In the past thirty years, technology has advanced at a rapid pace. We’re more connected than ever before and new devices are being invented on a regular basis. When it comes to thinking about the technology of the future, comics provide plenty of inspiration. In the Marvel Universe, there’s no shortage of brilliant scientists who’ve developed life-changing equipment. One of the most interesting scientists is Doctor Nemesis. Born in the early 20th century, Nemesis created technology that helped him live longer. Whether you’re a science or comic fan, the character is worth reading about to get a sense of how advanced medical devices could become in future. Continue reading “Predicting The Future Of Medical Technology With Doctor Nemesis”
Tragedy is a common theme in the life of a superhero. A traumatic event provided the motivation to become a crimefighter and Batman is the ideal character for representing the struggle. Everyone knows the story of Bruce Wayne and the promise of a lonely boy who lost his parents in Crime Alley. Bruce turned his grief into a reason to fight. It gave him a singular goal: to wipe out crime in Gotham City.
Batman’s bravery and intelligence makes him one of the most capable superheroes in the world. For all his talents, Bruce is a man who suffers with depression. He’s displayed all the signs of a high-functioning depressive, someone who can live a fulfilling life, but still be trapped in a cycle of despair. Batman provides an interesting take on the nature of depression, so I’m looking into how the Dark Knight copes with his mental health. Continue reading “The High-Functioning Depressive: How Batman Copes With His Mental Health”
The identity of a superhero is an interesting concept. A costume or alias can be seen as more meaningful than a single character. As iconic as characters like Steve Rogers are, he’s not the only one to be known as Captain America. The same can be said for the Captain Marvel identity. Originally, the name belonged to the Kree superhero Mar-Vell. Several people have gone on use the name as a symbol of hope. Carol Danvers is the most recent Captain Marvel, but she wasn’t the first female superhero to use the title. The distinction goes to Monica Rambeau.
Monica has served on the Avengers for years and she’s led the team as well. With the power to transform herself into different types of energy, Monica has lived up to the Captain Marvel legacy. I’m looking into her history to see how she’s evolved over time.
When it comes to pop culture art, comic covers have some of the most beautiful designs. In this edition of Comic Cover Corner, I’m putting the spotlight on Elektra #2. Drawn by Mike Del Mundo, the cover features the assassin Elektra in a deadly dance of death. The colours, positioning and lighting come together to tell a story. Here’s my review of a cover that deserves to be hung up in a gallery. Continue reading “Comic Cover Corner: Elektra #2”
In recent years, Marvel have brought more attention to the Inhumans by featuring them in important stories and creating a TV series. Formerly one of the comic giant’s obscure properties, the Inhumans have been introduced to a new generation of fans. What I like about the group is their diversity, as each character brings a unique perspective.
One of the most fascinating members of the Inhumans is Karnak. Cousin to Black Bolt, Karnak has always stood out from the rest of his family. Unlike the other Inhumans, Karnak was never exposed to the Terrigen mists. So, what is his role within the Royal Family and the wider Marvel Universe?
As one of the most recognisable superheroes in the world, Spider-Man has a distinctive cast of enemies. Each villain has tested the web-slinger in different ways, either through strength or psychological warfare. A character that’s done both is Kraven The Hunter. Driven by an obsession to hunt Spider-Man, Kraven developed into a villain that dedicated himself to a singular pursuit. I’m looking into the history of the character to see why he’s become one of Spider-Man’s most memorable enemies. Continue reading “Why Did Kraven The Hunter Become One Of Spider-Man’s Most Enduring Enemies?”
The X-Men rank among the most universally loved superheroes teams in the world. With a diverse cast of characters, the X-Men have connected people across generations. For people who don’t know much about comics, I believe the X-Men are a brilliant introduction to the medium. A character that appeals to all ages is Nightcrawler. His background and approach to life makes him one of the most relatable members of the X-Men.
Japanese folklore is filled with all types of creatures, with one of the most enduring being the oni. Considered to be a type of yokai, oni took the form of giant, supernatural trolls. Their demonic appearance gave them an evil reputation. Oni have been identified as bringers of chaos, delighting in the punishment of mortals. The connection to the darkness has translated into pop culture, as oni have appeared in art and literature. However, their role has changed over time to reflect modern interpretations. Continue reading “How The Oni Transformed From A Japanese Demon Into A Pop Culture Icon”
Batman’s Rogues Gallery is made up of some of the most iconic villains in pop culture. Each of them are meant to test The Dark Knight’s resolve, to push him beyond his limits. The best Batman villains are the ones that attack Bruce Wayne on a psychological level. A character that’s capable of playing mind games with Batman is Doctor Hurt. The villain is one of the most recent additions to the Rogues Gallery, but Hurt has a history stretching back to the Caped Crusader’s early career. With his intellect and penchant for psychological torture, Doctor Hurt is a Batman villain you need to know about. Continue reading “Looking Inside The Twisted Mind Of Doctor Hurt To Understand His War With Batman”
If there’s one thing I enjoy about pop culture, it’s the idea that it can connect people from different walks of life. Comics, gaming, anime and cosplaying are all part of the same phenomenon. Anime has experienced a huge increase in popularity and it’s writers like Helen McCarthy who’ve championed it as a legitimate field of study. Helen has written 13 books, which have been translated into seven languages, on anime, manga, art and Japanese pop culture. They include 500 Essential Anime Movies, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation and Anime! A Beginner’s Guide To Japanese Animation.
I’m pleased to present an interview with Helen about her writing experiences and her connection to pop culture. Read on to find out about what it was like meeting Jonathan Ross in a comic book store and how she braved a snow storm to see her favourite Japanese shrine. Continue reading “Helen McCarthy Talks About What It Means To Be An Anime Writer”