X-23: Wolverine's

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 …
Logan - Movie Review

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. …
Legion: Professor X's Powerhouse

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

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

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

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?” - Joker
My 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

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

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. …
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AI Comic Pod: Episode 52 - The Punisher

AI Comic Pod: Episode 52 - The Punisher

Rory and Stu are back, to discuss Marvel Netflix’s latest offering The Punisher. They delve into the mindset of Frank Castle. What drives him, what gives him the strength to overcome any and all on-comers. They discuss the key themes of the show, the relationships and character development throughout this fantastic series.  Oh and just the small part of the blood, violence and glorious action that unfolds.
AI Comic Podcast: Episode 51 - Justice League Preview

AI Comic Podcast: Episode 51 - Justice League Preview

Rory and Stu are back to Preview DC’s landmark 2017 release. Following the stunning success of Wonder Woman, we predict whether they’ll repeat the success, or slip back into the failings of Suicide Squad. Can they successfully build an era of films to rival Marvel. We will soon find out.
AI Comic Pod: Episode 50 - Favourite Super Heroes and Villains

AI Comic Pod: Episode 50 - Favourite Super Heroes and Villains

Happy 50th episode!!! We thought a nice way to celebrate almost two years of the show would be a quick (yeah right) rundown of our favourite heroes and villains, why we love them so much and where the inspiration came from. We hope you'll enjoy listening and give us your favourites too. You never know there might even be a few surprises in store.
AI Comic Pod: Episode 49 - Thor: Ragnarok Preview

AI Comic Pod: Episode 49 - Thor: Ragnarok Preview

Rory and Stu return to preview one of the years most anticipated films. With a distinct new style and with the help from “a friend from work”, Thor returns like you’ve never seen him before. We give you our take on what we expect and hope from the final film in Marvel Phase 3.
AI Comic Pod: Episode 48 - Batman Begins

AI Comic Pod: Episode 48 - Batman Begins

Rory and Stu return to cover the groundbreaking Batman Begins. The first film in Christopher Nolan's pioneering Dark Knight Trilogy, which despite being 12 years old, hasn't aged a day. It's often overshadowed by the sequel which followed, but this film stands alone for the telling the real origin of the Batman, something not seen before. With a beautifully crafted script, delivered brilliantly by a stellar cast. Stunning filming locations and production. A searing score by Hans Zimmer, which sets the tone for drama that unfolds, it truly is a spectacular feat of filmmaking.
AI Comic Pod: Episode 47 - The Defenders

AI Comic Pod: Episode 47 - The Defenders

Iron Fist unite, in Marvel Netflix's culmination of several years of planning. Stu and Rory discuss the show at length, it's highs and lows and their hope for the series that follow.
AI Comic Pod: Episode 46 - Reviewing Spider-Man: Homecoming

AI Comic Pod: Episode 46 - Reviewing Spider-Man: Homecoming

Rory and Stu are joined by their resident arachnid expert Marco Lopes, to review Spider-Man: Homecoming. They discuss Tom Holland's excellent first full feature film as Peter Parker, in this rebooted new adventure and how it stacks up to its predecessors. The importance of Micheal Keaton's menacing Vulture and the experience that Jon Favreau's, Happy and Robert Downey Jr, Tony Stark bring to the film.
AI Comic Pod: Episode 45 - Ant-Man

AI Comic Pod: Episode 45 - Ant-Man

How did Marvel manage to make such a huge film from such a tiny character? Comic Pod newbie, Ally Thompson, joins Rory and Stu to discuss one of 2015's most surprising successes - Ant-Man! While work has begun on the much-anticipated sequel we take a trip back in time to investigate the world of Scott Lang, his mentor Hank Pym and his misfit band of criminal sidekicks.
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