Category Archives: Comic

Representation and Squirrel Girl

It’s no secret that I’m really enjoying the run of Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. I’ve interviewed Ryan and talked socks with Erica (yes, really) and basically it made me love the series even more because they are both nice people. The first thing that everyone notices when they see The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is the distinctive artwork. It’s different than anything else on Marvel’s main books and in my opinion it’s also some of the very best.

The Marvel Excalibur Movie I Want To See


Marvel is willing to make movies out of its more obscure properties; we’ve seen this already with Guardians and Ant-Man. Both of those were pretty far down in the Marvel roster of popularity. The movie boost worked for Guardians, I’m not yet convinced it will work for Ant-Man, I have doubts but we’ll see soon enough. So what about properties that were once not obscure but no longer exist?

Questionable Content – The Claire Interview


I originally wrote this for The Mary Sue.

Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques is one of the popular and longest running webcomics online. Aside from a few filler guest strips Jeph has been writing and illustrating QC since 2003, and since 2004 it’s been updated five times a week. It’s a tough commitment but after only a year of QC it became his full time career and now has amassed 2849 editions. Not many webcomics ever achieve either of those feats.

Ms. Marvel Issues #1-9 Catch-up!


I originally wrote this for The Mary Sue

I’m a huge fan of the updated Ms. Marvel with Kamala Khan as the protagonist. Marvel has been hitting it out of the park with this comic and even my forgetful 10 year old daughter asks me repeatedly when the next issue is coming out. If you haven’t hopped on board yet you really should and here’s a spoiler filled comic catch-up of what’s been happening so far so you can start at #10, out November 19th..

Batgirls Painful Joker


Recently DC comics started circulating the June variant covers that feature the Joker across different comic book series. The aim was to celebrate 2015 as the 75th anniversary of the Joker. Only things have gone a little wrong. The art across the covers was pretty great, so it wasn’t that, what DC got wrong was the tone on a couple of covers. Look at how spot on the Catwoman cover is, or Aquaman’s or Superman’s faux wedding. Then look at Batgirl’s cover and to a lesser degree Wonder Woman’s cover. The tonal difference is stark.

Talking Squirrel Girl With Ryan North


Originally posted to The Mary Sue

When Squirrel Girl, aka Doreen Green, first appeared it was 1991 and she was a fourteen-year-old mutant living in LA. Donning a squirrel suit she tried to impress Iron Man, her favorite hero, and failed badly. Then Dr. Doom attacked and she ended up saving Iron Man’s life fighting alongside Monkey Joe, her first squirrel sidekick, surprising both Iron Man and Dr. Doom in the process. After appearing again in 1992, Squirrel Girl promptly vanished for about decade but gained a cult following in those lost years. She reappeared again in 2005, this time in New York and alongside the Great Lakes Avengers.


Getting Under the Covers with Sex Criminals


Originally appeared on The Mary Sue

Sex Criminals was on pretty much everyone’s “Best Comics of 2014” lists. Is it perfect? No, because it’s not Chris Evans’ buns. Is it worth dipping into? Yes, much like Chris Evans’ buns, it really is. It’s Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, mainstream writers doing something a little different in comics. It’s a tale where the superpowers are very much adult-oriented – because their power comes from orgasms. Don’t expect much in the way of titillation here, though; the sex depicted isn’t movie perfect, nor is it straightforward. It’s sweet and gross, meaningless and vital, hurtful and empowering. It’s sex as it really is: complex.