Examining The Powers Of Cyclops And How They Help Him To Be A Strong Leader

Cyclops is one of the X-Men’s most well-known characters. As leader of the team, Scott Summers has fought to make the world a safer place for mutants. His tactical ability ranks him among Marvel’s greatest strategists, with Cyclops leading the X-Men to victory again and again. Scott is known for his power to shoot ‘optic blasts’ and his need to wear ‘ruby-quartz’ lenses to control them. While his optic blasts are impressive, it’s Cyclops’ ability to harness his powers that have turned him into the leader of the X-Men. I’m taking a look at how his abilities work. Continue reading “Examining The Powers Of Cyclops And How They Help Him To Be A Strong Leader”

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Smashing Native American Stereotypes With Danielle Moonstar

Historically, the representation of Native Americans has been presented in a stereotypical way. Danielle Moonstar is one of the most prominent Indigenous superheroes. As a member of the X-Men and New Mutants, Dani has been at the forefront of comics for several years. From her appearance, it’s tempting to assume that she falls into the stereotyping category. The pigtails and turquoise belt are indications of her Cheyenne heritage. However, Dani breaks all the traditional tropes that are associated with her culture and I’m going to tell you why. Continue reading “Smashing Native American Stereotypes With Danielle Moonstar”

Investigating Vietnamese Identity With Karma And Her Status As An Important Superhero

Over the past few decades, Vietnam has become one of the most revitalised countries in the world. The Vietnam War left its mark and the political landscape changed forever. A comic character that represents the struggles of the Vietnamese is Karma. She was among the boat people who fled the country after the rise of Communism. As a culturally important superhero, Karma is a representation of Vietnamese resilience. A founding member of the New Mutants, Karma is one of the most believable X-Men characters. Continue reading “Investigating Vietnamese Identity With Karma And Her Status As An Important Superhero”

What Makes Sunfire A Symbol For Post-WW2 Japan?

Japan features some of the most distinctive superheroes in the world, particularly in the Marvel Universe. The most famous is Sunfire, a mutant who stirs the same national pride as Captain America does in the USA. Shiro Yoshida has been a part of the X-Men, Avengers and Big Hero 6, highlighting his prominence. The character’s backstory has turned him into a symbol for post-WW2 Japan and I’m looking into Sunfire’s history to see what makes him so important.
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All-New X-Factor: Change Of Decay Review: A Heartfelt Graphic Novel About Owning Your Place

Compared to big teams like The Avengers and X-Men, X-Factor has always been considered small time. In the past, the group has acted as a mutant detective agency, being led by characters like Multiple Man and Havok. In Peter David’s All-New X-Factor: Change Of Decay, the team has taken on a corporate identity. Polaris leads the roster of Quicksilver, Gambit, Cypher, Warlock and Danger on a mission to rescue a girl from her mutant-hating father. The situation gets a lot more complicated in a graphic novel that’s filled with awesome character interactions. Continue reading “All-New X-Factor: Change Of Decay Review: A Heartfelt Graphic Novel About Owning Your Place”

Scrutinising The Hypocrisy Of Magneto And His Status As A Relatable Character

Magneto has earned a reputation for being one of the most complicated characters in the history of comics. As a Holocaust survivor, Max Eisenhardt’s motivations have been framed in a sympathetic light. His mission to protect mutants at any cost comes from the persecution he suffered.

There have been countless articles written about Magneto’s tragic motives. I’d like to focus on how his motivations, while noble, have made him a hypocrite. Magneto has punished and killed mutants that don’t live up to his standards. His hypocrisy is a reflection of human nature. Continue reading “Scrutinising The Hypocrisy Of Magneto And His Status As A Relatable Character”

Return Of Wolverine #1 Review: A Strong First Issue Puts Logan Back In The Spotlight

Wolverine is one of Marvel’s most popular characters, so when they decided to kill him off in 2014, it raised eyebrows. Four years later, everyone’s favourite Canucklehead isn’t just back for SNIKTs and giggles. (A giggling Logan is a scary image) Return Of Wolverine #1, written by Charles Soule, sees the character grappling with his resurrection and the emergence of a new villain. Soule looks to send Wolverine in a fresh direction, while also building on his mythology. Continue reading “Return Of Wolverine #1 Review: A Strong First Issue Puts Logan Back In The Spotlight”