comics about poc

(marvel throwing out comic books about poc, women, or lgbt people at 3am, in the dead of the night, 0 advertising, 0 promo material, without so much as tweeting about it for just a general awareness) NOBODY WANTS THESE! REEL THEM BACK IN AND THROW OUT ANOTHER FASCIST

YO So I see a bunch of my friends are getting into comics and I AM SO HAPPY. I’m actually a comics noob too (just started reading this year), but that means I know what series that DON"T COME WITH 70 YEARS OF BACKSTORY

  • Young Avengers: Actually the most precious team on the planet. Move out of the way Avengers, this team’s got POC, QUEER CHARACTERS, and commentary on racism and love and sibling relationships and [vibrates]. they are all so loveable. Also, they’re entwined in a bunch of major Marvel events (Children’s Crusade, House of M, Civil War, and the new Original Sin) SO YOU GET BACKSTORY TOO?!??! I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT ELSE 2 SAY?? KATE BISHOP AND ROBOTS ? ? ? Read both volumes (the 2005 run by Allan Heinburg and Jim Cheung)and Vol. 2 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.) and then please talk 2 me about it i am lonely 
  • All New Ghostrider: MY CURRENT FAV SERIES GOD FUCK. It’s a reboot of Ghost Rider that has NOTHING TO DO WITH NICHOLAS CAGE. Robbie and Gabe Reyes live in East LA and get tangled up in gang violence/drug trafficking BUT THEN SHIT GOES DOWN AND IT’S JUST THE COOLEST also robbie and gabe are hella cute 

the series is by Felipe Smith and Trad Moore, and it’s still ongoing!

  • Ms. Marvel: say it with me: muslim female superhero. say it again. say it 2000 times. POC REBOOTS ARE MY LIFEBLOOD and kamala is Literally Perfect Help. the series is funny, references fan culture, and shows Kamala growing into her powers and dealing with the affect on her family!!! AAAANNNDDD it slams racism. and there’s flying sloths. the series is by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, and is still going :3
  • The Name of the Rose: who actually gives a shit about Tony Stark’s backstory HERE’S NATASHA’S BACKSTORY HECKA?? It’s got gorgeous art and just is necessary reading on Nat tbh. It focuses solely on her( too often natasha’s a side character LET’S CELEBRATE OUR RESIDENT SOVIET SPY)
  • Secret Avengers (2014): This series, though it launches off of Civil War and earlier events, is THE BEST STANDALONE. YEAH. This comic is the one that makes fun of hawkeye (who eats 4 protein bars a day) and has coulson and nick fury being SPACE BUDDIES. Also, Natasha and Jessica (spider woman) hang out at spas by shooting bad guys. IT’S HILARIOUS AND PERFECT. the series is by Ales Kot and Michael Walsh and has 4 issues out so far 8-) it’s fun (which comics should be I mean damn)
  • Hawkeye (2012): Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye (hawkguy) is perfect and aww, coffee. READ IT. 18 issues out so far, and still goin strong. 
  • Black Widow (2014). This is probably the most gorgeous art I’ve ever seen in a comic. It’s beautiful and explores the deepest and darkest corners of Nat’s past AND THERE’S ESPIONAGE AND [GROANS]. there’s 7 issues out so far, and it’s by Nathan Edmonson and Phil Noto. 

YEAP!! If you’d like some stuff on content warnings or anything else I’m here u w u . COME W’ ME ON MY NOOB JOURNEY INTO MARVELDOM

For a long time, superhero comics was a gated community. A closed set. A quarantined area.

A no-fly zone, ironically.

There weren’t any signs, really. No one put up barbed wire. But in the time before the mega-successful movies, before the many hit concurrent television series, there was most definitely a time when the genre seemed dominated, virtually owned, by two companies in one medium, dispensed by one distributor.
A narrow doorway, indeed.

And the people who worked those mines, they, in their understandable self-interest, did all they could to entrench themselves, and quite a few took the extra step to put as many bolts on the entryway as possible.

So there was a House of the Bat, and a House of the Spider, and if you wanted to write superheroes that people might actually read, those were your choices. Smaller publishers often made the attempt to duplicate their success with planned universes of their own guys in crotch-snug jammies who can fart plasma from their ear-holes or whatever, but almost inevitably, those efforts, no matter how well-crafted, would end in tears and low sales, and eventual cancellation.

But that didn’t keep the readership from wanting to break in. And as the audience became more diverse, they started wanting to see more of the real world reflected in the comics. And the industry developed a bit of doggerel to respond to such requests.

“Hey, I love these comics, but how about some POC characters once in a while?

"If you don’t see what you want in comics, make your own, then, kid!”

“Hello, I’m a gay man, and I’d like to see–”

“I just said, make your own, why don’t you?”

“I just wanted to find a way to the bathroo–”


Seriously, I heard this phrase, uttered not just from pros, but also from the readership, for years, over and over. Every time someone raised their hand and said, “Why can’t we have some books with female leads?” Someone was there to say, “If that’s so important to you, why not just make your own comics?”
It was never meant to be helpful advice. It was simply an easy way for creators and publishers to avoid looking at their own failures, their own inadequacies, by putting the onus on the questioner. If comics looked like a haven for straight, white, male, cis-gendered characters only, well, gee, why don’t you go out and fix that yourself, reader?

Even though experienced publishers with millions of dollars failed trying to make successful and ongoing superhero universes, the flippant answer, the way to get the asker to shut up, was to say that it was their responsibility to undo 60+ years of nasty racism, homophobia and misogyny.

It seemed a bit cruel. How does one person fight a system THAT closed off?

Oh, wait.

The internet happened. And writing groups formed online. And ePublishing happened.

Holy crap, they don’t NEED to go to that distribution monopoly. They don’t need to fight the ten thousand other books coming out that month for shelf space in a store. They don’t need middle-men or publishers or group editors or ad sales staff.

Turns out they don’t really need anybody but a group of writers with some talent and a bit of fire in their guts.

They don’t NEED the system.

But best of all?

They don’t need PERMISSION.

Now me, I want the gates open. No, I want the gates burned down.

There’s a lot to be said for polish and experience. But in many cases, that leads to comfort and caution, and that’s the last thing a thriving art form needs.

I want new voices, and I want a lot of them. And I want them to look like the crowds I see at conventions all over the world. Every color, ever sexuality, all over the gender spectrum, all ages, all shapes. That’s what I want.

Because I love comics, and if we have to burn down some of the old junk to make room for the next group, I am fine with that. Here, you pour the kerosene and I’ll hold the match.
Because new voices bring their passion to the table. They make beautiful mistakes and they rethink old routines and they write about what is meaningful to their lives and their experience and I get a little delighted just thinking about it.

Don’t ask permission, guys. Permission’s overrated. Write the thing you believe in and then fight like hell if they ask you to take it out.

I love new writers because they see the empty seats at the table, and they don’t like it. When they see that there’s a lack of _________ characters and relationships, rather than get defensive, they get CRACKING.

Okay, so that’s why this book is wonderful.

Here we have a bunch of new voices (well, new to me, anyway), talented voices, writing in the genre I have devoted a weird portion of my life to, and doing it outside of any of the barriers that the genre normally is wound around. And doing a damn entertaining job of it. Lesbian robots, superhero/supervillain bed romps, mutant/alien-supersoldier shipping, all the good stuff the big houses said was taboo for decades.
I frankly think they were afraid we might all grow to LIKE it.

When I was a little girl, I loved comics, and would search endlessly for portrayals of women that were as exciting and fun as those of the male characters. It was like a treasure hunt where the prize was great when you could find it, but just as often you got the soggy, dull, husband-hunting girlfriend of the REAL hero and boy, that got hard to take after a while. I can only imagine the added difficulty for POC and LGBT folks.
And the romance comics genre was long gone. Fighting, there was lots of fighting. Kissing seemed to be altogther radioactive, somehow.

The writers of POWERLESS AGAINST YOU have sidestepped decades of nonsense, bless their hearts. They made the buck-passing mantra of the disinterested professional into a viable, working model…simply put, they made their own, then. They took an affection for this genre and they populated it with diverse casts and fresh minds and just acres of heart.
Oh, and kissing.
Lots and lots of kissing.


PS: Never ask permission.


Gail Simone, introduction to Powerless Against You

I want to share this with everyone, regardless of whether they buy the book or not