Batman is considered one of the greatest superheroes in the world and his relationship with Gotham City is an essential part of the character. Batman can be seen as an extension of Gotham, with his actions shaping his home as much as it shapes him. The city itself has a long history, with it drawing comparisons to New York and Chicago. Gotham is a place of corruption, darkness and desolation. But where does the name come from and how was it founded? The Comic Vault is taking a look into the seedy underbelly of arguably the most famous city in pop culture. Continue reading “Revealing The Dark Heart Of Gotham City And How It Makes Batman A Better Superhero”
The Batman family is made up of some of the most accomplished crime-fighters in the DC Universe. Heroes like Nightwing and Batgirl are among Batman’s closest confidantes, but others characters have found it harder to win the Dark Knight’s trust. For people like Helena Bertinelli, gaining Batman’s faith has been an uphill battle. Bertinelli was introduced as Huntress, a violent vigilante who used lethal force. But over time, she transitioned into a hero that earned her place in the Batman family.
When it comes to comic events, it’s easy to feel cynical about them because of how often they happen. Marvel and DC have got into a habit of altering their universes on a yearly basis, to the point it’s felt as if storytelling has become a money grab, rather than a way of building compelling characters. I’ve felt comic event fatigue before, but there’s something exceptional about the writing of Scott Snyder that keeps me coming back to his stories. Snyder has become the definitive Batman writer, which is why I was eager to pick up Dark Nights: Metal. Here are my thoughts on a graphic novel that nails all the things that makes a comic event worth investing in.
Batman is often called the world’s greatest detective for his analytic and investigative skills. His crime-solving ability has earned him the respect of friends and enemies alike. He’s passed on his expertise to several young crime fighters, including Tim Drake. As the third Robin, Tim had to fight to earn his place in Batman’s inner circle. He did this through a mixture of intellect and deductive ability. Ultimately, Tim outgrew the Robin mantle and became Red Robin. Tim’s skills are impressive, which is why it’s worth asking the question of whether he’s a better detective than Batman.
Batman’s rogues gallery features an eclectic range of villains who push The Dark Knight to his limits. Few have tested him like Ra’s Al Ghul, a man with complicated motives and a warped sense of justice. Helped by the mystical Lazarus Pits, Ra’s seeks to bring balance to the world through any means necessary. Ra’s desire to create environmental balance is juxtaposed against his quest to wipe out humanity. This clashes with Batman’s ideals, causing them to be locked in an ongoing struggle. But what sets Ra’s apart from other villains is his genuine respect for Bruce Wayne. The Comic Vault is looking into the history of the Demon’s Head to understand what drives him.
Comics are filled with rare and unusual materials that can grant superhuman abilities or be used against a hero. One of the most interesting materials is Nth metal, also known as Ninth metal. Often linked to Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Nth metal has a number of magical properties that makes it a potent weapon. The Comic Vault is looking into the history of Nth metal to see where it comes from and how it’s been used.
The Joker is one of the most evil characters in the history of comics, captivating fans with his nihilistic approach to life. His chaotic personality continually clashes with Batman’s desire for order, making him the perfect villain. The Joker’s characterisation has typically been split between a playful trickster and psychotic monster who revels in burning everything around him. Over the years, there have been many versions of the Clown Prince of Crime, some more disturbed than others. The Comic Vault is listing the five most twisted interpretations of The Joker.