IRON-FIST

Marvel honestly makes me so fucking tired. Like….it’s honestly so upsetting that I have to yell and fight for roles like the Ancient One or Iron Fist to be played by Asians when…these aren’t even good roles. They’re still steeped in orientalism, and making sure they’re played by the proper race doesn’t change that. Like I’m literally here fighting for scraps, exotic, orientalist, scraps. I can’t even dream about a well developed asian/asiam superhero making their way to the MCU, the best I can hope for is not yellowface. How pathetic is that?

NETFLIX AND MARVEL’S FIVE-SHOW PLAN

Daredevil has already launched on Netflix with the first season getting a lot of critical acclaim. A second series is currently filming but there’s plenty more in the pipeline from the Marvel-Netflix team-up. 

We prepare for the arrival of Marvel’s Defenders on Netflix – a sequence of limited series that will lead into a ‘team event’.  So who are they and what shows will they get?

Matt Murdock is a man who was blinded as a young boy but gifted with extraordinary senses. After his father was murdered by mobsters, Murdock dedicated his life to fight injustice in New York City as a lawyer by day, and by night as a vigilante known as Daredevil. (2015)

Jessica Jones is the superheroine formely known as Jewel. Jess also did a brief stint as Knightress, and has also gone by Power Woman. (Her powers, are strength, durability and flight — which she gained when the car that her family was in crashed into a military convoy carrying radioactive chemicals.) She’s an ex-superhero turned private investigator. She can be reckless, she can be stubborn, she can be a mess. (2015)

Luke Cage, wrongly convicted and unjustly imprisoned, was altered in a failed prison experiment that granted him bulletproof skin and superhuman strength. With his street smarts, and unending determination to do right, he fights for the common man! (2016)

The latest in a long line of warriors who wielded his power against the wicked, Danny Rand is the Immortal Iron Fist. Protector of the mystical city of K'un Lun, he channels a soul of a dragon making his fists like unto iron. The power of the Iron Fist allows Rand to concentrate his chi in his fist, giving him super strength and focus – though its use leaves him physically and mentally drained for a time. He’s a highly skilled martial artist, and possesses the ability of telepathy and mind fusion. (2016)

  • THE DEFENDERS will be the last show to appear on Netflix once the other characters have been introduced. This is a team-up of Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones. 

While I love everything about this page, perhaps my favorite thing is what’s not here.

Misty’s cybernetic arm.

It was nice in a story about superheroes (where disabilities are so often depicted as something to be fixed) that we were able to depict Misty as a woman with an actual disability.  At the end of the day, she’s lost an arm and while it has been replaced with a giant metal one that’s very useful for punching bad guys, it’s not something you would want to wear to bed or for late night canoodling with your husband.  To my mind, that’s something that’s largely missing in comics that I wanted to make sure was here.  Guirhiru did a great job of depicting it and doing so simply and subtly.

sometimes you forget you got into it by being two people who really liked each other.

sometimes you forget that there was anything before. that there was a time that the two of you looked at each other and thought “yeah, i could do this for the rest of my life.”

                                                             misty and danny, forever.

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ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue comes out tomorrow, and includes a section on Marvel superheroes.  I was very happy to contribute this Iron Fist piece!  (Me, in a SPORTS magazine?!?)  More here.

Did this traditionally in pencil - a rarity for me these days.  I kept reaching for Command-Z.  :)  Colors by the great Laura Martin.  

The original is up for sale at the store.  

Secret Wars: Secret Love #1

Initial thoughts on finishing the third story in this issue: “Who the hell wrote this and where to do I send my money to get more!”

Even taking into account Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders, E is for Extinction, and Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, this seven page story has to be my favorite thing to come out of Secret Wars.

Good job Jeremy Whitley!