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”
As a comic fan, I’ve wondered what it would be like to have superpowers more than once. I think that can be said for a lot of people, so it’s fitting that the desire for superpowers is reflected in certain characters. In many ways, Eddie Bloomberg is a representation of what it means to be a superhero fan, as he always dreamed of having powers of his own. Starting off as a regular person and sidekick to Blue Devil, Bloomberg took on the identity of Kid Devil in order to emulate his idol. Eventually, he gained superpowers and became a member of the Teen Titans. But Kid Devil’s powers came at a price.
It could be argued that in modern society we’ve grown used to hiding our emotions. Whether it’s in the work place or in a social situation, we may not necessarily say what we feel. This could be because we want to appear strong in the eyes of another, or we don’t want to hurt someone else’s feelings. A comic character who’s never had trouble expressing herself is Starfire, and I believe there’s something to be learned from her approach to life. What would society be like if we could fully express ourselves?
“Whatever people want to think of me, they can go ahead and think it. Deathstroke’s daughter. Teen Titan. Hero. Villain. Loyal. Brave. Crazy. Conniving. Broken. What matters is the choices I make and whether or not I can live with them.”
With well known characters like Batman and Superman, it’s fair to assume they will have a fair share of legacy characters surrounding them. Bruce has his Robins and Clark has Supergirl and Superboy. But what about a villain like Deathstroke? Slade Wilson has a reputation for being the greatest assassin in the DC Universe. But his children are very different. Rose Wilson, AKA Ravager, chose to be a hero and here is why she’s an awesome character.