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White Tiger by Tamora Pierce
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Jan 11, 11

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Read on January 11, 2011 — I own a copy


I don't expect a great deal from mainstream superhero comics written by established authors - often, they seem to come in with their own story to tell, and try to squeeze existing characters into it.

Pierce did not do this.

Her story of the newest White Tiger (Angela Del Toro, the niece of the original, Hector Ayala) fit perfectly with the rest of the Marvel Universe at the time - it fit in all the drama of CIVIL WAR without being ham-fisted about it; it dealt with the unavoidable issue of Danny Rand posing as Matt Murdock/Daredevil to cast doubt on the hero's identity; it referenced both Angela's past (in Brian BENDIS!'s DAREDEVIL run) and those of her supporting cast whenever it was relevant; and it told a good, engaging, NEW story.

It was EXACTLY what a comic-book should be. Pierce did an AMAZING job.

Unfortunately, there were some kinks at the beginning, mostly to do with the art and script not quite matching up. Some points were confusing and irritating, but by the third issue, when the writing and art blended together a bit better (the art, for the record, was always gorgeous and SUITED to sequential storytelling, not like, say, David Finch's pretty-but-not-right-for-comics pencils) the book was near flawless.

Amazingly, this could very easily have translated to a crime novel. I could easily see this working as prose, either with the same characters and continuity or as something brand-new - and getting a bucketload of sequels. It is really disappointing that this ended after only six issues!

Come back, Pierce and Liebe, and work your magic again!
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