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review 2017-03-03 00:29
Silk Volume 2: The Negative
Silk Vol. 2: The Negative - Robbie Thompson

This volume is kind of a coming home for Silk. I don't want to give anything away, but I feel like the issues cover a lot of ground in a really short period. They really expand her world.

I love Silk but she was totally eclipsed for part of this volume by the amazing cast of people that surround her. For this issue, I don't consider this a bad thing. In the last volume, we were mostly caught up with Silk and the Black Cat and being undercover for SHIELD but this time Silk's world is opening up a little. We already know her two friends from work, who I just adore, but a few more characters are introduced that I hope are here to stay.

The volume answers a lot of questions, but then poses new questions as well, as any good continuation should. I hope to see her really get on her own two feet in the future.

Some fun little things that I loved:

  • the friends totally geeking out when they had stumbled upon the opportunity
  • the introduction of Spectro
  • the whole Negative Zone everything
  • SHIELD holding up it's end of a bargain
  • JJJ. I know, he's such a jerk to Peter and Spider-Man but he adores Silk and Cindy Moon.
  • JJJ's nickname for her.

It's definitely a volume that has some crucial information for anyone keeping up with her storyline, not filler at all. I look forward to continuing the series! 

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review 2017-01-27 18:19
Lumberjanes #29-32
Lumberjanes #29 - Leyh Kat,Carey Pietsch,Shannon Watters
Lumberjanes #30 - Leyh Kat,Carey Pietsch,Shannon Watters
Lumberjanes #31 - Shannon Watters,Kat Le... Lumberjanes #31 - Shannon Watters,Kat Leyh,Carey Pietsch
Lumberjanes #32 - Shannon Watters,Kat Le... Lumberjanes #32 - Shannon Watters,Kat Leyh,Carey Pietsch

Here we have the next story line for the Lumberjanes series and we get to catch up with the Greek gods in this one!!

Diane is back and with a quest that the girls have no choice but to get in the way of. I'm not going to add the synopsis of each comic so I don't spoil things from one issue to the next but these tell a cohesive story that continue the involvement of the Greek gods past the first story line of the series. It also brings in some of the other characters of Greek mythology in their typically Lumberjane way.

I will never tire of this series.

As always, they use the names of some awesome women as exclamations, April says both in this set, first exclaiming "Holy Nakano Takeko" in #30 and then "Sweet Mary Shelley" in #32. Be sure to check out their stories at the links because both are hardcore lady-types.

I know, I know, this isn't my most in depth review, but not much more to say than what I have already in previous posts about just how much of my heart these girls have. There's great representation here, the girls work together, their differences make them stronger, and they aren't all perfect at everything. They each work at what they know and grow in what they don't and sometimes the best lines comes from the strangest places. I think Molly has the best moment of this set.

I can't wait to read the next adventure these girls go on!

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review 2017-01-18 19:39
Invincible Iron Man (2016-) #1 - Brian Bendis,Stefano Caselli
Invincible Iron Man (2016-) #2 - Brian Bendis,Stefano Caselli

This is actually for both Invincible Iron Man #1 and #2 since #2 came out when I finally got a chance to read #1. It's also my Read Harder 2017 superhero comic with a female lead cause she's taking over the title, for at least a while.

I wanted to read this one as soon as it came out but I wanted to buy a physical copy to read because I've been loving having all the first issues of the new fabulous women that Marvel have been making the headliners of comics like Thor and Ms. Marvel. But no. This one does not yet have a physical copy available at the time of this writing, even at Amazon. So disappointing.

But alas, I decided to go ahead and get the Kindle/comiXology version and check out the story. As soon as I sat down to write this, I noticed on Amazon that #2 was also out, so I scooped it up and took the break to get that one in too because I had been intrigued about the way #1 ended.

Can I just say, though, that I loved the idea of Riri Williams from the first moment I saw her? Yeah, there was some controversy over the horrible hyper-sexualized version of the cover that lots of people wrote about. My favorite article about it was this one from Sublime Zoo. I couldn't agree more with the essential problem of that cover and everything it implied. At the same time, Ms. Marvel had been written and drawn so well and not sexualized that I held out hope that Marvel would listen to the outcry and fix it, which they totally did. But before they fixed it so that she looked like a teenager instead of a grown woman, there was this awesome display of cosplay in the outfit from that cover. It's so great to get a character that people want to cosplay as. It has to be the dream, right?

Okay, now let me get my main criticism out of the way and I'm going to do this without spoilers. There was one seen in the first issue that made me go, WTF? I am interested in seeing how it plays out in the media or if it gets any attention at all. Not being from Chicago nor sharing race, ethnicity, or any background with Riri Williams or anyone in the scene that gave me pause, I have to wonder what people who do share those things will think about that scene. It came off a little too stereotyped. It's one where I have to wonder how much of it is really an aspect of that location and how much is just a stereotype or whether there is some truth to find there.

The author is Brian Bendis, who is a white male comic writer for Marvel. I won't pretend that it wouldn't have be nice for this series to follow the Black Panther model for having POC write characters of color, but I get it. This is an established writer for comics who, according to his Wikipedia page, has won most of the awards he's been nominated for. He probably knows what he's doing and it was probably a decent call to get an established Marvel writer to transition the title from an established character to a new one because the established Iron Man audience that he normally writes for may not be quite so estranged by Iron Man's title being taken over by a black girl if the author is someone they feel they have a relationship with. And yes, she is a girl and not a woman just yet.

As the comic stands in the first issue, she is still a girl and very much looks like one. She is not the hyper-sexualized version that was in the problematic variant cover from this summer and honestly made a teenager look like she was closer to 25. Thank goodness. So glad they listened. Not only is she not in the hyper-sexualized version, but she doesn't even appear in that outfit. She is presented as a kid more interested in building things than her appearance and literally anything else. As in, virtually no skin is exposed ever. They must have gone back to Ms. Marvel and noticed what was done there. Nothing wrong with dressing sexy as a teenager, I did it as much as I could get away with, but it's entirely different for people to draw these girls as something for men to look at the way the older versions of most female heroes were. A little modesty in the superhero world is not a bad thing. We can stand to be, you know, treated like heroes and not eye candy in completely insane outfits and heels. But they appear to know already, so I'll stop here.

Aside from the scene that really felt unnecessary and stereotyped to me (though it could be my ignorance or privilege hiding that it's a general truth in Chicago, Idk), the rest seemed pretty gender and race neutral. What I mean is, none of the rest seemed put there to focus on either her gender or race in a negative way that might dehumanize or unnecessarily underestimate her nor did any of it look showy like it was only designed to show how great they were for attempting diversity. It was just there in that she was just a girl with a big brain on her kind of way.

Is she a perfect hero right out the gate? No. But that's normal. Neither was Spider-Man in any of the movies (I don't read his comics, not my thing but loved the old Tobey Maguire moveis), Silk, or Ms. Marvel. She should have a bit of a learning curve here. I still really enjoyed her first fight and the conversation that opens the entire comic between her parents and a head shrinker. I enjoyed his insights and the parent's responses. It had a little extra tinge of beauty because I had just seen Hidden Figures the day before and that movie opens with a similar, though not identical, conversations about the potential of a black girl (or African-American, if you prefer).

Moving on to #2.

Her backstory continues but no reveal as to her main motivation. Yes, her backstory contains reasons but so far it's more "she can" and not so much of a "why she does it". The art for her continues to be awesome and not sexualized while being gorgeous in a realistic way.

A fun little thing for me is the mention of my all-time favorite Disney princess by Riri (The Little Mermaid) though not whether or not she likes that one.... it was just cute to see the reference.

Other than that, #2 mostly just continues the activities of #1 and gives a few more details. I really like the little intros in both of these issues where she's making a video for what seems like a journal.

I came into these two issues without having read Civil War II and I'm starting to feel like I need to go back and do that before going further. Okay, I don't currently have a choice about going further since #3 isn't out yet, but you get my point. I'm almost caught up with Lumberjanes and then plan on catching Ms. Marvel up to that point and then giving Captain Marvel another shot to get into the whole Civil War thing and see what must have been Riri Williams's debut, because it's mentioned that she was in it.

So far, the comic is living up to the promise, at least for me. Riri is a genius and treated that way with no excuses or anyone trying to downplay her intelligence, just as Tony has been in the movies. She is what she is and her family at least pretends to be okay with her habits and abilities while still trying to get her to have a more normal childhood experience. I thought it was cute in the first issue when her mother, like so many of us these days, was telling her to go outside. I love the way her parents and her friend, Natalie, took it in stride when they asked what her projects were too. Most people would have scoffed at these ideas, but they have obviously normalized her genius level already because they just go with it. The mother even offers an alternate and more mainstream use for her first one. She's not treated like a freak or too smart or any of the other crazy things that we see sometimes when people talk to or about women in general being smart and all that negativity can be magnified sometimes when the discussion is women of color.

In individual issue form, they only seem to be available online for now, so I went to Amazon for these. They can be found here for #1 and #2.

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review 2016-06-09 18:00
Dreamer, Vol 1: The Consequence of Nathan Hale by Lora Innes
The Dreamer, Vol. 1: The Consequence of Nathan Hale: Consequence of Nathan Hale Pt. 1 - Lora Innes

This comic was fun. The dream type time travel is something I tend to enjoy when I see it. It lets you bounce between times, which is especially fun  the times are so different. I liked that she had some confusion between what to do about life given both circumstances. I enjoyed all the characters, but I especially enjoyed the men. 

The two love interests were romantic without being too unbelievable. Yes, they're all given more latitude to follow their concerns than would probably have happened in real life, but they stayed within some important boundaries. Those boundaries also good for maintaining tension, which I can also appreciate. 

I look forward to reading the next one! 

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review 2016-05-24 18:00
Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
Monstress #1 - Sana Takeda,Marjorie M. Liu
Monstress #2 - Marjorie M. Liu,Sana Takeda

I'm in love with this series. It makes my feminist heart flutter wildly. 


This is a female dominated world that is far from Utopian. There are weird animal/human hybrids. There is an evil religious organization with Inquisitrixes. The protagonist is not a nice girl or a sweet girl. Her strength is neither derived from some "uniquely feminine" quality nor would it really be called "masculine". She just is what she is and feels power in that. It brilliant and beautiful. The art is amazing. The world is intriguing. I can't wait to devour the rest of the series. 


But I will wait because the series is only on #6. It won't be patiently, though. 

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