An Exploration Of Male Suicide In Comics

Male mental health is a topic that needs to be discussed on a continuous basis. There is a plethora of factors that stop men from talking about their mental health, which range from the perception of being ‘weak’, to the fear of being judged. Suicide has become the biggest killer of men under 45, and to stop this from happening, we need to create a society where guys can feel comfortable talking about their experiences with depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions.

Creative mediums like comics can help to drive the discussion about mental health and raise awareness of suicide and the reasons behind it. Several superheroes and villains have been depicted as having suicidal thoughts. Examining the motivations of these characters can help to shine a light on the thought process behind suicide. Continue reading “An Exploration Of Male Suicide In Comics”

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Superhero Mentality: Mister Miracle

When it comes to the topic of mental health, a lot of men struggle to talk about their experiences. Suicide has become the biggest killer of men under 45 and the only way to destigmatise the subject is to speak about it openly. Superhero Mentality focuses on a comic character with mental health issues and examines their coping strategies.

Even superheroes like Mister Miracle aren’t immune to suicidal thoughts. Raised in a hyper-masculine and violent society, Scott Free spent his whole life trying to escape. He fled to Earth, created a new identity for himself and married a good woman, but it wasn’t enough to stop his depression. He tried to kill himself by slitting his wrists. Eventually, Scott managed to get his life back on track by finding a routine that worked for him. Continue reading “Superhero Mentality: Mister Miracle”

Mister Miracle Review: A Mind-Bending Tour De Force Of Epic Proportions

What is the nature of reality? Is it what we touch, taste, smell and hear? Or is it simply the brain creating images for us in an endless cycle? These are the kind of questions that are asked in Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle series, a graphic novel I’ve been waiting to read for a long time. Expanding on the universe of New Gods and Old Gods that legendary writer Jack Kirby created, Mister Miracle takes the reader of a mind-warping journey through the eyes of one of DC’s most obscure superheroes and reinvents him for a modern audience. Read on to find out why I think Mister Miracle is one of the most important comics of the decade. Continue reading “Mister Miracle Review: A Mind-Bending Tour De Force Of Epic Proportions”

How Big Barda Breaks The Stereotypes Of Marriage

During the 1960s and 1970s, comics were full of stereotypes, such as damsels in distress. When Jack Kirby created his Fourth World concept for DC, a character that went against stereotype was Big Barda. The wife of Mister Miracle, Barda was taller, stronger and more intimidating than her husband. The reversal of a traditional relationship was unheard of at the time, which made Barda stand out even more. The Comic Vault is taking a look into Barda’s history and what makes her such an awesome character.

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