A year ago I decided to explore my passion for comics by creating my own website. I didn’t know how it would go or if people would even want to read it. All I knew is that I loved comics and I wanted to write about characters I connected with and stories that made me happy. Today marks the one year anniversary of The Comic Vault and it’s become bigger than I could have hoped for. I’ve achieved goals, discovered new characters, increased my knowledge and become even more passionate about comics.
2017 has been an amazing year for superhero films, with several great showings. Hugh Jackman gave a phenomenal final performance as Wolverine and Wonder Woman became the hit of the summer. 2018 is looking to be a great year for superhero films as well. The end game of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to be revealed, while directors are continuing to experiment with the comic genre. The Comic Vault is listing five of the best superhero films to look out for in the new year.
The Pop Culture Playlist tells the story of a superhero or supervillain through music and captures their greatest moments. From Batman to Wonder Woman, there are songs that can remind you of certain characters. Music is a great way to bring underrated characters into the light and Artemis is one of them. Having lived in the shadow of Wonder Woman, Artemis has struggled to define her own path among women who are all as special as each other. The Pop Culture Playlist features ten tracks that describe her life.
There are a variety of underrated characters in comics and many of them are villains who are used as cannon fodder against superheroes. They might be small time crooks or second rate super villains who have cliché backstories. But some small time villains can be the most human characters of all, and there’s an argument to be made that The Absorbing Man is one of the most underappreciated villains in the history of comics. Carl ‘Crusher’ Creel has the power to duplicate the properties of anything he touches, which puts him on the same level as heavy hitters like Thor and The Hulk.
Since it aired in 2013, Peaky Blinders has become one of the most popular British shows to come out in years. Netflix has helped it reach a worldwide audience and the fourth season is set to be released by the streaming service. Season 4 recently aired in the UK and it featured all the violence and grimy glamour that fans have come to expect. Tommy Shelby faces a new enemy unlike any he’s dealt with before. Worse of all, the Shelby family are divided after last season’s heart-stopping ending. With threats on all sides, Tommy needs to go back to his roots if he wants to survive. The Comic Vault presents a spoiler free review of Season 4.
Being a superhero can be tough, especially if you don’t have powers. Characters like Batman need to rely on their intellect and one of the Dark Knight’s defining costume features is his utility belt. The belt carries all of his crime-fighting tools and gadgets. The belt is made up of a strap and buckle with ten pouches or cylindric cartridges attached to the outside.
The belt has a history that’s as old as Batman, with artists adding to it over time. Originally, it was drawn as a simple yellow belt, but in 1986 Frank Miller incorporated militaristic pouches. But what exactly can be found inside the belt and how does Batman apply his gadgets? The Comic Vault is taking a look at the importance of the utility belt.
In recent years, Marvel have done a lot to promote the Inhumans and their world. The most well-known of the Inhumans is Black Bolt, so it was only a matter of time until The Midnight King received his own series. Black Bolt Vol 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, focuses on Black Bolt being held prisoner in a maximum security space prison. As Black Bolt is a silent character, you’d wonder how a story can be formed around someone who never speaks. Ahmed shows the reader how it’s done and the result is one of the most moving stories I’ve ever read.
Since Bram Stoker’s Dracula, vampires have captivated readers, and literature is filled with them. In my opinion, the most interesting vampires are the ones who break the mould and don’t fit the traditional image. Comics are a good example of this, with Morbius The Living Vampire and Emplate being two characters who stand out. Another unconventional vampire is Sauron, a vampiric pterodactyl that terrorises the Savage Land. Considered an enemy of the X-Men, Sauron is unique among his kind.
It’s an exciting time in the comic industry, with many independent authors looking to get their work in front of readers. The most thrilling indie comics offer the promise of adventure, and one of the most interesting I’ve read recently is Wolverton: Thief Of Impossible Objects #1, created by Michael Stark and Terrell T. Garrett. The comic features gentleman thief, Jack Wolverton on a mission to pilfer and pinch mystical objects from across the globe. Stark and Garrett sent The Comic Vault a copy of the first issue in exchange for an honest review.
Every day, more and more digital content is churned out in an effort to grab people’s attention. Blogs, social media posts, infographics and videos are all battling it out in an information overload. No wonder some marketers are looking for other mediums to get their message across. The most popular form of storytelling has always been novels, and brands are keen to make the most of the book format. This begs the question as to whether novels can help push branded content in a new direction, and if so, how can your business make the most of it?