Guest Post: Revenge Of The Blerds

My Name is Rob and I’m black. I’m a nerd. I’m a blerd. Now that I’ve declared my tribe let me explain. I’ve always had an interested in pop culture paraphernalia over sports. I’ve been more easily attached to watching cartoons and reading comics over throwing a football or dunking a basketball. And, for the longest time, I’ve been hit with this idea that “black kids don’t do that” – the crux of the Unofficially Black Podcast.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve suppressed my joy in geeky, nerd things to be cool. Being the cool guy mattered more to me that just enjoying what I liked. So those earlier declarations we’re a source of pride or even acknowledgment – it was a thing about me. Not until becoming an adult and recovering from corporate conditioning acting in a persona did I realise that I should just be myself and I’d have deeper, more fulfilling relationships. We all crave acceptance and be a part of something. To find our tribe. Continue reading “Guest Post: Revenge Of The Blerds”

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Why Is Namor More Interesting Than Aquaman?

There are many comics characters that share similarities with each other, but few have more in common than Namor The Sub-Mariner and Aquaman. With similar powers and backstories, both have received their fair share of attention over the years, yet Aquaman is better known, thanks to TV and movie adaptations. Despite Aquaman’s mainstream appeal, I find Namor to be a more relatable character. Read on to find out what makes The Sub-Mariner so compelling. Continue reading “Why Is Namor More Interesting Than Aquaman?”

Why The Batman Who Laughs Is Scarier Than The Joker

The Joker is considered to be one of the most horrifying villains in pop culture. The amount of pain and misery he’s caused Batman over the years is indescribable. Despite Joker being a terrifying villain, I would argue there’s one character who is even scarier: The Batman Who Laughs. A twisted combination of Bruce Wayne and Joker, The Batman Who Laughs is Batman’s greatest nightmare come to life. The Comic Vault is looking into the history of the character to see what makes him an even bigger threat than Joker. Continue reading “Why The Batman Who Laughs Is Scarier Than The Joker”

The Brutality Of Black Manta And The Nature Of Human Consumption

If you asked me to name the lamest superhero, I’d say it was Aquaman. The character has a history of not being taken seriously. With the casting of Jason Momoa and the release of Aquaman, DC have hoped to repair damage that has built up over decades. Having seen the film, I can say it was entertaining. But the character who stood out to me was Black Manta. Considered to be Aquaman’s archenemy, Black Manta has one of the most unique appearances of any supervillain. Far from being lame, Black Manta is a villain worth knowing about. Continue reading “The Brutality Of Black Manta And The Nature Of Human Consumption”

An Examination Of Deathstroke’s Personal Arsenal

When it comes to fighting, street level comic characters rely on gadgets to give them an edge in combat. A character like Deathstroke has plenty of tricks up his sleeve. As the world’s greatest assassin, Slade Wilson has earned a reputation for getting the job done at any cost. Over the years, Deathstroke has utilised a range of weapons to help him deal with a target. So, what kind of gadgets does the Terminator use to cut a bloody swathe through the DC Universe and take out his enemies? Continue reading “An Examination Of Deathstroke’s Personal Arsenal”

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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Why Jason Todd Was A Better Robin Than People Gave Him Credit For

For those of you who’ve been reading The Comic Vault regularly, you’ll have probably realised by now Jason Todd is my favourite comic character. His background, personality and lifestyle make him one of the most interesting characters in the Batman universe. As Red Hood, Jason has a dedicated following, but that wasn’t always the case. During his early years as Robin, Jason was so unpopular that fans decided to kill him off.

I disagree with the backlash Jason received, though the story of how he became Robin is worth knowing about. I’m looking into Jason’s tenure as Robin to show how he was a better Boy Wonder than people gave him credit for. Continue reading “Why Jason Todd Was A Better Robin Than People Gave Him Credit For”