I never really got into Marvel comics, there always just seemed so many titles and no easy entry point, so I just never bothered. I found see them on the shelves, maybe picked them up now and then, but never ended up finding any I was enthused enough about to buy.
Today I bought my first Marvel haul. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, I went for Captiain Marvel and Ms Marvel.
This is how it actually happened: I was making my usual post-payday trip to the comic shop and found that World’s Finest trade paper back #2 was now on sale (I’ve decided to switch to TPs for a lot of my comic reading). I had kind of enjoyed #1 but also had my misgivings, most specifically about the portrayal of Power Girl. So imagine my dismay when I pick up the new volume and see this –
I try not to read too much online about titles I’m interested in but I had the vague remembrance of hearing something about the old costume returning, back when the comic was released, mostly due to fan pressure (sadly). I had a shifty through the volume and saw that yes, towards the very end, Power Girl is back to the boob window, let alone the wedgy inducing one-piece. I took a minute to consider buying the volume, I thought to myself that perhaps I shouldn’t judge it out of context and should read to see how it is written in. But you know, I just couldn’t find it in myself to pay money on this – which is even more of a shame as I quite like where they were going with Huntress. And as you may have noted from previous posts, I like to stick with things if I can.
I put it back on the shelf and stood there feeling kinda down about it. Then I looked up, and almost right above me hung this poster.
And I was all “zomg, who is that badass?! She looks to be wearing *gasp* actual clothes and whilst obviously gorgeous has not been drawn in an provocative pose, in fact she looks like she’s about to ram that newly gloved fist where the sun doesn’t shine. Why, it’s almost like the creators of this character don’t actively hate all women *cough*DC*cough*”
So I went straight to the comic clerk and demanded “I need this woman” pointing at the poster “and any others like her”. The clerk obligingly helped my pick out my above haul. I was excited to hear from the clerk that Ms Marvel issue 1 had actually sold out and been reprinted due to popularity!
I have so far only read Ms Marvel, which I had read many good things about online, and I loved it!
Kamala Khan is the most relatable character I have ever read in a comic, for me at least. I maybe unable to identify with her on a religious or ethnicity level, but I certainly can on the level of being a nerd, a writer (sometimes of fanfic) and an outsider (especially as a teen).
I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I’m looking forward to starting on my Captain Marvel purchases. Incidentally, on arriving home, and googling for reactions to Power Girl’s change back of costume I was further dismayed. I had to stop reading and I refuse to link the sites here, but take my word for it – you don’t want to read a bunch of forum posts of readers saying how awesome it is that she got the boob window back, and how it was stupid to take it away, and yay for women being objectified. After all, we’re all just a pair of boobs, right?! At least the anidote to this was finding this wonderful run down of the Marvel and DC panel reactions to questions on diversity at last year’s New York Comic Con. Captain Marvel is looking good and I haven’t even turned the cover yet.
Maybe it is time I start investigating what Marvel has to offer, and sadly also start considering the wording of another Nope! Post and yet another complaint to DC. Might as well let them know I’m probably switching to their competitor whilst I’m at it…