Darth Vader is without question one of the most iconic villains in fiction, and arguably the most iconic villain in science fiction. [Read more…] about Darth Vader Reading Order
What happens when a desperate Nobel Prize-winning hematologist with his own fatally rare blood disease has a crazy lab experiment involving bats and electroshock therapy? Well, if you live in the Marvel Universe, that’s how you get a “living vampire”!
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Doctor Michael Morbius… [Read more…] about The Essential Morbius (The Living Vampire) Comics!
The devil. Or Marvel’s closest equivalent thereof.
While it should be noted that the character Mephisto is not intended to be the actual Biblical devil, he is one of the most prominent demonic denizens of the Marvel Universe. [Read more…] about Mephisto Reading Order
Captain America’s long-standing German adversary. No, not the Red Skull- the other one. The one with the purple sock over his head. Usually wearing some sorta gold tiara/crown-type deal and some polka-dotted fur collar and/or shoulder-pad flairs? That guy. Same love of flashy pants and boots as the Skull, though, no doubt.
While the Red Skull is Captain America’s uncontested historical arch-nemesis, that doesn’t necessarily make the Zemos also-rans in their hate for the fighting man in the spangly costume. The Skull is ideologically opposed to the things Steve Rogers embodies and in that clear black and white dichotomy lies a billion broad-stroke stories depicting good versus evil.
The Zemos, however, are born of aristocracy and possess an innately misguided “old world” entitlement. It’s a bad base, sure, but it does make them inherently more “gray area” at times- kind of like how Doctor Doom will sometimes work with the Fantastic Four and everyone’s like: “See, now that wasn’t so hard was it, Victor??”. It can occasionally be like that with the younger Zemo as well. Once you work through the blind revenge, you can see his motivations lie more in being frustrated by how easily Rogers wields compassion- a quality he himself is unable to unlock. Truly a great character example of nature versus nurture…
The elder Zemo was a Nazi, though. So @#%& that guy. Straight up. [Read more…] about Baron Zemo Reading Order
Jennifer Walters is one of the best late Bronze Age character additions to the Marvel Universe, popularizing an intelligent, team-friendly Hulk before Peter David and Todd McFarlane made it cool. It would be easy to underestimate Jen as a mere copycat of her cousin Bruce Banner, but She-Hulk is a powerful, fascinating individual, blending charisma, a legal degree, and powerhouse strength across the landscape of Marvel Comics. [Read more…] about She-Hulk Reading Order