House Of X/Powers Of X Review: A New Dawn For The X-Men That Will Never Be Forgotten

The X-Men have spent their entire lives being persecuted and scrutinised by human society. But they continued to rise above adversity and save people’s lives in order to live up to the ideals of Professor X’s dreams. But what happens when Professor X no longer believes his way is enough? What happens when he embraces the ideology of Magneto and creates a mutant society where humans aren’t welcome? You get Jonathan Hickman’s House Of X/Powers Of X.  

Hickman transforms the mythos of the X-Men like never before, creating a story that spans across hundreds of years through intertwining stories like Powers of X. The graphic novel is truly a masterclass in storytelling and world building.

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Learning The Art Of Empathy Control With Luna Maximoff

Empathy is one of the greatest traits to have. It’s how we connect to each other, understanding different viewpoints or the emotions of others. In some sense, empathy could be considered a superpower because it helps people transform the world around them by altering the experience of someone else for better or worse.

A good example of using empathy is to understand the emotions of a friend and being able to console them. On the other hand, it’s possible to become overwhelmed by the emotion of another person, taking on those same feelings, damaging your own wellbeing.

Empathy control is a skill that can be learned and a character that comes to mind for this process is Luna Maximoff. Born with the power to read and alter emotions, Luna has faced a lot of challenges in her life.

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The Pursuit Of Peace: The Story Of Wolverine And Itsu

In recent years, Japanese culture has found its way into the mainstream western comic industry through Marvel and DC. Marvel has done an excellent job of presenting the nuances of the Japanese way of life in characters such as Silver Samurai and Sunfire. And much of this influence is attributed to the work of Chris Claremont and Frank Miller in the 1980s, with their revamp of Wolverine into a failed samurai looking to reclaim his honour.

Wolverine’s connection to Japan is essential to understanding who he is, and his appreciation for the country has manifested through the women he’s loved. One of Logan’s greatest loves was Itsu, a character who shaped a significant portion of his life.

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Pop Culture Pub Crawl: Wolverine (Part 2!)

The Pop Culture Pub Crawl highlights the drinking habits of different superheroes and Wolverine has a reputation for being one of the booziest members of the X-Men. The Comic Vault has already covered his enthusiasm for alcohol, and it’s time for round two of drinking. In this edition, let’s take a look at the type of hooch Wolverine would drink when out on the town in Japan.

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What Is An Omega Level Mutant?

The X-Men universe features some of the most powerful characters that Marvel as ever created and a variety of phrases have been invented to explain and categorise the power of mutants. Omega level mutants are meant to be at the top of the list, and while the phrase sounds suitably intimidating, what defines an ‘omega level’ mutant and what exactly does the term mean? Continue reading “What Is An Omega Level Mutant?”

A Tale Of Two Healing Factors: Comparing Daken And Wolverine’s Superpowers

Learning about the superpowers of a comic character is a great way of gaining more insight into their backstory. A superhero like Wolverine is known for having incredible healing abilities, but it can be interesting to see how powers change when they are passed down through generations. Daken, Wolverine’s son, has inherited many of his father’s traits, while also developing powers that are unique to him. Continue reading “A Tale Of Two Healing Factors: Comparing Daken And Wolverine’s Superpowers”

What Makes Adamantium The Most Indestructible Metal In The Marvel Universe?

The Marvel Universe features some of the most wonderous substances in popular culture. From the mighty uru metal that forged Thor’s Mjolnir, to the vibranium weaved into Black Panther’s costume, there is no shortage of durable materials. Adamantium is perhaps the most hard-wearing substance of all. Known for being coated to the skeleton and claws of Wolverine, Adamantium has a much deeper history connected to the dawn of the Marvel Universe. Continue reading “What Makes Adamantium The Most Indestructible Metal In The Marvel Universe?”

Coping With Claustrophobia: The Mental Health Journey Of Storm

The X-Men house some of the most recognisable superheroes in the Marvel Universe, and Storm is certainly one of the most powerful. Strong, intelligent and noble, Ororo Munroe is a staple member of the team, helping to guide a new generation of mutants.

But even the mightiest of superheroes aren’t immune to mental health disorders, and Storm is no different. Storm suffers from claustrophobia, a debilitating condition felt by people across the globe. But rather than it being a weakness, I think Storm’s claustrophobia makes her more relatable. Continue reading “Coping With Claustrophobia: The Mental Health Journey Of Storm”

Comic Kitchen: Wolfsbane

Comic Kitchen is a series that tells the story of a superhero through the food they eat. Scottish food is some of the heartiest in the world and it’s a reflection of the people of Scotland. As a Scottish superhero, Wolfsbane is the ideal character for putting together a Highlands menu. Usually, I’d do a three-course meal. But as Wolfsbane has a large appetite, I’ve created a menu of what she’d eat throughout the day. Continue reading “Comic Kitchen: Wolfsbane”

Pop Culture Pub Crawl: Emma Frost

What would a superhero drink on a night out? The Pop Culture Pub Crawl is a series that digs into the drinking habits of different comic characters. Many people develop a sophisticated taste in alcohol, and Emma Frost has an appreciation for the finer things. Having grown up in a wealthy family, Emma would be accustomed to drinks that match her level of class. Read on to find out what kind of alcohol The White Queen favours. Continue reading “Pop Culture Pub Crawl: Emma Frost”