That's out of my system, let's return to Ms. Marvel's latest scuffle with her new nemesis: GentrificationSTOP. RENUMBERING. ISSUES ON EXISTING SERIES.
That's out of my system, let's return to Ms. Marvel's latest scuffle with her new nemesis: Gentrification!
Gentrification as a force of evil in comics is a pretty well-established one at this point; just off the top of my head I remember when John Constantine was going toe to toe with demonic yuppies, and there's a pretty great reference to that story in this issue. However, what makes this plot particularly interesting in Ms. Marvel is the fact that she is so tied in with her neighbourhood that her image is also being commodified and repackaged in a similar way.
Considering how Kamala is used in other Marvel titles, I don't think that this should be overlooked. From the artists active in this company complaining about how covered up she is (She's a -child-) and the weird tits and ass poses she's put in when she's not in the Ms. Marvel title, we get a real sense of that recommodification on a meta level. In a sense, it's difficult to read this arc while knowing that eventually Hope Yard's treatment of Kamala will very soon be mirrored by Marvel Comics' use of her, if it isn't already....more
While Lumberjanes has been getting more episodic lately, there are glimmers of a plot- April's new purpose, to put her friends before her formidable aWhile Lumberjanes has been getting more episodic lately, there are glimmers of a plot- April's new purpose, to put her friends before her formidable ambition now and again, is proving to be a really interesting challenge for her.
The characters and species being introduced each issue are pretty wild, and the art continues to work with the bubbly narrative. :) is my face each time there's more Lumberjanes....more
This month's featured deity is Sakhmet, who doesn't give a single fuck. While I've liked just about every issue for Commercial Suicide so far, this onThis month's featured deity is Sakhmet, who doesn't give a single fuck. While I've liked just about every issue for Commercial Suicide so far, this one feels like the weakest, and is a weird one to end off on. However, there are still strengths to this issue.
The feature artist is Brandon Graham, who's been writing the pretty engrossing Arclight, and his art remind me a lot of that series. It's candy-coloured simplicity, and fits Sakhmet's character surprisingly well. Honestly, Kieron Gillen's writing takes a back seat to the art this time.
I am really excited to see what's next for WicDiv, but I wish I had a more substantial issue to weather my way through three contentless months from this series....more
Background: I loved Squadron Supreme back when it was a fresh, interesting concept with a cool team dynamic. It was a perfect meditation on the natureBackground: I loved Squadron Supreme back when it was a fresh, interesting concept with a cool team dynamic. It was a perfect meditation on the nature of superheroes, and what makes different narrative of superpowered beings tick philosophically and politically. While it wore its meta nature on its sleeve at times, Squadron Supreme from 30 years ago was still a fun read.
Here, Squadron Supreme appears to be a clearinghouse for whatever happened in the summer to consolidate all of Marvel's universes. While this could have been an interesting foray into meta regarding Marvel's recent policy of sameness, it was not. Instead, we have a pretty staid criticism of fascism and police states, which, considering the company's HYDRA/Nazi fetish, is massively hypocritical.
It's also boring. The characters talk about things that don't make sense unless you're familiar with the summer event (I'm not) and any philosophical discussion is emotionally void. The art is boring, and so is the character design. Memories of the original run on Squadron Supreme are invoked by the awesome cover art from Alex Ross, but you definitely shouldn't judge this book by its cover....more
What's black and white and red all over? This first installment in a new series about Wanda Maximoff, the Marvel Universe's most misunderstood magic mWhat's black and white and red all over? This first installment in a new series about Wanda Maximoff, the Marvel Universe's most misunderstood magic mutant.
Establishing our protagonist as a woman with ghosts -- literal ghosts -- following her, and a taste for redemption, we can't help but be reminded of the similarly stylized, similarly motivated, and similarly humanized Natasha Romanov who until late appeared in Phil Noto and Nathan Edmundson's fun (but repetitive and often frustrating) series.
However, what Scarlet Witch lacks in narrative novelty (so far; first issues all feel the same for me at this point) it more than makes up for with a formidable style and distinctive character design. Kevin Wada's costume redesign for Wanda pays tribute to her most exciting outfits while keeping her grounded in reality, ie. what a woman would wear vs. what a reader might like to see her wearing. But there's been a ton of really interesting conversation about her new outfit, so I won't put in my two cents about it.
Scarlet Witch #1 promises a series that will hopefully distinguish its protagonist from the pretender of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with a visual appeal that will keep me looking forward to each month. I've heard that Marco Rudy will be illustrating future issues, and that in itself will be enough to keep me coming back.
Caveats: - The g-word is used in this issue, albeit by Wanda, who uses the epithet to disparage a conception that another character has about her. Still seems really mehhhh given Marvel's consistent attempts to hide/erase Wanda's Rroma heritage while maintaining a Rroma aesthetic....more
Great book to read if you're interested in how adaptation works and how it interacts with other aspects of media and society. Was led to read this byGreat book to read if you're interested in how adaptation works and how it interacts with other aspects of media and society. Was led to read this by the podcast Oh, Witch Please, which is a series focusing on Harry Potter....more