Artificial intelligence has developed into a source of limitless possibility for the human race. From eliminating repetitive tasks, to improving the way payments are processed, AI is at the forefront of technology, and sci-fi writers have enjoyed playing with the concept of AI as a force for good and evil.
But what happened If an AI gained emotional intelligence? What if it formed a genuine attachment to the people it was created to protect? Jeff Lemire’s Sentient series poses this idea through the lens of children trapped on a spaceship. Published by TKO Studios, Sentient grapples with themes of family loyalty, love and lost innocence. Continue reading “Sentient Review: A Poignant Story Of Lost Innocence And The Emotional Potential Of AI”
In recent years, the comic industry has gone from strength to strength. From independent creators having the means to publish their work, to new platforms combining technology with comics, it’s a great time to be a pop culture fan. And one comic publisher in particular is keen to shake up the status quo even further. I’m talking about TKO Studios.
With an all-star cast of comic talent that includes writers like Garth Ennis and Jeff Lemire, TKO Studios is on a mission to revolutionise the comic industry. So, how are they planning to achieve this? Continue reading “TKO Studios Is Here To Transform The Comic Industry For The Better”
What does it mean to be a superhero? Some might say it’s about personal sacrifice and protecting the innocent. Others might think it’s about the fight between good and evil. There’s also the idea that being a superhero is addictive, that it’s about the thrill of having powers. When used responsibility, superpowers are a benefit to the world. Yet there’s always the danger of being consumed by power and becoming addicted to the feeling. When that happens, the line between good and evil gets blurred and you’re left with a character like The Sentry.
The Sentry: Man Of Two Worlds, written by Jeff Lemire, explore the idea of what it means to have superpowers. Themes of addiction, mental health and duality are all featured in this explosive graphic novel. Continue reading “The Sentry: Man Of Two Worlds Review: A Vivid Take On Mental Health And Addiction”
The role of a superhero is often defined by the people around them. Every traditional hero has a sidekick, love interest and archenemy, with each character enhancing the hero’s journey. Jeff Lemire’s Sentry series asks the question of what happens when the sidekicks and archenemies of the world are tossed aside and forced to live a mundane life. Sentry #3 pulls apart the traditional superhero narrative, turning it into a story of superpowered addiction. Continue reading “Sentry #3 Review: Setting Up For An Addiction-Fuelled Showdown”
Seeing a superhero struggle with their mental health makes for an engaging story, which is part of what makes the Sentry such a fascinating character. Jeff Lemire is currently writing an ongoing series about Robert Reynolds and his battle to contain his alter egos. Sentry #2 picks up from a strong opening issue, with Bob realising that he needs to track down the device that is preventing the Void from returning to the real world. Themes of isolation, reality and mental instability are explored in a tightly-paced story.
Continue reading “Sentry #2 Review: Mental Health Mayhem In An Action-Packed Story”
When it comes to linking comics and mental health together, I believe there’s a lot to explore. Traditionally, superheroes are depicted as people who are able to overcome any challenge. And then there are characters like Moon Knight that make you question what exactly is going on. Moon Knight has been depicted as suffering from dissociative identity disorder and a host of other mental health issues. Moon Knight’s instability is contrasted with his connection to Egyptian mythology. So, how many personalities does he have and can he be considered a superhero?
Continue reading “Exploring The Mental Health Of Moon Knight And The Psychological Effects Of Lunar Cycles”
When learning about a superhero, their powers are one of their most interesting aspects. Sometimes, they aren’t clearly defined and that can lead to confusion or readers not being able to take the character seriously. The Sentry has suffered from this problem because a lot of writers have added their own take. Considered to be omniscient, Sentry has the power of ‘a million exploding suns.’ But what does that mean? What is Sentry truly capable of? The Comic Vault is taking a closer look into his abilities.
Continue reading “The Power Of A Million Exploding Suns: What Is Sentry Capable Of?”