There’s no doubt that Green Lantern is one of the most popular characters in comics. Yet the beauty of the DC Universe is there are many Corps who represent the complete emotional spectrum. For example, the Sinestro Corps represent fear, the Blue Lanterns represent hope and the Red Lanterns represent rage. Bleez, a prominent Red Lantern, has an interesting back story and there can never be enough powerful female characters in the spotlight.
The DC Universe is full of skilled fighters, but a guy who’s often overlooked is Ted Grant, AKA Wildcat. The character was created in 1942 by Bill Finger and Irwin Hasen and first appeared in Sensation Comics 1. Wildcat is a famous heavyweight boxer and a member of the Justice Society of America. He’s responsible for training many heroes, including Batman and Black Canary. Often depicted as a rowdy tough guy, Wildcat represents a classic superhero trope that still has relevance in the modern era.
The Comic Vault is a place for comic reviews and shining a light on the industry. But it’s also about creating a platform for up and coming comic writers to establish themselves. It’s why I’m sending a call out for new comics to review.
“A bullet coming at you. Eyes that say he’s more than a man, eyes that say he knows you. No…you know what he is. Tell yourself the truth. He’s just a man who fell into a vat of chemical waste. He’s just a man like you, made of bone and flesh and blood.” – Batman
Batman: Death Of The Family, written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Greg Capullo, is one of the most visceral Batman stories of all time. It involves the return of The Joker, who’s been away for a year and has set his sights on destroying the people closest to The Dark Knight. Previously, Joker had cut off his face and disappeared, claiming he would be reborn. The relationship between Batman and Joker is given new depth, and the Clown Prince of Crime is at his most deranged and unpredictable.
In comics, it’s common for the identity of a superhero or villain to be taken over by another character. A good example of this is with Batman’s Robins and Batgirls. Of the women who’ve taken on the guise of Batgirl, my favourite is Cassandra Cain. As the daughter of two of the world’s deadliest assassins, Cassandra was raised to be just like them. But she found a way to overcome her family history and become a hero.
I’m back with another review of the Red Hood And The Outlaws series, written by Scott Lodbell. Issue 9 sees the much needed return of artist Dexter Soy. Red Hood and Bizarro have agreed to help Artemis find the Bow of Ra and the trio have travelled to the country of Qurac. The country is a war zone, full of disparate groups battling for survival. It’s also the place Jason Todd was murdered by The Joker.
Beneath The Pages is a segment that shines a light on the comic industry and the people who make it what it is today. There are many big names out there, from Stan Lee, to Chris Claremont. But there are also those who are still establishing themselves or gaining a steady following. Today, the focus will be on artist Dexter Soy, who’s doing impressive work on the Red Hood And The Outlaws Rebirth series.