The Pursuit Of Peace: The Story Of Wolverine And Itsu

In recent years, Japanese culture has found its way into the mainstream western comic industry through Marvel and DC. Marvel has done an excellent job of presenting the nuances of the Japanese way of life in characters such as Silver Samurai and Sunfire. And much of this influence is attributed to the work of Chris Claremont and Frank Miller in the 1980s, with their revamp of Wolverine into a failed samurai looking to reclaim his honour.

Wolverine’s connection to Japan is essential to understanding who he is, and his appreciation for the country has manifested through the women he’s loved. One of Logan’s greatest loves was Itsu, a character who shaped a significant portion of his life.

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Pop Culture Pub Crawl: Wolverine (Part 2!)

The Pop Culture Pub Crawl highlights the drinking habits of different superheroes and Wolverine has a reputation for being one of the booziest members of the X-Men. The Comic Vault has already covered his enthusiasm for alcohol, and it’s time for round two of drinking. In this edition, let’s take a look at the type of hooch Wolverine would drink when out on the town in Japan.

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Overcoming Social Anxiety And Delivering My First Public Presentation On Comics

Living with a mental health disorder is different for every person. Whether it’s anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder, everyone’s experience is unique to them. Everyone has their own coping mechanisms. As someone who experiences social anxiety, my coping strategies revolve around surrounding myself with pop culture because it’s what I’m passionate about. It’s what makes me happy. It reminds me that there are things worth fighting for.

Comics have played a huge role in improving my mental health. They’ve inspired me so much that I decided to do the worst thing that people with social anxiety can experience: put myself in a room with complete strangers and talk openly. More than that, comics inspired me to take the plunge with my first public presentation at the Doki Doki Festival in Manchester! Continue reading “Overcoming Social Anxiety And Delivering My First Public Presentation On Comics”

Pop Culture Pub Crawl: Katana

Being a superhero is a tough gig. There are innocent lives to save, bad guys to stop and ideals to live up to. So, when a character like Katana finds a moment to herself, she’ll want to make the most of it. The Pop Culture Pub Crawl investigates the drinking habits of different superheroes. With her dedication to Japanese tradition, I’d see Katana carrying out a personal drinking ritual that would bring her closer to her ancestors. Continue reading “Pop Culture Pub Crawl: Katana”

Pop Culture Pub Crawl: Sunfire

The Pop Culture Pub Crawl focuses on the drinking habits of different comic characters and what they would get up to on a night out. Japanese superhero Sunfire/Shiro Yoshida has a reputation for being serious and dutiful, but in his free time, he’d become more free spirited when drinking alcohol. His taste in alcohol would consist of some of Japan’s finest beverages. Continue reading “Pop Culture Pub Crawl: Sunfire”

Breaking Down The Complex Story Of Shado And Her Relationship With Green Arrow

Across creative mediums like comics and TV, it’s common for fictional characters to be reimagined to fit different stories and premises. Various comic characters have been altered to appeal to mainstream audiences, and a good example is Shado. Known for her connection to Green Arrow, Shado has acted as an enemy and ally for the Emerald Archer.

What’s notable about Shado is that her story has constantly changed to meet the demand of the medium that she’s presented in. Let’s take a closer look at the character to see how she’s evolved through the years. Continue reading “Breaking Down The Complex Story Of Shado And Her Relationship With Green Arrow”

From Red Hood To Red Ronin: Reimagining Jason Todd As A Japanese Warrior

Comics, like other creative mediums, offers writers and artists the chance to be experimental and provide different takes on established characters. Thinking outside of the box can help to keep characters relevant and inspire fans to see them in a different light. One of the most interesting reinterpretations I’ve come across recently is the presentation of Red Hood as a Japanese warrior. Continue reading “From Red Hood To Red Ronin: Reimagining Jason Todd As A Japanese Warrior”

What Makes Devil May Cry’s Vergil A Modern-Day Samurai?

Samurai and the code of Bushido are entwined with the soul of Japan. The image of a stoic, katana wielding warrior is famous throughout pop culture, highlighting the timelessness of figures from feudal Japan like Minamoto no Yoshitsune and Tomoe Gozen, fighters who embodied all the virtues of Bushido.

Many fictional characters have been modelled on the image of the samurai, with one of the most interesting being Vergil from the Devil May Cry franchise. Stoic, powerful and complex, Vergil is a modern-day samurai that has redefined the term for a new generation. Continue reading “What Makes Devil May Cry’s Vergil A Modern-Day Samurai?”

An Introduction To Yamato Magazine

Japan has earned a reputation for being one of the most unique countries in the world. Countless tourists flock to discover its wonders, while citizens carry out traditions that have been in place for thousands of years. My personal interest in Japan stems from pop culture, anime, samurai and food. The culture has inspired me enough that I’ve decided to start a Japan-centric publication called Yamato Magazine. Read on to discover the kind of content that will be featured! Continue reading “An Introduction To Yamato Magazine”

More Than A Supporting Character: The Evolution Of Amiko Kobayashi

Within the world of comics, it’s common for well-known superheroes to have a supporting cast. They are the characters who provide insight into the personal life of a superhero and what drives them on a human level. Wolverine’s supporting cast is made up of many intriguing characters and one of the few who’ve received genuine development is Amiko Kobayashi. The adoptive daughter of Wolverine, Amiko has evolved from a background figure into a multifaceted badass with her own unique path. Continue reading “More Than A Supporting Character: The Evolution Of Amiko Kobayashi”