Fairytales are one of the oldest forms of storytelling being passed down from generation to generation. This ties into folklore and how it can influence entire communities. It’s why I’m always interested in reading stories that are inspired by fairytales and Eric Powell’s Hillbilly series is a great example. Hillbilly: Volume 2 continues the exploits of supernatural wanderer, Rondel, who battles against witches and monsters in the Appalachian wilderness. Powell combines fairytales with southern folklore to create a series that’s worth reading.
The Avengers are arguably the most famous comic book team, and there have been various members. One of the most underrated members is Dane Whitman, who goes by the alias of Black Knight. With a heritage that dates back to the time of King Arthur, Whitman is the wielder of a supernatural sword called the Ebony Blade. The Comic Vault is looking into the character’s history to discover what makes Black Knight a hero.
The traditional view of a knight is an armour wearing hero who saves maidens. They are considered honourable, noble and gallant. But a knight’s honour is different to the modern view of honour, and a character who personifies that difference is Jaime Lannister. Jaime is one of the most fascinating characters in literature, and The Comic Vault is looking into his history to deconstruct what it means to be a knight and an honourable person.
The Pop Culture Playlist focuses on the life of a hero or villain and puts their journey into music. Daenerys Targaryen can be considered one of the heroes in the A Song of Ice And Fire series, while to others she may appear to be the villain. Whatever your opinion of Dany is, she’s a strong, determined woman who’s hell-bent on claiming the Iron Throne. Here are ten tracks that describe how Dany transformed from a meek girl into the fiery Mother of Dragons.
The best kind of stories can creep up on you when you least expect it, which is what I found when I came across Eric Powell’s Hillbilly: Volume 1. Powell is best known for creating The Goon comics and after reading Hillbilly, I can say he’s one hell of a writer. The graphic novel focuses on Rondel, a supernatural wanderer in the Appalachian wilderness who battles monsters, witches and demons. It’s part western, part fantasy and a damn good read.
Game of Thrones is one of the biggest shows in the world and I’ve watched it from the beginning. Recently, I travelled to Ireland and went on a Winterfell Game of Thrones tour. I had the chance to explore the sets and locations of earlier seasons. Along the way I met direwolves, visited Winterfell, almost became King in the North and even got to channel my inner Jaime Lannister.
The Pop Culture Playlist creates a musical story for a hero or villain, but there are many people who fall in between. The Comic Vault covers more than just comics, so I’m focusing on my favourite Game of Thrones character, Jaime Lannister. Jaime’s complexity makes him one of the most human characters in literature. Here are ten tracks that tell the story of the Kingslayer and everything he stands for.