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Pull List for October 25 2017; Marvel needs female super-science superheroes

October 24, 2017

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). So hey, this’ll be my last pull list before Halloween. So Happy Halloween.

I’ll go to the store for: All-New Wolverine #26, by Tom Taylor, Juan Cabal; America #8, by Gabby Rivera, Joe Quinones, Joe Rivera, Jordan Gibson, and Travis Lanham; Black Panther #166, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leonard Kirk, Marc Deering, Laura Martin, and Joe Sabino; Mighty Captain Marvel #125, by Margaret Stohl, Michele Bandini, Erick Arciniega, and Joe Caramagna; Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #24, by Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, Tamra Bonvillain, Dominike Stanton, Michael Shelfer, Ray-Anthony Height, and Travis Lanham; Silver Surfer #14, by Dan Slott, Michael and Laura Allred, and Joe Sabino; USAvengers #11, by Al Ewing, Paco Diaz, Jesus Aburtov, and Joe Caramagna.

I’ll also review: Jean Grey #8, by Dennis Hopeless, Victor Ibanez, Chris Sotomayor, and Travis Lanham; Weapon X #10, by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Marc Borstel, Ibraim Roberson, Frank D’Armata, and Joe Caramagna; X-Men Blue #14, by Cullen Bunn, Jorge Molina.

So that’s 7 comics I’m picking up, and 3 additional reviews. Jeez, heavy week.

Why I’m getting each book: Wolverine’s last issue ended on one hell of a cliffhanger, and I’m expecting some heartbreaking stuff to come out of it. But it’ll be so good. America’s a book I’m giving a much greater chance than it deserves. But I’m sticking with it for now. Maybe Exterminatrix showing up will make things interesting. Black Panther’s a very intelligent book, and while I’ve never cared much about Klaw, Coates might manage to get me to care. Captain Marvel’s another book I’m too generous on, but this upcoming arc looks like it might be a bit heavier, which the book desperately needs. Moon Girl’s dropped Devil, which is so sad, but this issue has guest artists doing stories of Lunella having team-ups, and that just sounds wonderful. USAvengers is always fun, and Sam trapped in an Archie parody is going to be a delight. And Silver Surfer. The final issue. I am not ready. This series was such a wonderful adventure. This issue might break me. I’ll probably cry. Because Slott and the Allreds wrung feels out of me every issue, and now it’s over, and I don’t want it to be over!

I’ve been feeling a little burned out on my blog. Not satisfied with how I review issues. Finding it hard to get motivated to write on weekends. Plus, I actually do want to go back through aaaaallllllllll my current posts to add some images and stuff. I’ve made no headway on that. I’ve only done up to X-Men #26. Out of, uh, over 600 issues I’ve gotten through so far. So, you know, a long way to go. Plus, I kinda want to add characters to the Categories. Just seems like the thing to do. So, I don’t know. I need to think about this stuff. See if I can better motivate myself.

So Thor: Ragnarok looks pretty great. Getting great reviews. I resent that I’ll be watching it in the theatre. But Hela looks so damn cool. And it’ll be nice having a female villain in the MCU. The movies have avoided that so far. It almost happened in Iron Man 3, but marketing didn’t think boys would buy a female villain toy. Because marketing departments are run by misogynistic assholes.

Speaking of misogyny: Marvel’s history of not allowing female characters to be both super-geniuses and superheroes. Look at all their female geniuses. They’re almost all civilians or villains. The small number of them who are superheroes, their scientific backgrounds still get less focus than their male counterparts. Kitty and Bobbi are really the only two examples that spring to mind from before Secret Wars. Kitty’s a genius, and is especially good at computer hardware. How often does she get to show that off? When the X-Men need a tech solution, they go with Beast or Forge. Never Kitty. And Bobbi? She spent 20 years dead, and when she came back, her spy background got more focus than her bio-chemistry background, at least until her solo came along and reminded people that, oh yeah, she’s a scientist. Of course, post-Secret Wars, we have Lunella, Nadia and Riri. All of them still kids. And we have Toni Ho, who is awesome and who Marvel is likely to ignore.

For Marvel’s entire history, women were effectively banned from being super-scientists and superheroes. When a superhero showed up in a book as a technical consultant, it was always a dude. When a bunch of scientists got together to solve a problem, it was always a sausage-fest. I think Hickman’s Avengers run, during Time Runs Out, provides a perfect case study. Hickman had a bunch of super-geniuses working to find a solution to the Incursions. By TRO, that group: Reed, Stark, T’Challa, Banner, Brian Braddock, Amadeus, Beast, Pym. Notice something about that list? Yeah, sausage party. And that’s always been the case at Marvel. Men can be super-scientists and superheroes. Women can be one or the other. Never both.

And it’s misogynistic bullshit. And it needs to end. That trend needs to die in a fire. And it’s starting to. They’ve got Lunella, Nadia and Riri, all being considered as being as smart as any of those guys! And all children. And they’ve got Toni Ho, an adult woman, a queer woman of colour, even, who is a super-scientist and who, in USAvengers, was actively engaged in superheroics! And she’s not appeared in any other titles. And I have no expectation that she’ll be an active field member of the upcoming weekly Avengers team. Engima will be there, so I’m sure we’ll see Toni, but she’ll be left out of missions. She’ll provide support from HQ. She won’t be taking on another costumed identity and going out into the fray. She should. She is, in fact, the exact character Marvel should be pushing. A Queer Woman of Colour who is a super-scientist and a superhero. All the people who bitch and moan about how Marvel does diversity? None of the arguments they bring up can actually be applied to her. New character. Give her her own identity, and that complaint goes away. An adult character, rather than a kid. And she’s a complex character with motivations and fears, who isn’t defined by any one thing. She’s exactly what those people want, so Marvel should give her to them. Put her front and centre on a main Avengers team, and when they still find reasons to bitch about her, it’ll just show that they’re full of shit.

But, that won’t happen. Marvel’s going to let her fade into the background. Because they’re assholes.

Anyway, I guess that’s all I’ve got.

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