While comics are best known for stories where brightly costumed superheroes triumph over evil, some of the best stories deal with the subtler darker elements of the supernatural hiding in the shadows of the modern world. Such is the case with the classic stories in the Top Cow Universe. Back in the 90s when superhero comics had stagnated and the Big Two were struggling to come up with new ideas, Top Cow produced two visually stunning dark fantasy titles that tapped into the zeitgeist of the period. I’m talking (of course) about Witchblade and The Darkness. Continue reading “Guest Blog: Top Cow: Illuminating One Of The Best Dark Fantasy Universes In Comics”
Over the past decade, superhero games have soared in popularity. The Batman Arkham series revolutionised combat for a new generation, while the most recent Spider-Man game offered a fresh take on the web-slinger and his supporting cast. But it could be argued there still hasn’t been a definitive Marvel game that focuses on the whole Marvel Universe. Rhys from Unknown Games has given his thoughts on how an Avengers game could work on future consoles. Continue reading “Guest Blog: Why There Should Be An Avengers Game”
The psychology of comic characters is a subject that I find fascinating. What makes superheroes want to save people? Why are supervillains hell bent on taking over the world? The motivations of superhumans are reflected by wider society. A character that represents the duality of a person is Venom. Laura Ferron explores the nature of Venom in relation to the Id, SuperEgo and Ego.
Continue reading “Guest Blog: Venom And The Id”
Understanding the psychology of a superhero is a good way of making them feel relatable. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Robert Downey Jr has done an incredible job of making the audience feel for Iron Man. Over a decade, fans have seen Tony Stark’s emotional journey play out. Laura Ferron offers some great insight into Iron Man’s psychology and his motivations for saving the world.
Continue reading “Guest Blog: Iron Man: A Wounded Heart And The Armour Of A Narcissist”
If you’ve been reading The Comic Vault for a while, you’ll have noticed that I enjoy combining my passion for comics with food. This has given rise to a segment called Comic Kitchen which involves designing a three course menu around a specific comic character. The menu is tailored to the character’s personality, history and location. Comics are arguably the hottest thing in the world right now and Comic Kitchen was started out of a love for the medium.
Now, I’m interested in getting other people involved in the project as a way to promote unique dishes and cultural menus. I’m putting a call out to chefs, bakers, food bloggers and business owners.
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.
“Gurume” manga is a derivation of the word “gourmet”. Quite obviously, it refers to food. Gurume anime/manga has plots and storylines which makes food and its creators the real superheroes of the tale. Unsurprisingly, food is vital to Japanese culture and the genre centres around food found in different parts of Japan. However, (much like other anime/manga subcultures) gurume manga has a massive global cult following. The widespread availability of Japanese cuisine— such as sushi, sashimi, tamagoyaki, and gyoza—definitely helps. More importantly, it attracts fans because of the finesse of detail and design of the animated meals. Many people call gurume manga “food pornography”, because there is a voyeuristic pleasure to merely watching this animated food being made and presented.