The comic book world can be incredibly overwhelming. Comic book stores are geared toward longtime readers, putting the most recent issue in front, and then everything else in bins. Sometimes the bins are separated into DC, Marvel, and indie. Sometimes they’re straight up alphabetical. If you decide you’re going to go for trade, meaning several issues bound into a book that hopefully conveys a full storyline, you then have to hope that your comic series does not interact with any other comics, because then you’ve got to buy the crossovers to get the full story. THEN, pray your story doesn’t jump into a parallel universe that already existed and has rules that have been explained in another series.
I want to tell you about some of the issues I faced when starting to get into comics. Luckily, I worked at Borders at the time, and had some really awesome co-workers who helped me get on the right track. Here are some of the tips I’ve picked up over my years of getting into comics: Continue reading Daily Geekette’s Guide to Getting Into Comics
With an ear-and-eye—catching title, and cover art reminiscent of a bygone era’s pulp fiction mag, Bitch Planet starts out the gate running and doesn’t quit. Additionally, one co-creator and writer has the likes of Marvel’s most recent version of Carol Danvers scrapping the honorific Ms. for Captain under her belt.
Kelly Sue DeConnick (notably of Pretty Deadly, in addition to Captain Marvel) is at the helm of this graphic novel, alongside co-creator and artist Valentine De Landro (cover art and ink for issues 1-2; 4) who provides gritty and beautifully-drawn works upon which readers may feast their eyes.
(This is a largely spoiler-free review.)
Continue reading Bitch Planet, Book One: A Review.
What I love most about graphic novels is that I get a well told story, beautifully illustrated, in a very short time. I love big, wordy books, but every once in a while, I want a whole story in one sitting. This summer, some beautiful, women-friendly comics have come out. Continue reading Graphic Novels of Summer
When I went to my local comic book store looking for issues of Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios’ newest series, I was told by the guy working in the shop, who at first couldn’t place the names, that it was “too obscure” for them to carry. All I could think was, “and you think the ladies are the ones who should be required to carry around their geek credentials.”
Pretty Deadly vol. 1 came out in trade paperback earlier this month, and it is awesome. I knew I had to read this as soon as I saw Kelly Sue DeConnick’s name. My roommate raved about the stellar changes she made as Captain Marvel’s new writer, so I figured I’d give this non-superhero comic book a shot. Continue reading Pretty Deadly is Pretty Obscure
It’s not even speculation anymore to say that Marvel Comics is starting to consciously pitch their books to a wider audience of geeks; to women, to racial minorities, to gender and sexuality minorities, and other groups that have often been ignored or completely mistreated in the industry in the past. In the last two years they’ve written new characters, redesigned costumes, and hired female creators, all with the aim of diversifying an industry that has been frozen in the 60’s in too many ways for too long.
Today, the company releases its first issue featuring the new Ms Marvel: a Muslim, Pakistani American teenager named Kamala Khan.
Nope, that’s not someone’s Tumblr dream headcanon, that’s actually happening. And it’s awesome.
Continue reading Old Title, Fresh Start: Earth-616 Welcomes its New Ms Marvel!