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Weekly Comic Round-Up: Ms. Marvel

Dark comics are fun to read and number in the hundreds. Bedlam freaks you out by dragging you through a city of serial killers. Preacher makes the argument that if there was a God, he can be callous, narcissistic, and maybe even sociopathic. Southern Bastards tells a personal story filled with country side violence.

However, these grim comics offer very little in the way of bright moments and instead use dark humor as a means to make smile.

Sometimes you gots ta have a little levity in your life, and there’s a ton of that to be found in Marvel’s reboot of Ms. Marvel.

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Now what strikes me as awesome about this comic is that it’s very non-traditional. That image above is of our heroine Kamala. She’s a Pakistani-American who actively practices the Islamic faith. That’s right; Marvel took one helluva step forward and added someone very different to their roster of heroes.

Now, Ms. Marvel is awesome for many reasons. It’s about a young, out of place girl who’s just trying fit in with her American peers. She’ also a complete nerd; often writing Avengers fan fictions for fun, and she also identifies as short and awkward.

All of it is actually very reminiscent of how Peter Parker found his start and his crowd, but Kamala is significant in another way.

Ms. Marvel reaches out to more than just the young, awkward male teen. It crosses borders and tells kids around the world being a hero doesn’t mean you have to be of a specific gender, or race. Don’t get me wrong though, Ms. Marvel is fun in its own right. Kamala is a charming character filled with personal quirks that will make you pitch a fit of laughter.

She’s still trying to find her identity in a world where most heroes seem to be predominantly white.

Being a person of color and of a different creed makes that even harder for her to achieve. There’s even a scene where she uses her powers to appear like the traditional Ms. Marvel, blonde, slender and Caucasian because she wouldn’t believe a person like her is what a standard heroine looked like.

Ms. Marvel isn’t just about a teen struggling through High School life. It’s also about the under representation of people who are different in popular media. The comic’s being brave; standing up for something new in a time when we need a little more of that in the world, and that makes me feel like everything’s gonna be marvelous.

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Weekly Comic Roundup: Comics that need a little more Spotlight


There are a lot of comics out there getting a ton of attention because of their movie counterparts. Okay, okay, maybe it’s mostly Marvel getting new fans because of their successful string of awesome flicks (looking at you Guardians), but because of that, other titles get left by the wayside. So I figured; since people are getting into graphic novels, why shouldn’t I introduce some of the weirder stories roaming around online? So to kick this off I wanted to talk about Bedlam, a horror/detective story from Image Comics.

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When people talk Batman, the conversation will eventually turn to Joker. How both of them work together in tandem and without one, the other may be a little dull. Bedlam runs on a very simple idea but I may have to spoil a classic Batman arc to get my point across so everything italicized is spoiler.

What if, at the end of the Killing Joke, the Joker actually agrees to get help? What if he reformed and in place of a normal life, he decides to use his twisted knowledge to benefit the community? This is the question that Bedlam asks.

Is evil something we are or something we do?

Bedlam is not a hopeful story; it’s a very horrible one which asks you to join it on a dark trail and it does so in a very visceral manner. However, it also tells a story of redemption, and while the comic is in its early arcs, it’s easy to see that the writers know exactly where this is going to end up. I’m going to enjoy the hell out of this journey. Pick up a digital copy and find out if this story’s for you. Once you do though, don’t prod at Bedlam and the question it asks. It might just drive you Madder than Red.

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