Sometimes, the most poignant graphic novels aren’t the ones that have people in tights punching each other. Sometimes, they take the form of down to earth stories like Luke Henderson’s OUR WAR: The Truth Untold. America is on the brink of complete social collapse, and a political radical called Nestor is joined by an economic refugee called Emma on a journey to get to Canada for the hope of a better life. Henderson sent a copy to The Comic Vault in exchange for an honest review.
Recently, I attended Chester Comic Con and had the pleasure of meeting Batman and 2000AD artist Dave Taylor. Dave kindly agreed to be interviewed by The Comic Vault. He’s been in the industry for a number of years, drawing for DC, Marvel and indie publishers. One of his most well-known graphic novels is Batman: Death By Design. Read on to find out how he pissed off die hard Bat fans and why he feels it’s never been a better time to be an indie comic creator.
It’s safe to say that Wonder Woman is one of the most recognisable superheroes in the world. As Princess of the Amazons, Diana is the perfect balance of strength and beauty. But how closely does she live up to the real life Amazons? This is one of many questions that are addressed in John Man’s Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World. The book takes the reader through the entire history of the women who became known as the Amazons, and the answers might surprise you.
Having a disability can be a challenging time for anyone, which is why comics have done such a great job of representing people who have problems with their sight, hearing or mobility. Deafness affects people all over the world, and a character who symbolises that struggle is Echo, AKA Maya Lopez. But Echo has never let her disability define her and she’s been able to use it as a strength. She’s also one of the few Native American superheroes in comics, which makes her even more interesting. Here is a look into her history.
During the 1960s and 1970s, comics were full of stereotypes, such as damsels in distress. When Jack Kirby created his Fourth World concept for DC, a character that went against stereotype was Big Barda. The wife of Mister Miracle, Barda was taller, stronger and more intimidating than her husband. The reversal of a traditional relationship was unheard of at the time, which made Barda stand out even more. The Comic Vault is taking a look into Barda’s history and what makes her such an awesome character.
Comic Cover Corner is a segment that looks at a specific comic cover and examines why it’s so memorable. Today, I’m focusing on the cover of Red Hood: The Lost Days #1, drawn by William Tucci. The comic itself tells the story of how Jason Todd came back to life and started his journey to becoming the Red Hood. There’s a lot to love about this cover, from the colours to the raw emotion displayed by the character.
When a comic character is adapted for film, they are often changed to fit the background of a movie. The X-Men franchise has done this for years, and one of the characters who has been altered the most is Mystique. Most recently, the shapeshifting mutant has been played by Jennifer Lawrence, who’s done an admirable job with what she’s been given. But the comic version of Mystique is far more compelling, and here’s a look into her history.
Once upon a time, the world was made of stories. They were the first kind of currency, the thing that brought meaning to life. Passed down from person to person, to hear a story was to have knowledge. As the centuries rolled by, the stories found their way onto the page. People read books and discovered new worlds. Stories became the key to unlocking the imagination and books inspired people to learn how to read and write.
Somewhere along the way, stories found their way onto the screen. The public loved watching films and it became a new form of entertainment. But the stories were still stories. With the birth of the internet, stories became something you could consume on a daily basis. The way people chose to engage with the stories had changed, yet the medium remained the same.
The Wild West was a time of uncertainty and chaos, a time where men were forced to find civilisation among the wilderness. When you add a supernatural element to that kind of atmosphere, you have an intriguing story. This is the case with Dave West’s and Gary Crutchley’s WesterNoir series, featuring monster hunter, Josiah Black. Book Two takes Black into the swamps of Louisiana to deal with a cold-blooded threat against humanity.
Like any other medium, comics are keen to promote diversity, whether it’s through writers, artists or characters. There’s been a long history of Asian superheroes, and while some might have been inspired by stereotypes, there’s generally a better grasp of culture by modern writers. Marvel and DC feature a great mix of Asian superheroines, and here are six characters who aren’t defined by their heritage.