The Essential Reading List collects the major comics and arcs of a character in order to give readers a chance to discover who they are. This edition is focusing on the Sentry, a superhero that’s been put through the ringer every since he was introduced. Comparable to Superman, Robert Reynolds has the power of ‘one million exploding suns,’ meaning he’s one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe. Sentry is also one of the most unstable, due to the struggle with his darker half known as The Void. Sentry’s duality makes him a fascinating character. Here are the must-read stories that will give you an understanding of The Golden Guardian.
Judaism is one of the world’s oldest religions, with many people practicing it in the modern day. Recently, I visited the Jewish Uprising and POLIN museums in Warsaw, which exposed me to the complex history of Jewish people. It made me think of how Jews are represented in comics, and it turns out there are many examples of the religion being treated with respect. There are characters that represent the traditions and resiliency of the Jewish faith. The Comic Vault is featuring four important Jewish characters to see how they are portrayed.
Anger management is the common name taken by a broad variety of techniques that help deal with anger. Violence, aggressiveness and rage are common traits or symptoms of today’s society. Anger is a basic emotion that triggers upon danger, either in real, physical hazards or with inner, psychological threats. And no one represents the pain of anger better than the Hulk, arguably the most most powerful Avenger.
As a comic fan, I’ve wondered what it would be like to have superpowers more than once. I think that can be said for a lot of people, so it’s fitting that the desire for superpowers is reflected in certain characters. In many ways, Eddie Bloomberg is a representation of what it means to be a superhero fan, as he always dreamed of having powers of his own. Starting off as a regular person and sidekick to Blue Devil, Bloomberg took on the identity of Kid Devil in order to emulate his idol. Eventually, he gained superpowers and became a member of the Teen Titans. But Kid Devil’s powers came at a price.
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.
Being a superhero goes hand in hand with using superpowers to make a difference. Characters can start off with a set of powers that evolve over time. The Scarlet Witch is a character whose abilities have changed on a regular basis, growing from ill-defined ‘hex powers’ to being able to alter reality. Wanda Maximoff’s powers are as fluid as her backstory, which has been retconned more than once. Nevertheless, her abilities are intriguing and The Comic Vault is taking a closer look into the nature of her power set.
The idea of having superpowers can often be a thrilling one. How many of us have wondered what it would be like to fly or be able to stop time? Superheroes are regularly depicted using their powers to fight crime and save lives. But some powers aren’t glamorous. In the case of Tony Chu, they are a pain in the ass. Created by John Layman in the Chew series, Chu is a cibopath who gets psychic impressions from the food he eats.