The world of Batman is one of the most well known in popular culture, from his Rogue Gallery to his gadgets. There are people within it who walk the same path and there are those who fight against it. Red Hood is someone who exists somewhere in between. For the character spotlight today I’ll be focusing on Jason Todd and why he is the most human character I’ve ever encountered.
All I can say is I’m blown away by the reaction I’ve got for this blog so far. The surprises keep on coming with being nominated for a One Lovely Blog Award by Michel over at Raistlin0903. Thanks for nominating me and I’ve really enjoyed reading your movie reviews. My favourites have been on Batman: The Killing Joke and Doctor Strange, so keep it up!
For my first comic review of 2017, I’ll be looking at Nova 2, written by Jeff Loveness and Ramon Perez. The series is already off to a strong start, with Richard Rider returning from the dead and Sam Alexander learning how to be a superhero and deal with puberty. The issue picks up where the first left off, with Rich falling out of space and Sam tracking the Nova signal, as he believes his father has returned.
Mutants in the Marvel Universe have always served as a representation for people who’ve been marginalised by society. The allegory of an oppressed race has been responsible for many fascinating stories, with The X-Men being at the heart of it. I do have my favourites like Wolverine, Gambit and Cyclops, but they’ve never been the characters who’ve stood out the most. In my opinion, the character who best signifies the undying spirit of the mutants is Storm. With the power to control the elements, Storm has played many roles in her long history: goddess, queen, thief, teacher, liberator, warrior and leader.
Receiving praise is something I struggle with. Probably because of my bad habit of being a perfectionist, but when someone surprises me with any kind of recognition I’m extremely grateful. It came as a big surprise to be nominated for a blog award as I’m still new to the blogging world, and I only started The Comic Vault 8 days ago. In that time I’ve already come across amazing websites and people who are far better at sharing their passions than I’ll ever be. But it does feel great to be part of that crowd.
Music and comics are two passions of mine, so I thought I’d combine them by introducing a new segment to the blog called The Pop Culture Playlist. Every so often I’ll be choosing one character and putting together a list of ten tracks that describe who they are, specific lyrics and why I’ve chosen each song. To begin, I’ll start with the incomparable Batman. Bruce Wayne has suffered and sacrificed a lot to become The Dark Knight, and here is a playlist that reflects his tireless crusade.
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.