Hero Within’s Tony Kim Speaks On The Evolution Of Geek Fashion

In the pop culture world, there are a variety of avenues to explore, ranging from writing comics to selling graphic novels. An emerging trend is geek fashion, especially with cosplay and people looking to represent their favourite characters on a t-shirt. Pop culture entrepreneur Tony B Kim has set out to provide a market for geek fashion with his Hero Within clothing brand.

It was a pleasure to interview Tony about how he set up his brand, how he got into comics and what it felt like to host panels at San Diego Comic Con. Continue reading “Hero Within’s Tony Kim Speaks On The Evolution Of Geek Fashion”

6 Reasons Why Comics Can Improve Mental Health

Mental health has become one of the most important topics in the world. Anxiety, depression and poor self-esteem are all issues that need to be talked about and destigmatized. Comics have helped me to feel more comfortable about my anxiety. They’ve made me passionate about wanting to promote positive mental health. Comics have the power to improve mental health and here are six reasons why. Continue reading “6 Reasons Why Comics Can Improve Mental Health”

Promoting Gothic Culture Through Supernatural Superheroes On Manchester’s HAUNT Blog

When it comes to writing about comics, promoting different characters is one of the most enjoyable parts. A great way to bring awareness is to write on websites that aren’t specifically geared towards comics. It’s why I’ve been writing an ongoing segment called Supernatural Superheroes for Visit Manchester’s HAUNT blog. The series is about combining gothic themes and pop culture together to promote lesser known superheroes. Continue reading “Promoting Gothic Culture Through Supernatural Superheroes On Manchester’s HAUNT Blog”

4 Incredible Italian Superheroes That You Need To Read About

Italy is known for a range of things, including fine culture and amazing food. Italy also boasts badass superheroes, especially the Italian-American variety. As a person with Italian heritage, I’m proud of having it as part of my family history. It inspired me to look into four characters with Italian roots. All of them are intriguing and worth knowing about. Continue reading “4 Incredible Italian Superheroes That You Need To Read About”

All-New X-Factor: Change Of Decay Review: A Heartfelt Graphic Novel About Owning Your Place

Compared to big teams like The Avengers and X-Men, X-Factor has always been considered small time. In the past, the group has acted as a mutant detective agency, being led by characters like Multiple Man and Havok. In Peter David’s All-New X-Factor: Change Of Decay, the team has taken on a corporate identity. Polaris leads the roster of Quicksilver, Gambit, Cypher, Warlock and Danger on a mission to rescue a girl from her mutant-hating father. The situation gets a lot more complicated in a graphic novel that’s filled with awesome character interactions. Continue reading “All-New X-Factor: Change Of Decay Review: A Heartfelt Graphic Novel About Owning Your Place”

Isis And The Enduring Nature Of Egyptian Mythology In DC Comics

Comics have explored ancient mythology in great detail, featuring various characters linked to different pantheons. DC are known for favouring Egyptian mythology through characters like Hawkgirl and Black Adam. In particular, Adam has gained prominence as one of the most powerful characters in the DC Universe. A character linked to Adam’s legacy is Isis, though she has roots that extend back to the 1970s.

In her modern interpretation, Isis acted as a superhero who sowed for peace. But the connection she had to Black Adam corrupted her, making for an intriguing story. I’m looking into the history of the character to see how she developed. Continue reading “Isis And The Enduring Nature Of Egyptian Mythology In DC Comics”

Doctor Octopus And The Fear Of Failure In Marvel’s Spider-Man

Marvel’s Spider-Man has raised the bar for superheroes games, offering an experience that hasn’t been felt since the Batman Arkham series. What impressed me the most is the portrayal of Spider-Man’s cast of support characters, old and new. In particular, I found the characterisation of Doctor Octopus to be memorable. The game version had the perfect mix of pathos and narcissism, which is exactly what makes the character such a compelling antagonist for the web-slinger.

In this article, I’m exploring Octavius’ motivations. There will be spoilers, so bear that in mind if you haven’t played Spider-Man yet. Continue reading “Doctor Octopus And The Fear Of Failure In Marvel’s Spider-Man”

Introducing The Comic Curators Video Channel

At the end of 2018, I’ll have been running The Comic Vault for two years. In that time, I’ve been able to express my passion for comics in a number of ways and I’ve decided to branch out further. It’s why I’m pleased to announce the start of Comic Curators, a YouTube channel that’s going to be used in tandem with the website. Read on to find out what you can expect from Comic Curators and my thoughts on making a video for the first time ever! Continue reading “Introducing The Comic Curators Video Channel”

Scrutinising The Hypocrisy Of Magneto And His Status As A Relatable Character

Magneto has earned a reputation for being one of the most complicated characters in the history of comics. As a Holocaust survivor, Max Eisenhardt’s motivations have been framed in a sympathetic light. His mission to protect mutants at any cost comes from the persecution he suffered.

There have been countless articles written about Magneto’s tragic motives. I’d like to focus on how his motivations, while noble, have made him a hypocrite. Magneto has punished and killed mutants that don’t live up to his standards. His hypocrisy is a reflection of human nature. Continue reading “Scrutinising The Hypocrisy Of Magneto And His Status As A Relatable Character”

Return Of Wolverine #1 Review: A Strong First Issue Puts Logan Back In The Spotlight

Wolverine is one of Marvel’s most popular characters, so when they decided to kill him off in 2014, it raised eyebrows. Four years later, everyone’s favourite Canucklehead isn’t just back for SNIKTs and giggles. (A giggling Logan is a scary image) Return Of Wolverine #1, written by Charles Soule, sees the character grappling with his resurrection and the emergence of a new villain. Soule looks to send Wolverine in a fresh direction, while also building on his mythology. Continue reading “Return Of Wolverine #1 Review: A Strong First Issue Puts Logan Back In The Spotlight”