There are many illnesses with stigmas attached to them, and HIV is one of the most prolific. For someone who suffers with it, they might feel a sense of shame. But you aren’t alone and the wonderful thing about comics is they hold up a mirror to society and give people hope. Mia Dearden, the second Speedy, is the most prominent HIV-positive superhero, and her story is an example of how a person should never stop fighting.
What would you do if you could have all the knowledge in the world at the cost of forgetting all your personal experiences? This is a struggle that Taskmaster deals with on a regular basis. First introduced as an enemy of The Avengers in 1980, Taskmaster was created by David Micheline and George Perez. The character went on to feature in various titles, becoming a well-known enemy/ally of Deadpool. Taskmaster might have been introduced as a supervillain, but there’s far more to him than meets the eye.
When a writer makes you feel for a character then it’s a magical sensation. When a writer makes you connect with a character you never thought you’d feel anything for, then it’s even rarer. This has been the case with Scott Lobdell’s take on Bizarro in his latest run on Red Hood and The Outlaws. Bizarro, the imperfect clone of Superman, was a character I never took seriously. His origin and creation seemed derivative, but Lobdell’s story has changed my mind. Here’s how he’s managed it.
With the recent trailer debut of Inhumans, Marvel is set to have another show that comic fans can tune into. When the Inhumans were created, they were a relatively obscure race, but in recent years they have been pushed into the spotlight. The most prominent member is the king of the Inhumans, Black Bolt. So, what are his powers and what makes him one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe?
In the world of comics, there are various assassins. They are the people who can be hired to do the impossible, to kill any target, providing the money is good enough. In my opinion, the greatest assassin in comics is Deathstroke The Terminator. Slade Wilson has been an enemy to every major hero in the DC universe and he’s developed an infamous reputation. But what makes him so effective at what he does, and is there more to this killer than collecting on another pay day?
In the Marvel Universe, mutants have always had a tough time trying to survive. The X-Men act as the guardians of their kind, with several team members becoming well-known throughout the community. A lot of members on the team have gone through changes since their original appearance. Perhaps the character who has changed the most is team leader, Cyclops. Scott Summers started out as a boy who doubted his decisions and turned into a ruthless tactician who made the hard choices for his people. I’ve seen a lot of fans of the character dislike his change in personality. But I’d argue that he became the person he was meant to be and I’ll explain why.
Batman’s rogue gallery is made up of some of the most recognisable characters in comics. What sets them apart from other villains is that many of them aren’t one-dimensional and have specific goals. Of all of Batman’s enemies, the one I find the most relatable is Mr Freeze. He’s not someone I would consider a ‘villain’ in the traditional sense of the word and here is a look at his history and motivations.