Everyone has unique eating habits and superheroes are no different. Comic Kitchen tells the story of a character’s diet and what kind of meals they enjoy. Pete Wisdom is man with a lot on his plate. As the head of the British secret service, Wisdom needs to balance his duty to Queen and country with his connection to the international superhero community. To do his job, Wisdom has to stay energised, which is why he’d have a menu that’s based around the best of British food. Continue reading “Comic Kitchen: Pete Wisdom”
Over the past decade, superhero games have soared in popularity. The Batman Arkham series revolutionised combat for a new generation, while the most recent Spider-Man game offered a fresh take on the web-slinger and his supporting cast. But it could be argued there still hasn’t been a definitive Marvel game that focuses on the whole Marvel Universe. Rhys from Unknown Games has given his thoughts on how an Avengers game could work on future consoles. Continue reading “Guest Blog: Why There Should Be An Avengers Game”
What would a superhero drink on a night out? The Pop Culture Pub Crawl is a series that digs into the drinking habits of different comic characters. Many people develop a sophisticated taste in alcohol, and Emma Frost has an appreciation for the finer things. Having grown up in a wealthy family, Emma would be accustomed to drinks that match her level of class. Read on to find out what kind of alcohol The White Queen favours. Continue reading “Pop Culture Pub Crawl: Emma Frost”
If you asked me to name the lamest superhero, I’d say it was Aquaman. The character has a history of not being taken seriously. With the casting of Jason Momoa and the release of Aquaman, DC have hoped to repair damage that has built up over decades. Having seen the film, I can say it was entertaining. But the character who stood out to me was Black Manta. Considered to be Aquaman’s archenemy, Black Manta has one of the most unique appearances of any supervillain. Far from being lame, Black Manta is a villain worth knowing about. Continue reading “The Brutality Of Black Manta And The Nature Of Human Consumption”
What does it mean to be a superhero? Some might say it’s about personal sacrifice and protecting the innocent. Others might think it’s about the fight between good and evil. There’s also the idea that being a superhero is addictive, that it’s about the thrill of having powers. When used responsibility, superpowers are a benefit to the world. Yet there’s always the danger of being consumed by power and becoming addicted to the feeling. When that happens, the line between good and evil gets blurred and you’re left with a character like The Sentry.
The Sentry: Man Of Two Worlds, written by Jeff Lemire, explore the idea of what it means to have superpowers. Themes of addiction, mental health and duality are all featured in this explosive graphic novel. Continue reading “The Sentry: Man Of Two Worlds Review: A Vivid Take On Mental Health And Addiction”
When it comes to fighting, street level comic characters rely on gadgets to give them an edge in combat. A character like Deathstroke has plenty of tricks up his sleeve. As the world’s greatest assassin, Slade Wilson has earned a reputation for getting the job done at any cost. Over the years, Deathstroke has utilised a range of weapons to help him deal with a target. So, what kind of gadgets does the Terminator use to cut a bloody swathe through the DC Universe and take out his enemies? Continue reading “An Examination Of Deathstroke’s Personal Arsenal”
Japan attracts visitors from all over the world, with many being drawn to the country because of the samurai. Japanese history is entwined with warriors who followed a strict code of honour, devoting their lives to duty. There were many proud samurai and one of the most famous was Toyotomi Hideyoshi. A capable general and politician, Hideyoshi was considered the second ‘great unifer’ of Japan. He rose to prominence during the 1500s and founded the Hashiba samurai line.
I’m fascinated by samurai history, so I couldn’t help but be excited to interview a descendent of Hideyoshi. I’m pleased to present a conversation with Michiko Hashiba about what it means to come from a family of samurai. Continue reading “Growing Up In A Family Of Samurai: An Interview With Michiko Hashiba”
Comics feature some of the most recognisable villains in the history of pop culture. Everyone knows characters like The Joker and Doctor Doom because of their reputation or powers. There are memorable female supervillains as well, but few have been presented as having the level of danger that’s associated with characters like Thanos or Darkseid. A female supervillain who deserves to be placed in the same category as these heavy hitters is Granny Goodness.
As a general in Darkseid’s army and leader of the Female Furies, Granny Goodness is one of the most formidable supervillains to ever be created. I’m looking into why she has the potential to become a universe ending threat.
When it comes to religious holidays, Christmas is arguably the most widely celebrated. Other festivals are equally important because they act as celebrations for different cultures. Hanukkah is a crucial part of the Jewish faith, commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Comics have developed into a good source of observing religious practices through different characters.
After reading The Merry X-Men Christmas Special, I came across a story with Magneto and how he observes the holiday season. Magneto’s Jewish background is a major part of his character, but his faith has never been explored in a Christmas context. I’m looking into what the holidays signify for the Master of Magnetism and how it’s impacted his world view.
Christmas is a time for bringing people together and the X-Men are one of the biggest families in the Marvel Universe. Each member looks out for the other, an attitude that perfectly sums up the festive season. The Merry X-Men Holiday Special features an advent calendar themed collection of stories about the mutant community. A story is told for every day of December, with writers like Cullen Bunn, Chris Claremont and Ed Brisson getting to flex their creative muscles. Find out how Gambit and Rogue spend their first Christmas together as a married couple and why Jubilee is determined to find the perfect gift for her son. Continue reading “The Merry X-Men Holiday Special Review: A Wonderful Collection Of Christmas Flash Fiction”