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”
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”
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”
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”
Gothic and comic culture deserve to be celebrated side by side because of how similar they are. Both communities are welcoming and encourage people to be creative. Supernatural Superheroes is a series that’s dedicated to telling the story of a gothic comic character. Madame Xanadu is a superhero with a strong connection to the paranormal. With her origins in Arthurian legend, the character has spent centuries protecting humanity. Read on to discover how Madame Xanadu can be linked to Manchester’s past and its future.
Confidence and success are thought to go hand in hand. If you feel good about yourself, then you’re more likely to achieve what you want in life. But confidence isn’t a limitless resource and there are times when everyone has struggled with low self-esteem. Superheroes are just as prone to losing their self-worth, which is why they are relatable. It’s even more devastating when your superpowers are linked to self-belief. A comic character who represents this concept is Gladiator. Considered to be one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe, Gladiator is only as strong as he believes himself to be.
As an industry, healthcare is an essential part of society. The UK is one of the leading healthcare bodies in the world, thanks to the efforts of the National Health Service (NHS). NHS workers and doctors are some of the hardest working people around. It could be argued they are real life superheroes because of their commitment to saving lives. A character who represents the courage of doctors is Faiza Hussain.
Starting off as a character without any powers, Faiza used her skills as a doctor to heal people. Eventually, she joined MI:13 and became the wielder of the legendary sword Excalibur. Faiza’s journey is inspirational, so I’m looking into how she can be used as a role model for anyone who is interested in becoming a doctor.