The X-Men offer some of the most diverse characters in comics, with Gambit being a key member of the group. Many comic fans know him best as the guy who throws cards that explode on contact. Yet Gambit’s powers go much deeper than charging up a pack of playing cards. He has the potential to be one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe, and here I explore the Ragin Cajun’s abilities to find out what makes him so explosive.
“It’s a common misconception among humans and even among mutants that we are defined by our powers. Mutation, though, is adaptation. I was born with the power to shape metal. But I was forged into the man I am today. It is my conviction, not my abilities, that make me who I am.” – Magneto
For as long as I’ve been into comics, Magneto has stood out as one of the most fascinating characters in popular culture. His motivations are very relatable and human, so when I came across the Magneto: Reversals graphic novel, I just had to review it. Written by Cullen Bunn, the story centres on the Master of Magnetism’s one-man crusade to protect mutants at all costs. Along the way, he confronts his past as a Holocaust survivor in the form of the Red Skull, who’s stolen the powers of Charles Xavier and is using them to cull mutants. The stakes couldn’t be any more personal.
“Ororo Munroe. Storm. Goddess-queen-teacher-leader of mutantkind. She stood up for the underdogs, despite what everyone said. Then she suffered the terrible consequences. But she endured and was redeemed. And now she returns in triumph. Not a bad story. But what really makes it sing is how she gives up that glory. Like Cincinnatus turning his back on the crown and returning to the farm after the war. She could be riding a hurricane, ruling a nation. But instead, she answers her emails, teaches her classes, chairs a plagiarism hearing, and most exciting of all…checks up on the mould problem.”
Some of my favourite stories involve strong female protagonists who are relatable and down to earth. Storm: Bring The Thunder ticks all the right boxes, as it follows Storm on a journey to clear her name after she’s framed for a crime she didn’t commit. The graphic novel is written by Greg Pak with art duties handled by Victor Ibanez and Neil Edwards. There are themes of friendship, cultural identity and female spirit all wrapped up into a compelling story.
In the Marvel Universe, mutants have always had a tough time trying to survive. The X-Men act as the guardians of their kind, with several team members becoming well-known throughout the community. A lot of members on the team have gone through changes since their original appearance. Perhaps the character who has changed the most is team leader, Cyclops. Scott Summers started out as a boy who doubted his decisions and turned into a ruthless tactician who made the hard choices for his people. I’ve seen a lot of fans of the character dislike his change in personality. But I’d argue that he became the person he was meant to be and I’ll explain why.
It’s time for another edition of The Pop Culture Playlist, where I create a list of ten tracks and match them with a superhero or villain. Today, the featured character is everyone’s favourite southern belle, Rogue. With her ability to absorb the powers and memories of those she touches, Rogue is one of the most recognised X-Men. Her country charm matched with her vulnerability makes her a great character to come up with music for. Continue reading “The Pop Culture Playlist: Rogue”
Comic Cover Corner is dedicated to showcasing some of the most interesting comic covers in the industry. In my opinion, they are pieces of art that could be as memorable as famous paintings one day. When a female character is put on a cover, there’s a temptation to focus on her looks. That isn’t the case with the cover of Storm #5, as she comes across as an absolute badass. This is thanks to the effort of cover artist, Stephanie Hans.
The Comic Vault is about encouraging more people to get into comics by discovering characters they might not have heard of. The X-Men make up some of the most diverse characters, and an extremely powerful mutant is a man called Vulcan. The younger brother of Cyclops and Havok, Gabriel Summers was introduced in X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1 in 2006. Vulcan has the power to psionically manipulate vast amounts of energy, making him far more powerful than his brothers.