There’s no shortage of memorable villains in comics. Batman has Joker and Superman has Lex Luthor. Today, for the character spotlight I’m focusing on Black Adam, one of the most powerful villains in the DC Universe who has inhabited a grey area for years. By his own proclamation “I am not a villain. Not in the narrow definition of the word according to the self-named ‘modern’ world. I fought alongside the Justice Society for a time, made them my allies… but I never earned their trust.” This is the core of who Adam is: A man who stands by own convictions and will do what he thinks is right.
The idea of the vampire has developed considerably since the days of Stoker, whether through the medium of television or film. In recent years comics and graphic novels have served as a popular method to introducing the supernatural. One of the most enduring comic vampires is Blade The Vampire Hunter, a character who has transcended into film and TV.
Grief is a terrible thing to experience, even though we all go through it at some point in life. Grief is one of the major themes explored in A Monster Calls, based on the novel by Patrick Ness, from the original idea of Siobhan Dowd. The film follows a 12-year-old boy named Conor O’Malley in present day England, dealing with his mother going through cancer. During the night he’s visited by a monster who tells him three stories, with a fourth needing to be told by Conor. Here are my thoughts of the film in a spoiler free review.
With it being the final day of 2016, it feels like a good time to look towards the future and focus on a comic that respects the past and present. Nova 1, written by Jeff Loveness and Ramon Perez, features the triumphant return of Richard Rider, who sacrified himself in the Cancer Verse to stop Thanos. The issue also features Sam Alexander, the new Nova who is juggling his responsibilities as a high school student and superhero. Nova 1 is all about honouring family and legacy, while giving readers a chance to see two different stories unfold.
On suggestion from my friend Akeem, over at Ink Posts and The Written Gallery, I’ve decided to review 2013‘s Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. Based on the 2011 crossover event, Flashpoint, the film focuses on The Flash finding himself in an alternate reality where Aquaman and Wonder Woman are at war, and there’s a much darker Batman patrolling Gotham. The main theme that’s explored is the idea of how far you would go to change the past and the consequences of your actions.
“As a member of the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz I was considered Geheiminstrager — a keeper of secrets. In the years since I have shouldered the crushing burden of many truths I would dare not share. My great shame among them.” – Magneto
For my first comic review, I’m going to focus on a single issue that stood out to me when I read it a couple of years ago. Magneto 9 was part of a solo series written by Cullen Bunn that ran for 21 issues. Bunn deconstructed the character to his raw elements, creating a gritty noir world of mutant prejudice and bloodshed. The issue was a part of the Axis event which saw the Red Skull steal the dead Charles Xavier’s brain and use his powers for evil.
Comics are filled with popular characters, from Batman to Captain America, and they often have the most coverage. I’m interested in shining a spotlight on underrated characters and I’m going to start with one of my top favourites, Namor the Sub-Mariner. Often compared to Aquaman, Namor remains one of Marvel’s oldest characters. He was first created in 1939 by writer and artist Bill Everett in the pages of Motion Picture Funnies Weekly. His name derives from Everett writing down noble sounding names backwards until he settled on the reverse spelling of Roman.