In July, one of favorite authors, Rainbow Rowell announced her next project would be writing a new series of Marvel’s Runaways, we were intrigued. True I was hoping she would be releasing a new novel. It’s been over a year since Carry On came out. I wasn’t all that familiar with Runaways. I knew of them from all the years shelving graphic novels while working at Barnes and Noble but never really paid much attention. Well, the Runaways are having a moment. Not only are they being revived by Rowell but next year Hulu is premiering a TV show based on them. I’m a big fan of Rowell’s. I enjoy her writing so for the first time I’m going to read issue by issue instead of waiting for Trades to come out because let’s be honest, even with a star writer and an only cult following there is no guarantee that they will come out in trade. I didn’t even know you could pre-order comic books like you can book books! It’s a whole new world for me people. I’ve decided that even though Rowell’s Runaways is a reboot so I don’t need to be a fan to runaway, I would go ahead and read the previous stories. So far, I’ve made it through the original series by Brian K. Vaughn and artist Adrian Alphona (2003-2004) and they are delightful. I can see why so many people latched on to them. It follows a group of teenagers with seemingly nothing in common except for once a year they are forced together as their parents get together to catch up and fund raise for charities. Alex, Nico, Karolina, Gert, Chase and Molly discover that their parents are not who they think they are. They are in fact super-villains and they call themselves the Pride. They runaway as they try to figure out what to do next. They also discover that some of them have powers of their own. Molly is mutant with super strength. Karolina is actually from another planet and has the ability to fly and glow. Nico is a kind of a sorceress who can cast spells. Gert has a psychic connection to a dinosaur. That’s right a dinosaur! Being a teenager is hard enough but being a teenager on the run from your evil parents while trying to figure out how to use your powers is down right stressful! It’s a full cast of diverse characters with different backgrounds and different personalities. I’m quite enjoying them. Now on to the next series.
If you are like Kate and I then you are horrified about the actions of the current administration. All throughout the campaign, through his transition period, we were told not to take what Trump says seriously. He isn’t going to build a wall. He wasn’t going to ban an entire religion. He has seriously begun one and made steps to do the other. I’m almost afraid to turn on the news or go online. Even if you try to avoid social media, you can’t escape the outside world entirely. Really, for the first time, I truly feel afraid. I have now lived in New York City for almost nine years. I work on the World Trade Center. Everyday I am reminded of the terrible effects of what terrorism does to people, to cities, to nations and to the world. I see the hatred, but I also see what comes after. The love and caring for perfect strangers, the kindness that brings us all together after such horrific events. Since moving to New York, there have been two possible attacks and yet I have never been afraid. I have never been scared of being injured in a terrorist attack until the last couple of days. In one day, he has made us more of a target than we were before. He turned his back on our American ideals. I understand wanting to keep our country safe. I want to keep our country safe and the current Immigration Order will in no way keep us safe.
Last year I started reading Ms. Marvel Graphic Novels. Ms. Marvel’s alter-ego is Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American Muslim teenager from New Jersey. She is a normal American teenager. She reads comics and writes fan-fiction about the Avengers. When she meets her idols like Wolverine and Captain America she freaks out like any of us would. She cares for her friends and her family. Like most kids, she toes the line between fitting with her friends and making her parents proud. She is full of confidence and insecurities. She has doubts and fears about what she has done and what she could do. When she comes into her power, the first thing she does is save a fellow student who bullied her earlier in the comic without hesitation. When her best friend’s brother gets in trouble, she puts her fear aside and puts on her costume and goes to the rescue. She does this because her religion tells her to help others if she has the ability to. Isn’t that what we all should strive for? Isn’t that what we all should be doing? If you have the ability to help someone, shouldn’t you? Even if they are a stranger to you? Kamala Khan is a brave girl who goes out into her community and her city and helps those in need because she loves her city and community. She is brave. Muslim, Christian, Jewish, White, Black, Asian, LGBTQ+. We could all use a little bit of bravery right now. We all could use a little Ms. Marvel in us and we need to remind our representatives and our President of that, too. Ms. Marvel and Kamala Khan are the Heroes we need right now.
Tomorrow a movie that Beth and I (and a lot of the world) has been anticipating comes out and I have been preparing for it in typical Book Blogger fashion. I binged on some of the source material.
I started with Civil War (which Beth also read.) This is a heartbreaking title in which Captain America stands up for what he believes in and Tony Stark is kind of a dick about something that’s probably a terrible idea. But, that’s not what is heartbreaking about it. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone interested in reading the interesting title, but Cap’s arch in this comic is pretty sad.
And, then I read The Death of Captain America. I feel like that title should come with a spoiler alert? Except, I don’t. This is the post-registration world and so no one can take up the shield without registering first. And, Bucky Barnes, who once again remembers who he is or was, isn’t going to let just anyone take up the shield. I liked how this story developed and went into some of the implications of the registration act. There are still fugitive unregistered heroes. There are registered heroes who regret that choice. It was a good read.
And, then I read Captain America: Road to Reborn. Steve Rogers has been gone a year. How is everyone holding up? How are they living with what happened and the part they played in it? This was also an interesting title that unsurprisingly has left me wanting to read more.
So, a friend lent me Marvel 1602 and now that’s what I’m reading.
The good news is Comixology has got a girl’s back and they’ve helpfully had a number of sales that have let me keep reading. (Even if it meant I had to buy single issues.)
How do you prepare for a movie based on a book to come out? Do you read the book? Do you watch the interviews of cast members? Do you avoid everything and hope to be pleasantly surprised? Let us know it the comics!
I didn’t know much about Captain Marvel besides she is soon to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. OK, maybe not that soon since she has yet to be cast and her movie keeps getting pushed back. (Thanks a lot Spider-Man!) So, I thought I would give her a shot. If I’m going to start reading comics, I figured I might as well start with a character that I don’t already have a history with and start fresh. Not to mention I wanted to read a story with a female lead.
At first I felt I was a little bit behind. In the early chapters (or is it issues?) there were references of things that happened before the action of the story began. A previous Avengers mission, for one, Captain Marvel’s ex and why she wasn’t ready to move forward with her relationship with Rhodey, aka Iron Patriot from the Iron Man movies. So, I feel like someone needs to recommend me comics to read that might explain what happened before. We open on Captain Marvel and Iron Patriot retrieving an unknown vessel that is hurtling towards New York. Inside is an alien from a planet that has been destroyed. Later that night, Iron Man finds Captain Marvel, or Carol Danvers, at home. Which is the Statue Liberty. That’s right, she lives in the Statue of Liberty. As someone who lives in New York and knows how much rent is, I can’t even imagine what rent would be to live in the crown of the Statue of Liberty! There has to be a story about how she got such a prime spot. Just another perk of being an Avenger? Anyway, Tony Stark has decided that they need an Avenger in space and Carol immediately volunteers. So, she and her cat go into space in take back the Alien, Tic, to her people. The problem is that Tic’s people are refugees from a destroyed planet. They were resettled on to an uninhabited planet but now they are getting sick so are being forced to leave and without their sick. This doesn’t sit well with them. They have lost most of the their loved ones, they were not going to leave behind more. While in Space, Carol meets up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. You know, Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot. This leads to one of the funniest moments between Rocket and Carol’s cat. It also leads to the real problem of the story which surrounds Peter Quill’s father, who is not a good man.
Carol Danvers is a great character. She’s smart, brave and little head strong (but who isn’t). She believes in the missions of the Avengers and will go to great lengths to accomplish those goals, even putting her self on the line. She’s also pretty funny. I like that. This was a very fun book. I’m looking forward to read more about her. I’m also happy because this helps my Diverse Stacks, Diverse Lives reading challenge. I’ll admit, I’m a little behind.