Coping With Anxiety: Jessica Cruz And Her Identity As A Mental Health Role Model

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders, affecting people all over the world. Whether in social situations or not, it can leave a person feeling worthless and paralysed. A superhero that’s needed to fight anxiety everyday is Jessica Cruz. As Earth’s first female Green Lantern, Jessica has a big role to fill, but her anxiety has made it difficult to fight crime. Her mental health struggles have been presented in an authentic way and I believe Jessica is a role model for people who suffer with anxiety. Continue reading “Coping With Anxiety: Jessica Cruz And Her Identity As A Mental Health Role Model”

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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”

Guest Blog: Venom And The Id

The psychology of comic characters is a subject that I find fascinating. What makes superheroes want to save people? Why are supervillains hell bent on taking over the world? The motivations of superhumans are reflected by wider society. A character that represents the duality of a person is Venom. Laura Ferron explores the nature of Venom in relation to the Id, SuperEgo and Ego.
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Riddle Me This: The Psychology Of The Riddler

Batman’s Rogue Gallery features some of the most intriguing villains to ever be created. From Ra’s Al Ghul to Mr Freeze, each foe represents a different aspect of the Dark Knight’s psyche. They test Batman and push him to be better superhero. When it comes to challenging Batman’s intelligence, The Riddler is the perfect foil. Obsessed with proving his superiority, Edward Nigma uses more than riddles to achieve his goals.

Riddler’s motivations make him fascinating as a solo villain and a supporting character to other rogues. I’m exploring the psychology behind his actions to see what makes him one of Batman’s deadliest enemies. Continue reading “Riddle Me This: The Psychology Of The Riddler”

6 Reasons Why Comics Can Improve Mental Health

Mental health has become one of the most important topics in the world. Anxiety, depression and poor self-esteem are all issues that need to be talked about and destigmatized. Comics have helped me to feel more comfortable about my anxiety. They’ve made me passionate about wanting to promote positive mental health. Comics have the power to improve mental health and here are six reasons why. Continue reading “6 Reasons Why Comics Can Improve Mental Health”

Doctor Octopus And The Fear Of Failure In Marvel’s Spider-Man

Marvel’s Spider-Man has raised the bar for superheroes games, offering an experience that hasn’t been felt since the Batman Arkham series. What impressed me the most is the portrayal of Spider-Man’s cast of support characters, old and new. In particular, I found the characterisation of Doctor Octopus to be memorable. The game version had the perfect mix of pathos and narcissism, which is exactly what makes the character such a compelling antagonist for the web-slinger.

In this article, I’m exploring Octavius’ motivations. There will be spoilers, so bear that in mind if you haven’t played Spider-Man yet. Continue reading “Doctor Octopus And The Fear Of Failure In Marvel’s Spider-Man”

Introducing The Comic Curators Video Channel

At the end of 2018, I’ll have been running The Comic Vault for two years. In that time, I’ve been able to express my passion for comics in a number of ways and I’ve decided to branch out further. It’s why I’m pleased to announce the start of Comic Curators, a YouTube channel that’s going to be used in tandem with the website. Read on to find out what you can expect from Comic Curators and my thoughts on making a video for the first time ever! Continue reading “Introducing The Comic Curators Video Channel”