Comics are one of the best mediums to discover characters that come from a diverse background. There are plenty of ethnic superheroes to appreciate, just as there are compelling villains with complex motivations. A villain that deserves some spotlight is Cheshire. As a woman with Vietnamese heritage, Jade Nguyen grew up with nothing and transformed herself into one of the deadliest assassins in the DC Universe. An enemy of the Teen Titans, Cheshire’s murderous tendencies are contrasted with the love she has for her daughter Lian. Her complexity makes her more than a one-dimensional villain. Continue reading “Cheshire And The Complexity Of Motherhood”
Fatherhood is one of life’s most profound experiences, especially for young dads. It requires a lot of strength to raise a child at an age where you might still be figuring out who you want to be. The pressure to provide for a family isn’t easy, but you’re not the only one who has struggled with being a parent.
Roy Harper is a prime example of a young father that battled to find his place. Over the years, Roy has struggled with addiction, self-loathing and regret. In addition to balancing his life as a superhero, he’s also needed to take care of his daughter Lian. His daughter inspired him to become a better man, which is why he can encourage other young dads to step up and be there for their children.
“We don’t choose our teachers in life. Sometimes they are crazed vigilantes pretending to love us like a son. And other times they take the form of a space kitty who is smarter than anyone gives her credit for. Reminds me of me. It’s a load of bull to think of friendship and romance as being different. They’re not. They are just variations of the same love. Variations of the same desire to be close.” – Red Hood
If I hadn’t made it obvious by now, Jason Todd is my favourite comic character. I’m on a mission to bring as much recognition to him as possible, so I’m reviewing Red Hood And The Outlaws: REDemption today. The graphic novel collects the first arc of the original Outlaws, featuring Red Hood, Arsenal and Starfire. Written by Scott Lobdell and drawn by Kenneth Rocafort, REDemption brings together three damaged characters who find friendship and solace in each other.