Since Bram Stoker’s Dracula, vampires have captivated readers, and literature is filled with them. In my opinion, the most interesting vampires are the ones who break the mould and don’t fit the traditional image. Comics are a good example of this, with Morbius The Living Vampire and Emplate being two characters who stand out. Another unconventional vampire is Sauron, a vampiric pterodactyl that terrorises the Savage Land. Considered an enemy of the X-Men, Sauron is unique among his kind.
Giving a property some personality is important because it helps it feel more like a home. Personal flair provides a sense of identity, which is why I enjoy collecting decorative statues of my favourite characters. The latest one I’ve purchased is the Magneto Marvel Now! ARTFX statue. The statue was crafted by Junnosuke Abe in collaboration with the Japanese figure company Kotobukiya. Here are my thoughts on whether it lives up to the Master of Magnetism’s infamous reputation.
It’s been established that Wolverine is one of Marvel’s most famous characters and a lot of that can be credited to Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. The pair are responsible for creating Wolverine’s original solo series, which redefined the character. Claremont and Miller introduced Japan as a major part of Logan’s backstory and here’s my review of the graphic novel.
We all want something, whether it’s to be rich or to be in love. But what price would you be willing to pay to get what you’ve always wanted? This is a question that’s brought up frequently in House of M. Written by Brian Michael Bendis, House of M centres on the Scarlet Witch’s mental breakdown and her reality warping abilities. The X-Men and Avengers are thrown into a world where their fondest desires have come true. Friendships are tested, families are torn apart and three iconic words are spoken.
There’s a great variety of Asian characters in comics, and one of the most underrated is Yukio. Best known for her connection with Wolverine, Yukio was born in Japan and operated as a thief and rōnin, a masterless samurai. She worked as an assassin for the Yashida family, but was eventually crippled and became wheelchair bound. This didn’t stop her from living her life, which demonstrated how strong Yukio is. Most people will be familiar with the character because of 2013’s The Wolverine, where she was played by Rila Fukushima. Although the film did her justice, there’s far more depth to her.
Of all the monsters in folklore, vampires are arguably the most popular when it comes to featuring in stories. Readers and writers have constantly been drawn to their dark magnetism and the image of the vampire is well formed. Comics are no different, but there are characters who break the mould, such as Emplate. An enemy of the X-Men, Marius St Croix is an energy vampire that feeds on mutants.
When a comic character is adapted for film, they are often changed to fit the background of a movie. The X-Men franchise has done this for years, and one of the characters who has been altered the most is Mystique. Most recently, the shapeshifting mutant has been played by Jennifer Lawrence, who’s done an admirable job with what she’s been given. But the comic version of Mystique is far more compelling, and here’s a look into her history.