By Kate Leth, Brittney L. Williams, and
AKA HELL YES
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.
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.
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.
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.