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”

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Coping With Claustrophobia: The Mental Health Journey Of Storm

The X-Men house some of the most recognisable superheroes in the Marvel Universe, and Storm is certainly one of the most powerful. Strong, intelligent and noble, Ororo Munroe is a staple member of the team, helping to guide a new generation of mutants.

But even the mightiest of superheroes aren’t immune to mental health disorders, and Storm is no different. Storm suffers from claustrophobia, a debilitating condition felt by people across the globe. But rather than it being a weakness, I think Storm’s claustrophobia makes her more relatable. Continue reading “Coping With Claustrophobia: The Mental Health Journey Of Storm”

Mister Freeze And The Debilitating Effects Of Complex Bereavement Disorder

When it comes to exploring supervillain motivations, mental illness is often flagged as a contributing factor. While there’s an argument to be made that some villains can genuinely suffer from a mental health disorder, others simply enjoy killing and being evil for the sake of it. Mister Freeze falls into the first category. A sufferer of complex bereavement disorder (CBD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression, Mister Freeze has one of the most realistic mental health trauma stories in popular culture. Continue reading “Mister Freeze And The Debilitating Effects Of Complex Bereavement Disorder”

Why Is Namor More Interesting Than Aquaman?

There are many comics characters that share similarities with each other, but few have more in common than Namor The Sub-Mariner and Aquaman. With similar powers and backstories, both have received their fair share of attention over the years, yet Aquaman is better known, thanks to TV and movie adaptations. Despite Aquaman’s mainstream appeal, I find Namor to be a more relatable character. Read on to find out what makes The Sub-Mariner so compelling. Continue reading “Why Is Namor More Interesting Than Aquaman?”

Gun-Slingers, Outlaws And Anti-Heroes: A History Of Western Comics

The Wild West is one of those iconic genres that conjures images of open plains and rugged landscapes. The Western genre has become a part of every storytelling medium, including comics. Western comics such as DC’s All-Star Western and Vertigo’s Preacher series have kept the genre going from strength to strength for around a century. I’m looking into the history of Western comics to see how they’ve developed and what makes them so enduring. Continue reading “Gun-Slingers, Outlaws And Anti-Heroes: A History Of Western Comics”

Game Of Thrones Broke The Traditional Redemption Arc With Jaime Lannister’s Story

Redemption arcs are one of the most popular tropes in literature. The story of a villain transforming into a hero has been retold countless times. But the path towards the light isn’t as easy for some characters as it is for others. Take Jaime Lannister for instance. As my favourite character in Game of Thrones, I’ve enjoyed watching Jaime develop from an amoral asshole into a conflicted man determined to regain his honour. In this article, I’ll be examining Jaime’s journey and seeing how it differs from a traditional redemption arc. Continue reading “Game Of Thrones Broke The Traditional Redemption Arc With Jaime Lannister’s Story”

Investigating The Rise Of The Ronin Identity

Within the superhero community it’s common for identities to be passed on or for characters to share the same code name. This might happen because a superhero has outgrown their previous moniker or because they’ve undergone an attitude change. A recent example can be seen from Clint Barton in Avengers: Endgame. Barton gave up the Hawkeye name in favour of a darker persona called Ronin.

Throughout the history of comics, the Ronin costume has been worn by several characters. I’m looking into how the identity has evolved over time and what it has come to represent to the people who’ve used it. Continue reading “Investigating The Rise Of The Ronin Identity”