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.
“It’s a common misconception among humans and even among mutants that we are defined by our powers. Mutation, though, is adaptation. I was born with the power to shape metal. But I was forged into the man I am today. It is my conviction, not my abilities, that make me who I am.” – Magneto
For as long as I’ve been into comics, Magneto has stood out as one of the most fascinating characters in popular culture. His motivations are very relatable and human, so when I came across the Magneto: Reversals graphic novel, I just had to review it. Written by Cullen Bunn, the story centres on the Master of Magnetism’s one-man crusade to protect mutants at all costs. Along the way, he confronts his past as a Holocaust survivor in the form of the Red Skull, who’s stolen the powers of Charles Xavier and is using them to cull mutants. The stakes couldn’t be any more personal.
I’m sure you’ll be angry with me for disobeying you again but I don’t care, I will not let you fight Leviathan alone. You need me and I will always be at your side. Because it will be hard for me to say these words face to face, I want you to know that Mother may have given me life, but you taught me how to live.
Love and respect,
There comes a time in when we lose someone close to us, whether it’s a relative or friend. Grief is a natural coping mechanism and we all grieve in different ways. Grief is the focus of Batman And Robin: Requiem For Damian, as The Dark Knight struggles to cope with the loss of his son. Written by Peter J. Tomasi and drawn by Patrick Gleason, Requiem For Damian presents a raw, emotional father who will do anything to bring his child back.
For as long as comics have existed, animals have played an important role. Whether it’s a superpowered dog, or a talking racoon, meaningful stories can be told about them. Marvel even took it a step further by creating the Pet Avengers. There are many awesome superpowered animals in comics, and here are five you’d want to have on your side in a fight.
“Listen carefully, my son. You are not meant to right all the wrongs in the world. Seek justice in everything you do. But do not seek a fight. Violence only if it comes to you. These are not the teachings of the tribe. These are my teachings. You are your own man, Red Wolf. The world is changing quickly. You may not always understand it, but right and wrong will never change. The world is always talking to you, Red. If you rush to fight it, you won’t hear it. And if you can’t hear it speak, you can’t answer to it with justice.”
One of the great things about comics is the diversity of characters on offer. So, when a graphic novel focuses on a Native American superhero, it offers a fresh perspective on a well-known genre. Red Wolf: Man Out Of Time, written by Nathan Edmondson, follows Cheyenne warrior Red Wolf on a journey through time as he tries to balance his life as an outsider and protector.