I first created this blog for a semester-long project at school – but it’s become so much more than that. When I began getting into comics, I always wanted to talk about them. But to me, it felt like no other girls I knew were reading comics or thought them to not be something nerdy. As time has progressed, the comic book world has greatly expanded, but there is still a marginal difference in comic book culture of welcoming in female readers. This blog became my way of illustrating how I felt about the world’s current batch of comics, whether it be a great female character or a horrible mistake made by a comic book company.
A few weeks ago, I was scavenging the internet for some clear pictures of Huntress for my Batgirl movie fan cast. As I passed through images and images of old Huntress comic strips, I began to realize something hilarious and kind of disturbing. In many of these photos, Huntress’ costume does not consist of pants. Nope! Huntress catches criminals in thigh-high heeled boots, a bare midriff, and tiny hot pants. Not that this isn’t a Look™, but I have to wonder how she hasn’t been knifed in the stomach yet with all that midriff showing. So of course, I continued to investigate this strange phenomenon of female superhero costumes.
Hey readers! With summer being just beyond the horizon, that means more time to sit around and relax. I know as I head into finals week at college, I’m more than ready to sit by the pool and get back into reading something other than textbooks. So, I thought it would be a great idea to recommend a few of my favorite female comics from the last year to now. Put on some sunscreen, lean back in your lounge chair, and open up one of my recommendations!
If you’d look at Marvel’s current line of comics, you’ll see a diverse set of characters that wasn’t there just a few years ago. There’s Lunella Layafette, the smartest person in the Marvel Universe while only being nine years old. We have Miles Morales, a half-black, half-Latin Spiderman and RiRi Williams, a black 15-year-old genius who configured her own Iron Man suit while attending MIT. Compared to DC Comics, Marvel has developed more characters that are diverse and represent the world we live in. Yet, they’re still lacking with characters that are queer people of color. Not to say they don’t have any, naming my favorite former Dora Milaje warriors, Ayo and Aneka. But there hasn’t been a full-blown series that focuses on a queer character of color. Thankfully, we’ve been given a gift in the new series, America, focusing on the journey of queer, Latinx superhero America Chavez.
Hey guys! If you’ve been away from the internet for a few days, you may have missed Warner Bros. and DC Comics announcing some big news for a little character named Batgirl. Last week, Warner Bros. revealed that there was a Batgirl solo-movie in the works with Joss Whedon possibly writing, directing and producing the […]
Hey guys! I’m switching up my usual posts by reviewing a blog that also focuses on women in comics for my FDOM class. One blog that really stood out to me was TheMary Sue’s, “Women in Comics.” As the title indicates, “Women in Comics” is all about ladies in comics, whether it be the characters or the creators.
The first thing I noticed about “Women in Comics” is the diversity they offer in their content. Not only do the writers discuss comics from major brands like DC Comics or Marvel, but they really try to bring the readers news on indie setups like LINE Webtoon and BOOM! Studios. Indie creators tend to not get their due for their stories, especially female indie comic creators, so the type of coverage “Women in Comics” is providing them is refreshing to say the least.
“Indie creators tend to not get their due for their stories, especially female indie comic creators…”
Another way “Women in Comics” is relaying diversity on their blog is by looking at the different women in comics, from women of color to disabled women. The comic book world has been known to make their female superheroes white with unrealistic (even impossible) bodies. In recent years, this issue has been getting better with the inclusion of a more diverse cast of female characters. Yet, there is still a discrepancy of diverse female characters in comic book films and television. “Women in Comics” does not just focus on the female comic book characters with super fit bodies and blonde hair, but characters that are representative of our actual world.
“…There is still a discrepancy of diverse female characters in comic book films and television.”
Overall, “Women in Comics” is an amazing blog for comic book readers who want to learn more about female characters or female creators in comics. Not only is the blog diverse, but it provides a well-needed outlet for under appreciated stories and creators. “Women in Comics” doesn’t have their own social media, but you can follow The Mary Sue on Twitter for updates on the blog. Check them out and keep kicking ass!
There’s the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” In some cases, that is a heralded statement. In other situations, you should throw that idea out the window because that cover may be as electric and exciting as the inside of the book. The same can be said for the new sci-fi action comic, Motor Crush, written by Brenden Fletcher with art by Babs Tarr and Cameron Stewart. The first time my eyes passed over Motor Crush’s debut cover, with its splashes of neon pink across a monochrome, punk-attired girl on a motorcycle, I was hooked.
“…Fletcher sets up an invigorating world filled withe interesting characters that the reader will remain intrigued by.”
Coming from the same creative team who revamped Batgirl in her New-52 series, Motor Crush #1 is brimming with the same high-energy and fun that was seen in Batgirl. The comic is set in a sci-fi future obsessed with motorcycle racing, centering on an up and coming league racer by the name of Domino Swift, who tends to dabble in the dangerous underground world of street-races. In its first issue, Fletcher sets up an invigorating world filled with interesting characters that the reader will remain intrigued by. What really amps up the comic though is Babs Tarr’s wonderfully playful artwork. Each scene is brought to life with her use of neon colors and cyberpunk-aesthetics, especially in the action scenes, bringing life to an already energized comic. As important as the action is, I hope they will not lose the plot in an exhausted amount of action scenes as the comic progresses.
For a first issue, this comic was so exhilarating! I really love the Fast and the Furious/Scott Pilgrim vibes I’m getting from Motor Crush so far. The main character of Domino seems kickass and a lot more interesting than the audience is made to believe. I can’t wait to delve more into the sci-fi aspects that the comic is offering, especially the mysterious drug known as Crush. If you’d like to buy the comic, check out this link to Comixology for a digital copy or pick up a paper copy at your local comic book shop/bookstore!