The Banks Review: An Epic, Multigenerational Crime Story Of Empowered Women

When it come to the crime genre, comics are a unique method for storytelling. Whether it’s presenting violence or showcasing the inner monologue of a detective, the graphic medium of comics is perfect for heightening the drama that’s essential for a memorable crime story.

Roxane Gay takes full advantage of that in The Banks, a gritty, multi-generational comic series set in Chicago. The women of the Banks family have built their legacy by being the most successful thieves in the city. But when the youngest member of the Banks decides she wants to join the family business, chaos isn’t far behind. Continue reading “The Banks Review: An Epic, Multigenerational Crime Story Of Empowered Women”

Sentient Review: A Poignant Story Of Lost Innocence And The Emotional Potential Of AI

Artificial intelligence has developed into a source of limitless possibility for the human race. From eliminating repetitive tasks, to improving the way payments are processed, AI is at the forefront of technology, and sci-fi writers have enjoyed playing with the concept of AI as a force for good and evil.

But what happened If an AI gained emotional intelligence? What if it formed a genuine attachment to the people it was created to protect? Jeff Lemire’s Sentient series poses this idea through the lens of children trapped on a spaceship. Published by TKO Studios, Sentient grapples with themes of family loyalty, love and lost innocence. Continue reading “Sentient Review: A Poignant Story Of Lost Innocence And The Emotional Potential Of AI”

The Eternal Optimist: Nightwing And The Power Of A Positive Outlook

The life of a superhero is often dangerous and stressful. In addition to protecting innocents, superheroes have to balance a secret identity with their personal life, so it’s little wonder that the pressure can take a toll on mental health. But some comic characters are able to remain optimistic no matter how bad their circumstances become. Nightwing is a perfect example.

You’d think that partnering with Batman for so many years would have left a dark mark. But Richard Grayson has been able to take everything in his stride. From his earliest years, the original Robin has maintained a positive attitude that’s stayed with him throughout his life.

From a mental health perspective, that’s pretty powerful. So, let’s take a closer look at the life of the original Boy Wonder and see what makes him such a great role model for positive mental health. Continue reading “The Eternal Optimist: Nightwing And The Power Of A Positive Outlook”

Comic Kitchen: Ravager

Comic Kitchen highlights the eating habits of different superheroes and tells their story through the medium of food. There’s something powerful about eating food that makes you feel closer to your heritage. For Rose Wilson, heritage is an integral part of her identity. As the daughter of Deathstroke, Ravager has needed to find a way to step out of her father’s shadow and forge her own legacy.

To do this, Rose has leaned into her Cambodian roots and looked to understand the life of her mother. With that in mind, I’ve come up with a Cambodian inspired menu that mixes western and eastern influences together. Continue reading “Comic Kitchen: Ravager”

Sense Of Wonder Review: A Love Letter To Fandom And The Mental Health Benefits Of Comics

I love comics. It’s a passion that has built over the years and become a part of my everyday routine. Whether it’s reading comics, writing about superheroes, or looking forward to a new Marvel film, comics are a powerful source of positivity for me. In a mental health context, comics can infuse wonder and excitement into the mundane, which is part of why I enjoy reading them so much.

Comics massively influenced the life of the late great Bill Schelly. A comic book historian, biographer and long-time lover of fandom, Schelley passed away in September 2019. But his legacy lives on in the pages of his autobiography, Sense of Wonder: My Life In Comic Fandom – The Whole Story.

In his book, Schelley dives into the magic of comics and how they helped to keep him going through times of hardship. From coming out as gay, to tirelessly self-publishing content until he made it as a successful author, Sense of Wonder is the story of a man who never gave up on his dreams. Continue reading “Sense Of Wonder Review: A Love Letter To Fandom And The Mental Health Benefits Of Comics”

Eve Of Extinction Review: A Gripping, Gender Subversive Dystopian Comic Series

The dystopian genre has produced some of my favourite stories. It’s the kind of genre that features relatable themes and highlights the destructiveness of humanity. The best kind of dystopian stories tend to focus on the relationships between survivors. In that regard, Salvatore Simeone and Steve Simeone’s Eve Of Extinction comic series succeeds.

Published by TKO Studios, Eve Of Extinction is set during the outbreak of a virus that specifically affects men. A band of women are forced together to try and survive the destruction, leading to compelling story that deals with motherhood and sisterhood. Continue reading “Eve Of Extinction Review: A Gripping, Gender Subversive Dystopian Comic Series”

Pound For Pound Review: Ballsy, Violent And Utterly Engrossing

The bond that two sisters share can be extremely powerful, especially in the wake of a traumatic family event. In Natalie Chaidez’s Pound For Pound series, the power of sisterhood is put to the test with the story of underground MMA fighter Dani Libra. Ballsy, violent and utterly engrossing, Pound For Pound is the kind of indie comic series that will keep you invested from start to finish.

The series is published by TKO Studios, which binge releases full comic collections at once. So, rather than wait six months to read the full story, I was able to read six issues in one sitting. It’s indie comic storytelling at its finest. Continue reading “Pound For Pound Review: Ballsy, Violent And Utterly Engrossing”