Marvel’s Multicultural Crusade

So this is a thing that’s happening: Marvel comics is turning Iron Man from a grown-up, white, male, billionaire industrialist to a black, female, teenage college student. Last week Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis unveiled in an interview with Time that a new character, Riri Williams, will be taking over Iron Man from the character … Continued


Captain America Breaks Bad

So Captain America is evil now? When last we left the world of comics, the big brains who run Marvel were busy multiculturalizing their stable of characters not by inventing cool new heroes (like Abigail Brand, a chaotic-neutral intergalactic Nick Fury gifted to Marvel by Joss Whedon) but by turning their A-list heroes into diversity … Continued


How Multiculturalism Took Over Comic Books

Last week Marvel comics announced that it was replacing Bruce Banner (old, white guy) with Amadeus Cho (young, Korean guy) as the Incredible Hulk. This comes on the heels of Marvel recently turning Thor into a woman, Ms. Marvel into a Muslim teenager, and Spider-Man into a kid who’s half African-American and half Puerto Rican … Continued


Marvel’s Massive New Book

At $200 it looks expensive, but make no mistake about it: 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden age to the Silver Screen is worth every penny. This is a massive book, in fact dangerous to life for children under six. It comes with its own suitcase. (It’s also available for much less on Amazon.) … Continued

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Spider-Woman and the Liberals Who Censor Comics

A few months ago, Marvel Comics got into some hot water when it revealed the cover of the first issue of its new series, Spider-Woman . The artwork is by Milo Manara, a comic book artist known for his erotic depictions of women. Spider-Woman, aka Jessica Drew, was drawn in a posture that liberals and feminists … Continued


Marvel’s New Muslim Superhero

Is the art good? Is the story compelling? That’s all that really matters with the new comic book, Ms. Marvel. The lead character, Kamala Khan, is a Muslim teenage girl living in Jersey City with her family, who are originally from Pakistan. The comic has gotten a lot of media attention, but it’s been of … Continued


The Fantastic Four: One Happy Family

Now that we’ve made it to the Marvel Universe by way of Spider-Man (after my original posts on two DC comics superheroes and one supervillain), it’s only natural to examine Marvel Comics’ First Family, the superteam that led the charge into the Silver Age, the first collaboration of comic greats Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, … Continued


Career Choice: Easy for Superheroes, Hard for the Rest of Us

The proliferation of Superhero flicks, popularity of Comic-Con, and the expanding reach of Marvel and DC Comics all testify to the obvious: people love superheroes. There are many reasons for this, but one of them has to be envy. Seriously, who among us hasn’t imagined how great it would be to wake up one morning … Continued

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