Today is Wednesday which is NEW Comic Book Day across America and elsewhere around the world. So as is my want, I like to dedicate this mid-week post to comic book related stuff. Today's post is about characters in comic books who are female women of the opposite sex.
Their next new series project will begin in August and is called Kill Or Be Killed and I’ve made sure to put that on my pull list. Also when I’m done catching up on Fatale, I’m going to follow up with other projects from the Brubaker/Phillips team such as Criminal, Incognito and Sleeper. There’s a whole world from Brubaker and Phillips of dark, sick, twisted people out there and I’m looking forward to getting to know them all.
(And stick around until the end of the post for a bit more about Fatale.)
In addition to Greg Rucka's involvement, another driving force for me to add Wonder Woman to my pull list is the high level artists associated with the title, Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott. So far, I've been very impressed with the samples of Sharp's pencils I've seen so far. And Scott is no stranger to Wonder Woman; she drew a very powerful Diana when she was working with writer Gail Simone and Scott has become an even stronger artist since then.
Wonder Woman was a very rare bright spot in the dismalness that was Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and there's a lot of heady expectation that her own solo turn will be a powerful vindication that a female super hero can carry her own movie. Couple that with a strong creative team on the comic book, Wonder Woman is finally getting the respect she deserves.
One of the things that Marvel Comics has lacked is its own answer to Wonder Woman, a strong standalone super heroine. There were super women in the Marvel universe but they were spin offs from male characters (She-Hulk, Spider-woman) or too closely associated with team books (Storm of the X-Men, Scarlet Witch of the Avengers) to be readily considered for a solo series.
Recently, Marvel bequeath Moljinor, the Hammer of Thor, to Jane Foster, making her THE Thor in the Marvel Universe. So far, sales are strong for the new female Thor but there's always the shadow lurking over this that the son of Odin one day will reclaim his hammer.
In a stronger position as Marvel's leading super woman is Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel. Carol began life as a supporting character in the pages of Captain Marvel's 1st series when the Captain was a male Kree warrior named Mar-Vell. Later thanks to weird cosmic radiation (thank you, weird cosmic radiation!), Carol gained powers similar to the Captain's and she became... Ms. Marvel.
Later Mar-Vell died (and believe it or not, is still dead!) and the next person to take the title of Captain Marvel was an African American woman named Monica Rambeau. You gotta give Marvel props for diversity but one thing led to another and the name of Captain Marvel was passed on to a couple of other Kree warriors who were Mar-Vell's cousins or something. And then some other people came along and... you know, comic book stuff happened and the name was unused once more.
Until Carol Danvers decided (and quite rightfully too) to take on the name of Captain Marvel. Marvel Comics has made a bit push to keep Carol's version of Captain Marvel in the limelight. In a very high profile role, Captain Marvel heads up one side of the latest Marvel comics event, Civil War II.
Captain Marvel's name has gained prominence outside of comic books with word that Oscar winner Brie Larson (for last year's Oscar nominated drama, Room) is up for the starring role in Marvel's movie version of the cosmically powered Carol Danvers. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. While DC's Wonder Woman is a goddess (sometimes metaphorically, other times literal), Carol in the comics has been portrayed as an ordinary woman who can do extraordinary things. The ordinary being lifted up to the extraordinary is a key Marvel trope both in comics and in the cinematic universe. If Brie Larson is indicative of the level of talent Marvel is looking at to make this movie happen, Captain Marvel looks to be another winner in Marvel's slate of super hero films.
One last note about comic book women but this is about the version on TV. When Supergirl returns for Season 2 this fall on the CW, we're going to finally have a proper meet up with the Man of Steel, that friendly neighborhood reporter Clark Kent, the one, the only...Superman!
In Season 1, the producers of Supergirl ducked and weaved around the presence of Superman to ridiculous extremes to the point that Superman's name was avoided early on. Lots of references to "that hero in Metropolis" and "my cousin". Supposedly there was some legal issues about invoking Superman's name too much but apparently those got worked through or perhaps Supergirl's producers were growing more confident that their Girl of Steel could carry this show just fine and did not need to fear comparisons to Superman. Still, Superman was kept at a distance. When his presence was unavoidable in the season finale, all we got to see...was his boot.
Well, apparently the barriers are not what they once were and Superman aka Clark Kent will appear in the first 2 episodes of Supergirl's sophomore season. Casting has not been announced but a lot of people are hoping its Tom Weilling who starred as Clark Kent on Smallville for 10 seasons but never got to be Superman. I imagine the producers will want to go with someone new but still, that would be a nice trick if they can pull it off.
OK, that's that for today's post. Another one is coming up tomorrow as we head off... to Sweden!
Until next time, remember to be good to one another.
Oh, one more thing. Here are some pages from Fatale by Brubaker and Phillips. Enjoy!