With superhero movies introducing the world to two formidable universes, it was only a matter of time until we finally saw the women of both these worlds get their own movies, promising an exciting future for various characters. While we have seen a couple of them so far, they have all failed miserably (Supergirl, Catwoman, and Elektra), until the arrival of Wonder Woman in 2017. To give you guys an idea of a couple of interesting places (or not) to discover the stories of some of the women of Marvel, here are some starting points that I have visited in the past months!
This feature published at an undetermined frequency (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, who knows) will present a couple of mini reviews on anything that isn’t a physical book that I own (ebooks, comic books, TV series or movies).
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Anything presented in this feature doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t get a full-review treatment in the future. That will entirely depend on how much I loved it, how interested you are in hearing more on it, and how much I have to still say about it! 🤣
Black Widow: Deadly Origin by Paul Cornell.
With the next Marvel movie being delayed for over a year now, I thought it would be nice to feature her character in this post with a four-issue graphic novel exploring her origin story. Unfortunately for me, this too-short-to-be-relevant graphic novel misses the mark incredibly. Sure, you’ll get the historical background of her character and how she becomes a super-spy superhero, but this story strangely went on to focus on her love life, and, let me tell you, this femme fatale went on to sleep with A LOT of well-known superheroes, leaving you with a cringy impression of the character. The oddest part of this story is its story that also looks into the unrequited love that her father figure had for her and what he’d do to get his hands on her… I think there are better places for an origin story than this one. 😉
She-Hulk (Vol. 1): Deconstructed by Mariko Tamaki.
Picking up after the events of Civil War II, the story follows Jennifer Walters as she begins a quieter life as a private lawyer and now attempts to deal with her PTSD, especially following a devastating defeat to Thanos.
In this intimate story, her mind is on the verge of cracking at any instant as she attempts to deal with the sudden panic attacks she has been having for a while. While she tries to help a young lady in her home eviction case, she’s slowly dragged into a destructive battle where she is forced to turn to her powers to avoid an ugly death. What this means is that most of the story-arc is focused on exploring her non-Hulk form and the psychological state in which she is nowadays, which is actually quite interesting.
If it wasn’t for the unimpressive final act, this volume could’ve been an absolutely fantastic take on Jennifer Walters character. This might be a fun place to start if you want to get to know the character, especially while waiting for Disney+’s upcoming TV series for this hero! 😉
Captain Marvel (Vol. 1): Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue DeConnick.
This was a mundane story exploring Carol Danvers’ purpose in the world. Somehow feeling like she’s unhappy on Earth, yet has everything anyone could wish for, she sets off into space, runs into the Guardians of the Galaxy, and intrudes in other alien planet’s politics and warfare, trying to make use of her godly powers through carelessness and brashness. The artwork isn’t bad either but it somehow feels extremely static and uninspiring in the end.
Thor (Vol. 1): The Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron.
A fantastic introduction to a mysterious lady proving her worthiness to claim the name of Thor while the man who once wielded it learns to let go of what he cannot possess anymore. There’s fantastic artwork to accompany this story that beautifully portrays this new Thor who’s internally cheeky and externally modest too. I can gladly recommend this one for anyone looking to learn about the female Thor character newly-introduced to the Marvel universe, especially those who want to be prepared for the upcoming Taika Waititi’s sequel, Thor: Love and Thunder (2022).
Ms. Marvel (Vol. 1): No Normal by G. Willow Wilson.
This origin story for teenage Muslim superhero Kamala Khan is brilliant! It captures both the intrafamilial, social, and superhero pressures in one quirky kid while establishing her own colourful universe. The artwork is at times rough but it goes a long way to bring her character to life. I wholeheartedly think G. Willow Wilson does a fantastic job in capturing this character’s personality and to make her significantly different from other heroes while also setting up a world closer to what teenagers today are familiar with.
Shoutout to her character having a major lead role in the recent Marvel’s Avengers video game, despite the major flop that it turned out to be financially.