Everyone has faced some kind of struggle in their life. Whether it’s to do with family, a job, or a relationship, a situation can grow beyond your control and you may be left feeling upset. How you deal with those situations going forward is what matters the most. Comics are a wonderful source of positive inspiration. They feature relatable characters who battle with world changing events. Superheroes and supervillains get knocked down and get back up. They find a way to overcome adversity.
I’ve featured six of my favourite quotes from characters who have faced hardship and managed to come out stronger. They are the kind of quotes that resonate and remind us why we need to stay true to ourselves. Continue reading “6 Inspirational Comic Quotes That Can Help You Achieve Your Goals”
As one of the most recognisable superheroes in the world, Spider-Man has a distinctive cast of enemies. Each villain has tested the web-slinger in different ways, either through strength or psychological warfare. A character that’s done both is Kraven The Hunter. Driven by an obsession to hunt Spider-Man, Kraven developed into a villain that dedicated himself to a singular pursuit. I’m looking into the history of the character to see why he’s become one of Spider-Man’s most memorable enemies. Continue reading “Why Did Kraven The Hunter Become One Of Spider-Man’s Most Enduring Enemies?”
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.
Continue reading “Guest Blog: Venom And The Id”
Marvel have become the machine of superhero films, churning out hit after hit every year. So, when a different studio make a film about a popular character, you know there is going to be high expectations. Sony’s Venom features one of Spider-Man’s greatest enemies without the web-slinger being a part of it. It made me curious to see how Venom could exist without Spider-Man’s presence. Backed by the acting chops of Tom Hardy, Venom is a dark buddy comedy that doesn’t deserve the amount of negativity it’s received from critics. Continue reading “Venom Review: A Buddy Comedy Where Everyone Is On The Menu”
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”
If you’re a gaming fan then I’d wager Insomniac’s Spider-Man has been at the top of your list to play. I’m happy to confirm it lives up to the hype, putting you in the tights of New York’s friendly neighbourhood webhead. It’s everything a Spider-Man game should be and the awesomeness extends to Spidey’s cast of side characters. One of the standouts is Yuriko Watanabe, a police captain who acts as Spider-Man’s ally within the NYPD.
Yuri’s role within the game is great, but she actually has an even more interesting history in the comics. The comic version operates as the vigilante, Wraith, an identity that’s been used by several characters. Wraith serves as a representation of what happens when a police officer takes the law into their own hands. Continue reading “Becoming The Wraith: Yuri Watanabe And The Nature Of Crime-Fighting Vs Law Enforcement”
Comics are some of the best places to find diverse characters and Marvel have done a lot to push ethnic superheroes and villains in recent years. Mister Negative is one of best examples, as his background is interesting and his personality makes him an intriguing villain. Taking inspiration from Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the character has a split personality in the form of the benevolent Martin Li and nefarious Mister Negative. As a villain of Spider-Man, Mister Negative has become one of the web-slinger’s most formidable foes, and The Comic Vault is taking a close look at his history.
Continue reading “Exploring The Duality Of Good And Evil With Mister Negative”