We all want something, whether it’s to be rich or to be in love. But what price would you be willing to pay to get what you’ve always wanted? This is a question that’s brought up frequently in House of M. Written by Brian Michael Bendis, House of M centres on the Scarlet Witch’s mental breakdown and her reality warping abilities. The X-Men and Avengers are thrown into a world where their fondest desires have come true. Friendships are tested, families are torn apart and three iconic words are spoken.
There have been plenty of talented wrestlers over the years, and Chris Jericho is one of the greatest of all time. But his talent extends beyond the ring, as he’s a bestselling author, podcast host and musician. Jericho’s wrestling career speaks for itself, but his work as a singer and the front man of Fozzy is underrated. I recently saw Fozzy in Manchester and it was one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. Here I discuss what makes Jericho a phenomenal entertainer and what makes Fozzy a band you need to listen to.
Superpowers can be useful in a fight, but for characters who don’t have powers, they need to rely on their intelligence and skill. This is true for street level characters and they usually have a range of equipment at their disposal. The Comic Vault is looking into the equipment that different heroes and villains use and we’ll start with Red Hood. Having learned from Batman, Jason Todd has plenty of tricks and toys up his sleeve.
One of the biggest problems for people in the modern world is struggling with their mental health. Common mental health disorders are PTSD and depression. Although there has been a greater acceptance of mental health issues, many people are reluctant to talk about what they’ve been through for fear of being stigmatised. Comics are a good medium for exploring mental health, and there are many characters who deal with similar issues. Here are four superheroes who have battled with their mental health.
The decay of civilisation has cropped up in several places, from Egypt to Rome. History has a habit of repeating itself and that’s the case with Firewalk by Chris Roberson. The supernatural thriller covers themes of decay and myth in the modern city of Recondito. It follows FBI agent Izzie Lefervre as she comes back to Recondito to deal with a case from her past. What starts off as an investigation into old evidence soon becomes a paranormal nightmare for Izzie. I was sent a free copy of Firewalk in exchange for an honest review.
The Pop Culture Playlist uses music to describe a character, and the latest edition features Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy. Jax is the epitome of an anti-hero who started off with the best intentions, but ultimately fell into darkness. He struggled to reconcile his outlaw lifestyle with being a good father. Here is the tragic tale of the SAMCRO President told through ten tracks.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been built on a mixture of tongue-in-cheek references and world changing stakes. This trend continues with Thor: Ragnarok, which sees the God of Thunder take on the Goddess of Death for the future of Asgard. Along the way, Thor is joined by his self-serving brother Loki, a cynical Valkyrie and a smash-happy Hulk. This turns the film into a surreal, intergalactic road trip that makes Thor: Ragnarok one of Marvel’s best movies in years. Here is a spoiler free review.