With the Marvel Universe, there are plenty of powerhouses with terrifying super strength. Characters like The Hulk and Thor have performed impressive feats of might. The Juggernaut is another powerful character who’s torn through his opponents. Often considered unstoppable, The Juggernaut has held his own against many superheroes and defeated them. But where do his powers come from and can he truly be called ‘unstoppable?’
People go to see superhero films for a number of reasons. Some viewers connect with the characters, while others enjoy the huge set pieces and action-packed scenes. Some just want to laugh their asses off, which is where Deadpool 2 comes in. The first Deadpool set an extremely high standard with its meta humour, fourth wall breakage and zany leading character. All the tropes that people have come to love about superhero films were ripped apart and turned on their head. So, with expectations so high, does Ryan Reynolds manage to capture lightning in a bottle twice? Spoiler alert: It’s a resounding fuck yeah! Continue reading “Deadpool 2 Review: The F Word Stands For Family In A Brilliant Sequel”
The X-Men are among the most iconic comic characters, serving as an allegory for acceptance. The team would never have been founded without Professor X. Charles Xavier is the core of the X-Men, advocating peace and understanding. Professor X’s role as a teacher, therapist and psychologist is crucial because he’s helped so many people come to terms with who they are. The character is a powerful symbol for the benefits of therapy and The Comic Vault is investigating the reasons why.
As superhero films have grown in popularity, they’ve created an opportunity for obscure characters to be introduced to a wider audience. For example, Deadpool 2 is set to showcase a number of characters that casual viewers have likely never heard of. A character I’m looking forward to seeing in the movie is Domino. In the comics, Domino is tied to the X-Men and X-Force. So, what exactly makes the character interesting?
Comic Kitchen is a series that combines food and superheroes together to create a menu based around a specific character. New Orleans is known for its eclectic cuisine and no hero represents The Big Easy’s reputation quite like Gambit. The Ragin’ Cajun is as free-spirited as they come, which means the kind of food he’d eat would have a plethora of different flavours. I’ve come up with a New Orleans inspired menu that brings the different cultures of NOLA together, while also showcasing Gambit’s love for life.
In comics, it’s common for a hero to have a rogues gallery of villains who they fight on a regular basis. It could be argued that Batman has the most well-known rogues gallery, though Marvel characters have their own share of enemies. Wolverine’s rogues gallery contains a number of deadly villains, with one of the most prolific being Omega Red. A Russian serial killer turned into a remorseless cyborg, Omega Red is a villain that makes a vicious foe for anyone who comes across him.
The X-Men have featured in some of the most recognisable stories in the history of comics, and Jean Grey is among the most iconic. Having been dead for years, Jean was resurrected in the pages of X-Men: Red, a series that sees her grappling with a changed world for mutants. Still believing in Professor X’s dream, she puts together a team of her own X-Men to try and make the world a better place for mutants and humans. I recently met the artist of the series, Mahmud Asrar in Manchester at a comic signing in Travelling Man and I couldn’t resist getting his thoughts on what it’s like to draw such an important character. He was really open and The Comic Vault is pleased to present an interview with Mahmud about his drawing process, what it meant to handle Jean and why the X-Men are so relatable in the modern day. Continue reading “X-Men: Red Artist Mahmud Asrar Talks About What It Means To Bring Jean Grey Back To Life”