One of the most common problems in the world today is homelessness. Millions of people all over the world are living on the streets, begging for money, trapped in an endless cycle of poverty. People can become homeless for a number of reasons and it can happen to anyone. It made me think about how superheroes can end up on the streets as well. For all their powers, they are unable to help themselves. Some homeless characters have started off with a rough life and managed to build a better one. The Comic Vault is looking into four comic characters who know what it’s like to be homeless.
When it comes to an interesting comic, I think an important factor is quirkiness. If the comic comes across as original and out there then it’s going to be the kind of story I want to read. This was the case with Ben Mitchell’s Storm Clouds series. Set in Australia, the neo-noir comic focuses on a man who struggles with anxiety and gets pulled into an investigation around a cult. Storm Clouds is the opening issue and it contains the kind of absurdist humour and dark themes that are sure to appeal to its audience. Mitchell sent a copy of the comic to The Comic Vault in exchange for an honest review.
One of the most entertaining things about comics is the plethora of powers. Seeing a superhero like Storm control the weather and summon a lightning bolt is a sensational visual. But an underrated factor in comics is the weapons that are used. There are so many mystical items that come with their own mythology, adding to a character’s backstory. Magical swords are a great example and The Comic Vault is featuring four blades that come with formidable reputations.
The Prohibition era is one of the most interesting parts of the 20th century. Gangsters like Al Capone were able to create an empire out of smuggling alcohol and earn a place in pop culture legend. Chicago became a haven for criminals of all kinds and the city is at the centre of Ray Celestin’s novel Dead Man’s Blues. Taking place during the 1920s, the book focuses on a brutal crime that involves the poisoning of several Chicago politicians. Jazz, murder and industrial innovation mingle together to create a story that pops with intrigue and excitement.
When it comes to the wrestling industry, you have all kinds of people who are into the phenomenon of wrestlers busting their asses in the ring to entertain fans around the world. The WWE is the biggest game in town, but the independent wrestling scene is thriving as well. Much of this is thanks to the efforts of various indie wrestling promotions, like the Millennium Wrestling Federation.
I was lucky enough to attend Wrestlemania 34 and met MWF founder Dan Maride, who was sitting next to me in the crowd. Dan was extremely knowledgeable about the business and I couldn’t resist interviewing him for The Comic Vault. Read on to hear his thoughts about the indie wrestling scene, his relationship with the WWE and why it’s hell on earth being a wrestling promoter.
Since starting The Comic Vault, I’ve wanted to provide a hub for other comic enthusiasts to share their thoughts, which is why I accept guest posts that cover people’s experiences with comics. I’m happy to present the first guest post, written by Noel Jenkins, who’s gone into detail about what the comic Elementals means to him and why he loves comics in general. Continue reading “Guest Blog: Why I Love Comics By Noel Jenkins”
In recent years, there’s been an increasing number of comics that have focused on food, and it’s possible that the most well-known is John Layman’s Chew series. It follows the adventures of Tony Chu, an FDA agent capable of learning new skills from the food that he eats. I was blown away by the awesomness of the first volume, so it inspired me to pick up the next collection. Chew: Volume 2: International Flavour sees Chu on the hunt for a new type of food that’s sprouted up on a remote island. The graphic novel contains all the irreverent grossness and dark humour of the previous volume.