Over the last decade, superheroes have shot into the mainstream, creating two cinematic universes. You might think the formula for a superhuman tale has become worn out with all the origin stories. But there’s still plenty of room for innovation, as writer Stephan Morse has shown with his novel, The Fiasco In News. The book tells the story of 21-year-old Adam Millard, whose superpower involves causing all sorts of mayhem to happen. Morse sent me an advanced copy of his self-published eBook in exchange for an honest review and here are my thoughts.
Compared to Marvel and DC, indie comics are underrated. The Comic Vault is on a mission to bring as many indie stories into the spotlight as possible. During Manchester Comic Con, I spoke to writers from Accent UK and they gave me some free comics to review. I’m starting with Moments of Adventure: Collection One by Colin Mathieson and drawn by Matt Soffe and Alijosa Tomic. Mathieson drew the comic strips, while Soffe and Tomic provided colouring. The graphic novel is made up of short stories with a historical setting.
Pop culture fans were out in force for this year’s Manchester Comic Con, with plenty of fun moments. This was the first comic con I cosplayed in front of a large crowd and it was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. From joining on a Red Hood hunt, to going to a cosplay afterparty, here were some of the highlights from Manchester Comic Con. Continue reading “Red Hoods Galore And Free Comics At Manchester Comic Con 2017”
The X-Men offer some of the most diverse characters in comics, with Gambit being a key member of the group. Many comic fans know him best as the guy who throws cards that explode on contact. Yet Gambit’s powers go much deeper than charging up a pack of playing cards. He has the potential to be one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe, and here I explore the Ragin Cajun’s abilities to find out what makes him so explosive.
In the history of comics, Batman is one of the most enduring characters. Grim, dedicated and incorruptible, The Dark Knight wages a tireless war on crime. But even someone as formidable as Batman can’t do everything alone, and that’s where Robin comes in. Robin balances Batman out, providing a light to his darkness. Yet Robin is bigger than a single person. It’s an identity, a symbol of hope for younger heroes.
Over the years, Bruce has taken in several children and raised them to fight crime. In mainstream continuity, there have been five Robins, each different to the one who came before them. They all represent something to Batman, and here I examine who they are and what makes them important.
When I get the opportunity to work with another pop culture website, I’m happy to help. Collider have come up with a weekly show called Comic Book Shopping that features a special guest celebrity buying their favourite comics. I’ll be featuring the videos on The Comic Vault and talking about what you can expect when you watch. For the latest episode, producer and writer Jon Schnepp meets up with Deadpool director Tim Miller and they discuss his latest projects.
The blogging community is massive, and it’s a great way to network with people who’re writing in different areas. I’ve decided to introduce an interview section to The Comic Vault that features other bloggers who have an interest in popular culture. Whether you’re interested in comics or gaming, we’re all united by a love of stories and creative avenues.
Kicking off the interviews is the talented Annick over at Only4feet9. Annick has an interest in gaming and I enjoyed chatting to her about her thoughts on the gaming industry.
One of the great things about Manchester is that is has a dedicated comic and pop culture community. Forbidden Planet and Travelling Man are two places you can go to satisfy your comic book needs. If you’re looking for something a little more niche, then you’ll want to check out the Northern Quarter’s newest pop culture store called Fanboy Three. The shop specialises in board games, card games and RPGs. Here is what you can expect when you walk inside.
For this Beneath The Pages segment, I’m putting the spotlight on Native American graphic designer, Jeffrey Veregge. Veregge has created art for Marvel, Valiant and IDW, injecting his unique flair into comic covers. A member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Veregge is also of Suquamish and Duwamish tribal descent. His art style can be linked to his heritage, and here’s what makes it so appealing. Continue reading “Beneath The Pages: Jeffrey Veregge”
What would you do if you could have all the knowledge in the world at the cost of forgetting all your personal experiences? This is a struggle that Taskmaster deals with on a regular basis. First introduced as an enemy of The Avengers in 1980, Taskmaster was created by David Micheline and George Perez. The character went on to feature in various titles, becoming a well-known enemy/ally of Deadpool. Taskmaster might have been introduced as a supervillain, but there’s far more to him than meets the eye.