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.
Comic Cover Corner is a segment that looks at a specific cover and what makes it so eye-catching. There’s a lot of iconic covers, but one of my favourites is Wolverine #1, drawn by legendary writer/artist Frank Miller. When Miller teamed up with Chris Claremont to write the 1982 Wolverine series, it went onto be the greatest Wolverine story of all time. But the first thing readers saw was the cover, and it’s become a timeless piece of art.
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.
I’m introducing a new segment called Comic Cover Corner. It’s dedicated to my favourite comic cover art in the industry. A cover can set the tone for the rest of the story, and I feel some are very underrated. The first one I’ll be reviewing is the cover of Detective Comics #880, drawn by Jock. It features one of the most terrifying images of The Joker in recent memory.
With the continued success of The Comic Vault I’ve decided to branch out onto another channel. You can now find a Comic Vault Instagram account that’s dedicated to all things pop culture related. I think it’s another great way to interact with followers and showcase things that can’t be put into words.
“I remember one time I asked my father why. What made Gotham so special? And my father, he looked down at me, and he said…some places just have a hunger about them, son. And you either feed them what they want…or you stay far, far away.” – Dick Grayson
Some graphic novels are powerful enough to make you feel as if you’ve left a part of yourself behind on the page. I felt that sensation after reading Batman: Black Mirror, written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Francesco Francavilla and Jock. It follows Dick Grayson as Batman and how he deals with Gotham as a living entity that is trying to challenge him. There’s murder and mayhem around every corner and Commissioner Gordon is dragged into the fray when an old ghost comes calling.
“You’re bigger than your feelings. Bigger than your body. Your heart, your eyes…You’re Batman. And you’re going to stop him. Just like you always do. You’re going to stop it all.” – Batman
Over the years, there’s been many great Batman stories. But in my opinion, I’d be hard pressed to think of a more consistent duo than Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. For nearly a decade they’ve pushed The Dark Knight to new limits and redefined his mythology. It all had to lead somewhere, and that’s where Batman: Endgame comes in. The graphic novels sees The Joker return for a final confrontation with Batman after the Death of the Family arc. Here is my review.