As we near the end of Marvel’s Secret Wars, we are slowly seeing the influx of new books coming out. One such book is Doctor Strange, appearing in his first solo series in many years. While I’m uncertain how Secret Wars will transition into this particular book, I’m rather pleased with what I’ve seen so far. Continue reading
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Several months ago, I wrote a blog post discussing the ubiquitous references to Norse mythology in modern day pop culture, but Scandinavian folklore certainly does not have the market cornered. The wise King Solomon once said, “There is nothing new under the sun,” and it certainly seems that way sometimes in media and entertainment. Tired rom-com plot lines are trotted out every year—sometimes with the same dialogue—and Adam Sandler doesn’t seem to be able to create an original story to save his life. However, Greek myths have a life all their own, and when incorporated correctly, they appeal to an ancient tradition that really enhances the story.
In comics, as with most entertainment, there are two ways to incorporate myths: either the artist can harken directly back to Greek stories by incorporating members of the pantheon directly into the cast of characters. Examples of this are Hades from the Lady Pendragon comics, various appearances of Artemis and Aphrodite in all manner of comics, or even Hercules as a member of the Marvel Avengers team. Alternatively, comic creators can sneakily refer to Greek myths or just steal inspiration without giving direct credit. A good example is in Aquaman, the not-quite-Poseidon character about whom Marvel is in the process of creating a movie.
Shiawase na Kyujitsu mina-san! Happy holidays to you all! In my never-ending quest to get more people interested in manga and anime, I’ve learned that one of the easiest ways to get people to try new things is to make suggestions based on the type of entertainment that they enjoy. Today, I’ve compiled a list of items that you should include on your anime wish list. Are you a fan of the Hunger Games? Breaking Bad? Supernatural? Game of Thrones? Then boy, do I have suggestions for you!
If you like Hunger Games, give Battle Royale a try.
Chances are, any purveyor of contemporary pop culture is steeped in Norse mythology—perhaps without even realizing it. Of course, there are some media that directly reference Norse mythology, such as Marvel’s Avenger, Thor, his brother Loki, and their father Odin. In some parts of geek culture, however, the references are far more subtle. Continue reading