Daredevil is one of the most relatable heroes in comics because of his background and believable powers. There have been a number of memorable stories about The Man Without Fear, though perhaps the greatest is Born Again, written by Frank Miller. Born Again involves the complete destruction of Matt Murdock’s life at the hands of The Kingpin. Not only is Daredevil pushed to the brink of sanity, but his mental health issues are exposed in a respectful, tragic manner. With themes of religion, family and overcoming adversity, Born Again is a graphic novel that needs to be read by all comic fans.
As a sport, wrestling is one of the most demanding professions in world. It requires constantly being on the road, improving your skills and putting your body on the line for the entertainment of others. The men and women who’ve dedicated their lives to doing it are extremely gifted and their passion is admirable.
WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan gave his all to doing what he loved, and when he was forced to retire a couple of years ago, it was a blow to the industry. For Bryan, it caused him to sink into depression, which he’s been vocal about in the past. So when it was announced Bryan was medically cleared to wrestle again, fans around the world gave a collective ‘YES, YES, YES.’ But it also shed a light on depression and how it can be overcome by surrounding yourself with positive experiences and never giving up.
Ever since I started The Comic Vault, I’ve been consistently blown away by the amount of people who’ve come back to read my articles and given me a reason to indulge my inner geek. Each time I’ve reached a new milestone it’s been something that’s kept me motivate and I’m happy to say I’ve hit another goal of 900 followers. For people who’ve been reading the website for a while you’ll have noticed I like to connect comics and mental health together. As it feels like I’m running out of ways to say thank you, I figured I’d take the opportunity to shine a light on bloggers who promote mental health.
In the modern day, mental health is an important issue, with people becoming more comfortable talking about it. But there are many who still struggling with their disorders or feel afraid to talk about it for fear of being judged. This feeling is common among young men, which is why The Comic Vault advocates mental health positivity. A male character who reflects feelings of inadequacy and guilt is Speedball. His struggle to overcome his mental health issues is a poignant journey that deserves to be looked at it more detail.
What I enjoy about independent comics is the amount of freedom writers have to explore different genres or bring them together. History and fantasy are two of my favourite subjects, so any story that combines them gives me something to invest in. It’s why I was interested in reading Donnie Souza’s Untold #1, which is set in a World War 2 era world where humans, elves and other fantastical creatures are fighting side by side. Untold deals with themes of patriotism, post-traumatic stress disorder, racism and what it means to come home after a long time fighting. Souza sent a copy of Untold #1 to The Comic Vault in exchange for an honest review.
When it comes to comic superheroines, fans are familiar with well-known characters like Wonder Woman and Black Widow because they’ve been part of popular stories. Yet there are so many other wonderful female characters out there to discover and one of the most underrated is Snowbird. A member of the Canadian superhero team, Alpha Flight, Snowbird is a Inuit goddess with shapeshifting abilities and an interesting backstory.
The Scarlet Witch is a character who’s always seemed to be defined by the people around her, such as the Avengers or her brother, Quicksilver. It wasn’t until she received a solo series that readers were able to see her develop and grow. Scarlet Witch Vol 2: World Of Witchcraft, written by James Robinson, follows Wanda as she tries to fix broken magic. But every time she uses a spell, it takes years off her life and saps her strength. Along the way, Wanda tries to come to terms with her own mental health issues, which adds another layer to the graphic novel.