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A comiXologist Recommends

PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT

By Kate Leth, Brittney L. Williams, and Megan Wilson

AKA HELL YES

Sometimes the thing that makes a superhero interesting is what sets them apart from the mundane – their extraordinary abilities and the grand, spectacular scenarios that play out around them.  But sometimes all that super-ness can seem a little remote, and after a while I start to find myself more interested in the minutia of superhero lives.  Like, how do they pay the bills?  I mean, not every superhero is a Tony Stark or a Bruce Wayne.  

Some superheroes are more of a Patsy Walker.  She also wonders how people with super powers are supposed to pay the bills, because this is a particular problem for Patsy and her friends.  And this is a problem Patsy is determined to solve, using to their advantage the very thing that makes it a challenge.

 We may not have the ability to sense mystical energy, or possess the power of telekinesis, or learned to kick butt on the moon.  But we can all relate to needing to figure out life, and how to manage our own unique potential that maybe sometimes feels like a burden.  Patsy Walker is here to tell you that life is hard but you are important and you can do it.

In many ways, this is a Patsy that fans of Jessica Jones (on Netflix) will recognize.  She is your best friend and your conscience and do NOT mess with her if you know what’s good for you.  But this Patsy lives in a world that is decidedly less grim than the show.  The colors in this book are downright cheerful, the panels are packed with charming details, and the dialogue is upbeat.  (All the high fives for that line about the fridge, Kate!)  

I predict that Hellcat will join the ranks of Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel, proving that fun, bright comics about young women have an eager audience.  And if you were wondering if you should join that audience, the answer is HELL YES.

 

Tia Vasiliou is a Digital Editor at ComiXology.  She hopes to one day learn butt-kicking on the moon.

Twitches (2005)

Disney Channel Original Movie #61

The final DCOM before the High School Musical (and Hannah Montana) era began, Twitches is also the last good Halloween movie starring people who I was already nostalgic to see. It was literally the end of an era, since in 2006, Disney Channel changed their model, and started heavily pushing for all of their actors to be singers as well. They also started making all of their DCOM’s feature the kids already in their tv shows. We can call this the “Garbage Era.” In the final good movie, Tia and Tamara, from Sister, Sister, play twin witches from another dimension who were separated at birth and reunited on their 21st birthday. It’s literally the same plot from the show they were in, but with magic powers involved. They have to save their home dimension and themselves from “the Darkness.”

Rating: C. They made a sequel 2 years later and I don’t even remember the plot.

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A comiXologist Recommends (a comic about valor and punching things)

Captain Marvel #1

Written by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters

Art by Kris Anka, Colors by Matthew Wilson

“The better part of valor, is punching things.” -Carol Danvers, probably.

Indulge me in a little literary moment.  “The better part of valor, is discretion,” famous coward Falstaff contends.  And while Falstaff is about as far from Captain Marvel as you can get on the bravery scale, it can’t be denied that sometimes the best course of action is to live to fight another day.  Even for her.  You can’t always see the whole picture from inside the fray, and you never know when the boring, behind-a-desk garbage stuff is important, too.  The middle ground between Falstaff, Shakespearean Coward and Carol Danvers, Puncher Of Things, has some interesting topography which writers Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters seem bent on nudging Carol to explore as she takes on her new role as leader of Alpha Flight Space Station, Earth’s first line of defense.

Character continuity from KellySue DeConnick’s must-read run on Captain Marvel weaves pretty seamlessly into the new story, reassuring veterans of the Carol Corps (as fans call themselves) that Carol is in good hands and ensuring that this first issue works as a jumping-on point for new readers.  Key aspects of Carol’s personality are underscored by her interactions with other characters, her body language, and her choices.  Special commendation goes to colorist Matt Wilson, whose bright palette gorgeously illuminates artist Kris Anka’s epic space battles and high-tech space station.  Captain Marvel may now be in charge of that space station, but a word of advice?  Still don’t call her ma’am!

Tia Vasiliou is a Digital Editor at ComiXology and a proud member of the Carol Corps.  She is more or less against punching things but probably best not to call her ma’am, either.