Category Archives: Comic Book

Queer-Coding, Bad-Bat-Takes, And Why The Joker Isn’t That Important to Batman

Content Warning for stereotypes built from homophobia and transmisogyny that are present in the Joker’s portrayal across the years. “In some ways, the Joker is a dark reflection of who Batman is. The loss of Bruce Wayne’s parents could’ve driven … Continue reading

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Wonder Woman:Earth One – Volume 2  – Somehow Worse Than The First

Note: This review contains descriptions and images of things from this book that include (but are not limited to): Nazis, sexual assault, the whole MRA and negging plots Morrison writes and Paquette illustrates, and all the misogyny that really has … Continue reading

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Dear Comic Fans, Guess What: You’re Still Not Handling Racebending and Diverse Casting Very Well!

We did this in 2015. And in 2016. Now it’s 2017 and I’ve got at least four different posts on racebending under my belt because nerds still don’t know how to behave. This is an ongoing project looking at the … Continue reading

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[Book Review] Miles Morales – A Spider-Man Novel

Title: Miles Morales: A Spider-Man Novel Author: Jason Reynolds (Twitter) Rating: Super Highly Recommended Genre/Category: Superheroes, Slice of Life, Spider-Man, Young Adult, Race and Representation Release Date: August 1, 2017 Publisher:  Marvel Press/Disney Hyperion Order Here: AMAZON (KINDLE)  | AMAZON … Continue reading

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Totally Anecdotal: Stitch’s Brush With Racism in Education

I wanted to start my review of Jason Reynolds’ Miles Morales: A Spider-Man Novel with a slightly relevant anecdote on an experience I had as a teenager. As an adult that was once a Black kid in the US education … Continue reading

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“What if a white guy played Black Panther?”: The Fake Concern of Fake Geek Guys

Whenever I talk about racebending as a concept when it comes to comics and comics-related properties, smartasses always show up to say something snarky like “what if Black Panther or some other Black hero were a white guy”. They crowd … Continue reading

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For a Howling Good Time, Try Moonlighters!

They’re monster helpers, not monster hunters. Continue reading

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[Book Review] The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon

Title: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture Author: Glen Weldon (Twitter) Rating: Highly Recommended Genre/Category: Nonfiction, Batman, Comic Book Release Date: March 22, 2016 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Order Here: AMAZON  (PAPERBACK)| AMAZON (KINDLE)  Note: This review was originally written for a graduate level course … Continue reading

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[Book Review] Marvel’s Black Widow – From Spy to Superhero edited by Sherry Ginn

Title: Marvel’s Black Widow: From Spy to Superhero Editor: Sherry Ginn Authors: Malgorzata Drewniok, Heather M. Porter, Samira Nadkarni, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Jillian Coleman Benjamin, Sherry Ginn, Lewis Call, David Kociemba, and Tanya R. Cochran Rating: Yeah, No Thanks Genre/Category: Nonfiction, … Continue reading

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[Guest Post] Love, pain, redemption – Bruce & Dick in Nightwing: Rebirth.

This guest post comes courtesty of one of my dearest friends in and out of fandom, Yamini, who kindly allowed me to repost her brilliant analysis of Batman and Nightwing’s relationship in Nightwing: Rebirth. (This post is also available on … Continue reading

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Bendis, Opportunism, and Bad Judgment Calls in a Terrible Time

Note: This post contains spoilers for Invincible Iron Man #1 by Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli, and Marte Gracia. Earlier today, Marvel Comics’ writer Brian Michael Bendis made a bad judgement call. With people all over the world reeling from … Continue reading

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Whose Luke Cage Reviews Matter To Me

I started watching Luke Cage yesterday morning and immediately I found myself bombarded with the thinkiest of thoughts. I have thoughts on respectability politics in the series, on Luke Cage’s old-fashioned everything, on Black womanhood, on the use of the … Continue reading

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Dear Comic Fans: It’s been a year since my first post & y’all are still racist as heck when it comes to racebending

Back in August 2015 I wrote “Dear Comic Fans: We Get it. You’re racist and racebending scares you,” as a direct response to the racist backlash towards Keiynan Lonsdale being cast as Wally West on the Flash television show. Well, it’s … Continue reading

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Suicide Squad: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

  If I had to put it to numbers, I’d say that Suicide Squad is approximately 70% “my thing”. The 30% that isn’t is largely comprised of the following: violence against women being brushed off or used as humor, most … Continue reading

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Let’s Stop Giving The Killing Joke More Credit Than It Deserves

Content warnings for references to sexual trauma (assault and torture) in the text and in linked posts, ableism, a brief mention of fandom racism (specifically antiblackness towards Luke Fox) and a mention of transmisogyny in Batgirl #37. There are no … Continue reading

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