Superman: Our Jewish Hero

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??

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?

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 …
Sympathy for the Devil: Daredevil and Depression

Sympathy for the Devil: Daredevil and Depression

I could write a puff piece about Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil) and tell you his background, creation, favourite books, TV show, etc... but I thought I would write something different though, something worth talking about even if it doesn't quite make everyone comfortable. Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer in Manhattan's Hells Kitchen section who, in his downtime, dons a scarlet suit and fights crime as Daredevil. Most are familiar with him at this point because of the amazing Netflix …
Heroic Ethics: Spider-Man, My Idol

Heroic Ethics: Spider-Man, My Idol

I wrote this in part for Kaylon Karrim and his inquisitive mind! A huge part of Anfield Index and a guy I call a friend. Looking back over the three categories of normative ethics under philosophy - Virtue, Duty and Consequential - what fails to emerge is a clear-cut, definitive category that encompasses what we think of when we think of a superhero. Each category has heroes who adhere to its principles but also is easy to criticize each category …
Supergirl: Another Dumb Blonde in Comics?

Supergirl: Another Dumb Blonde in Comics?

With the start of the Supergirl series, season two in fact, I thought I would focus on Superman's cousin. She is actually older than the Man of Steel which many don't realize. Most depictions of her are of a tiny doe-eyed blonde who most fan-boys can only dream of meeting! She's much more than just a fantasy for comic book fans. First appearing in Superman #123 in August of 1958 she was created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino. Originally …
Marvel vs DC in cinema | A story of the Tortoise Vs the Hare

Marvel vs DC in cinema | A story of the Tortoise Vs the Hare

A war rages, two powerhouses of cinema are vying for your attention, both striving to outdo one another. Their aim, to win the hearts, minds and wallets of comic lovers the world over. Can the young pretender (DC Warner Brothers), wrestle the mantle from the experienced veteran (Disney Marvel)? Early signs point to no, but you can bet your life they'll throw everything at it. The key however is, will they do it wisely? Will they find financial and critical …
Captain Marvel: Marvel's Big Gamble

Captain Marvel: Marvel's Big Gamble

When Marvel announced that Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel was going to get her own movie in 2019 I was ecstatic. After the initial shock at a female hero (Brie Larson will play the Captain) getting her own movie I wondered how they would explain Captain Marvel and all the varying versions. I will give you some background on Danvers (Marvel's movie choice for Captain Marvel) and the history behind this fantastic hero. Captain Marvel was created by Stan Lee and …
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AI Comic Pod: Episode 31 - Comic Pod Awards 2016

AI Comic Pod: Episode 31 - Comic Pod Awards 2016

Rounding off an incredible year for the AI Comic Pod, Rory and Stu are joined by Marco Lopes to hand out the official gongs for the first inaugural Comic Pod Awards! How many will Deadpool walk away with? Can anyone stop Civil War from running away with the Best Movie award? Make sure you have your own picks ready as this is going to be an interactive one with all of you!
AI Comic Pod: Episode 30 - Marvel Cinematic Universe - Ranked

AI Comic Pod: Episode 30 - Marvel Cinematic Universe - Ranked

Rory Greenfield and Stuart Bridson have returned back to where it all started, as inspiration for this special anniversary episode. Joined once more by Marvel enthusiast Gags Tandon, all three rank each film from best to worst, from Iron Man (2008) all the way through to Dr Strange (2016). The boys pull no punches, discussing the highs and lows of each film. There is debate, insight and of course some great laughs along the way. Join us once more and please do let us know your top 5.
AI Comic Pod: Episode 29 - Doctor Strange Review

AI Comic Pod: Episode 29 - Doctor Strange Review

Dr. Stephen Strange has crashed onto the big screen and introduced a new world of mysticism into the MCU so why not join AI's very own Ancient One (that's Stu btw) as he's joined once again by Joey Connors to discuss all things Strange!
AI Comic Pod: Episode 28 - Luke Cage Review

AI Comic Pod: Episode 28 - Luke Cage Review

The boys are back, discussing Marvel Netflix's latest successful offering Luke Cage. Rory Greenfield and Stuart Bridson delve into Harlem, to talk cast, key performances, music, action and the talk takes a serious note on the racial controversy that surrounded the shows release.
AI Comic Pod: The Walking Dead - Seasons 7 Episode 1 Review

AI Comic Pod: The Walking Dead - Seasons 7 Episode 1 Review

The Walking Dead season 7 opener 'The Day Will Come When You Won't Be' is one of the most shocking and harrowing episodes in television history. Rory and Stu couldn't miss the opportunity to grab their bats and step up to the plate, to dissect and digest this iconic episode. Joined once again by the all knowing Marco Lopes. The boys try to find words (whilst cowering behind the nearest sofa), to describe the magnitude of this episode and how it's set up the season ahead.
AI Comic Pod: Episode 26 - Dr. Strange Preview

AI Comic Pod: Episode 26 - Dr. Strange Preview

Joey Connors joins Stu for this episode in order to preview Dr. Strange, the upcoming movie about the Sorcerer Supreme and sure to be another smash-hit for Marvel. There'll be background information about the character, predictions and a lot of excitement from two very excited comic fans! Dr. Strange sees the introduction of magic into the MCU and this is sure to be a key element for Phase Four and beyond so listen in to this episode before grabbing your popcorn and heading to see the film.
AI Comic Pod: The Walking Dead - Seasons Four to Six

AI Comic Pod: The Walking Dead - Seasons Four to Six

With season seven of The Walking Dead just around the corner, Marco Lopes returns to join Rory and Stu to discuss seasons four to six. Are you a Wolf or more of a Saviour? Do you bow to Negan or long to end his tyrannical reign? There'll be recaps, discussion and predictions for the upcoming season so lock your doors, sharpen your katana and listen!
AI Comic Pod: Cult Classics - Scott Pilgrim Vs V For Vendetta

AI Comic Pod: Cult Classics - Scott Pilgrim Vs V For Vendetta

The boys are back, discussing two of their favourite cult classics, with not one but two quizzes, to kickstart proceedings. Rory nominates Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, Edgar Wrights eccentric masterpiece. Whilst Stu, V for Vendetta, the cult classic still heralded 10 years on from its release. It's two for the price of one, you lucky Devils.
AI Comic Pod: Episode 23 - Gotham

AI Comic Pod: Episode 23 - Gotham

After a short summer holiday - Rory and Stu are back to meet all your nerd needs. On this episode they're talking about Gotham and are joined by Joseph Connors - our stateside comic guru - and Nina Kauser - the first lady of Anfield Index herself. This Batman-prequel hasn't been everyone's favourite show but has tried to stay faithful to much of the source material by introducing a plethora of known Batvillains. Dust off your cowl and tune in!
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