It’s very hard for me to be silly about Superman, because I’ve seen firsthand how he actually transforms people’s lives. I have seen children dying of brain tumors who wanted as their last request to talk to me, and have gone to their graves with a peace brought on by knowing that their belief in this kind of character really matters. It’s not Superman the tongue-in-cheek cartoon character they’re connecting with; they’re connecting with something very basic: the ability to overcome obstacles, the ability to persevere, the ability to understand difficulty and to turn your back on it. [Christopher Reeve] – Time, (March 14, 1988)
are my cold meds kicking in, or is there something seriously wrong with Scott’s face in the first panel?
Oh, Mister Thor, Sir. I am sooooo sorry.
All-New X-Men v1 #14
Marvel Comics announced today that in Feburary the title of Ms. Marvel, formerly that of Carol Danvers, will be taken on by Kamala Khan a teenage Muslim girl. G. Willow Wilson, who wrote the the Vixen mini-series a few years back, will be pen the title. She is a convert to Islam.
Both Marvel and DC have had Muslim heroes before. DC’s Batman of France, Nightrunner, was Muslim as was Dust in Marvel Comics.
According to the Times,
Kamala, whose family is from Pakistan, has devotedly followed the career of the blond, blue-eyed Carol Danvers, who now goes by Captain Marvel, a name she inherited from a male hero. When Kamala discovers her powers, including the ability to change shape, she takes on the code name Ms. Marvel — what Carol called herself when she began her superhero career.
The character will struggle with more than just her powers - she will also struggle with her faith and her conservative family. The book goes on sale 2/16/14.
You can read more here.
I’m very pleased to see Marvel continue their dedication to both diversity and female led titles.
Below is Sara Pichelli’s art work for the cover.
Below is artwork release by Marvel to the Times.
They’ve got a good writer for the character, let’s hope the editorial process doesn’t fuck it up.
"now is not the fuckING TIME SCOTT!"
cw: mentions of suicidal thoughtsScott: Dr. Banner? Can I speak with you a moment?
Bruce: Of course, Mr. Summers.
Scott: Maybe somewhere in private?
Bruce: What can I do for you, son?
Scott: Please don’t take this the wrong way, Dr. Banner, but…why don’t you just kill yourself? What I mean is…when you think about all the bad things that have happened because of the Hulk…all the bad things that will happen because of him, all the damage you’re going to do…I’m sorry, sir. But what keeps you from just ending it?
Bruce: Well. Over the years, I’ve certainly thought about it. Of course I have. But I’ll tell you what’s prevented me most recently: three million children in sub-Saharan Africa.
Bruce: Those are the lives that will be saved by the new inexpensive water purification system I just developed. Many more people than the Hulk ever hurt, and that’s just this month. I’ve adopted a new philosophy: “Hulk smashes, Banner builds.” Being dead doesn’t solve anything, it doesn’t allow you to try to balance the scales, it doesn’t save three million lives. I understand Scott, you’ve seen the man you become and you’re scared of what you might do, and the people you might hurt. But when you worry about that, remember this— you’ll also be a hero, Scott. And if you feel you have a lot to atone for, well then you’re just going to have to be an even better one.
Her name is Lois Lane. She is an army brat made good. Not even thirty and she’s already won her first Pulitzer. […] She’s as comfortable interviewing the president in the White House…as she is filing from behind the enemy lines in Quraq. Let’s just say there is only one Lois Lane and leave it at that. As her best friend, he has seen her at her best and her worst. As Superman, he’s caught her in his arms while she suffered from hypothermia at 40,000 feet. As Clark Kent, he escorted her to the last royal wedding where she committed the international faux pas of looking better than the bride. No matter how many times he lays eyes on her…he’s always taken aback at the realization that Lois Lane is the most amazing woman he has ever met. — Clark Kent, Superman v3 #14
Eric got my Power Girl #3 signed by Amanda Conner! I couldn’t go with him to NYCC (The Kubert School has field trips there every year) so I just shoved a bunch of books at him to try to get signed.