In this edition of Comic Cover Corner, I’m looking at the cover for Namor: The First Mutant #3, drawn by Jae Lee. The short-lived series focused on The Sub-Mariner’s mutant heritage and his time working with the X-Men. Lee came up with a gorgeous cover that shows off the regal nature of the character.
Over the past few years, a recent comic trend has been to replace established characters with new versions. There’s been a female Thor, a female Hawkeye and even an Asian version of The Hulk. A new character taking on an established identity doesn’t always work, but when it’s done right it can offer an intriguing story. This is the case with Brian Michael Bendis’ Infamous Iron Man series, with Doctor Doom taking on the role of Iron Man. Spinning out from the events of Civil War II, Tony Stark is in a coma and Victor Von Doom is out to show the world he can protect it.
The Comic Vault is pleased to present another cosplayer interview, featuring Beatrice Yuen, also known as Freyeplays. She’s combined her passion for fitness with her love of modelling and cosplaying. I asked her about how she works her cosplaying into her modelling endeavours and it was great to hear her thoughts on how cosplaying can benefit mental health.
It’s Pride Weekend for the LGBT community in Manchester, and it’s got me thinking about how they’re handled in comics. Marvel has a strong representation of gay and bisexual characters who aren’t defined by their sexuality. They are portrayed as three-dimensional people with their own motivations and flaws. To celebrate Pride Weekend, here are five of my favourite LGBT characters in Marvel.
It could be argued that in modern society we’ve grown used to hiding our emotions. Whether it’s in the work place or in a social situation, we may not necessarily say what we feel. This could be because we want to appear strong in the eyes of another, or we don’t want to hurt someone else’s feelings. A comic character who’s never had trouble expressing herself is Starfire, and I believe there’s something to be learned from her approach to life. What would society be like if we could fully express ourselves?
Game of Thrones is one of the biggest shows in the world and I’ve watched it from the beginning. Recently, I travelled to Ireland and went on a Winterfell Game of Thrones tour. I had the chance to explore the sets and locations of earlier seasons. Along the way I met direwolves, visited Winterfell, almost became King in the North and even got to channel my inner Jaime Lannister.
In my opinion, the essence of a good comic is about appealing to a reader’s inner child. It’s about reigniting a sense of nostalgia and a thirst for adventure. As a kid, I remember getting up early on the weekend and being in awe of Saturday morning cartoons. Any comic that can help me remember that sense of wonder is worth reading, and that’s where SPACE COPZ: CEREAL ZOMBIES comes in. Written by indie author, Mike Speakman, SPACE COPZ was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.