When thinking of X-Men comics, there are several iconic stories that come to mind: The Dark Phoenix Saga, Days Of Future Past and X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills to name a few. One of the greatest X-Men runs in recent memory is Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, which consisted of Wolverine, Psylocke, Archangel, Deadpool and Fantomex using lethal force against mutant threats. I picked up the graphic novel that contained the Dark Angel Saga and it’s one of the most heart-wrenching stories I’ve ever read. There are so many themes to appreciate, including nature vs nurture and what it means to be a hero. Here is The Comic Vault’s review of the graphic novel.
Becoming a success in the business world can be tricky, especially when everyone is fighting to establish themselves in a similar market. The world of comics has its fair share of savvy business owners, such as Bruce Wayne and Warren Worthington. Yet they were born into their fortunes and had money to fall back on. Being a self-made entrepreneur takes determination, bravery, intelligence and a limitless sense of self-belief. But it is possible and here are five comic characters who earned their fortunes through hard work and never settling for anything less than what they’re worth.
There are plenty of memorable teams in comics, from the Justice League to The Avengers. But lesser known teams are just as important and The Comic Vault is looking into the history of several. One of the most interesting teams is The Secret Six, made up of Bane, Catman, Deadshot, Savage Scandal, Rag Doll and Jeannette. Introduced by Gail Simone, the Secret Six were a group of villains that were often painted heroically. Bane, Scandal Savage and Catman in particular were treated sympathetically, making the team’s dynamic intriguing. Although there have been several versions of the Secret Six, Gail Simone’s run was by far the most exciting. The Comic Vault is examining each member and what they brought to the team.
The Scarlet Witch is a character who’s always seemed to be defined by the people around her, such as the Avengers or her brother, Quicksilver. It wasn’t until she received a solo series that readers were able to see her develop and grow. Scarlet Witch Vol 2: World Of Witchcraft, written by James Robinson, follows Wanda as she tries to fix broken magic. But every time she uses a spell, it takes years off her life and saps her strength. Along the way, Wanda tries to come to terms with her own mental health issues, which adds another layer to the graphic novel.
The X-Men feature some of the most diverse characters in comics and X-23 is one of my favourites. As the clone of Wolverine, Laura Kinney was never meant to have a normal life, yet she managed to find her own place in the world. I recently picked up a graphic novel that contains her greatest stories, starting from how she was created, to how she became a member of the X-Men. Her creator, Craig Kyle, has been able to work wonders with her. X-23’s journey is emotional and after reading this collection you’ll gain a new appreciation for the character.
It’s become customary for me to chart milestones on The Comic Vault and I’m happy to say I’ve reached another one with 700 followers! It came around a lot quicker than I expected, but all I can say is that I’m grateful for everyone who continues to read, like and comment on my articles. If anyone finds comfort in my words, or is able to learn something new about the comic industry then I’d say that I’m doing my job. To mark this new milestone, it’s inspired me to pursue another one of my passions with a seperate blog.
A superhero identity can be passed down to different people and a good example of that is Batgirl. Originally, Barbara Gordon wore the costume until she passed it on to Cassandra Cain. Cain’s successor became Stephanie Brown and she was the most recent Batgirl until the DC Universe reboot. These days, Barbara is Batgirl, but I believe Stephanie Brown should be allowed to reclaim the mantle and here are six reasons why.