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Know What You’re Watching Before Watching

I am back from my comic book blog hiatus and I’m starting with one of my random temper tantrums.  This is a no bars hold blog post.  Anything goes.  You have been warned.

I remember watching Deadpool movie at the theater two years ago.  As expected, it was packed.  Lines wrapped around every which way.  Being the comic book fan that I am, I tried my best to ignore critic reviews.

However I did lash out a couple of times on social media because I got fed up with people dogging the movie.  It was obvious they hadn’t taken the time to read upon who Deadpool is and what he is all about.  I am a diehard fan of the Merc with a Mouth.  He is one of my favorite Marvel comic book characters and I have been reading and collecting his comic books for the past seven or eight years.

I appreciated Deadpool movie just like I appreciate the upcoming Black Panther movie which will be released in North America this Friday, February 16, 2018.

Just as a lot of people went into movie theaters without prior knowledge of Deadpool, I can already tell that this will also be the case about Black Panther, another Marvel Comics character.

I am beyond sick and tired of all the chaos surrounding Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Black Panther movie.  Folks are literally turning this movie into something that it is not, a BLACK movie.

People saw Black Panther in Civil War and got carried away.  They acted as if that was the first time the world had seen a black superhero.  Now folks are running around buying costumes and outfits to wear while watching the movie.  Private screenings are even being held at one of the theaters I frequent.  They want you to dress up and the media will be there.

A lot of black people are getting carried away for real and it’s driving me crazy.  This is because folks are not taking the time to read upon and learn about King T’Challa, aka Black Panther.

I am tired of reading social media posts where we (blacks) finally have something of our own.  They are telling us to take all our family and friends to see the movie so we can support and represent.

As a lifelong comic book fan I am easily irritated about the drama surrounding the Black Panther movie.  One lady posted asking if anyone is taking their kids to see the movie.  Um, why wouldn’t they take them?

I read a comment wondering if there will be racial undertones in the movie.  Someone responded that it’s not likely because Quentin Tarntino didn’t have anything to do with it.

Someone posted that we finally have a movie about us, but that it was written by a white man and owned by a white company (Marvel Comics).  Therefore our money is lining the white man’s pockets.

Okay.  This is where I, a black female and comic book nerd, must draw the line.

  1. King T’Challa, aka Black Panther, is a black superhero comic book character by Marvel Comics.  He was created by two white men, Stan Lee and the late Jack Kirby.  He made his first appearance in Fantastic Four #52 in 1966.
  2. He is ruler and protector of Wakanda which is a hidden, technologically advanced country in Africa.
  3. He holds an Avenger card.  Yes, Black Panther is an Avenger.
  4. If you really want to support and represent then don’t stop at the movie.  Continue supporting Black Panther by reading his comic book series.  Published by Marvel Comics, you can purchase print comic books at your local comic shop (LCS) or digital comics at Comixology.  You might want to check out Comixology’s website as soon as possible because their Black Panther graphic novels are on sale for ridiculously low prices.
  5. And support Falcon’s comic book series while you’re at it.  Luke Cage has his own series, but it’s heading to the chopping block.  I’m mad as heck because that title is on my pull list at my LCS.

Speaking of Stan Lee, I dug up this picture of us for attention.

What I don’t understand is that I have been made fun of for years because I read and collect comic books.  Now these same folks are breaking their necks to see the movie.

I don’t care for drama.  I love my Marvel Comics, but I am not planning on watching the movie until at least two weeks after it opens.

For those of you that don’t know about King T’Challa, then read this before heading to the movie theater.  When you get there, leave the drama at the front door and just watch and enjoy the damn movie.

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Original Sin #1 Review

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Uatu the watcher, one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe, has been murdered.  First of all, how is that even possible?  Second, who was bold enough to kill the Watcher, and what gun was large and powerful enough to blast a hole in his ginormous head?  The killer(s) even stole his eyes.

I would say the Watcher was caught off guard, but that would be silly of me.  Uatu was the Watcher, he saw EVERYTHING in the universe.

Nick Fury is the leader of a stellar cast of heroes and vigilants, including some of my favorites such as Black Widow, Thor, Black Panther, Dr. Strange, Punisher, Moon Knight, and Gamora, as they work endlessly to solve the greatest murder mystery in the history of comics.  Not just comic books by Marvel, but ALL COMICS.

Jason Aaron is the writer of this chilling eight-part mini-series, published by Marvel Comics.  Sharp dialogue with great character interactions.  Aaron created a diverse team of heroes and vigilantes, and I can’t wait to see them work as a team.  With snarks such as Punisher and Wolverine, I’m sure I’ll be laughing at some point.  Well I already did, the scenes with Punisher and Dr. Strange.  But for now, I need to focus on Aaron’s frightening script, because this is one murder mystery that is definitely getting my full attention.

The superb artwork was provided by Mike Deodato (artist) and Frank Martin (colors).  Their frightening panels match Aaron’s script perfectly.  I especially like that magnificent spread of the Watcher sprawled out on the floor with blood gushing from his eyes, and the gunshot wound to his head (I work in an ER so I’ve seen it all, nothing is gross to me).

I’m definitely going to read the entire the Original Sin mini-series.  However, I’m not going to read all of the tie-ins, just the titles I currently read.

VERDICT (drum roll please)
Original Sin is a great murder mystery that I strongly recommend.  Along with the art, the writing is sharp and gives that frightening feel that’s needed to appreciate this suspensful comic to the fullest.

I also recommend that you read Original Sin #0, it’s an introduction to Uatu the Watcher. 

Original Sin #1 gets 5/5 stars.

My Reaction to Superior Spider-Man #31

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This will be short and sweet with no spoilers.

It is no secret that I am not fond of Peter Parker.  But in case you didn’t already know this, I discussed it in great detail in a previous blog post.  I stated the reasons why I felt Doctor Octopus (Otto Gunther Octavius) aka Doc Ock, was the better Spider-Man.

I was not at all shocked when I learned the Superior Spider-Man series, published by Marvel Comics, would be coming to an end.  For some reason, good things always come to an end.  Obviously Peter Parker is not any good because he’s back, huh?  (You know I had to throw sarcasm in there, right?)

My reaction to Superior Spider-Man #31:  Series Finale, a wonderfully crafted series, written by Dan Slott, and drawn and colored by various talented artists, is the same as when I read issue #30.  A ginormous WHAT THE HELL?

I read the series finale a couple of hours ago, before I even left the comic shop, and wanted to tear the book into a million pieces, or let the store owners cat poop on it.  I figured my husband might want to read it, and Peter Parker wasn’t worth me spending another $5.99.  I know about the digital codes, but my household prefer print media.

So, as soon as my husband read Superior Spider-Man #31:  Series Finale, I am going to rip and rip until I get tired.

That’s right.  I’m taking Peter Parker out to the trash.

Ms. Marvel 2 Review

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We were introduced to Kamala Khan, a beautiful 16 year-old teenage girl, in the debut issue of Ms. Marvel.  Kamala is a Muslim who loves comic books.  She is also mouthy, assertive, and appears to stop at nothing to get what she wants.  She even snuck out of the house to attend a party.  In other words, Kamala Khan is a typical teenager in mainstream America.

But we don’t know how much longer all that will last, as Kamala was mysteriously transformed into Ms. Marvel.  So far she knows that she is able to shape-shift, grow, and shrink in size.

In the current issue of Ms. Marvel, Kamala tries to figure out what has happened to her, while at the same time trying to learn what her superpowers are, and how to use them.  But the most important question is, is it meant to be?  Was she purposely chosen to be the new Ms. Marvel?

G. Willow Wilson is the writer of this title, published by Marvel Comics.  Realistic dialogue,  and phenomenal character interactions.  I especially like the distinctive voices of the characters, Kamala’s family most notably.

Here are a couple of pages from the current issue, showcasing sharp dialogue among Kamala’s family.

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The creative art time includes Adrian Alphona (artist) and Ian Herring (colors).  Superb art, especially the transformation into Ms. Marvel.  I especially like the distinctive coloring on both Kamala and Ms. Marvel.  Brown skin vs. white, dark hair vs. blonde.  I also liked the panels where Kamala didn’t realize she shape-shifted back to herself, as she snuck back into her home and faced her brother.   Alphona and Herring makes a great visual storytelling team.

To let their work speak for itself, here are a few pages from the current issue of Ms. Marvel.

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Ms. Marvel is more than a superhero comic book.  It also focuses on family values.  Kamala is torn between abiding by the principles upon which she was raised, and that of mainstream society.  The comic is centered around a Muslim family, but there are themes in the book that applies to every family, no matter what culture or religion you belong to.

Last Friday at the shopping mall, I met a lady that was standing outside the library handing out literature.  She greeted me with a smile and asked if I was interested in some reading.  She pointed inside the library, and I saw a small group of women sitting at a table with pamphlets and books.  The lady said they were trying to get out and meet people, and talk to them, because a lot of people don’t know who they are, and what they are about.  They were Muslims.

I said, “You may find it funny, because a lot of people do when they find out, but I read comic books.”  She laughed, leaned forward and said, “I have a secret too!”  She told me what she reads and we burst with loud laughter.  As soon as I mentioned Ms. Marvel, she said they all knew about the book, but didn’t know that it was already out.

I told her that I had been curious since I started reading Ms. Marvel, and wanted to learn more about Muslims in hopes of me getting a better understanding of the story.  I then started telling her about the comic.  She was very excited and asked where she could find a comic book shop.  I told her the locations of the two that are in the area, but I could tell she wasn’t familiar with the streets.  She asked if she could buy it online and read it, because she really wanted to read the book.

I also mentioned a physician that I work with, who’s from Pakistan.  I told her we occasionally discuss world issues.  He will mention what the Quran says, then ask me what the Bible says.  She asked his name and immediately knew who I was speaking about!

She invited me invited me inside the library to meet the other ladies.  She told them that I read the comic, and mentioned my co-worker.  They were all very friendly and said the Muslim community knew about the comic, and they wanted to read it.  I told them I wouldn’t be able to make it to their informational meeting later on, so they let me grab whatever handouts I wanted from the table, including a copy of the English translated Quran.

When I picked my son up from school a few minutes later, we went to the nearest comic shop to look for Ms. Marvel.  We found a copy of the first issue, second print.  I purchased the book, and took it to the group at the mall.  The lady I met and spoke with first wasn’t there.  It was a different group.  But they were already aware of me, and said they would make sure that she read the book first.

By the way, the comic was placed into a Free Comic Book Day bag.  Hopefully that bag will attract new comic book readers!

I have another physician co-worker that is from Yemen.  He purchased a home last summer in a high-demand area.  He was outside building a retaining wall, when he sensed that he was being watched.  Sure enough, he turned and saw his next-door-neighbors staring at him from their fence.

He immediately walked over to the fence, smiled, stuck out his hand for a handshake, and introduced himself.  He killed the heck out of them with kindness.  That quickly ended all the staring and whispering.

When you ask people what they wish for, a lot of them always say world peace.  It’s not difficult to achieve world peace.  We have to be at peace with ourselves first, then be at peace with our neighbors.

I am definitely going to continue reading this awesome new title.  If you are looking for new comics to read, I strongly suggest Ms. Marvel.

Verdict (drum roll please)

There is no doubt that this issue gets 5/5 stars.

Mighty Avengers #6 Review

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Published by Marvel Comics, Mighty Avengers is a character-driven series.  The series  focuses on the interpersonal relationships of the predominantly minority-led superhero team, led by Luke Cage.

Written by Al Ewing, Mighty Avengers #6 is filled with crisp dialogue, and excellent character interactions.  I especially like the interaction between Luke Cage and Blue Marvel.  I also liked the mishaps of Kenny Driscoll, leading up to Falcon’s intro.

I plan to continue reading the series, especially to learn more about Power Man’s abilities.

The art team consists of Valerio Schiti (artist), Frank D’Armata (colors), Greg Land and D’Armata (cover).  Characters are realistically drawn, and I especially like their facial expressions.  They actually match the dialogue.  I didn’t like Luke Cage’s appearance at first.  I felt he looked too hip-hop.  I didn’t care for the ripped jeans, unlaced shoes, chain loop hanging from his belt, and all those rings on his fingers.  But I didn’t complain much, because I know that just because you dress a certain way, doesn’t mean that you behave in that fashion.  And the Mighty Avengers is a team of intellectual characters.

When I blogged about the debut issue, I stated that Marvel had set this title up for failure.  I still feel that way, but Marvel is not acting alone.  There’s someone else that’s also setting  up Mighty Avengers to fail, its readers.

Supporters of this title need to spread the word about the book.  Get on your blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Tumbler, message boards, and other social media sites and get the word out about this book.  Post about your favorite characters or scenes.  This is a character-driven series.  Talk about their interpersonal relationships.

There is always someone looking for new comics to read, and this is our chance to make sure that this title lands in the hands of those readers.

We all know that Marvel will cancel a title in a split second, so we need to bust our asses and get the word out about this awesome book, before it heads to that damn chopping block.

We also need to make sure that we talk about the creative team.  Al Ewing is a great writer.  We are six issues into the series, but he’s still in the shadows.  That’s because people are so busy complaining about Land, and Monica Rambeau’s hair.

Speaking of message boards, stop posting a bunch of nonsense and talk about your favorite comic books before they get CANCELLED.  I rarely visit message boards.  When I do visit, I don’t always comment because I don’t see any interesting discussions.

That was the case recently.  I went to a message board to interact with other fans about the current issue.  There was nearly 40 pages of discussion about the current issue, but the majority of the posts were in reference to Monica’s new hairstyle.

If you are a poster on message boards, please post something of intelligence about your favorite comic books.  Many site visitors feel compelled to comment, so this is your chance to facilitate a constructive discussion.

I posted a link to my blog post about Monica’s hair, and of course most of the responses I received were sarcastic.  Yes I said to leave Monica alone, and she should be left alone.  Talk about the damn story, not a hairstyle.

Bring Ewing out of the shadows, and put him up on a pedestal.  He’s an excellent writer, and it’s time to spread the word about his work.   Schiti is a great artist, and hell, even Land’s art is not unbearable.

I have supported Mighty Avengers since the first issue, and I will continue to support it.  I am going to tweet, Facebook, Tumblr, and blog about this book until I get tired.  I will take a 5-second break, then continue to tweet, Facebook, Tumblr and blog.

I created my Tumblr account a few weeks ago.  I still don’t know what I’m doing, but at least I know how to publish a post.  That’s one more social media site for me to blast my support for my favorite comic books.

I also discuss comic books at the comic shop.  That’s a great way to interact with the store owners, employees, and customers.

Comic book readers, there are people looking for comics to read.  Not just new readers, but readers looking for a jump-on point.  We can help them out by spreading the word about our favorite comics, especially low-profile titles.

Verdict (drum roll please)

Mighty Avengers is an excellent character-driven book that I strongly recommend.  This issue gets 5/5 stars.

Monica Rambeau: What’s Hair Got to do With it?

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I knew from the beginning that Mighty Avengers, the predominantly minority-led superhero team by Marvel Comics, would draw a lot of slack.  But what I didn’t expect was negative comments about Monica Rambeau’s new appearance, specifically her new hairstyle, to pour in by the masses.

Monica Rambeau, aka Spectrum, is a beautiful, intelligent, strong, and determined  African-American woman.  I am also an African-American female, with hair of black texture.  Monica is representing to the fullest.  So if you’re talking about her, then you’re also talking about me.

In case you don’t already know, this blog consists of my HONEST comic reviews, and my HONEST rants and tantrums.  Every blog post consists of my thoughts only, because I am not influenced by anyone.

I am literally shocked by the comments that I have been reading since Mighty Avengers debut issue.  Out of 20+ pages of this wonderfully crafted comic, written by Al Ewing, the only thing a lot of people mention is Monica’s hair.  The haters and complainers of Mighty Avengers are complaining about Monica’s new hairstyle, as if her hair is a character.  Last I checked, hair didn’t talk or fight.  Well at least mine don’t.

What disturbs me, most of all, is the fact that I can tell that MOST of those comments about Monica’s hair are not even written by African-Americans.

First of all, what the hell does Monica’s hair has to do with anything?

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 Nothing at all.

How is it affecting her role in comics?  It’s not.

Second, please stop with the notion that we (black women) relax our hair to conform to the standards of white beauty, because that’s just a pile of bullshit.  Black women have worn relaxed hairstyles for years.  We relax our hair to make it straight, just as white women perm their hair to make it curly.

And as for the mother mentioning the “burn” in the current issue, and above picture, a relaxer is a chemical.  Chemicals burn irritated skin, especially relaxers that contain dye.  So if you scratch your scalp before a relaxer application, it becomes irritated, and a possible burning sensation from the relaxer dye may occur.

So fucking  what Monica Rambeau is no longer wearing braids and a damn trench coat.  Getting rid of braids, afro, and opting to relax our hair instead, does not make us less black.

I read comments that stated a lot of black women like to stay natural, stick to our culture.  Well that may be the case, but for those women.  It’s not like that for all of us.

The main reason black women relax their hair is manageability/flexibility.  Relaxed hair is easier to comb and style, and we’re not spending a lot of time in the mirror trying to “make do.”

Hair of black texture is coarse and dry.  Our hair comes in three grades, fine (or good hair), medium, and coarse.  My hair is medium grade, and I haven’t relaxed it in almost a year.  But so what, it’s my choice.  Just like it’s Al Ewing, Greg Land, and Valerio Schiti’s choice to design Monica’s appearance however they like.

Let’s take a look at Misty Knight.

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Hairstyles, just like clothing, has to appropriately fit the occasion.  Misty Knight, the African-American badass from The Fearless Defenders does not have the same abilities as Monica.  She’s neither a beam of light, nor does she fly in the air.  She kicks ass on the ground.  Therefore, Misty’s braids and ponytail is befitting to her appearance in the comic.

On the other hand, I definitely would not want to look up and see Monica flying around with braids or a ‘fro.  That would look totally ridiculous.  Just as ridiculous as all those silly comments I read.

In other words, leave Monica Rambeau the hell alone.

With Schiti as the artist for the current issue, I thought maybe there would be more comments on his work, and Ewing’s writing.  And less negative comments about Land’s work and Monica’s hair.  I was wrong.

After reading the dialogue between Monica and the mother, I just knew all this nonsense about her hair would cease.  Wrong again.

I like to visit comic message boards to interact with other comic fans.  I don’t always comment, but I like to read a variety of posts and comments.  But lately I’ve found it hard to find intellectual discussions about some of my favorite comic books, especially Mighty Avengers.

By the way, if you think black women wearing straightened hair is conforming to white society, then wait until this summer when I attend the 2014 World TSC Conference in Washington, D.C.  My hair is going to be waist-length, silky-smooth and straight.

Since black heroes are not allowed to change their hairstyles,

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then I guess Luke Cage should still look like this:

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Night of the Living Deadpool #2 Review

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If you are not reading Night of the Living Deadpool, a mini-series by Marvel Comics, then I highly suggest that you start immediately, so that you won’t miss out on a fun, horror comic.

The series began with Deadpool waking up from an all-you-can-eat chimicanga induced coma.  Having no idea as to why the city was deserted, he eventually discovers that he slept through a talking zombie apocalypse.  Their consciousness is alive, but they can’t control their bodies, or the killings.  Some of them even begged Deadpool to kill them.  Just as the zombies were closing in on the merc with the mouth, who finds humor amidst all the chaos, a small group of survivors rolled up in an El Camino, driven by an older, feisty woman, called granma by the kid survivors.

In the current issue, Deadpool and his rescuers blasts their way out of safety.  The apocalypse is worldwide, so their lives remain in danger.  Eventually becoming the sole survivor of the Deadpool scouts (yeah, that’s what he called them), Deadpool discovers a barricaded, but safe, community in West Virginia.

Surveying the community from a distance, Deadpool is approached by a group of women, both young and old.  One of the women tells Deadpool that they’re travelers, who came a long way to find the community, after hearing rumors of its’ purity.  The women all APPEAR to be nice and friendly.  BUT ARE THEY?

Cullen Bunn is the writer of this entertaining script.  The talking zombies are a major plus.  I laughed when the El Camino rolled up, I haven’t seen one of those in years.  There was a cut on Deadpool’s arm, but the wound healed itself.  Readers now have to wait for the next issue to see if he turns into a zombie.

Great artwork by Ramon Rosanas.  I especially like how the art is in black-and-white, giving that eerie feeling that is expected in a horror story.  Deadpool is very easy to find, because he’s the only one that’s in color.

There is no doubt that I plan to read this title until the end.

VERDICT (drum roll please)

I strongly recommend this Mini-series, by Marvel comics, for Deadpool and horror fans.  Amazing script plus amazing art equals 5/5 stars.