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Pull List for November 8 2017

November 7, 2017

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). I’ll talk about Thor: Ragnarok below.

I’ll go to the store for: Falcon #2, by Rodney Barnes, Joshua Cassara, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Caramagna; Generation X #8, by Christina Strain, Amilcar Pinna, Felipe Sobreiro, and Clayton Cowles; Ms. Marvel #24, by G. Willow Wilson, Diego Olortegui, Ian Herring, and Joe Caramagna; My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #60, by Christina Rice, Agnes Garbowska; She-Hulk #159, by Mariko Tamaki, Jahnoy Lindsay, Federico Blee, Chris Sotomayor, and Travis Lanham; Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26, by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Rico Renzi, Travis Lanham, AND VARIOUS OTHERS ! Carla Speed McNeil, Chip Zdarsky, Michael Cho, Razzah. Jim Davis! Somehow.

I’ll also review: X-Men Gold #15, by Marc Guggenheim, Diego Bernard.

So that’s 6 comics I’m picking up, and 1 other review. Decent week.

Why I’m getting them: Falcon had a strong debut issue, and I do like to support minority creators at Marvel. Generation X will have Husk showing up! Yay! In her role as the school’s therapist, which is neat. I hated how Aaron wrote her in WatXM, but it’s nice that Strain is keeping her status quo from the end of that run. Ms. Marvel is Ms. Marvel. And I love her snarky chemistry with Red Dagger. She-Hulk’s been a great series, and this arc looks like it’ll be pretty interesting, with Leader as an antagonist. And Unbeatable Squirrel Girl! Jam issue!

So I did go to see Thor: Ragnarok. I enjoyed it. It’s a fun movie. Very funny. There is, perhaps, a little too much focus on humour. It sucks a little too much drama out of some scenes. A little more gravity at certain parts would’ve helped, I think. Still, it was fun. I like how Anthony Hopkins phoning it in is still epic. Hela is frigging epic. I loved her. Cate Blanchett was clearly having a lot of fun being a bad guy. And she was great. She didn’t have the most complex motivations or anything, but she was badass and threatening. Her slaughtering a bunch of Asgardian warriors was awesome. The Thor vs. Hulk battle might be the best fight in a Marvel film yet. So good! So much weight to the blows, and Thor showing just how skilled a warrior he is was really neat. The big battle in the third act is amazing, too. Valkyrie is pretty wicked cool. It is a shame her bisexuality didn’t make it into the film, but she was still fun, and got to be badass. But, digression!

Valkyrie starts off working for the Grandmaster, a bad guy. This fits a pattern with Marvel’s movies. Every single female hero in a Marvel movie started off working for a villain. Black Widow’s origin has her as an assassin. Gamora served Thanos. Scarlet Witch was given her powers by Hydra, and worked with Ultron. Wasp is going to be a hero next year, and she worked for Cross. Mantis served Ego. And now, Valkyrie, who worked for Grandmaster. It’s a trend. And it’s weird. I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s weird, can I? That Marvel Studios just seems to hate the idea of unambiguously heroic women? It’s weird, right? It’s a gross trend and it really, really needs to stop. At least Black Panther will be full of ass-kicking women, and then Captain Marvel will presumably be unambiguously heroic. Unless they decide to reveal that she was originally working with the Skrulls or some shit. It’d be hard to put that past them, at this point. Regardless, they need to be more willing to have female superheroes who haven’t worked for villains.

But back to Valkyrie. I hope she gets to show up in more movies, and that her bisexuality gets acknowledged. Maybe a scene where Valkyrie and Gamora are kicking ass together, and Val asks if Gamora and Star-Lord are an item, and Gamora asks if she’s interested in Quill, and Val’s just like, “Nope, not Quill.” I mean, it really can be that simple. Or she could ask Mantis if she wants to share some drinks after the fight. Just a quick little interaction. There are going to be countless little moments like that in the next Avengers movie, so why the hell not let one of those moments be Valkyrie flirting with a woman?

But anyway. I enjoyed the movie.

And I guess that’s all I feel like talking about this week.

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