Supernatural characters are prevalent throughout comics, with Ghost Rider being one of the most badass. Many people will recognise the Spirit of Vengeance by the fiery motorbike and steel chain, but there’s more than one Ghost Rider in the world. Johnny Blaze might be the original, but others have followed in his path. Here are all the Ghost Riders that have torn up the streets in their quest to punish the guilty.
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.
The first supernatural graphic novel I’ll be reviewing this month is Scarlet Witch: Witches’ Road by James Robison. Wanda Maximoff has always been a character who’s existed in the background or been the catalyst for a great tragedy like M-Day. She never really had a chance to shine on her own before, so I was intrigued to read a story that had her as the protagonist. Wanda has isolated herself from everyone, including the Avengers and her brother, Pietro. Witches’ Road is about her taking control of her life in a way that’s never been seen before.
Having a disability can be a challenging time for anyone, which is why comics have done such a great job of representing people who have problems with their sight, hearing or mobility. Deafness affects people all over the world, and a character who symbolises that struggle is Echo, AKA Maya Lopez. But Echo has never let her disability define her and she’s been able to use it as a strength. She’s also one of the few Native American superheroes in comics, which makes her even more interesting. Here is a look into her history.
When a comic character is adapted for film, they are often changed to fit the background of a movie. The X-Men franchise has done this for years, and one of the characters who has been altered the most is Mystique. Most recently, the shapeshifting mutant has been played by Jennifer Lawrence, who’s done an admirable job with what she’s been given. But the comic version of Mystique is far more compelling, and here’s a look into her history.
It’s common for people to be inspired by superheroes, to be drawn to what they represent. Larger than life characters like Superman and Thor represents hope. They wield god-like powers and use it to benefit mankind. But they aren’t human or prone to the imperfections of mortality. Human superheroes like Batman fail on a frequent basis. They have personal lives that are fraught with tragedy. They fuck up and have to live with the consequences of their actions. The same can be said for many ‘street-level’ superheroes, and they are the most interesting to me. But what is the appeal of a street-level superhero and why do we tend to gravitate to them?
Learning about the superpowers of a specific character can be fun, especially for people who’re new to reading comics. Daredevil is a popular superhero who fights crime in Hell’s Kitchen. He’s also blind. So, how does a blind man swing from buildings and defeat criminals? The Comic Vault takes a closer look at The Man Without Fear’s powers and how they help him protect the innocent.