Category: marvel comics

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Having Students Analyze Comics’ Pages: Part II

Last post, I wrote about some of the pages I passed out to students in my Literature and Composition Graphic Memoirs’ class. I distributed the pages and had students examine them based on Scott McCloud’s discussion of transitions and gutters in Understanding Comics. Today, I want to continue by looking at some more of the pages that I had students examine. Unlike the pages … Read More Having Students Analyze Comics’ Pages: Part II

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Kamala Khan or Ms. Marvel? Identity in “Ms. Marvel: No Normal”: Part III

Today, I’m going to wrap up my discussion of identity in G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona’s Ms. Marvel: No Normal by looking at some panels from the issues #3 and #4 of the volume. Specifically, I want to look at the scene with Kamala in the girls’ locker room at her school and the scene when the police arrive at the Circle Q. … Read More Kamala Khan or Ms. Marvel? Identity in “Ms. Marvel: No Normal”: Part III

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Kamala Khan or Ms. Marvel? Identity in “Ms. Marvel: No Normal”: Part II

Last post, I wrote about the opening pages of G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona’s Ms. Marvel: No Normal. Over the next couple of posts, I want to continue that discussion. Specifically, I want to focus on three sections/panels in the volume. These panels appear at different stages as Kamala struggles with her identity, but each, in its own way, highlights this struggle.

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Absolution in “Truth: Red, White, and Black”

A few weeks ago, I taught Robert Morales and Kyle Baker’s Truth: Red, White, and Black. While I had read Truth before, and written about it some, teaching it opened up new ways for me to approach the text. In the blog post I wrote about Truth two years ago, I focused on the ways that Morales and Baker “give voice to those whose … Read More Absolution in “Truth: Red, White, and Black”

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Volcana and Reader Fantasies in Marvel’s “Secret Wars”

Over the past couple of posts, I have focused on the depiction of women in Marvel’s crossover Secret Wars. Today, I want to wrap up that discussion by briefly looking at the relationship between Volcana (Marsha Rosenberg) and Molecule Man (Owen Reece.) As I have noted before, I could also dive into examinations of relationships between the Enchantress and Thor or between Titana and … Read More Volcana and Reader Fantasies in Marvel’s “Secret Wars”

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Zsaji and Reader Fantasies in Marvel’s “Secret Wars”

In my first post on Marvel’s Secret Wars, I discussed the ways that the representations of Janet Van Dyne and Ororo Munroe each played into both gendered and racial stereotypes. Today, I want to expand some on the ways that Secret Wars, through the some of the relationships in the series, plays into young, white male readers’ romance fantasies. This comes up in two … Read More Zsaji and Reader Fantasies in Marvel’s “Secret Wars”

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Representation in Marvel’s “Secret Wars”

A few weeks back, I picked up Marvel’s Secret Wars. This crossover event took place over the course of twelve issues from May 1984 through April 1985. I picked up Secret Wars because it looked interesting, and I remember having issue #8, the first appearance of the Symbiote, when I was younger. Fans have been clamoring for Secret Wars on the big screen, and … Read More Representation in Marvel’s “Secret Wars”

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The Same Old Same Old: Rogue and Representations of the South

Chris Claremont and Michael Golden created Rogue in 1981, and she made her debut in Avengers Annual #10. What makes Rogue interesting to me is her place of origin, the fictional Caldecott County in Mississippi. Speaking with the Clarion Ledger in 2016, Claremont told Jacob Threadgill, “I felt, why should Louisiana get all the fun? … (Mississippi) was a place where the racial divisions … Read More The Same Old Same Old: Rogue and Representations of the South

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Identity in Christopher Priest’s “Power Man and Iron Fist”

Last Thursday, I wrote about Christopher Priest’s Power Man and Iron Fist #122, looking at the ways that Priest confronts Luke Cage’s publication history. Today, I want to continue that discussion through an examination of Power Man and Iron Fist #123, an issue where Priest and co-author M.D. Bright directly address issues of race. This is the only time, apart from issue #122, where … Read More Identity in Christopher Priest’s “Power Man and Iron Fist”

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Confronting Luke Cage in Christopher Priest’s”Power Man and Iron Fist”

A few weeks ago, I published numerous posts on Luke Cage, specifically Dwayne McDuffie and M.D. Bright’s satirical take on the character through Buck Wild in Icon. At the end of that series, I also posted the #lukecagesyllabus, an extension of Tara Betts’ syllabi that she produced when the Netflix series dropped. Over the next two posts, I want to briefly look at two … Read More Confronting Luke Cage in Christopher Priest’s”Power Man and Iron Fist”

#lukecagesyllabus

As I sat down to write my recent posts on Buck Wild in Milestone Comics` Icon, I did not imagine that it would take four posts to discuss a character that appears in maybe four-five issues. Even with those posts, I did not get a chance to cover every aspect of the character. What arose, though, was an interest in a broader discussion around … Read More #lukecagesyllabus

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Buck Wild, the New Icon!

After his initial appearance in Icon #13, some fans asked whether or not Buck Wild would receive his own series. Others asked that the Milestone team update his speech and clothes to fit the 1990s. Ken Harris wrote in stating that “ICON #13 was absolutely ‘Power’-ful! NEVER has a comic make [sic] me laugh so hard. . . . it was truly comical. I … Read More Buck Wild, the New Icon!