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.
Ryan and Allen get together to discuss the first three issues of the Legion Quest crossover event. Which serves as the prelude to the big staple event “Age of Apocalypse”. Things get wacky as David Haller’s actions throw the X-Men and even your hosts into a classic bizarre 90’s event. Thanks for listening!
Part 1 Checklist:
– X-Factor Vol. 1 #109
– Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1 #320
– X-Men Vol. 2 #40
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why Bother Discussing Marvel Muslim Superheroes?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Episode 63: Storm – The Most Recognizable Black Superhero
- Episode 54: The Origins of Emma Frost
- Episode 40: Strong Comic Book Females: Rogue
- Episode 5: “Jean Grey as Metaphor” — “The Dark Phoenix Saga.”
We hope you enjoy this episode, and we can’t wait to hear who some of your favorite X-Men women are!
Despite its youth, “The Dark Angel Saga” is already considered by X-Force, X-Men, and many other comics fans to be a modern X-Men comics classic. Not only is there a revisit to X-Men’s Age of Apocalypse universe, but Rick Remender’s arc on UNCANNY X-FORCE also offers several interesting parallels to Chris Claremont’s classic– “Dark Phoenix Saga.” What sets this UNCANNY X-FORCE run apart from other 21st century stories? What makes it so staggeringly heartbreaking? We delve into that and more in this podcast.
In addition to discussing various plot twists and character dynamics, UNCANNY X-FORCE’s motif of embracing one’s killer instinct makes up a large portion of this episode. Rest assured, we made time to dish on which X-Force characters are our favorites and which X-Force characters resonated the most with us on a personal level all while examining Rick Remender’s closing arc that managed to wrap up the underlying moral conflicts and conclude this epic story arc flawlessly.
We dedicate a segment of this podcast to the work of the diverse set of artists on UNCANNY X-FORCE, such as Esad Ribic, Julian Totino Tedesco, Mark Brooks, and others. Finally, we conclude by applying the techniques for developing a three-dimensional character created by legendary acting coach, Susan Batson, in her book– Truth, to engage in character analyses of Archangel (Warren Worthington, III) and Psylocke (Betsy Braddock).
Episode 83 concludes a two-part series on UNCANNY X-FORCE by Rick Remender. In this episode, ComicsVerse CEO, Justin Alba, and German staff writer, Marius Thienenkamp, co-host this podcast joined by Mark Hassenfratz, Dellen Miller, Kay Honda, and Jamie Rice.
For your convenience, this podcast is also available on iTunes, SoundCloud, Spreaker, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher!
Comic book round table. This week, we have – Batgirl #1, Venom Space Knight #10, Rom #1, Titans #1, Uncanny X-Men #10, and more ………..
News In Comics…. – 2:18- 10:59
Batgirl #1 – 10:59 – 25:41
Venom Space Knight #10 – 25:43 – 31:58
Rom #1 – 31:58– 43:48
Titans #1 – 43:48- 53:27
Uncanny X-Men #10 – 53:27- 1:01:00
Interview with Jim Shooter Denver Comic Con 2016 – 1:05:05 – 1:16:01
Books to look for – 1:17:50
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Thirty-one years after I picked up my first comic book, we recorded this podcast on the day I turned thirty-seven. As they say the planet Jupiter does every twenty-eight years, in many ways my experience with comics made a full revolution around my life. The beginning of this journey filled me with curiosity, wonder, and life lessons I never found in any other form of media, and the circle completed itself not too long after I had the opportunity to interview the most prolific X-Men writer ever—Chris Claremont.
Joined by my friend, ComicsVerse X-Men writer and podcast co-host Marius Thienenkamp, Episode 76 of the ComicsVerse Podcast, “X-Men: The Dream,” explored the significance of the metaphor of the X-Men both in and outside of comics through discussions of race, sexuality, inequality, and “othering” in western civilization. Podcast panelists Jamie Rice, Kay Honda, Nolan Bensen, and Corey Spanner weighed in on parallels between historical activists like Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Gandhi which lead to conversations about dominant cultural hierarchies and the nature of humanity itself.
X-Men comics and characters are rife with meaning and serve as a mirror of how society treats anyone who is, and feels, different and how those same people cope in a world that hates and fears them. The concept of the X-Men served as a perfect platform during this podcast to embark on an analysis of American culture as a microcosm of human nature and what it ultimately means to be American.
As someone who read X-Men comics their entire life, I thought of no better birthday gift than to celebrate the medium and series that gave me, and continues to give me, the most hope and feeling. I am lucky in that I was able to hold such a conversation with such wonderful close friends, colleagues, and caring individuals.
Chris Claremont studied acting and political theory at Bard College — and even though he initially wasn’t interested in getting into the comic book industry — he’s written more X-MEN comics than anyone else. His continuous run from 1975 to 1991 changed the way we look at comic book’s favorite team of outsiders forever, and matured not only a Marvel franchise, but the superhero genre itself. In Episode 72 of the ComicsVerse Podcast, the ComicsVerse crew gets a chance to talk to fan-favorite writer Chris Claremont!
Several generations of X-MEN fans including, Columbia University Law School student and ComicsVerse Editor — Jake Grubman, ComicsVerse managing editor — Jamie Rice, German ComicsVerse Staff writer — Marius Thienenkamp and, of course, ComicsVerse C.E.O. Justin Alba, have prepared an interview with a man that has always been an icon to them, and it’s safe to say no one was disappointed!
What’s the whole story of how Claremont got involved with Marvel? Why should Jean Grey have remained dead? What were the initial plans for X-FACTOR and the character of Rachel Grey? What happens after X-MEN: THE END? Are the X-Men nowadays just as relatable as they used to be? Those questions and many more will be answered! We studied hours of Chris Claremont interviews before this one, and there are things in this interview you won’t find anywhere else!
Of course, the X-Men are not the only topic of discussion! Claremont also discussed his time at Bard College, the creative process behind comic books at Marvel then and now, diversity in the industry, and his upcoming novel about the creator-owned SOVEREIGN SEVEN concept and what readers can expect.
The ComicsVerse Podcast team has assembled to bring you, the listener, an in-depth discussion on the X-Men crossover, “Age of Apocalypse,” just in time for the upcoming film, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, due out on May 27th.
Be warned: The combined forces of Justin and Chris may have broken the ComicsVerse all-time record for profanities used on a podcast. It could even be suggested that, using the variety of colorful words that would make a Sailor uncomfortable, one could in theory, turn it into a drinking game. There’s plenty of material to work with.
The ComicsVerse crew covers the entire run of the 1995–1996 crossover, providing everything from summaries of this nine-title event to an exploration of the deeper themes and tropes “Age of Apocalypse” provides.
The story itself begins when Professor X’s son, Legion, goes back in time and kills Magneto, believing it was the only way to truly achieve his father’s dream of peaceful coexistence between mutants and humans. His trip, though, is ill-fated: Instead of killing Magneto, he kills his father, which (in true X-Men fashion) completely misplaces and changes the original timeline and the lives of our favorite mutants, as well as the entire Marvel landscape.
This complete reversal of the original X-Men timeline creates a post-apocalyptic world, brought on by none other than Apocalypse himself. This new timeline completely changes the landscape of the prominent characters of the time: Cyclops and Beast emerge as villains and Magneto as a hero and the leader of the X-Men (on top of being Rogue’s husband). Most of the other Marvel heroes, like Spider-Man, are dead, while others, like Carol Danvers, never receive their powers. “Age of Apocalypse” completely changed the status quo of Marvel characters at the time.
So what are you waiting for? Press that “play” button and listen in for what should be an extremely entertaining podcast! We hope you enjoy!
Most people with little knowledge of comic books and comic book characters know a few things about X-Men‘s Storm, aka Ororo Munroe. After losing both her parents during the Suez Canal Crisis in Cairo, Egypt, an orphaned Ororo became a young pickpocket. From there, she wandered into Kenya where a group of uncontacted peoples worshipped her as a goddess. It was in Kenya that Professor Charles Xavier, creator of the original roster of X-Men, sought her out to join a second incarnation of X-Men with Wolverine, Thunderbird, Colossus, Nightcrawler and others from around the world. Ororo gave up her life as a goddess to accept Professor Xavier’s proposition to join a world, that not only doesn’t worship her, but despises her for being born with a genetic mutation — the power to control the weather.
Ororo assumes the mantle “Storm” after joining the X-Men. Several years later, she deposes Scott Summers (Cyclops) as leader of the team not long after deposing Callisto as leader of a group of mutants living in Manhattan sewers called the “Morlocks.” Storm proves herself a capable, powerful, competent, and empathetic leader through years of adventure, heartbreak, and self-revelations for the X-Men. Along the way, she marries T’Challa (Black Panther), the leader of the fictional African Nation of Wakanda. After their annulment, Storm remains as powerful a character as ever. She is undeniably referred to as “the most recognizable Black superhero.” Is it her journey from pickpocket to goddess to soldier to teacher that resonates through so many cultural borders around the world? Is it her strength? Her inner beauty? We examine the inner workings of Storm, what makes her who she is, and how she relates to the world in this podcast.
Individually they were just like those guys who like to hang around the comic book shop and talk comics but together they form EMX!
In this eXplicit, uncut and unedited episode of EMX we review Marvel Comics X-Men books of November 2015 then we take it back to Grant Morrison’s Riot at Xavier’s story arc to witness the birth of Quentin Quire! Featuring guest host Hart Jeffers http://www.solindustries.com.
All-New Wolverine #1-2
Extraordinary X-Men #1-2
Uncanny X-Men #600
New X-Men #134-138
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Emma Frost is arguably one of the most polarizing female characters in X-Men for men and women alike. After reading the 18 issues that make up the origin story — EMMA FROST by Karl Bollers, as well as FIRESTAR, GENERATION X, and UNCANNY X-MEN, we found that not everybody thoroughly enjoys her for the same reasons. The CEO of ComicsVerse, Justin Gilbert Alba, is joined by fantastic editor and contributor Jamie Rice, along with Kay Honda, Malia Knight, Brian Delpozo, and Nolan Bensen for her character analysis based on her origin story. We have an in-depth discussion that delves into her history, characterization and why she allows — and seemingly embraces — the heavily sexualized permutation of her identity. I, personally, don’t believe it can just be dismissed as “daddy-issues,” although her tenuous relationship with her father contributes to why she presents herself as the icy White Queen that can play both villainess and heroine. In fact, it is arguable that she can fulfill any role that a person desires. Although her diamond shape-shifting ability is not discussed in the origin story, it is clear that the power and control she gains over her mutation very cleverly reflect her defense mechanisms in emotional situations. She keeps what’s “hers” deep inside, while reflecting what people want of her off her appearance.
We also use excerpts from Susan Batson’s Truth: Personas, Needs, and Flaws in The Art of Building Actors and Creating Characters as a reference when analyzing Emma. These excerpts including discussing the three specific facets of her identity: The “Public Persona”(the identity she presents to everyone around her), the “Need” (the identity most authentic to the self but most vulnerable to the world), and the “Tragic Flaw” (the result of the conflict between the “Public Persona” and the “Need”).
Despite the various silly digressions, we go into analyzing her familial relationships, but also how her interactions with peers and other authority figures shape her attitudes toward trust, intimacy, and control. As a personal favorite of Justin’s, as well as various other contributors, Emma Frost is given a shot in this podcast to prove that there’s a true and personable identity and reasoning beneath all the skin, legs, and breasts. It’s easy enough to discount a female character in any medium as being a sexual play-thing at the mercy of the men around her. Fortunately, Emma is not at all such a submissive character, unless that’s what she desires at the time.
Hope you enjoy another one of our great X-Men podcasts! Don’t forget to show us some love by leaving a comment and letting us know your thoughts! It’s your comments that help us to figure out if we’re giving you what you want!
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Justin Gilbert Alba, Kay Honda, Jamie Rice, Brian Delpozo, Nolan Bensen and Malia Knight.
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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 EMX!
In this eXplicit, uncut and unedited episode of EMX we review X-Men books books of July 2015. Featuring guest host Eric Radcliff
Uncanny X-Men #35
Starlord and Kitty Pride #1
X-Tinction Agenda #2
Old Man Logan #3
X-Men ’92 #4-5
Years of Future Past #2-3
Giant Sized Little Marvel:AVX #2
1) Uncanny X-Men #35
2) Old Man Logan #3
3) All-New Hawkeye #4
4) Cyborg #1
5) Star-Lord And Kitty Pryde #1
6) The Flash #42
7) Future Imperfect #3
8) Wonder Woman #42
9) We Are Robin #2
10) Spider-Woman #9
Best of the Rest:
- Deathstroke #8
- Effigy #7
- Gotham By Midnight #7
- Harley Quinn And Power Girl #2 (Of 6)
- Justice League Gods And Monsters Batman #1 (One Shot)
- Teen Titans #10
- E Is For Extinction #2
- Marvel Zombies #2
- Weirdworld #2
DARK HORSE COMICS
- Fight Club 2 #3
- Sidekick #11
- Book Of Death Fall Of Bloodshot #1 (One Shot)
- Ivar Timewalker #7
- Daredevil Volume 3 The Daredevil You Know TP
- Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 3 Guardians Disassembled TP
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