ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 98: Emma Dumont of THE GIFTED on FOX Talks About Playing Polaris

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“I am Polaris.” Words I never expected to hear my whole life. I didn’t even expect to hear it when I spoke with Emma Dumont who plays Polaris (aka Lorna Dane) on Fox’s THE GIFTED.

Polaris’s Journey

I picked up my first X-Men comic by the time I turned seven years old. Polaris (aka Lorna Dane) almost instantly earned a spot on my favorites list. She persevered through witnessing a genocide, her fiance abandoning her at the altar, being possessed by a psychic vampire, the list goes on and on. Despite her difficult journey, at the core of Lorna Dane’s personality lies the naked struggle for a human being to survive, to persevere and thrive.

Episode 96: Investigating X-Men’s Polaris in Comics and Fox’s THE GIFTED

Polaris’s story is universal. We have all experienced it one time or another. Unfortunately for some, they experience these downturns a lot more than most. For more than thirty years, I imagined what the experience of meeting Lorna Dane might feel like. This Emma Dumont interview granted me that wish, a wish I never fathomed would become reality.

Emma Dumont Researched the $%@& out of Lorna Dane!

Once, a friend described comic book fandom as similar to the NRA. I wish he was 100% wrong. We’re all too aware the national conversation has descended into the gutter. It somehow managed to seep its way into comic book culture, a medium sprung out of oppression. In the past, comic book fans criticized movie counterparts from their favorite comics harshly. On occasion, cause exists when an actor’s disdain for portraying a comic book character is obvious. In the case of Emma Dumont, nothing could be further from the truth.

Recently, ComicsVerse conducted a two-hour podcast all about Lorna Dane (aka Polaris). I, personally, re-read over 200 issues in the months preceding the podcast. Before our interview started, I meant to ask if Emma had read any comics with Polaris in them. I felt so nervous that I forgot to ask. Not too long into the conversation, I realized Emma was as versed, if not more, in all the comics featuring Polaris we read, every comic book reader’s dream when it comes to how they want actors to approach their favorite characters!

THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont in the "got your siX" episode of THE GIFTED airing Monday, Nov. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX

THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont in the “got your siX” episode of THE GIFTED airing Monday, Nov. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX

Emma Dumont, the Artist

I often caught myself talking too much during the interview. Please accept my apologies in advance. Talking with Emma felt so natural, like talking with any number of my good female friends. Just when I thought things couldn’t get more awesome, something profound happened. We gave it lip service several times in the interview.

However, experiencing this felt so different than simply knowing it. Emma Dumont committed herself so intensely to the role of Lorna Dane that differences between them ceased to exist. I’m not hyperbolizing. I bore witness to art in its purest form — an artist sitting in their truth with their need overlapping their character’s need. It wasn’t a scene. Emma certainly wasn’t acting, and that didn’t take anything away from the experience.

Emotional Truths

Hollywood too often stinks of bullshit and huge egos. Emma Dumont’s humility and sense of self appear to allow her to create art on network television. Emma doesn’t hold any punches when it comes to expressing her fear that THE GIFTED too closely resembles life under the Trump Administration for minorities. Referring to herself as a privileged white girl, she states her plight.

Emma Dumont’s goal is for people to understand how closely the discrimination and oppression her character experiences in THE GIFTED is real for too many people. Emma’s commitment to understanding something she says she hasn’t experienced makes her goal even nobler. However, after discussing her history in more detail, Emma felt like an outcast growing up too.

THE GIFTED After Show Episode 1: The Gift Gets Real

What we are privy to in Emma Dumont’s portrayal of Polaris is nothing short of lucky. As the audience, we get to experience Emma struggling in a world that discriminates and judges. Every week, we get to see her live in her pain. The world isn’t safe for everyone. Emma Dumont wants us to know that so fiercely she surrenders her comfort and emotional armor in order for us to see what its like for people who have it worse than we do. In sacrificing that, Lorna Dane becomes even more of a living breathing human being.

THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont and Sean Teale in the "boXed In" airing Monday, Oct. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D'Alema/FOX

THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont and Sean Teale in the “boXed In” airing Monday, Oct. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

Emma Dumont: “I am Polaris”

I grew up with Polaris as part of my life, and I care deeply about her character’s portrayal in comics and on the screen. I feel connected with her journey, and I meant it in the interview when I said Emma Dumont is the Polaris X-Men fans have been waiting for. My only regret is not telling Emma she’s the artist Polaris has been waiting for.

Emma Dumont isn’t kidding when she says “I am Polaris.”

I went into the interview knowing Polaris is a superhero. By the time the interview finished, I left knowing Emma Dumont is a superhero too.

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Interview with Marvel’s Runaways Actor Angel Parker About Her Character Catherine Wilder

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The latest episode of our podcast features a conversation with Marvel’s RUNAWAYS cast member — Angel Parker. In addition to “Runaways,” Angel most recently recurred on NBC’s “Trial and Error” opposite John Lithgow, and also recurred on FX’s hit series “The Strain.” Another standout project was appearing in FX’s critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning series “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.” Angel was a scene stealer as famed celebrity attorney Shawn Chapman, one of Simpson’s ‘Dream Team’ lawyers.

The ability for me to restrain my excitement over Marvel’s RUNAWAYS on Hulu likely exists outside my skillset. With a major cult following stretching back to the middle of 2003, the RUNAWAYS comic books by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona started a revolution in comic book storytelling. 14 years and currently five volumes of collected work later, these young heroes have some stories left in them. Recently, Hulu has begun releasing episodes weekly for their original series based on the hit comics. With a deep focus on characterization and an obvious adoration for the source material, this show sets the bar high for future MCU television releases.

RUNAWAYS seeks to answer one simple question. What would happen if our parents were really as bad as our teenage selves believed? What if they were really supervillains? For Alex Wilder, Nico Minoru, Gertrude Yorkes, Chase Stein, Molly Hernandez, and Karolina Dean, they don’t have to imagine. They are living it. After stumbling upon a cryptic sacrificial ritual, the teens gather evidence again their parent’s underground criminal empire. Along the way, they garner new powers, new weapons, and a pet dinosaur to boot.

On RUNAWAYS, Parker plays Catherine Wilder, the mother of Alex and a member of the supervillainous Pride. Catherine is a successful, deliberate and calculating lawyer and acts as a defining member of the Pride. When it comes to family, she is fiercely loyal as well as a loving mother and protector of her son. Parker plays the character with a cold yet steely edge, giving her scenes a much-needed tension. Luckily, she is much kinder in person, and she has agreed to give ComicsVerse her thoughts on all things acting and RUNAWAYS!

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ComicsVerse’s THE GIFTED After Show Episode 1: The Gift Gets Real

Fox titled THE GIFTED recently premiered. Set in a timeline where the X-Men have disappeared, THE GIFTED follows mutant siblings Lauren and Andy Strucker as they and their family flee the government and join forces with an underground group of mutants.

In the first episode of ComicsVerse’s THE GIFTED After Show, we discuss THE GIFTED’s take on the political and poignant themes the X-Men is known for. We talk about the cast and their performances and dig into the nature of the superhero genre in TV and film. THE GIFTED also features established mutants like Polaris, Blink, and Thunderbird, who contribute to the show’s greatest strengths.

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 96: Investigating X-MEN’s Polaris Before THE GIFTED

X-Men film franchise spin-off THE GIFTED premieres on Fox Television October 2017. It will feature prominent longtime X-Men teammate Polaris aka Lorna Dane. Polaris happens to be the daughter of Magneto. Created in the 1960’s, almost original X-Men character Polaris plays the role of the on-again/off-again daughter of Magneto. In honor of the television debut of the character of Polaris, ComicsVerse hosted a podcast about Polaris’s role in THE GIFTED as well as the emotional identity of Lorna Dane.

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Episode 96: Investigating X-Men’s Polaris in Comics and Fox’s THE GIFTED

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Episode 92: X-Men, “The Dream” Part 3: Was Emma Right?

INHUMANS VS. X-MEN: Was Emma Frost Right? SPOILERS AHEAD!

Marvel’s INHUMANS VS. X-MEN, published in 2017, ended in an unexpected twist when circumstances revealed Emma Frost manipulated the war between both sides. Cyclops died in DEATH OF X from the deadly M-Pox virus. This happened not long after Cyclops killed Professor Xavier while possessed by the Phoenix Force. The deaths and/or new paths of Magneto, Professor Xavier, Cyclops, and Apocalypse left the mutant message in disarray.

A New Leader for a New Time?

Whoever would emerge as the new ideological inspiration behind the X-Men would require a powerful message. Cyclops, ever the mutant revolutionary, redefined Xavier’s dream after his death. Emma Frost, a former villain, chose to lie to everyone. She made them believe the Inhuman Black Bolt killed Cyclops on orders from Medusa. Emma Frost manipulated Scott Summers’ death into a battle cry catalyzing the X-Men into going to war against the Inhumans. To paraphrase Emma Frost’s words, she made his death matter. She turned him into an idea.

INHUMANS VS. X-MEN Mirrors Society’s Embrace of Alternative Facts

Like the inventor of the phrase, Emma Frost also falls prey to broadcasting alternative facts.

Kellyanne Conway possesses a great intellect. However, let’s remain honest, Conway is no Emma Frost in that regard. What the two women have in common includes two things: using mass media, or in Emma’s case telepathy, to broadcast a message and broadcasting a message sourced with alternative facts.

In the current political climate in the United States and the West, the rise of populism and the fleecing of voter information make it difficult to discern fact from fiction. Often times, deliberate misinformation spread to a populace seems to incite actions otherwise not considered.

LISTEN: Hear part one of our podcast X-Men, “The Dream.”

INHUMANS VS. X-MEN represents an extraordinary superhero version of today’s political events. For her own gain, Emma Frost uses her own people to purport an unnecessary aggressive agenda. This agenda only suits Emma Frost.

Emma Frost’s Defeat

Both the X-Men and the Inhumans defeat Emma Frost after she attempts the unforgivable. Emma appears to want to use mutant-killing sentinels and reprogram them to kill Inhumans. She sets her plan in motion. Most noteworthy, what makes this moment powerful relates to Emma Frost’s relationship with sentinels.

In Grant Morrison’s NEW X-MEN run, sentinels killed millions of mutants on the island of Genosha where Emma taught. Emma endured genocide against mutants, leaving her psychologically damaged forever. For Emma Frost to use sentinels to fight Inhumans, she must have gone to a dark place in her soul.

Before the Inhumans or the X-Men have an opportunity to punish Emma, Cyclops’s brother Havok seems to somehow teleport Emma to safety. Later, we see Emma wearing a helmet that looks exactly like Cyclops’s visor. Emma lost touch with reality.

Emma Frost lost her mind and becomes the female Cyclops in INHUMANS VS. X-MEN #6 page 26.

Emma lost her mind and becomes the female Cyclops in INHUMANS VS. X-MEN #6 page 26. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

A New Dawn, and a New Day for the X-Men Metaphor

After Emma Frost, Kitty Pryde takes over in X-Men Gold #1

Kitty Pryde takes over the X-Men in X-Men Gold #1. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The fact things change makes the X-Men Universe a hopeful one. Many comics mire in a particular character or set up. They tell the same story time after time. X-Men always remained an exception to this rule. While the events of INHUMANS VS. X-MEN gave rise to a new normal, I can only hope the same thing happens in real life.

READ: ComicsVerse reviews X-MEN GOLD #1.

Our podcast series X-Men, “the Dream” examines real world applications for different X-Men ideologies. In addition, last year’s episode dealt with Xavier’s Dream versus Magneto’s Dream. Finally, this year we focus more on Magneto’s Dream, Emma Frost’s war with the Inhumans, and Cyclops’s role as a mutant revolutionary.

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 91: X-Men, “The Dream” Part 2: How Young X-Men Fans View Progress in X-Men’s Civil Rights Metaphor

X-Men comics persist to ignite the imagination of readers everywhere. Yet, what originally charmed readers back when the stories first came out may now mean something else for an entirely new generation of young X-Men fans. This podcast explores how much of a divide there is, and what still holds up in modern times.

LISTEN: ICYMI – X-Men, “The Dream” Part 1 explores the real world applications of ideologies held by Professor Xavier and Magneto.

It’s a popular saying to claim age is just a number. While this is true in most instances, what college-aged kids in 1963 valued varies drastically from what they value today. A young X-Men fan is defined as someone who’s love of the stories derives influence from a modern day understanding of the series. This means the added complexities of Magneto are already well established, as well as other crucial plot points that developed later in the series. Political strife consumes the world of the 2010s. This influences the reading of the comics tremendously. Additionally, a young fan is aware of the complexities of their society parallel those in the comic. They respond to the material accordingly, to ensure their society doesn’t become the one in the stories.

HEAR: X-Men, “the Dream” Part 3 examines Emma Frost’s role in INHUMANS VS. X-MEN!

The world of the mutants is timeless, yet their stories aren’t. Sometimes, as political identities shift and the expectations of the consumer changes, the stories that were thought to be groundbreaking no longer are. Characters from diverse ethnic backgrounds became normalized as time went on; making comics that center around this idea trivial at best, patronizing at worst. While some stories fall by the wayside for the new generation, others still resonate throughout time. They might deceive some into thinking they firmly grasp their time and their time only, yet certain problems remain consistent. Debates on race, gender, and sexual identity have progressed but not enough. In conclusion, it is when X-Men tackles these harder subjects that readers, no matter when they were born, can love this unique franchise.

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 90: Interviewing Marv Wolfman

ComicsVerse welcomes legendary comics creator Marv Wolfman to our podcast. Marv Wolfman wrote TEEN TITANS, CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-WOMAN, and FANTASTIC FOUR among many other titles. He worked for both Marvel and DC Comics in a career that spans more than fifty years. Marv video chats us from the west coast to have a discussion about his career and all the incredible characters he created. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have him in this Marv Wolfman interview podcast!

HEAR: Rick Remender podcast interview!

Marv’s Early Career

Some argue the relationship between Chris Claremont and the X-Men relates just as well or better to Marv Wolfman and TEEN TITANS. However, the latter’s career got started a good decade earlier.

Don’t get confused, in this Marv Wolfman interview, Marv makes it clear TEEN TITANS never derived inspiration from the X-Men but rather FANTASTIC FOUR comics that Marv previously worked on.

In this Marv Wolfman interview, we discuss his early work with DC Comics in 1968 on BLACKHAWK #242. Marv then discusses working with creator Len Wein. The two co-created the character Jonny Double in 1968’s SHOWCASE #78.

The Marv Wolfman Interview Turns to Characters Marv Created

Marv later went on to work on comics you may have heard of before. He co-created or created characters like Raven, Cyborg, Nova, Bullseye, Blade, Terrax, Terra, Black Cat, and Starfire among many others!

LISTEN: Chris Claremont podcast interview!

He re-wrote Spider-Woman’s origin, giving her the “Jessica Drew” identity. He also created a backstory for Donna Troy. In conclusion, this Marv Wolfman interview reveals the story behind what we know — Mr. Wolfman is an epic character creator and storyteller.

Marv Wolfman Interview Podcast Reading List

  • Blackhawk #242 (1968)
  • Showcase #78 (1968)
  • Teen Titans #18 & #22 “Eye of the Beholder” (1968)
  • The Tomb of Dracula
  • Daredevil #131 (1976)
  • Nova #1
  • Spider-Woman v1 #1 – #8 (1978)
  • Spider-Woman v2 #1 – #3 (1982)
  • Amazing Spider-Man #182 (1978)
  • Amazing Spider-Man #194 (1979)
  • Howard, the Duck comic strip (1978)
  • Fantastic Four v1 #190 – #217, Annual #12
  • DC Comics Presents #26 (1980)
  • New Teen Titans #1 – #40
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 – #12
  • Batman: Year Three
  • Nightwing (2006)
  • Teen Titan Raven
  • New Teen Titans: Games TPB
  • Raven #1 – #6

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 89: Examining The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy

At first glance, Ultimate Marvel’s “Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” is an exciting read, a page-turner, and, if a one hundred thousand mile long swarm intelligence scares the bejesus out of you as it does me, the cause of a few nightmares.

I can count on one hand the number of times I experienced the inability to put a comics series down before I finished the whole thing, and I am happy to count  “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” among those times along with Y, THE LAST MAN, THE WALKING DEAD, and ULTIMATE X-MEN.

LISTEN: You’re probably an X-Men fan if you’re reading this! Our previous episode features Monet St. Croix and Dust!

“The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” is a set of three limited series runs ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE, ULTIMATE SECRET, and ULTIMATE EXTINCTION. Each limited series is written by Warren Ellis with various artists. At its best, “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” flawlessly flows from issue to issue, making it near impossible to stop until the entire trilogy is finished. Sometimes, a slew of different artists working on a singular story can cause disjointedness but, instead, the art in each limited series worked in perfect tandem with the writing, enhancing it through epic cinematic visuals while capturing the most personal of moments between characters.

While being an amazing read, “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” is not without its flaws. While it seemed to perfectly encapsulate and even enhance the humanity of characters like Captain America, Nick Fury, Tony Stark, Reed Richards, and Thor by exploring their flaws and intellectual and emotional limitations, for those of us who tend to root more for the female characters, we were left wanting in the cases of Jean Grey, Susan Storm, and Black Widow. That being said, the depiction of Carol Danvers throughout the story is hilarious when it needs to be without losing the seriousness of the character who climbed the ranks through the American Military Industrial Complex.

HEAR: This podcast celebrates the women of X-Men: Jean Grey, Storm, Emma Frost, Rogue, and Mystique!

In the 89th episode of the ComicsVerse Podcast, ComicsVerse Marvel Section Editors Kat Vendetti and Alex Bisignaro join CEO and host Justin Alba, Columbia University Ph.D. student Nolan Bensen, and ComicsVerse X-Men writer Marius Thienenkamp for a discussion of “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” that examines themes of extraterrestrial life science, religion and Galactus as the un-creator, gender and sexism, and the role of government in Ultimate Marvel’s comics.

The discussion may be heavy, but a fair share of lighter funny moments did arise. After all, this is the ComicsVerse Podcast. Would you expect anything less than to laugh your butts off while learning a lot?

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 88: Marvel’s Muslim Superheroes – Ms. Marvel, Monet St. Croix, and Dust

Before we get into the specifics of this podcast on Marvel Muslim superheroes, first, some context:

It’s not a secret. Anyone born after 1978 likely cannot recall a time in American politics as divisive as now.

During the Reagan years, I was a child, blissfully unaware of most of the world around me. I remember Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman in American politics to have a clear shot at the White House as Vice President with her running mate, Walter Mondale, former Vice President under President Jimmy Carter. I remember the day the Challenger exploded on its maiden voyage. I remember the rise of A.I.D.S. and the Reagan administration’s avoidance in declaring the spread of HIV a crisis, something that indirectly caused the virus to infect millions more.

The cultural divide of the American landscape, of the collective psyche of America as a nation-state, was always at odds with itself, the teetering threat of the aforementioned divide becoming an uncrossable chasm constantly looming over our heads as it continues to this today. Looking back, I never could have imagined what would become of us. While a second American Civil War is hardly imminent, at times, I wonder if the preservation of the Union during the first American Civil War was the right choice given how much we seem to have grown to hate one another.

Perhaps the rise of social media and the technology necessary to democratize different people from all extremes of the political spectrum amplifies the sour sound of the voices of hatred? The calls to despise our neighbor, to think of them as people who “just don’t get it” or with evil or selfish intentions never have sung as loudly as they do now. Any environment containing this much enmity is a breeding ground for scapegoatism, a fertilizer that, when operating from our rage, makes it easy to point a finger outside of our house and into yours.

READ: ComicsVerse’s culture section discusses the damage normalizing the American alt-right can do!

Why Bother Discussing Marvel Muslim Superheroes?

Marvel Muslim Superheroes Kamala Khan, Monet St. Croix, and Sooraya Qadir Dust

Marvel Muslim Superheroes. From left to right: Monet St. Croix aka M, Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel, and Sooraya Qadir as Dust. Images courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

At this moment in America, two distinct groups of people seem to be the victims of our inability to cope with our own disagreements: Muslims and illegal immigrants.

Those arriving at this article from a different perspective need to know I am not pretending there aren’t people causing harm who are Muslim or immigrants. Rather, what I ask for is a mere reality check, a refreshing of one’s self of the factual data, something that isn’t agreed on anymore that, additionally, seems to no longer carry value.

While the cause of illegal immigration is a close one to me, being of Hispanic descent, the focus of ComicsVerse’s 88th Podcast is Marvel Muslim superheroes. Through the newly elected Donald Trump, The United States of America recently issued its second travel ban targeted at predominantly Muslim nations. The travel ban prevents Muslims from certain countries from traveling to America.

The conservative think tank, the Cato Institute, performed a study, the results of which can be found here. Allow me to skip to the end: “[the Cato Insitute] compiled a list of foreign-born people who committed or were convicted of attempting to commit a terrorist attack on U.S. soil from 1975 through 2015.” The total tally of that number equals zero. Yes, zero people from the countries Trump banned from entering the United States committed an act of terror on our soil.

Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel is a Marvel Muslim Superhero.

The first issue of MS. MARVEL #1 sees Kamala Khan tempted to eat pork. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The executive order behind the travel ban will prevent families from seeing one another. It will keep the best and brightest minds of these countries from American universities that sorely need their skill sets. Moreover, the travel ban is ethically wrong, and we, the American people, have given birth to it simply because it’s easier to point the finger elsewhere and blame others for our figuratively insurmountable border wall that keeps people, who normally would get along and come to a workable agreement, hating one another.

In NEW X-MEN: ACADEMY X #39, Dust, a Marvel Muslim superhero, invokes Allah's name as she prepares to take on a demon in Limbo.

In NEW X-MEN: ACADEMY X #39, Dust invokes Allah’s name as she prepares to take on a demon in Limbo. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

I’ve always remained open about my past, and there are numerous articles on this website that speak to that truth, my truth. I’ve, personally, been a scapegoat before. I know how it feels to have done nothing wrong and be blindsided by the ugly recesses of humanity when I was only trying to live my life free of discrimination. That knowledge is why we chose to focus on Marvel Muslim superheroes. To our surprise and delight, the panel on this podcast consisting of ComicsVerse editor Jamie Rice, writer A. Chowder, Marvel editor for ComicsVerse Kat Vendetti, Marvel Editor for ComicsVerse Alex Bisignaro, writer Anika Hossain, with special guests Amna Pervez, Jose Robledo, podcast veteran Nolan Bensen and myself as host, the three most compelling Marvel Muslim superheroes are strong and diverse, three-dimensional women. Each deserves a podcast in her own right.

LISTEN: Want more women of Marvel? Last episode we discussed our favorite X-Men women!

Before the focus of our conversation became Marvel Muslim superheroes Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, Sooraya Qadir/Dust, and Monet St. Croix/M, we took it upon ourselves to do some research. We felt an obligation, before discussing the internal lives of these characters and what connotates their “Muslimness,” to dispell a bevy of American myths surrounding Islam. As three panelists on our panel know, as former and current practitioners of Islam, the world can often use a reminder of the truth behind the stereotype and just what a minuscule portion of Islam it is that poses any sort of threat to the western world’s way of life.

In X-FACTOR #217, Monet tells Strong Guy she is a Marvel Muslim superhero.

In X-FACTOR #217, Monet St. Croix tells Strong Guy she is Muslim. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

As we dissected each Marvel Muslim superhero, the same questions arose over and over. Is this character authentic? Do they purport any negative stereotypes? What makes us able to determine any of this at all? The conversation, both illuminating and intense, was one of my favorite podcast moments at ComicsVerse.

Despite moments of utter silliness and banter between friends and colleagues, we never lose sight of our goal: raising awareness of a self-perceived flaw in the consciousness of the people of the United States of America and the west; finding out what exactly it is that motivates three incredible characters created by Marvel; and just how far their efforts have come, as a publishing company, for Marvel Muslim superheroes to serve as a beacon of anti-discrimination and hope for all the young Muslim women and men who read their comics.

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 87: Celebrating the Women of X-Men

It’s no secret that the American left was rendered speechless on the night of November 8, 2016. What we hoped would be the year of the woman, that moment when Hillary Clinton became the most powerful female in the history of the world, ended up shocking us to the core. What remained in place of our idealism and hope was an inconvenient fact — despite outnumbering men, women were still an oppressed “minority,” forced to deal with slings and arrows long ago deemed inappropriate for males of most races and ethnicities. It is with this glaring fact in mind that ComicsVerse has dedicated our 87th episode to our favorite X-Men women.

Why Celebrate the X-Men Women Now?

It doesn’t matter which side of the political aisle you fall on. Heck, it doesn’t even matter if you’re not political at all. It’s obvious the west has some work to do when it comes to fairness between the two binary genders. Instead of arguing the point, we at ComicsVerse have decided to celebrate the point by celebrating the X-Men women: Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Mystique, Jean Grey, Storm, and Emma Frost.

What makes each of these ladies tick? How do they celebrate their femininity? What are their hopes, dreams, and fears? All this and more is discussed in episode 87 of the ComicsVerse Podcast — Celebrating the X-Men Women! Oh, and if your favorite female X-Man isn’t mentioned above, stay tuned to the end of the episode and our honorable mentions!

Keep in mind; this podcast is about celebrating our favorite X-Men women. In most cases, we’ve spent between two to four hours discussing each of these characters in their own right:

We hope you enjoy this episode, and we can’t wait to hear who some of your favorite X-Men women are!

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Weekly Comics News Episode 3 – Trump Comic Book Covers, JL v SS, Spider-Man/Deadpool and more!

Welcome back! We’re on Episode #3 of the Weekly Comics News Show — a (very, very, obviously) weekly program that brings you the latest in comic book news, releases, and more. Host Patrick Aloia and his guest host (this week —Lilie Le Prevost) will scour through releases and news stories every week to get you exactly what you need to be up to date in the world of comics.

Miss last week’s episode of the “Weekly Comic News Show?” Check it out here!

This week we’re featuring stories on the LOVE IS LOVE comic release, THE UNQUOTABLE TRUMP, and the end of DC’s JUSTICE LEAGUE VS SUICIDE SQUAD. LOVE IS LOVE is a collection of stories relating to the Pulse nightclub shooting and LGBTQIA+ issues, THE UNQUOTABLE TRUMP is Artist Robert Sikoryak’s blog where he has turned President Trump and his controversial quotes into covers of iconic comic books, and DC’s JUSTICE LEAGUE VS SUICIDE SQUAD is going to go out with a bang.

For DC, we’re also talking about WONDER WOMAN #15, whatever the KAMANDI CHALLENGE is, and a bizarre law suit the company has gotten embroiled in. For Marvel, we have BLACK PANTHER #10, SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL: MU #1 , and INHUMANS VS X-MEN #3. For Image, CURSE WORDS, SAGA, LOOSE ENDS, BASTARDS, and more. We’ll also be talking about the DC/IDW crossover, BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE ADVENTURES.

Want more of Lilie? Of course, you do! Check out her interview with Tim Jones at the Rhode Island Comic Con!

We seem to have had an issue with the video, which has lead to flickering at the bottom of the screen and instead of a picture of CURSE WORDS’ artist Ryan Browne, we have one of Brian K. Vaughan. All joking aside, we apologize for the mistakes, and to Mr. Browne as well.

Stay tuned for new episodes of the Weekly Comics News Show, and on all of ComicsVerse’s video content. Check out our Facebook Live and Instagram Live videos while we produce the show to meet the hosts, the crew, and get a peek at what it takes to get a weekly show running.

ComicsVerse Episode 86: Interview with Rick Remender

After covering many of his works, such as DEADLY CLASS and UNCANNY X-FORCE, over several ComicsVerse podcasts, we’re proud to present Episode 86 of the podcast — our Rick Remender interview!

LISTEN: Check out our ComicsVerse podcast episode on DEADLY CLASS!

Over the course of the conversation with ComicsVerse CEO Justin Alba, Kay Honda, Matthew Murphy, and Marius Thienenkamp, Remender discussed his history and influences as a writer, his stances on the medium, the creative process, and collaborating with other artists.

LISTEN: Part 1 of our two-part podcast about UNCANNY X-FORCE!

In discussing his Marvel works, we focused on his fan favorite run on UNCANNY X-FORCE, a book that many consider a modern mutant classic. What’s the secret behind the book’s captivating moral dilemmas? How did Remender approach working with a set of characters that all share a dark side, or as Justin put it, a killer instinct, and how did he manage to give them a human side? Spoiler alert: he might not be thinking about some of the characters he wrote as enthusiastically as one would assume!

LISTEN: Our discussion about the ethics in Remender’s UNCANNY X-FORCE on the Ethics in Comics Podcast!

Of course, we didn’t miss out on discussing his numerous beloved works for Image. Be it LOW, TOKYO GHOST or DEADLY CLASS: themes like narcissism, fatherhood, and a fear of the future seemed to reoccur in his books, so during our Rick Remender interview, we discussed what these elements meant to him personally.

In talking about these works, Remender not only gave us amazing insight into his work ethic and creative energy but also into his personal morals and philosophy – be it as a punk-rock enthusiast or as a father. If you ever wanted to see his intimate and artistic side – this Rick Remender interview might be for you!

This podcast is also available on iTunes, Spreaker, SoundCloud, iHeartRadio, and Sticher.

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ComicsVerse’s Drunk Comic Book Origins: Spider-Man

On December 18th, 2016, Anna Garcia drank an entire bottle of wine and attempted to retell the origin of Spider-Man (the original comic storyline, not the movie version). Spider-Man has always had, in my opinion, the best narrative construction of any superhero. He checks all the boxes of the “perfect” situational storytelling for any young hero:

  • Complex, vulnerable, and tragic lead in Peter Parker, check.
  • An outcast in high school who gets superpowers, check.
  • Lives with an older woman allowing him to get away with sneaking around, check.
  • A balance of villains who are people close to him and those he has never met before, check.
  • A supporting cast that is as interesting as he is (Harry, MJ, Gwen, etc.), check.
  • Contained to one city (more grounded than trying to saving the world), check.
  • Easy to follow storylines, check.

READ: SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #13 Review: Meaning of Life

On the most fundamental level, there is no better hero to write. So naturally, I figured why not try and retell the original comic origin? No, that wasn’t good enough; let’s try and retell this story while intoxicated…

This is ComicsVerse’s new series, Drunk Comic Origins!

Anna Garcia is a Screen Arts student at the University of Michigan and also happens to be a good friend of mine. She graciously volunteered to be our drunken storyteller and throughout the experience continued to make the claim that she was “on an adventure!” Anna has always been a big fan of the web slinger and was able to give a somewhat accurate rendition of the original story. The basic plot points that we covered were:

  • Pre-powers Peter Parker
  • The spider bite incident
  • Selfish post-powers/pre-Spider-Man Peter Parker
  • The tragic loss of Uncle Ben
  • Peter’s transformation into Spider-Man
  • A rundown of the supporting characters

All story rights are reserved to Marvel. At the end of the day, this is a spoof. The following is brought to you by ComicsVerse.com and is a Mid-Youth Crisis Production. Drunk Comic Origins contains explicit language. Please Drink Responsibly.

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ComicsVerse Weekly Comics News Episode 2

Welcome back! We’re on Episode #2 of the Weekly Comics News Show — an (obviously) weekly program that brings you the latest in comic book news, releases, and more. Host Patrick Aloia and his guest hosts (this week — Kay Honda) will scour through releases and news stories every week to get you exactly what you need to be up to date in the world of comics.

Miss last week’s episode of the “Weekly Comic News Show?” Check it out here!

This week we’re featuring stories on STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE comic release, the app HOOPLA, and Marvel’s MONSTERS UNLEASHED. The ROGUE ONE comic is set to add more to the ROGUE ONE story, the HOOPLA app is going to have DC REBIRTH comics available for reading, and the highly anticipated Marvel event MONSTERS UNLEASHED is finally coming out.

For DC, we’re also talking about RAVEN #5, which is just as excellent as the rest of Marv Wolfman’s series has been, BATMAN #15 which will continue to explore the relationship between Batman and Cat Woman. For Marvel, we have IRON MAN #3 and the final issue of Genndy Tartakovsky’s CAGE. For Image, Sean Lewis’ THE FEW has us very excited, along with Ed Brubaker’s KILL OR BE KILLED, THEY’RE NOT LIKE US #13, and more. We’ll also talk about Valiant’s HARBINGER RENEGADES #3, and IDW’s REVOLUTIONARIES.

Want more Kay? Check out her interview with Simon Graves at Flame Con last year!

Stay tuned for new episodes of the Weekly Comics News Show, and on all of ComicsVerse’s video content. Check out our Facebook Live and Instagram Live videos while we produce the show to meet the hosts, the crew, and get a peek at what it takes to get a weekly show running.

ComicsVerse Comic Book News Show Episode 1

ComicsVerse presents the Weekly Comics News Show — a weekly program bringing you the latest in comic book news, releases, and more. Host Patrick Aloia and his guest hosts (this week — Lilie Le Prevost) will scour through releases and news stories every week to get you exactly what you need to be up to date in the world of comics.

What was Rhode Island Comic Con like in 2016? Here’s our wrap-up video!

This week we’re featuring stories on CBLDF’s release statement, and a big surprise in YOUNG JUSTICE. CBLDF’s statement on Simon & Schuster’s decision to publish Milo Yiannopoulos’ memoir is largely non-committal but also admonishing of efforts to protest the book. YOUNG JUSTICE’s co-creator Greg Weisman confirmed that a character in the DC cartoon series is LGBT.

Want more Lilie? Duh! We all do! She interviewed Tim Jones at Rhode Island Comic Con this year!

For new releases, we’re featuring Marvel’s INHUMANS vs X-MEN, which is on their third issue (#2 since they started with #0) where things start to come to a head between the X-Men and the Inhumans as they fight for survival. And for DC, we’re featuring ALL-STAR BATMAN, which begins a new storyline featuring Mr. Freeze, which proves to be as fun as you’d expect. The featured Image release is the highly anticipated GOD COUNTRY, which has a big sword, which is good and important. We’ll also talk about Darkhorse, BOOM! Studios, and IDW.

Lilie kicks ass at this Bob Camp interview at this year’s Rhode Island Comic Con!

Stay tuned for updates on all of ComicsVerse’s video content and our new weekly comics news show, and check out our Facebook Live and Instagram Live videos while we produce the show to meet the hosts, the crew, and get a peek at what it takes to get a weekly show running.