The A To Z Of SFF: X Is For X-Men: Apocalypse


2016’s X-ample of mutant heroics may not have got the love of First Class, and it does have problems. But allow us to X-plain why there are still X-citing moments that make the film worth your time.

Fair warning: there’s some pretty hard core X-men geekery on display. Rob and Clive have no shame. I’m not X-aggerating.

 

The A To Z Of SFF: W Is For We3


It’s been described as a mecha-suited Watership Down or The Incredible Journey on acid. But Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s We3 is a beast of a very different colour. It has its flaws, but the book is also a bold and brilliant example of proper comics storytelling.

Join Rob and Clive as they take a walk on the wild side…

A Is For Ace Trucking Co.


 

Obscure, yes, but among the 2000ADdicts Ace Trucking Co is a highlight. Defiantly weird, Ace Garp and his crew inhabit a universe that could only come from the mind and pen of Massimo Belardinelli. Join Rob and Clive on the Great Mush Rush as they celebrate one of the British comic scene’s more selectively popular strips.

We’s truckin’, lugbuddies!

The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For The ABC Warriors


 

Atomic. Bacteriological. Chemical. No, not the laundry schedule for the Ulysses (although Clive’s socks do require extra attention after a week in a vac-suit cleaning CycloMedia’s solar panels). We’re talking about classic 2000AD strip The ABC Warriors. They’ve been a constant feature of the comic since 1979, so there’s a lot to talk about. Join the robot revolution!

The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For The Authority


 

A highly influential take on the notion of the superhero team that would arguably lead to the cinematic version of The Avengers that we know and like quite a bit. But who are The Authority, and why should we care?

Rob, Clive and CycloMedia lay out the characters and story beats of a comics series that still has a lot of bite.

 

The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For Adele Blanc-Sec


Mon Dieu! Rob and Clive peek into the world of French SFF, with a nose around Les Adventures Extraordinaires de Adele Blanc-Sec. A crazy steam-punk mash-up, part Indiana Jones, part Amelie, part Tintin, with a wink to Melies. Mummies! Pterodactyls! Bringing people back from the dead! It’s all in here!

We apologise in advance for the ‘Allo ‘Allo-style dodgy French accents.


The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For The Adventures Of Luther Arkwright


 

Rob and Clive celebrate a real milestone in comics storytelling–Bryan Talbot’s remarkable The Adventures Of Luther Arkwright. Prepare for some deeply, heavily biased fan-boi action. If you haven’t read this one, you really should.

 

The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For Avengers: The Marvel Comics Universe

Ok, Cyclo Media is REALLY on an Avengers tip.

This week, Rob and Clive dip their toesies into the very deep water of Marvel’s Avengers comics. From Doctor Druid to The Secret Wars, we cover it all.

Brace yourself, listeners. It’s about to get cosmic.

The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For Avengers: Age Of Ultron

CycloMedia is clearly on an Avengers tip.

Rob and Clive pick apart Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron, rant about the character that should be in there, and find out that it’s not smart to laugh at the idea of AI rights.

And a quick peek at what we’re on about here:

The Best Of 2014

Who does a best of the year show before the year’s up? Not us, hombre! We’ve made sure 2014 is good and dead before we drop our verdict.

Join Rob and Clive. with Speakeasy playmates Graham Williams, Keith Eyles, Chris Rogers, Simon Aitken, Neil Myers, Dominic Wade and Stuart Wright in our epic exploration of the art and events that made 2014 the fourteenth year of the 21st century.

Settle in. This is gonna be a long trip.

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