The Comic Vault is a place for comic reviews and shining a light on the industry. But it’s also about creating a platform for up and coming comic writers to establish themselves. It’s why I’m sending a call out for new comics to review.
“A bullet coming at you. Eyes that say he’s more than a man, eyes that say he knows you. No…you know what he is. Tell yourself the truth. He’s just a man who fell into a vat of chemical waste. He’s just a man like you, made of bone and flesh and blood.” – Batman
Batman: Death Of The Family, written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Greg Capullo, is one of the most visceral Batman stories of all time. It involves the return of The Joker, who’s been away for a year and has set his sights on destroying the people closest to The Dark Knight. Previously, Joker had cut off his face and disappeared, claiming he would be reborn. The relationship between Batman and Joker is given new depth, and the Clown Prince of Crime is at his most deranged and unpredictable.
The MCU has established itself as a rich universe with characters that are connected to each other. Each movie is designed to set up the next chapter and raise the stakes. But all the universe building can be overwhelming when it’s done too much. So, a self-contained film like Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 is a refreshing change of pace. Here is my spoiler free review.
With the current political climate in Syria, it’s natural that events would be reflected on the page. Such is the case with the latest issue of Red Hood And The Outlaws written by Scott Lobdell and drawn by Dexter Soy. The comic follows the former Robin, Jason Todd, leading a team that consists of Artemis and Bizarro. All three characters have a dark history that’s put to good use against the backdrop of political strife. Continue reading “Political Power And Syrian Metaphors In Red Hood And The Outlaws”
“It all starts with you, son. Not the man you’ll become, but the man you choose to be. No one’s going to hand these things to you. You have to earn them. And until then, one of the hardest things to realise is that nobody owes you anything. You can be anyone — anything — you want to be, son. You can have the world. All you have to do is remember these things…all the things I haven’t done.” – Jax Teller
Sons of Anarchy was one of my favourite series, and I’m continuing to delve into the world through reviewing the comics. Sons of Anarchy: Volume 5, written by Ryan Ferrier and drawn by Matias Bergara, is a standalone story that involves a new prospect joining the club. Dillon is the nephew of Bobby Munson and he seems like a good addition to the Sons to begin with. However, things quickly go wrong and Jax is forced to make a hard decision.
Sons of Anarchy earned a reputation for being a violent show that depicted anti-heroic characters you couldn’t help but be fascinated by. The comic series is no different. Sons of Anarchy: Volume 4 is written by Ed Brisson and drawn by Matias Bergara. It reads like a short story collection, with four separate stories focusing on four different Sons.
Reading the final book in a series can be like saying goodbye to a friend who’s moving on to pasture’s new. As much as you’ll miss them, you know they have to go. That’s what it felt like when reading Tyrant’s Throne, the last book in The Greatcoats quartet. Written by Sebastien De Castell, the book follows Falcio Val Mond’s struggle to fulfil his dead king’s dream of bringing justice to Tristia. Falcio is more determined than ever to put Aline, the daughter of King Paelis on the throne, but he faces his greatest challenge yet. Here is my spoiler free review.
It was recently brought to my attention that The Comic Vault has made it into the Top 75 Comic Blogs on the web. According to Feedspot, the site measures metrics and the amount of engagement across the web. As a result, I’ve received an award badge. This gives me a sense of accomplishment that I was meant to write within the comic industry. I’m always grateful to the people who read my posts on a regular basis.
This edition of The Pop Culture Playlist is focused on Deadpool. The Merc With A Mouth is known for his insanity, breaking the fourth wall and causing as much chaos as possible. I wanted to put together a playlist that worked with the history of the character, as well as acknowledge what Ryan Reynolds has done on the silver screen. Continue reading “The Pop Culture Playlist: Deadpool”
Hell, March 13, 1919
They have never caught me and they never will. They have never seen me, for I am invisible, even as the ether that surrounds your earth. I am not a human being, but a spirit and a demon from the hottest hell. I am what you Orleanians and your foolish police call the Axeman.
Ray Celestin’s debut novel, The Axeman’s Jazz, begins with a macabre letter that sets the tone for the rest of the book. The story is set in New Orleans in 1919 and is built around the real life case of the Axeman. The letter was written by the real killer, making the novel even more intriguing.