Some superheroes have a reputation for being flawless, such as Superman. While his popularity speaks for itself, I feel he lacks depth compared to other characters. When a character has flaws, when they mess up and struggle like everyone else, it makes them relatable. It could be argued that Marvel’s equivalent of Superman is The Sentry. There’s a lot of similarities between them. But in my opinion, Sentry is far more compelling. Here is my analysis on what makes Sentry interesting. Continue reading “Using The Sentry As A Metaphor For Mental Illness”
The Comic Vault is about encouraging more people to get into comics by discovering characters they might not have heard of. The X-Men make up some of the most diverse characters, and an extremely powerful mutant is a man called Vulcan. The younger brother of Cyclops and Havok, Gabriel Summers was introduced in X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1 in 2006. Vulcan has the power to psionically manipulate vast amounts of energy, making him far more powerful than his brothers.
Despite Marvel and DC being the most well-known comic houses, they aren’t the only game in town. Top Cow has published many successful comics, with one of them being Witchblade. The Witchblade universe is dark and down to earth, mixing crime with the supernatural. My favourite character from the series is Ian Nottingham. Nottingham is an underrated character and here is what makes him worth knowing about.
There’s no doubt that Batman is one of the greatest superheroes of all time. But even with all his skills and gadgets, he still has all the vulnerabilities of a human. When he needs patching up, Alfred Pennyworth is there to make sure he doesn’t push himself too far. Alfred is an essential part of the Batman mythos, being a friend and father figure to Bruce Wayne. Alfred is more than a butler and importance can’t be overlooked. For anyone who’s unfamiliar with the character, here is some insight into what makes him awesome.
With so many expert fighters in the DC Universe, it’s easy to focus on the most popular ones like Batman and Black Canary. But a formidable martial artists who deserves attention is Sandra Wu-San, AKA Lady Shiva. She’s considered the deadliest assassin in the world and made her reputation by killing targets with her bare hands. Shiva is a complex character and as the mother of Cassandra Cain, she shares a unique relationship with the Bat Family.
There’s no doubt that Green Lantern is one of the most popular characters in comics. Yet the beauty of the DC Universe is there are many Corps who represent the complete emotional spectrum. For example, the Sinestro Corps represent fear, the Blue Lanterns represent hope and the Red Lanterns represent rage. Bleez, a prominent Red Lantern, has an interesting back story and there can never be enough powerful female characters in the spotlight.
The DC Universe is full of skilled fighters, but a guy who’s often overlooked is Ted Grant, AKA Wildcat. The character was created in 1942 by Bill Finger and Irwin Hasen and first appeared in Sensation Comics 1. Wildcat is a famous heavyweight boxer and a member of the Justice Society of America. He’s responsible for training many heroes, including Batman and Black Canary. Often depicted as a rowdy tough guy, Wildcat represents a classic superhero trope that still has relevance in the modern era.