It’s an exciting time in the comic industry, with many independent authors looking to get their work in front of readers. The most thrilling indie comics offer the promise of adventure, and one of the most interesting I’ve read recently is Wolverton: Thief Of Impossible Objects #1, created by Michael Stark and Terrell T. Garrett. The comic features gentleman thief, Jack Wolverton on a mission to pilfer and pinch mystical objects from across the globe. Stark and Garrett sent The Comic Vault a copy of the first issue in exchange for an honest review.
Learning about a new culture is a great way to expand your knowledge of the world, and that was the case for me with the Doki Doki Festival in Manchester on the 11th November. The festival was a celebration of Japanese culture, ranging from music to history. Anime fans, cosplayers and pop culture geeks got together under one roof to embrace a culture that has become incredibly popular in the West. Here are my thoughts of the day.
One of my goals for 2018 is to read more widely, and that involves becoming familiar with authors from different backgrounds. I recently picked up An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro. Ishiguro has established himself as a talented storyteller and I was drawn to the novel because of my fascination with Japan. The book features a post WW2 Japan recovering from its scars and looking towards the future.
The decay of civilisation has cropped up in several places, from Egypt to Rome. History has a habit of repeating itself and that’s the case with Firewalk by Chris Roberson. The supernatural thriller covers themes of decay and myth in the modern city of Recondito. It follows FBI agent Izzie Lefervre as she comes back to Recondito to deal with a case from her past. What starts off as an investigation into old evidence soon becomes a paranormal nightmare for Izzie. I was sent a free copy of Firewalk in exchange for an honest review.
It’s safe to say that Wonder Woman is one of the most recognisable superheroes in the world. As Princess of the Amazons, Diana is the perfect balance of strength and beauty. But how closely does she live up to the real life Amazons? This is one of many questions that are addressed in John Man’s Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World. The book takes the reader through the entire history of the women who became known as the Amazons, and the answers might surprise you.
When I started The Comic Vault last year, I did it with the mentality of wanting to write about something that made me happy. The more people responded to it, the more I started to set a goal for myself. Before the end of 2017 I told myself I wanted to reach 10,000 page views and 500 followers. Today, I can say I’ve smashed those targets, reaching over 10,000 and hitting 500 followers. To thank everyone, I wanted to give insight into another topic I’m passionate about.
In recent years, mental health issues have become a big talking point in the media and society. Despite the increased exposure, there’s still a stigma attached to it. Many people feel uncomfortable to discuss their illnesses, whether it’s anxiety or depression for fear of being ostracised. Psychosis is another issue that’s rarely talked about because of the negative associations. So, when a video game comes along that tackles psychosis and mental health in a mature, thoughtful way, the creators should be applauded. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a game that isn’t afraid to bring these real problems to the surface.