moves to the show and all of the heavy issues that come to the fore. There's discussions on personal experiences and what each felt when watching this show as well as a look at the characters and how they performed. Be warned it's not an easy episode to listen to because of the content but if you have watched 13 Reasons Why - you will want to listen to this podcast.
AI Comic Pod: Episode 38 - Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Preview
Rory and Stu are joined by Chris Vermeulen their resident Guardians expert, to preview this years most hotly anticipated film. Star Lord and his Guardians return for another epic adventure and we give you our thoughts, hopes, insight and predictions. We are Groot.
AI Comic Pod: Episode 37 - Iron Fist Review
Rory and Stu are joined by Chris Vermeulen (aka 433Chris) to discuss the latest release from Marvel and Netflix - Iron Fist! Danny Rand is presumed dead after a plane crash only to be found alive and well after years living in a mystical monastery. This is the final piece of The Defenders puzzle and brings the mystical martial arts to the small screen!
The On The Box Podcast: POWER
Gags Tandon is back with the On The Box Podcast and this week he is discussing the blockbuster hit show Power! Joining him are host of the Nina Kauser Show (and managing podcast editor) Nina Kauser as well as host of the OilFields Index Podcast - Hatem Kadous. As usual they have a non-spoiler section, describing the show and what it reminded them of as well as discussing their favourite characters and twists. There's also a discussion at the end about infidelity which was a storyline of the show. All this and more on the On The Box Podcast!
The 1Up Podcast: 2016 Review
Guy is joined by Neil Devlin and Stuart Bridson to discuss the games of 2016, they also take a quick look at 2017 titles.
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.
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