Guest Post: God of Many Avatars: Understanding Vishnu in Comics

Whenever righteousness wanes and unrighteousness increases I send myself forth.
For the protection of the good and for the destruction of evil,
and for the establishment of righteousness,
I come into being age after age.
— Bhagavad Gita 4.7–8

What do The Elder Scrolls, Warhammer 40,000, and Marvel Comics all have in common? A certain many-armed Hindu god named Vishnu.

Given the superheroic duty of protecting all cosmic order, Vishnu is said to have 10 avatars, and over 1000 names. Appropriately, pop culture has only given Vishnu more faces and names. From appearing as himself in Marvel Comics, or serving as inspiration the warrior-poet god Vivec in The Elder Scrolls, and the terrifying Four-Armed Emperor of Warhammer 40,000, Vishnu’s fiery ethos and passion have made themselves as important to pop culture as any of the better-known Western deities and legends. Continue reading “Guest Post: God of Many Avatars: Understanding Vishnu in Comics”

Why Every Gaming Fan Needs To Visit Budapest’s Ready Player 1 Bar

Budapest is filled with pubs, clubs and drinking spots for people of all types, including pop culture fans. If you’re planning a trip to the city and want to find a bar where you can drink affordable beer, play video games and have a laugh with friends, then your first stop should be Ready Player 1 bar. A drinking haven for geeks and gamers, Ready Player 1 is the kind of venue that can give you an appreciation for how pop culture brings people together. Continue reading “Why Every Gaming Fan Needs To Visit Budapest’s Ready Player 1 Bar”

Comic Kitchen: Nadia Van Dyne

Food is a great way of helping people get in touch with their culture. Someone born to parents from different countries might have only been able to taste a certain kind of cooking. For example, Nadia Van Dyne, the daughter of Hank Pym and a Hungarian woman called Maria Trovaya, may have grown up with limited exposure to her Hungarian roots.

Nadia’s childhood was spent in the Red Room and she only managed to escape after gaining Pym Particles. Determined to learn more about her parents, Nadia became the second Wasp. After escaping from the Red Room, she would have likely wanted to try as many different dishes as possible. For this edition of Comic Kitchen, I’ve put together a Hungarian inspired menu that would help Nadia feel closer to her heritage. Continue reading “Comic Kitchen: Nadia Van Dyne”

Check Out Budapest’s Comics Bar And Drink Like A Superhero

Travelling is a brilliant way to discover places you’ve never heard of, and Budapest has plenty of quirky sights to see. Hungary’s capital city is a melting pot of art, history, food, creativity and pop culture. If you’re planning a pop culture tour of Budapest, then you need to stop off at Comics Bar for a drinking experience that will have you feeling like a superhero by the end of the night. Continue reading “Check Out Budapest’s Comics Bar And Drink Like A Superhero”

Brightburn Review: Subverting The Superman Trope

The story of Superman is one of the most well-known superhero origins to ever be told. An alien baby crash lands on Earth and learns the value of humanity, thanks to the love of his supportive adoptive parents. Despite having the power to destroy the world, Clark Kent uses his abilities to save people and becomes a symbol for hope.

And then a film like Brightburn comes along and asks the question “what if Clark Kent was a psychopath who decided to use his powers to do whatever he wanted?” Inverting the Superman trope into something far more sinister, Brightburn mashes together horror and comics into a film that brings a new dimension to the superhero genre. Continue reading “Brightburn Review: Subverting The Superman Trope”

Comic Kitchen: Loa

Superheroes spend a lot of their time fighting crime, so it’s no wonder that many of them work up an appetite. Comic Kitchen creates a three-course menu for a superhero and provides insight into food they enjoy. For heroes like Loa, food is a source of great joy. A native of Hawaii and member of the X-Men, Loa grew up with some of the most diverse dishes on the planet. Continue reading “Comic Kitchen: Loa”

From Red Hood To Red Ronin: Reimagining Jason Todd As A Japanese Warrior

Comics, like other creative mediums, offers writers and artists the chance to be experimental and provide different takes on established characters. Thinking outside of the box can help to keep characters relevant and inspire fans to see them in a different light. One of the most interesting reinterpretations I’ve come across recently is the presentation of Red Hood as a Japanese warrior. Continue reading “From Red Hood To Red Ronin: Reimagining Jason Todd As A Japanese Warrior”