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”

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An Introduction To Yamato Magazine

Japan has earned a reputation for being one of the most unique countries in the world. Countless tourists flock to discover its wonders, while citizens carry out traditions that have been in place for thousands of years. My personal interest in Japan stems from pop culture, anime, samurai and food. The culture has inspired me enough that I’ve decided to start a Japan-centric publication called Yamato Magazine. Read on to discover the kind of content that will be featured! Continue reading “An Introduction To Yamato Magazine”

Guest Blog: Top Cow: Illuminating One Of The Best Dark Fantasy Universes In Comics

While comics are best known for stories where brightly costumed superheroes triumph over evil, some of the best stories deal with the subtler darker elements of the supernatural hiding in the shadows of the modern world. Such is the case with the classic stories in the Top Cow Universe. Back in the 90s when superhero comics had stagnated and the Big Two were struggling to come up with new ideas, Top Cow produced two visually stunning dark fantasy titles that tapped into the zeitgeist of the period. I’m talking (of course) about Witchblade and The Darkness. Continue reading “Guest Blog: Top Cow: Illuminating One Of The Best Dark Fantasy Universes In Comics”

How Pokémon Reinvented Yokai For A New Generation

Japanese mythology is filled with all kinds of supernatural creatures and monsters, ranging from mischievous kitsune, which take the appearance of foxes, to demonic oni, that live in the mountains and look like trolls. In anime, it’s common for characters to be inspired by fantastical Japanese creatures, and a franchise that does it so well is Pokémon. A lot of Pokémon are based on mythical monsters and some of my favourites have been influenced by yokai, Japanese ghosts and phantoms.

Yokai are among the most common entities in Japanese folklore, capable of doing good and bad. Through Pokémon, yokai have been reinvented for a new generation. In this article, I’ll be examining what yokai are, their relevance to modern day culture and the types of spirits that have been featured in Pokémon. Continue reading “How Pokémon Reinvented Yokai For A New Generation”

Exploring The Mother-Daughter Relationship Between Lady Shiva And Cassandra Cain

A mother and daughter relationship is meant to be one of the strongest bonds in the world, especially when it’s built around unconditional love. But, often a connection between a mother and daughter is complex, swinging between devotion and frustration, the same as any familial bond. A compelling example of a mother and daughter relationship is the one shared by Cassandra Cain and Lady Shiva. Both women are connected by a desire to fight, yet their different methods stop them from having a traditional relationship. Read on to find out more about the connection between the world’s deadliest assassin and her heroic offspring. Continue reading “Exploring The Mother-Daughter Relationship Between Lady Shiva And Cassandra Cain”

5 Quotable Catchphrases From DC Comics

Having a catchphrase is a good way of being remembered, especially if you’re a superhero. A catchphrase can empower a reader and make them think of a specific situation. For some characters, their catchphrase has become as memorable as their costume. Here are five DC superheroes with catchphrases that are an integral part of their history. Continue reading “5 Quotable Catchphrases From DC Comics”

A Pop Culture Guide To Manchester

Pop culture means different things to different people. It covers music, TV, movies, gaming and more. The beauty of pop culture is that it connects people together and Manchester has all kinds of attractions for geeks, gamers, metal heads, comic fans and everything in between. Manchester caters to all walks of life, which is why I’ve put together a pop culture guide for anyone who’s looking to embrace an alternative kind of trip. Continue reading “A Pop Culture Guide To Manchester”