Posts Tagged 'Marvel heroes'



Gendered Language: X-Men, X-Women, or X-People?

Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Storm, Rogue, Rachel Summers, and Psylocke on the cover X-Men Vol 4 #2

This past Wednesday, the female-lead X-Men #1 by Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel hit the stands. The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive and I’m happy to report that it’s well worth a buy.

The series’ all-woman cast has led to a lively Internet discussion with many questioning the appropriateness of the comic’s gendered title. At first, I thought there might be some validity to the criticism, but the more I reflect on Marvel’s decision, the more I think that they made the right call. Continue reading ‘Gendered Language: X-Men, X-Women, or X-People?’

2012 Superhero Census Update

Rogue, Wolverine, Cyclops, Beast, Kitty Pryde, Namor, Emma Frost, Storm, Magneto, and other X-MenI just want to give a quick update on the status of my 2012 Superhero Census.

All of the raw data has been collected. It’s a massive amount and information and includes roughly 250 characters that appear across more than 300 individual comics.

Right now, I’m having a few associates proof the collected sex, race, and sexual orientation of all the characters. I’m also working out the best way to display the data. Once I get all the finer points ironed out I’ll publish a series of post examining the results so make sure to stay tune!

Transgender Comic Characters Come Out: ‘Batgirl’s’ Alysia and ‘FF’s’ Tong

Tong in a pink dress with her brothers Mik, Korr, and Turg in FF #6

Transgender characters are still a rarity in superhero comics but hopefully this is changing. Just last month, each of The Big Two featured comics in which a transgender character comes out.

I’m thoroughly enjoying Matt Fraction’s run on FF. It’s a fun, offbeat book with a lot going for it. Mike Allred’s art and a Fraction written She-Hulk both stand out, but it’s Mik, Korr, Turg, and Tong that really steal the show.

As if I didn’t dig these four little Moloids enough, this touching scene graced the pages of FF#6. Continue reading ‘Transgender Comic Characters Come Out: ‘Batgirl’s’ Alysia and ‘FF’s’ Tong’

A Damsel No More: Pepper Potts in ‘Iron Man 3’

Pepper Potts saves Tony in Iron Man 3When asked about her role as Pepper Potts in “Iron Man 3,” Gwyneth Paltrow told MTV  that “you see her really on equal ground with Tony in their interpersonal dynamic, and as a CEO, and then she’s got all this action… I think in order to move things forward and keep it fresh, you can only be the damsel in distress for so long.”

After catching the film, I’m happy to report that Paltrow’s remarks are far from hyperbole. SPOILERS ahead! Continue reading ‘A Damsel No More: Pepper Potts in ‘Iron Man 3’’

Rick Remender, the Mutant Oppression Metaphor, and the ‘M-Word’

Captain America, Wolverine, Thor, Havok, Rogue, Wasp, Scarlet Witch, Wonder Man, SunfireIn Uncanny Avengers #5, writer Rick Remender included a speech advocating cultural assimilation and the abandonment of a minority’s cultural identity. Needless to say, this has caused a bit of an uproar.

Before we get to the speech, here’s a little background.

For decades, mutants have served as an oppression metaphor in Marvel comics. The term “mutant,” unlike the derogatory “mutie” or “freak,” is the culturally accepted term used to refer to an individual who naturally develops (i.e. is born with) active or latent superhuman abilities. These individuals are largely marginalized and discriminated against. Continue reading ‘Rick Remender, the Mutant Oppression Metaphor, and the ‘M-Word’’

LGBTQ Superhero Marriage Equality Memes (Vol. 2)

Stormwatch’s Apollo and Midnighter Kissing

‘Stormwatch’s’ Apollo and Midnighter Kissing

I enjoyed making the first batch of LGBTQ superhero marriage equality memes so much that I decided to do another. Plus, as Baby Nightsoil pointed out in the comments, there are a few major same-sex comic book couples that I overlooked in the first round.

Just like last time, if there’s one you like, please feel free to pass it around, use it as your profile pic, etc. but please include a link back to my site. Continue reading ‘LGBTQ Superhero Marriage Equality Memes (Vol. 2)’

LGBTQ Superhero Marriage Equality Memes

Andy Khouri's Batwoman and The Question marriage equality meme

Andy Khouri’s Batwoman and The Question marriage equality meme

Shamelessly inspired by Andy Khouri’s excellent Batwoman and The Question marriage equality meme, I’ve decided to make a few of my own.

I considered making my own Batwoman meme, but ultimately decided that Khouri’s was perfect and I should just focus on some other LGBTQ superheroes.

If you see one you like, please feel free to use it as your profile pic, pass it around, etc. If you do, a link back would be appreciated. Continue reading ‘LGBTQ Superhero Marriage Equality Memes’

Black History Month Superhero Spotlight: Falcon

Falcon_the_first_African_American_superhero

As I discussed last week, the Black Panther debuted as the first black superhero in July 1966. However, it would be three years until the introduction of the first African-American superhero in comics: Samuel Wilson, the Falcon. Created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan, Wilson first appeared in Captain America #117 in September 1969.

When a group of men on an unnamed tropical island put out an ad for a falconer, Wilson, a social worker from Harlem, responds with his falcon, Redwing. Continue reading ‘Black History Month Superhero Spotlight: Falcon’

The X-Women Are Taking Over ‘X-Men’ this April

X-Women starring in X-Men as part of Marvel NOW!News broke this week that Brian Wood and Olivier Coipe’s new on-going X-Men title will feature an all-female cast.

And as if that wasn’t enough to get me excited about the book, Wood recently told USA Today that X-Men will star Jubilee. I’ll be honest; I’m a sucker for anything with a well-written Jubliee. Throw in Storm, Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Rachel Grey, and Psylocke, and it’s a who’s who of my favorite X-Men.

The announcement has been pretty well received, but there has been a bit of criticism regarding the series’ name. Continue reading ‘The X-Women Are Taking Over ‘X-Men’ this April’

Is a Hero of Color More Upsetting than a White Would-Be Rapist?

Doc_Ock_Spider-Man_vs_Miles_MoralesSome pundits seem to think so.

Spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man #700 ahead. Continue reading ‘Is a Hero of Color More Upsetting than a White Would-Be Rapist?’


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