More Than Hocus Pocus: The Magic Of Zatanna

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.

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White Ash #1 Review: Mining And Mythology

Small towns and mythology go hand in hand, whether it’s local legend or a reputation built up over time. It sets them apart from big cities because a lot of small towns have a strong sense of community. Mythology plays a big role in White Ash #1 created by Charlie Stickney and Conor Hughes. The comic focuses on the mining town of White Ash and the people living within it. The town has been hiding a secret and a young man named Aleck has his world turned upside down. Stickney sent a copy to The Comic Vault in exchange for a spoiler free review.

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Southern Bastards: Here Was A Man Review: A Big Stick To Swing

The American South has often been associated with intolerance, rednecks and violence. While stereotyping isn’t something to be proud of, it can be interesting to explore in literature. Jason Aaron’s and Jason Latour’s Southern Bastards: Here Was A Man takes a look at a small town in Alabama and explores themes of racism, loneliness and family legacy. The creative team’s American South is a place you can love, hate, miss and fear all at once. Nothing is held back in this graphic novel, with Aaron and Latour going full country.

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How The Saint Of Killers Represents The Violence Of The Wild West

Since discovering Garth Ennis’ Preacher series, I’ve been entertained by the themes of religion and violence. A stand out character is the Saint of Killers, a supernatural cowboy who doubles as the Angel of Death. Introduced as a villain, the Saint was dispatched by Heaven to track down Jesse Custer and kill him. But as the series progressed, he was revealed to be much more than just a one-note gunslinger.

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On The Highway To Hell: A History Of The Ghost Riders

Supernatural characters are prevalent throughout comics, with Ghost Rider being one of the most badass. Many people will recognise the Spirit of Vengeance by the fiery motorbike and steel chain, but there’s more than one Ghost Rider in the world. Johnny Blaze might be the original, but others have followed in his path. Here are all the Ghost Riders that have torn up the streets in their quest to punish the guilty.

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Retcon Roulette: A History Of The Scarlet Witch And Quicksilver’s Parentage

Retroactive continuity, retcon for short, is a literary device used to contradict or change an established story. It’s very common in comics and a convenient way for new writers to leave their mark on an established story. Retconning is often seen as a controversial decision because it alters what fans have come to love about a character. When it comes to the parentage of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, retconning has become the norm. Up until a few years ago, it was established they were the children of Magneto, but their parentage was altered and The Comic Vault is going to examine the history behind the twins.

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The Rhyme And Reason Of Etrigan The Demon

DC has a diverse supernatural community, with Etrigan the Demon being one of the most versatile characters. Created by Jack Kirby in 1972, Etrigan has appeared in stories such as Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Kevin Smith’s Batman: The Widening Gyre and Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing.

Kirby created the Demon after his Fourth World titles were cancelled, and though he had no interest in horror comics, he created Etrigan because DC demanded a horror character. Kirby was said to be annoyed The Demon #1 sold so well, which meant DC required him to do sixteen issues. Although Kirby never intended for Etrigan to become popular, the character has been around for a long time and The Comic Vault is looking into his history as part of October’s supernatural theme.

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