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”
Japan is associated with a lot of images, with the samurai being the most famous in my opinion. The image of a noble warrior living by the code of bushido has become a romanticised ideal. Samurai lived and died by their duty, but men weren’t the only people who could take up the sword. Female samurai existed as well. Called onna-bugeisha (female martial artists), they belonged to the same class as male samurai and were allowed to carry weapons to protect their household.
I think the best comic representation of a female samurai is Katana. The character’s backstory is rooted in tragedy and it follows the tropes of family honour, revenge and sacrifice. Katana is a reflection of the fearlessness of the onna-bugeisha, so I’m looking into her importance as a superhero. Continue reading “Katana And The Representation Of Female Samurai”
Haloween is the time of ghosts and monsters, a time for people to enjoy the spooky side of life. For Halloween 2018, I’m reviewing Cursed Comics Cavalcade, a collection of stories that celebrate the paranormal. The collection has ten stories that feature iconic superheroes like Batman and lesser known characters like Etrigan. Each story has a different creative team, so I’m reviewing each one in order.
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One of the most entertaining things about comics is the plethora of powers. Seeing a superhero like Storm control the weather and summon a lightning bolt is a sensational visual. But an underrated factor in comics is the weapons that are used. There are so many mystical items that come with their own mythology, adding to a character’s backstory. Magical swords are a great example and The Comic Vault is featuring four blades that come with formidable reputations.
Japanese culture has been popular in the west for years, with anime being woven into the fabric of pop culture. Westerners also visit Japan to learn about the country’s history and the samurai are an important part of it. The traditional view of samurai are noble, honourable warriors who dedicated their lives to a singular cause. It’s no surprise that samurai have been featured in comics. But how are they portrayed? Do mainstream comics like Marvel and DC remain faithful to what samurai stood for? The Comic Vault is looking into the history of samurai in comics and the kind of characters that are associated with the image.