Super Hero Speak – #205: Atomic Rex Entertainment

This week the guys sit down with the creative minds behind Atomic Rex Entertainment, Gene Selassie and Marco Lopez. Together they talk about how they got started in comics and how Atomic Rex was born. Plus they also talk about the current state of Marvel and DC comics and how social justice in comics is both a good and bad thing. So sit back, relax and enjoy this fun ride.

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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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Comic Frontline Live #136: Wipe That Smirk Off Your Face!

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Every week the Comic Frontline crew unites to do a LIVE Show through Google Hangouts where we discuss the news and comics of the week and have some fun while doing it!

This week the crew are down by one and discuss: Charmed meets Disco! Mr Mxyzptlk cast! Constantine Seed planted! The Button! DC crosses the line! Defenders Assemble! Superman & Scarlet Spider get makeovers!

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Every week, the Comic Frontline crew unites to do a LIVE Show through Google Hangouts where we discuss the news and comics of the week and have some fun while doing it!

This week the crew is down by one and discuss: ResurrXion books! Aquaman release date & new power? Luke Cage! Negan! Firehawk? Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite! Mister Mxyzptlk! How to read Kryptonian!

Plus Worst Picks, the Top 5 Comics of this week, Most Anticipated 3 comics for next week, and more tangents than you can throw a stick at!

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Comic Frontline Live #104: Hug a Squishy Muffin!

The Comic Frontline crew returns with a special guest… our 3,000 subscriber contest winner, Tevya!

Tevya joins for the news portion before the remaining cast talks Top 5, worst pick and other comics!

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EMP Episode 102: Ghost Rider > Ghost Dancer

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Individually they were just like those guys who like to hang around the comic book shop and talk comics but together they form the Earth’s Mightiest Podcast!

In this episode we review Marvel Comics Avengers Books books of November 2015.

0:00:00 What did you do for Christmas?
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1:03:55 All New All Different Avengers #1
1:14:44 New Avengers #3
1:21:16 Uncanny Avengers Annual #1
1:28:11 Vision #1
1:38:11 Mighty Thor #1
1:49:51 Ultimates #1
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Top 5 Comics Podcast Episode 69

Comic book round table. This week, we have – The 201podcast logo small 695 year-end review!! and more ………..

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News In Comics…. – 2:32 – 8:50

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Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #222: The Goddamned! Avengers! Web Warriors! F#%king Negan!

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On this podcast we talk about some Doctor Strange and The Walking Dead casting news. Then we review The Goddamned #1, All-New, All-Different Avengers #1 and Web Warriors #1. Exciting stuff. Listen in!


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Comic Frontline Live #79: You’re My Squishy Muffin

The Frontline crew returns with another round of comic, TV and film news, Top 5 picks, worst picks, comic discussion, and more! Plus, Ms. Marvel!

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He’s Got Issues #179: New Comics, 6/17/15

First Five:
1) Old Man Logan #2
2) Justice League Of America #1
3) Alex + Ada #15
4) Runaways #1
5) Wonder Woman #41

Top Ten:
6) Robin Son Of Batman #1
7) Black Canary #1
8) Squadron Sinister #1
9) The Kitchen #8 (Of 8)
10) Superman Wonder Woman #18

Best of the Rest:

  • Astro City #24
  • Doomed #1
  • Dr Fate #1
  • Harley Quinn And Power Girl #1 (Of 6)
  • Mad Max Fury Road Furiosa #1
  • Martian Manhunter #1
  • Prez #1 (Of 12)
  • Secret Six #3


  • Armor Wars #2
  • Deathlok #9
  • Moon Knight #16
  • Ms Marvel #16
  • Thors #1


  • Fiction #1 (Of 4)


  • Tech Jacket #10


  • Bloodshot Reborn #3
  • Ivar Timewalker #6
  • X-O Manowar #37


  • Annihilation Conquest Omnibus HC, $125.00
  • Black Canary And Zatanna Bloodspell TP, $14.99 (You Tube Channel) (Podcast) (Facebook)



He’s Got Issues #179.1: Marvel Comics, 6/17/15


  • Armor Wars #2
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #4 (Of 5)
  • Bucky Barnes The Winter Soldier #9
  • Darth Vader #1 (Director’s Cut)
  • Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #2 (Of 4)
  • Deathlok #9
  • George Romero’s Empire Of The Dead Act Three #3 (Of 5)
  • Magneto #19
  • Moon Knight #16
  • Ms Marvel #16
  • Old Man Logan #2
  • Runaways #1
  • Squadron Sinister #1
  • Star Wars #1 (Director’s Cut)
  • Thors #1


  • Amazing X-Men Volume 3 Once And Future Juggernaut TP
  • Annihilation Conquest Omnibus HC
  • Avengers Time Runs Out Volume 4 Premiere HC
  • Captain America And The Mighty Avengers Volume 1 Open For Business TP
  • Captain America Epic Collection Volume 16 Streets Of Poison TP
  • Fantastic Four Volume 4 The End Is Fourever TP
  • Spider-Woman Volume 1 Spider-Verse TP
  • X-Men The Hunt For Professor X TP (You Tube Channel) (Podcast) (Facebook)



He’s Got Issues #178.1: Marvel Comics, 6/10/15


  • 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1
  • Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #9
  • Captain Marvel And The Carol Corps #1
  • Dark Tower The Drawing Of The Three House Of Cards #4 (Of 5)
  • Ghost Racers #1
  • Inferno #2
  • Inhumans Attilan Rising #2
  • Kanan #3
  • Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season Two #8
  • Marvel Zombies #1
  • Max Ride First Flight #3 (Of 5)
  • Mrs Deadpool And The Howling Commandos #1
  • Secret Wars 2099 #2 (Of 5)
  • Secret Wars Journal #2 (Of 5)
  • Silk #5
  • Silver Surfer #12
  • Spider-Gwen #5
  • Spider-Verse #2
  • Ultimate End #2 (Of 5)
  • Weirdworld #1


  • Ant-Man Scott Lang TP
  • Deadpool By Posehn And Duggan Volume 2 HC
  • Iron Man Volume 5 Rings Of The Mandarin TP
  • Marvel Masterworks The Fantastic Four Volume 17 HC
  • Marvel’s Ant-Man Prelude TP
  • Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 2 Revelations TP
  • Ms Marvel Volme 3 Crushed TP
  • Silver Surfer Volume 2 Worlds Apart TP (You Tube Channel) (Podcast) (Facebook)



He’s Got Issues #175.1: Marvel Comics, 5/20/15


  • A-Force #1
  • Avengers World #21
  • Daredevil #15.1
  • Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #1 (Of 4)
  • Deathlok #8
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy #27
  • Loki Agent Of Asgard #14
  • Master Of Kung Fu #1 (Of 4)
  • Moon Knight #15
  • Planet Hulk #1
  • Powers #3
  • Secret Wars Battleworld #1 (Of 4)
  • Spider-Verse #1
  • Star Wars #5
  • Ultimate End #1 (Of 5)
  • Uncanny X-Men #34
  • Wolverines #19


  • All-New Ghost Rider Volume 2 Legend TP
  • Axis Revolutions TP
  • Civil War Ms. Marvel TP
  • Fantastic Four Epic Collection Volume 25 Strange Days TP
  • Secret Warriors The Complete Collection Volume 1 TP
  • Uncanny Avengers Volume 4 Avenge The Earth TP
  • Uncanny X-Men Volume 4 Vs S.H.I.E.L.D. TP (You Tube Channel) (Podcast) (Facebook)



He’s Got Issues #174: New Comics, 5/13/15

First Five:
1) Walking Dead #141
2) Saga #28
3) Secret Wars #2 (Of 8)
4) Thor #8
5) Darth Vader #5

Top Ten:
6) Spider-Man 2099 #12
7) Legendary Star-Lord #12
8) Convergence #6 (Of 8)
9) Howard The Duck #3
10) Chrononauts #3

Best of the Rest:

  • Astro City #23
  • Convergence Aquaman #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Batman Shadow Of The Bat #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Catwoman #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Green Arrow #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Green Lantern Parallax #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Justice League International #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Suicide Squad #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Superboy #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Supergirl Matrix #2 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Superman The Man Of Steel #2 (Of 2)
  • FBP Federal Bureau Of Physics #20


  • Angela Asgard’s Assassin #6
  • Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #8
  • Guardians 3000 #8
  • Ms Marvel #15
  • Silk #4
  • Storm #11
  • Uncanny Avengers #4


  • Bill And Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #3 (Of 6)


  • Lady Killer #5 (Of 5)


  • Solar Man Of The Atom #12


  • Star Trek New Visions Volume 6 Resistance


  • Imperium #4
  • Unity #18
  • X-O Manowar #36


  • Fables Deluxe Edition Volume 10 HC
  • Thor Volume 1 The Goddess Of Thunder Premiere HC (You Tube Channel) (Podcast) (Facebook)



He’s Got Issues #174.1: Marvel Comics, 5/13/15


  • Angela Asgard’s Assassin #6
  • Bucky Barnes The Winter Soldier #8
  • Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #8
  • Captain Marvel #15
  • Dark Tower The Drawing Of The Three House Of Cards #3 (Of 5)
  • Darth Vader #5
  • Guardians 3000 #8
  • Howard The Duck #3
  • Legendary Star-Lord #12
  • Magneto #18
  • Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season Two #7
  • Marvel Universe Guardians Of The Galaxy #4 (Of 4)
  • Ms Marvel #15
  • Secret Wars #2 (Of 8)
  • Silk #4
  • Spider-Man 2099 #12
  • Storm #11
  • Thor #8
  • Uncanny Avengers #4
  • Wolverines #18


  • Avengers Time Runs Out Volume 3 Premiere HC
  • Bucky Barnes The Winter Soldier Volume 1 The Man On The Wall TP
  • Marvel Masterworks The Incredible Hulk Volume 9 HC
  • Night Nurse #1
  • Savage Hulk Volume 2 Down To The Crossroads TP
  • Star Wars Legends Epic Collection Volume 2 The New Republic TP
  • Thor Volume 1 The Goddess Of Thunder Premiere HC (You Tube Channel) (Podcast) (Facebook)