Figuring out who you are is a struggle that everyone relates to. Whether you come from a big or small family, it can be hard to step out of someone else’s shadow. The struggle to define yourself may take an emotional toll, which is the kind of situation that Polaris has found herself in before. Lorna Dane is a character that has needed to overcome a lot of obstacles in her life. As the daughter of Magneto she’s had to step out of the shadow of his infamy while battling her own mental health issues. Based on her experiences Polaris is a relatable character for a lot of millennials and I’m investigating her history to see how much she’s overcome.
Judaism is one of the world’s oldest religions, with many people practicing it in the modern day. Recently, I visited the Jewish Uprising and POLIN museums in Warsaw, which exposed me to the complex history of Jewish people. It made me think of how Jews are represented in comics, and it turns out there are many examples of the religion being treated with respect. There are characters that represent the traditions and resiliency of the Jewish faith. The Comic Vault is featuring four important Jewish characters to see how they are portrayed.
Being a superhero goes hand in hand with using superpowers to make a difference. Characters can start off with a set of powers that evolve over time. The Scarlet Witch is a character whose abilities have changed on a regular basis, growing from ill-defined ‘hex powers’ to being able to alter reality. Wanda Maximoff’s powers are as fluid as her backstory, which has been retconned more than once. Nevertheless, her abilities are intriguing and The Comic Vault is taking a closer look into the nature of her power set.
Giving a property some personality is important because it helps it feel more like a home. Personal flair provides a sense of identity, which is why I enjoy collecting decorative statues of my favourite characters. The latest one I’ve purchased is the Magneto Marvel Now! ARTFX+ statue. The statue was crafted by Junnosuke Abe in collaboration with the Japanese figure company Kotobukiya. Here are my thoughts on whether it lives up to the Master of Magnetism’s infamous reputation.
We all want something, whether it’s to be rich or to be in love. But what price would you be willing to pay to get what you’ve always wanted? This is a question that’s brought up frequently in House of M. Written by Brian Michael Bendis, House of M centres on the Scarlet Witch’s mental breakdown and her reality warping abilities. The X-Men and Avengers are thrown into a world where their fondest desires have come true. Friendships are tested, families are torn apart and three iconic words are spoken.
Retroactive continuity, retcon for short, is a literary device used to contradict or change an established story. It’s very common in comics and a convenient way for new writers to leave their mark on an established story. Retconning is often seen as a controversial decision because it alters what fans have come to love about a character. When it comes to the parentage of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, retconning has become the norm. Up until a few years ago, it was established they were the children of Magneto, but their parentage was altered and The Comic Vault is going to examine the history behind the twins.
“It’s a common misconception among humans and even among mutants that we are defined by our powers. Mutation, though, is adaptation. I was born with the power to shape metal. But I was forged into the man I am today. It is my conviction, not my abilities, that make me who I am.” – Magneto
For as long as I’ve been into comics, Magneto has stood out as one of the most fascinating characters in popular culture. His motivations are very relatable and human, so when I came across the Magneto: Reversals graphic novel, I just had to review it. Written by Cullen Bunn, the story centres on the Master of Magnetism’s one-man crusade to protect mutants at all costs. Along the way, he confronts his past as a Holocaust survivor in the form of the Red Skull, who’s stolen the powers of Charles Xavier and is using them to cull mutants. The stakes couldn’t be any more personal.