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.
In comics, it’s common for the identity of a superhero or villain to be taken over by another character. A good example of this is with Batman’s Robins and Batgirls. Of the women who’ve taken on the guise of Batgirl, my favourite is Cassandra Cain. As the daughter of two of the world’s deadliest assassins, Cassandra was raised to be just like them. But she found a way to overcome her family history and become a hero.
The final book in The Greatcoat series, Tyrant’s Throne, is out soon, and I’ve been putting the main characters in the spotlight. Falcio Val Mond is the leader and strategist, Brasti is the glue that keeps them together and Kest is the born fighter. Kest Murrowson is the most practical member of the trio and at the start of the books he was the greatest swordsman in the world.
With Sebastien De Castell’s Tyrant’s Throne coming out on the 20th April, I’m doing character spotlights on the three Greatcoats. Today, I’m focusing on Brasti, the most irreverent of the trio. Brasti is my second favourite character in the series and his quips make up some of the funniest moments in the books. But underneath his sarcasm and arrogance, there’s more to him than meets the eye.
In literature, there are certain characters that stay with you from the moment you start reading about them. Sebastien De Castell’s Greatcoat series is full of them. With the release of Tyrant’s Throne on the 20th April, I’ve decided to do a character spotlight on each of the three Greatcoats, Falcio, Brasti and Kest. For those who haven’t been introduced to the series, it’s a mixture of the Three Musketeers meets Game of Thrones. There’s blood, violence, witty comments and no shortage of swashbuckling. Let’s start with the protagonist, Falcio Val Mond.
Marvel has plenty of popular American characters, from Iron Man, to Captain America. But the Marvel Universe is full of awesome characters from different countries as well. One of my favourites is Pete Wisdom, a mutant from England and the head of the British Intelligence Service M1-13. He has the ability to form ‘hot knives’ from his fingers and use them as weapons. Yet there’s a lot more to Wisdom than just his power set.