X-Men Monday Ep. 78: Holiday Cheer & Comics

Last week X-Men comics have been read and discussed among Ryan and his fellow co-host Allen. Will the guys see eye to eye on the books? Thanks for listening!

Intro (0:00), Merry X-Men #1 (1:49), X-Men: The Exterminated #1 (8:22), Uncanny X-Men #4 (16:20), Shatterstar #3 (25:35), Wrap Up (31:44)

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X-Men Monday Ep. 77: Mystery in Sateiro

Old Man Logan begins his swan song. While Wolverine tries to regain his memories. We spent a cold and rainy Saturday night inside discussing our favorite mutants. Thanks for listening!

Intro (0:00), Return of Wolverine #3 (1:43), Dead Man Logan #1 (15:32), Uncanny X-Men #3 (31:53), Wrap Up (43:05)

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X-Men Monday Ep. 76: Married with Mutants

A Mr. & Mrs. Lebeau housewarming party is in order! On both sides of the field, Ladies of comics continue to shine in the mutant world. Each comic had a ton to digest and your hosts chat it up. Ryan and Allen review every X-Men comic released last week. Thanks for listening!

Intro (0:00), Uncanny X-Men #2 (2:04), Astonishing X-Men #17 (16:13), Mr. and Mrs. X #5 (26:54), Weapon X #26 (43:45), Wrap Up (47:52)

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Uncanny Nerdverse’s X-Men Monday Podcast Ep. 75: The Mutants


This episode is dedicated to Stan Lee, his family and close friends. Without him and Jack Kirby’s creations this podcast wouldn’t exist. Shit, Allen or I may not be reading comics if it wasn’t for Stan Lee’s views on what an X-Man live with, goes through and fights for everyday. That’s why we love the X-Men.

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The moment all X-Men fans have been waiting for is here. Uncanny X-Men has returned and Ryan and Allen had blast discussing it, among Domino #8 and Exiles #10. Thanks for listening!

Intro (0:00), Uncanny X-Men #1 (4:57), Domino #8 (19:44), Exiles #10 (25:31), Wrap Up (37:31)

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Uncanny Nerdverse: X Report 005

Ryan finally gets on the mic to touch on this past weeks X-Men related news. Who knew a member of Jadakiss would ever write an X-Men story? The holiday season is looking bright for the mutant universe. Thanks for listening!

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X-Men Monday Episode 33: Bloodstorm the Friendly Ghost

Late into the night Ryan and Allen discuss last weeks X-Men comics.  Plus some Fastball Tweets from the episode thread. When Ryan records after 11pm, he’s get a little silly and Allen’s internet is possibly drunk. Thanks for listening!

Intro (0:00), Legion #1 (3:29), Phoenix Resurrection #4 (19:00), X-Men Blue #20 (29:18), X-Men Blue Annual #1 (41:35), Fastball Tweets (55:37), General Discussion/Outro (1:25:46)

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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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CCC: Talking Legion Quest Pt. 1

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

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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 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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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 83: The Dark Angel Saga and Rick Remender’s UNCANNY X-FORCE (part 2)

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.

LISTEN: Want more Rick Remender podcasts? Check out DEADLY CLASS!

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.

CLICK HERE: Part 1 of the UNCANNY X-FORCE by Rick Remender Podcast!

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Top 5 Comics Podcast Episode 80 – Season 4

Comic book round table. This week, we have – Batgirl #1, Venom Space Knight #10, Rom #1, Titans #1, Uncanny X-Men #10, and more ………..

Run Times –podcast logo 80

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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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 76: X-Men “The Dream”

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.

LISTEN: ComicsVerse interviews X-Men writer 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.

HEAR: Want more X-Men analysis? These podcasts are all X-Men related!

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.

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 72: Chris Claremont Interview

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!

LISTEN: Want more X-Men podcasts? We discussed X-Men’s “AGE OF APOCOLYPSE” in-depth in our last episode!

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!

LISTEN: Is Storm your favorite X-Men character? We have a two-hour podcast revolving only around Storm herself!

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.

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