There are many illnesses with stigmas attached to them, and HIV is one of the most prolific. For someone who suffers with it, they might feel a sense of shame. But you aren’t alone and the wonderful thing about comics is they hold up a mirror to society and give people hope. Mia Dearden, the second Speedy, is the most prominent HIV-positive superhero, and her story is an example of how a person should never stop fighting.
In the comic industry, there are certain teams who create magic together. Whether it’s Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, or Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, you know you can expect greatness. The same can be said for the team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, who’ve knocked it out of the park with Moonshine: Vol 1. The graphic novel combines 1920s gangsters, rural noir and horror to create a tale about monsters, both human and inhuman.
Are you lost and trying to find home?
No matter the cost
You’ll brave the unknown
Comics can touch people in various ways, such as making someone connect with a certain character. Others are inspired to make music, and that’s the case with musician Chris Cape. Cape contacted The Comic Vault about his latest song, ‘Valerian’, which is partly based on the Valerian and Laureline comic series and film. His goal is to reach the creators of the series and movie and make them aware of the song. I was happy to give it a listen and enjoyed what I heard.
Comic Cover Corner features comic covers that stand out for the story they tell, or because they are gorgeous pieces of art. A big DC event on the horizon is Dark Nights: Metal, which involves seven evil versions of Batman from the multiverse coming to terrorise the main DC universe.
Each Batman is a twisted version of a Justice League member and DC have unveiled the cover for Batman: The Red Death #1. Drawn by Jason Fabok and coloured by Dean White, the cover is one of the best to come out in recent memory. Here’s what makes it worth appreciating.
Recently, Deathstroke decided to give up being a villain and formed a team of young superheroes. Called Defiance, the team consists of Ravager, Jericho and the second generation Powergirl and Kid Flash. Deathstroke #22, written by Christopher Priest and drawn by Diogenes Neves and Jason Paz, sees Slade take his new team on their first mission to retake control of a US Embassy, held hostage in a foreign country. Is Slade genuine is his redemption, or does he have something sinister planned for his children and their team mates?
Batman #28, written by Tom King and drawn by Mikel Janin and June Chung, sees the continuation of the epic War of Jokes & Riddles arc. The story takes place early on in Batman’s career and it features a brutal gang war between The Riddler and Joker. Here are my thoughts on what turns out to be another powerful issue.
One of the biggest issues in the world today is mental health. Many people are still afraid to discuss their battles with depression, anxiety and other disorders. Among men in particular, there’s a stigma attached to it, as we don’t want to be perceived as being ‘weak.’ As someone who’s suffered from depression and anxiety, I can admit I used to find it very difficult to talk about what I’ve experienced. But that’s changed.
An outlet that’s helped me is comics and cosplay. Dressing up has allowed me to be part of a supportive community who are up for a laugh and it’s made me think of the positive mental health benefits of cosplaying. Continue reading “The Positive Effects Cosplay Has On Mental Health”