When writing The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien aimed to create a truly British mythology, greater than the Arthurian legend in scope and in terms of its place in the cultural fabric. In many ways, DC Comics characters and stories have become exactly that sort of mythology for the American culture.
Akin to (and often appearing alongside) the Olympian gods, the DC Universe is full of stories and characters which, while perhaps lacking some of the realism of the Marvel Universe, exist on a plane where the grittiest realism does them a disservice. They are flawed, yes, but they are archetypal figures representative of forces of the natural world as well as elements of human nature and our collective society.
Providing insightful essays and reviews, Modern Mythologies is dedicated to exploring those characters and storylines that make up the mythology of the DC Universe.
Who are the people behind MM?
Reid Vanier – Editor, Lead Writer (Diametrically Opposed, Retro Review, etc.)
Reid is a theatre artist and researcher with a particular passion for mythology and literature. From Lord of the Rings to Star Wars, all the way to the DC Universe, he has spent an inordinate amount of time engrossed in these mythologies. His goal in starting this website is not only to satiate his need to talk about the characters and stories of the DC Universe that interest him, but also to broaden the knowledge and understanding of the comic book medium, and DC’s place as this century’s mythology. Reid is a professional member of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics.
Shawn DeSouza-Coelho – Contributing Writer (Game Review)
Shawn is a Master’s Student at the University of Waterloo focusing on the methodology of game design as it pertains to adaptation and creation. His book, Metamagic: An Introduction, released in 2013, explores the art of magic as a medium for discourse. Check out his blog for updates on both his last known whereabouts and his work in general: www.shawnathanmagic.wordpress.com
Matt Poulter – Contributing Writer (Man Of Reel)
Man of Reel. The Last Son of Celluloid. Disguised by day as a mild-mannered graduate student, Matt Poulter fights for truth, justice, and the improvement of superhero films worldwide. His powers include the ability to view an entire TV series in a single day, a limitless capacity for the consumption of Arnold Schwarzenegger films, and the strength to endure the worst of what his arch-nemesis, the evil Jean-Luc Godard, is able to conjure from the depths of New Wave.