The classic stage magician is a well-known image in pop culture, with the black coat, white shirt and rabbit coming out of a top hat. Few characters embody that image better than Zatanna Zatara. One of the most powerful magic users in the DC Universe, Zatanna has been a member of the Justice League and Justice League Dark. She’s also known for her connection with Batman, which actually happened through a retcon. The Comic Vault is examining her history and what makes her such a memorable character.
Recently, I attended Chester Comic Con and had the pleasure of meeting Batman and 2000AD artist Dave Taylor. Dave kindly agreed to be interviewed by The Comic Vault. He’s been in the industry for a number of years, drawing for DC, Marvel and indie publishers. One of his most well-known graphic novels is Batman: Death By Design. Read on to find out how he pissed off die hard Bat fans and why he feels it’s never been a better time to be an indie comic creator.
Comic Cover Corner is a segment that looks at a specific comic cover and examines why it’s so memorable. Today, I’m focusing on the cover of Red Hood: The Lost Days #1, drawn by William Tucci. The comic itself tells the story of how Jason Todd came back to life and started his journey to becoming the Red Hood. There’s a lot to love about this cover, from the colours to the raw emotion displayed by the character.
It’s common for people to be inspired by superheroes, to be drawn to what they represent. Larger than life characters like Superman and Thor represents hope. They wield god-like powers and use it to benefit mankind. But they aren’t human or prone to the imperfections of mortality. Human superheroes like Batman fail on a frequent basis. They have personal lives that are fraught with tragedy. They fuck up and have to live with the consequences of their actions. The same can be said for many ‘street-level’ superheroes, and they are the most interesting to me. But what is the appeal of a street-level superhero and why do we tend to gravitate to them?
A hero is often shaped by their surroundings, whether it’s Batman fighting crime in Gotham City, or Superman flying over Metropolis. Many fictional places are iconic, so it’s no surprise that they’ve been based on real life locations. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know where these places could exist in the real world? Vibrant Doors have come up with The Homes of Heroes map that charts the real life locations of places like Gotham City. Here are some of the places that the map covers.
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.
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.