Category Archives: Comic Book

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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A rambling post on race and the X-Men Franchise

The X-Men franchise kind of proves how allegories for oppression often fall flat when it comes to being cognizant of stuff like racism. The in-world oppression that the characters do face is serious and important, but the series itself is … Continue reading

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On “Typecasting” and Opportunities in the Comics Industry

Consider this a follow up to yesterday’s post about the fear and annoyance with Brian Michael Bendis writing Riri Williams when he has a clear track record of mishandling black characters. Shortly after writing my post, I saw a series of … Continue reading

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The Reality of Bendis Writing Blackness

In theory, I know I should be happy that we’re getting more diversity in the form of Riri Williams,  a young black woman/girl taking over the role of Iron Man from Tony Stark. In reality? I’m getting sick and tired … Continue reading

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Grayson #20 and WOC as the “Wrong Choice” Love Interests

Note: You may disagree with this reading. You may think that’s not a valid reading. That’s fine, but as experiencing misogynoir in a comic that I adore and having clear proof that women of color (especially Black women) will always … Continue reading

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Comixology Unlimited: 24 Hours Later

In the 24-ish hours since I signed up for my 30-day free trial of Comixology Unlimited, I’ve read about fifteen graphic novels and like four floppies. Yes, I’ve gone overboard but it’s what I do. In the first month that … Continue reading

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