There are some stories that work across multiple formats, whether it’s in TV, film or comics. The Witcher is a great example of this, spawning a series of successful games and books. The latest Witcher story has been collected in a graphic novel called Curse of Crows. Geralt of Rivia finds himself working alongside his adoptive daughter and ward, Ciri to stop a monster from terrorising the city of Novigrad.
Batman’s rogue gallery is filled with some of the most multi-layered characters in comics. From The Joker, to Mr Freeze, they constantly challenge The Dark Knight and push him to his limits. A character who’s always existed in morally grey area is Talia Al Ghul, daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul and the mother of Bruce Wayne’s son, Damian. Talia’s relationship to the Bat Family is important, and here I examine who she is as a character and how she connects to Batman.
The identity of a comic character can be transient, something that gets passed along to someone else. This has happened in the Batman family, and I’ve talked previously about why I believe Cassandra Cain is the greatest Batgirl, even if she isn’t the original. That title belongs to Barbara Gordon. From her earliest appearance, Babs was shown to be a resourceful and capable woman who earned Batman’s respect. But, in my opinion, it wasn’t until she became Oracle that she evolved into a timeless character.
The amazing thing about popular culture is that it never stays the same. It’s always changing, with new ideas catching on every day. Something that’s been part of pop culture for as long as I can remember is wrestling. Over the years, there have been many famous names to come out of the business: Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Triple H, Edge, CM Punk. But what makes them memorable? Why do people who’ve never watched a match know who they are?
Summer is here and that means it’s time to go out and enjoy the comic cons that are happening around the world. From San Diego Comic Con, to a smaller venue with a few stalls, there’s plenty to check out. As someone who attended his first comic con in Manchester last year, I thought it would be a good idea to come up with a few tips for people who’re attending a convention for the first time. I’ve yet to go to any of the large American venues, so this will be a guide on how to enjoy a smaller comic con in your local area.
With this edition of Beneath The Pages, I wanted to focus on a comic cover artist. Sometimes, it can be easy to overlook a cover when there are so many different comics to choose from. Yet when fans are browsing, it’s the first thing they see. A cover artist who’s caught my attention is French illustrator, Stephanie Hans. She’s drawn covers for Marvel and DC. Here is what makes her so talented at what she does.
It’s time for another edition of The Pop Culture Playlist, where I create a list of ten tracks and match them with a superhero or villain. Today, the featured character is everyone’s favourite southern belle, Rogue. With her ability to absorb the powers and memories of those she touches, Rogue is one of the most recognised X-Men. Her country charm matched with her vulnerability makes her a great character to come up with music for. Continue reading “The Pop Culture Playlist: Rogue”
Some superheroes have a reputation for being flawless, such as Superman. While his popularity speaks for itself, I feel he lacks depth compared to other characters. When a character has flaws, when they mess up and struggle like everyone else, it makes them relatable. It could be argued that Marvel’s equivalent of Superman is The Sentry. There’s a lot of similarities between them. But in my opinion, Sentry is far more compelling. Here is my analysis on what makes Sentry interesting. Continue reading “Using The Sentry As A Metaphor For Mental Illness”
Comic Cover Corner is dedicated to showcasing some of the most interesting comic covers in the industry. In my opinion, they are pieces of art that could be as memorable as famous paintings one day. When a female character is put on a cover, there’s a temptation to focus on her looks. That isn’t the case with the cover of Storm #5, as she comes across as an absolute badass. This is thanks to the effort of cover artist, Stephanie Hans.
Beneath The Pages focuses on people of the comic industry who bring the page to life. They are the writers, artists and colourists who make comics worth reading. Today, I’m focusing on Spanish artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta, who’s become known for his work at Marvel. He’s illustrated comics like Magneto, The Vision and New Mutants.