With it being the final day of 2016, it feels like a good time to look towards the future and focus on a comic that respects the past and present. Nova 1, written by Jeff Loveness and Ramon Perez, features the triumphant return of Richard Rider, who sacrified himself in the Cancer Verse to stop Thanos. The issue also features Sam Alexander, the new Nova who is juggling his responsibilities as a high school student and superhero. Nova 1 is all about honouring family and legacy, while giving readers a chance to see two different stories unfold.
On suggestion from my friend Akeem, over at Ink Posts and The Written Gallery, I’ve decided to review 2013‘s Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. Based on the 2011 crossover event, Flashpoint, the film focuses on The Flash finding himself in an alternate reality where Aquaman and Wonder Woman are at war, and there’s a much darker Batman patrolling Gotham. The main theme that’s explored is the idea of how far you would go to change the past and the consequences of your actions.
“As a member of the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz I was considered Geheiminstrager — a keeper of secrets. In the years since I have shouldered the crushing burden of many truths I would dare not share. My great shame among them.” – Magneto
For my first comic review, I’m going to focus on a single issue that stood out to me when I read it a couple of years ago. Magneto 9 was part of a solo series written by Cullen Bunn that ran for 21 issues. Bunn deconstructed the character to his raw elements, creating a gritty noir world of mutant prejudice and bloodshed. The issue was a part of the Axis event which saw the Red Skull steal the dead Charles Xavier’s brain and use his powers for evil.
Comics are filled with popular characters, from Batman to Captain America, and they often have the most coverage. I’m interested in shining a spotlight on underrated characters and I’m going to start with one of my top favourites, Namor the Sub-Mariner. Often compared to Aquaman, Namor remains one of Marvel’s oldest characters. He was first created in 1939 by writer and artist Bill Everett in the pages of Motion Picture Funnies Weekly. His name derives from Everett writing down noble sounding names backwards until he settled on the reverse spelling of Roman.
As this blog becomes more active I’ll be posting different reviews of comics and movies. To start off with I’d like to review one of my favourite animated movies, Batman: Under The Red Hood. Having come out in 2010, it became the highest rated direct-to-video Batman film until the release of the The Dark Knight Returns in 2012. Jason Todd is my favourite comic character, so it was great to see his story told faithfully and maturely in this film.
Literature is full of characters, from dashing knights who save damsels, to maniacal villains who want to take over the world. Every hero can be identified and every villain stands out. But what about the characters who aren’t so distinguishable? The people who don’t inhabit a world of black and white but rather fall into shades of grey. Anti-heroes form a sub-category that has entertained readers for thousands of years. Why are they so popular? Could they have taken over the role of traditional heroes in today’s mediums? And can people aspire to them in the same way every day heroes can be remembered?