More Than A Supporting Character: The Evolution Of Amiko Kobayashi

Within the world of comics, it’s common for well-known superheroes to have a supporting cast. They are the characters who provide insight into the personal life of a superhero and what drives them on a human level. Wolverine’s supporting cast is made up of many intriguing characters and one of the few who’ve received genuine development is Amiko Kobayashi. The adoptive daughter of Wolverine, Amiko has evolved from a background figure into a multifaceted badass with her own unique path. Continue reading “More Than A Supporting Character: The Evolution Of Amiko Kobayashi”

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What Makes Doctor Light An Empowering Female Superhero?

When thinking of real-life superheroes, it could be argued that you’d find them in the scientific and medical fields. Scientists have invented revolutionary products like the telephone and cured diseases such as smallpox. The ingenuity of science has been reflected in comics through the creation of characters who are experts in their fields of study. One of the most underrated science-based superheroes is Doctor Light. An astronomer and expert in light technology, Kimiyo Hoshi is a character who deserves more recognition. Continue reading “What Makes Doctor Light An Empowering Female Superhero?”

The Green Arrow Guide To Becoming A Social Justice Warrior

Comics, like other storytelling mediums, have often been used to address a range of political issues, such as immigration, gun control and climate change. Superheroes have been used as symbols for different movements, but few characters have stuck to their political principles quite like Green Arrow. Oliver Queen has emerged as a voice of liberal activism and social change. A self-proclaimed ‘defender of the little guy,’ Green Arrow is a superhero who wears his liberalism on his sleeve.

Ollie’s political views have become as integral to him as his bow and quiver. His transformation from spoiled rich kid into social justice warrior makes him unique among his peers. Understanding Green Arrow’s politics is essential to understanding who he is as a person. It’s why I’m taking a closer look at his world view. Continue reading “The Green Arrow Guide To Becoming A Social Justice Warrior”

The Road To Mental Health Recovery: How Scarlet Witch Copes With Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health illnesses that people grapple with. It can strike at any time and makes no distinction between young or old. Learning to deal with thoughts of self-doubt can be difficult, which is why comics are a great source of inspiration for mental health representation. The Scarlet Witch is a superhero that’s struggled with depression in a realistic way. But rather than let it consume her, she’s adopted coping strategies that have helped to change her life. I think Scarlet Witch is a brilliant role model for anyone who suffers from depression and I’m going to look into the reasons why. Continue reading “The Road To Mental Health Recovery: How Scarlet Witch Copes With Depression”

Why The Batman Who Laughs Is Scarier Than The Joker

The Joker is considered to be one of the most horrifying villains in pop culture. The amount of pain and misery he’s caused Batman over the years is indescribable. Despite Joker being a terrifying villain, I would argue there’s one character who is even scarier: The Batman Who Laughs. A twisted combination of Bruce Wayne and Joker, The Batman Who Laughs is Batman’s greatest nightmare come to life. The Comic Vault is looking into the history of the character to see what makes him an even bigger threat than Joker. Continue reading “Why The Batman Who Laughs Is Scarier Than The Joker”

The Other Side Of The Coin: Two-Face And The Representation Of Duality

Being human involves having different layers to your personality. Everyone is capable of doing good and bad, which is why I find characters who show human flaws to be fascinating. When it comes to representing duality, Two- Face is an ideal villain. As one of Batman’s most important rogues, Two -Face has been an ally and enemy to The Dark Knight. Harvey Dent is a man of the law, while Two-Face is a criminal hell bent on taking over Gotham. Both sides come together to create a multi-faceted villain. The Comic Vault is taking a look into Two-Face’s psychology to see what drives his motivations. Continue reading “The Other Side Of The Coin: Two-Face And The Representation Of Duality”

How The Shining Knight Challenges Medieval Traditions As A Transgender Superhero

In terms of LGBT representation, comics are a progressive medium. There are a number of characters who highlight the community in a positive way. In recent years, there’s been an increase in transgender superheroes and one that’s worth looking into is The Shining Knight. With a background in Arthurian legend, the character has represented the traditional virtues of manhood and bravery. I’m examining how The Shining Knight has evolved with the times and become a gender fluid role model. Continue reading “How The Shining Knight Challenges Medieval Traditions As A Transgender Superhero”