Acknowledging CTE As A Serious Illness With Luke Cage And His Superhero Identity

Superheroes are relatable because they struggle with their health. Whether it’s a physical or mental disorder, some characters find it hard to come to terms with what they’re experiencing. A disorder that needs to be talked about more is chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This illness is associated with head trauma and causes aggression, memory loss, depression and dementia.

CTE is a disorder that affects athletes and soldiers because of their exposure to high impacts. Luke Cage was diagnosed with CTE and he struggled to accept it. I’m examining the nature of CTE and how Luke’s diagnosis helped to shine a light on a disease that needs to be taken seriously. Continue reading “Acknowledging CTE As A Serious Illness With Luke Cage And His Superhero Identity”

Luke Cage: Everyman Writer Anthony Del Col Talks About CTE And Mental Health In Comics

Luke Cage is the kind of down to earth hero that a lot of people can relate to. His indestructible skin gives him an edge when protecting the community of Harlem. But what happens when an unbreakable man becomes vulnerable? Anthony Del Col invites comic fans to find out in his Luke Cage: Everyman miniseries.  Luke has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a concussive disease that’s common in contact sport athletes.

It was great to check in with Anthony and interview him about the series, his thoughts on CTE and what he thinks of mental health in comics.  Continue reading “Luke Cage: Everyman Writer Anthony Del Col Talks About CTE And Mental Health In Comics”

Mustafa Shakir’s Bushmaster Is So Much Better Than The Comics

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has introduced a plethora of obscure characters to a mainstream audience. This has been handled best on the small screen, with Netflix shows like Daredevil and Luke Cage providing ample ground for minor characters to develop. The second season of Luke Cage introduced one of the most interesting MCU characters in the form of Bushmaster. Played by Mustafa Shakir, Bushmaster is one of those rare examples that translate better on screen than in the original medium. Continue reading “Mustafa Shakir’s Bushmaster Is So Much Better Than The Comics”

5 Fictional Fathers Who Love Their Children

Fatherhood can be the most rewarding and scary experience of a man’s life. Some guys might not be able to have children, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be dads. Adoption is a great way to make sure a child grows up in a loving home. You don’t have to be biologically related to be considered family. The same can be applied to pop culture, as there are plenty of fictional fathers. Here are five characters who’ve done the best they can to raise children and put them on a good path.

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Jessica Jones: Alias: Volume 1 Review: Superhero Noir

When we think of superheroes, we think of brightly dressed people with amazing powers. The fight to save the world so often we wonder how they could possibly have a personal life. Jessica Jones: Alias: Volume 1 takes the reader down to earth and shows what happens when a hero tries to live like the rest of us. A former Avenger, Jessica Jones used to go by Jewel, but she retired from the team and opened up a private detective agency. Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Alias is an influential graphic novel because it inspired Marvel’s MAX comic line. There’s violence, profanity, sex and people doing questionable things for what they think are the right reasons. When the first word is ‘fuck’ you know you’re in for something gritty.

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