What Does Christmas Mean To Magneto?

When it comes to religious holidays, Christmas is arguably the most widely celebrated. Other festivals are equally important because they act as celebrations for different cultures. Hanukkah is a crucial part of the Jewish faith, commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Comics have developed into a good source of observing religious practices through different characters.

After reading The Merry X-Men Christmas Special, I came across a story with Magneto and how he observes the holiday season. Magneto’s Jewish background is a major part of his character, but his faith has never been explored in a Christmas context. I’m looking into what the holidays signify for the Master of Magnetism and how it’s impacted his world view.

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The Merry X-Men Holiday Special Review: A Wonderful Collection Of Christmas Flash Fiction

Christmas is a time for bringing people together and the X-Men are one of the biggest families in the Marvel Universe. Each member looks out for the other, an attitude that perfectly sums up the festive season. The Merry X-Men Holiday Special features an advent calendar themed collection of stories about the mutant community. A story is told for every day of December, with writers like Cullen Bunn, Chris Claremont and Ed Brisson getting to flex their creative muscles. Find out how Gambit and Rogue spend their first Christmas together as a married couple and why Jubilee is determined to find the perfect gift for her son. Continue reading “The Merry X-Men Holiday Special Review: A Wonderful Collection Of Christmas Flash Fiction”

The Essential Reading List: Wolverine

When reading about a certain character, it’s helpful to know about the best stories. In this edition of The Essential Reading List, I’m highlighting important Wolverine stories. The character has appeared in a number of classic X-Men stories and in his own series. With his attitude, healing factor and tragic backstory, Wolverine is one of Marvel’s most iconic superheroes. Here are the must-read stories of the man known as James ‘Logan’ Howlett. Continue reading “The Essential Reading List: Wolverine”

Recognising The Importance Of The Original Green Lantern Alan Scott

When it comes to superheroes, DC created some of the most iconic of all time. In the 1930s and ‘40s, the comic giant developed names like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. They became flagship characters, beloved by people around the world. Other superheroes like Green Lantern became popular too, but the identity wasn’t confined to one person. Mainstream audiences are familiar with characters like Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner and Simon Baz. Before all of them, Alan Scott wore a power ring.

The original Green Lantern, Scott debuted in 1940. In contrast to the sci-fi background of other Lanterns, Scott’s powers came from magic. A founding member of the Justice Society of America, Scott is an important part of the superhero community.

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Predicting The Future Of Medical Technology With Doctor Nemesis

In the past thirty years, technology has advanced at a rapid pace. We’re more connected than ever before and new devices are being invented on a regular basis. When it comes to thinking about the technology of the future, comics provide plenty of inspiration. In the Marvel Universe, there’s no shortage of brilliant scientists who’ve developed life-changing equipment. One of the most interesting scientists is Doctor Nemesis. Born in the early 20th century, Nemesis created technology that helped him live longer. Whether you’re a science or comic fan, the character is worth reading about to get a sense of how advanced medical devices could become in future. Continue reading “Predicting The Future Of Medical Technology With Doctor Nemesis”

Reinventing Yourself Like A Superhero: The Monica Rambeau Story

The identity of a superhero is an interesting concept. A costume or alias can be seen as more meaningful than a single character. As iconic as characters like Steve Rogers are, he’s not the only one to be known as Captain America. The same can be said for the Captain Marvel identity. Originally, the name belonged to the Kree superhero Mar-Vell. Several people have gone on use the name as a symbol of hope. Carol Danvers is the most recent Captain Marvel, but she wasn’t the first female superhero to use the title. The distinction goes to Monica Rambeau.

Monica has served on the Avengers for years and she’s led the team as well. With the power to transform herself into different types of energy, Monica has lived up to the Captain Marvel legacy. I’m looking into her history to see how she’s evolved over time.

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Comic Cover Corner: Elektra #2

When it comes to pop culture art, comic covers have some of the most beautiful designs. In this edition of Comic Cover Corner, I’m putting the spotlight on Elektra #2. Drawn by Mike Del Mundo, the cover features the assassin Elektra in a deadly dance of death. The colours, positioning and lighting come together to tell a story. Here’s my review of a cover that deserves to be hung up in a gallery. Continue reading “Comic Cover Corner: Elektra #2”