S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Women of Marvel variant by David Marquez.
Scarlett is a little bit busy being very pregnant right now, but there’s always possibility. People say that movies can’t open well when they’re led by women: Lucy made $20 million more than Hercules this weekend in their openings. So if you keep making that happen, you will get Captain Marvel, you will get Black Widow, and more.
It’s about time that one of the world’s most recognized female super heroes got her own solo series. And “Storm” brings our count of monthly series featuring female leads up to seven. All of these books – “She-Hulk,” “Elektra,” “Black Widow,” “Ms. Marvel,” “Captain Marvel” and “X-Men” – have very different vibes, and feature characters motivated by very, very different things. “Storm” will continue that trend.
I remember attending Toronto Comicon shortly after the release of “Captain Marvel” and seeing a five-year-old girl who’d come in a handmade Captain Marvel outfit with her hair moussed up – and I totally got the need for this book, for this hero. Someone who looks like her, and acts like her. So, in a way, “Captain Marvel” helped pave the road to the expanded role of female leads. “Ms. Marvel,” “Black Widow,” “Elektra,” “She-Hulk,” the all-female “X-Men” book – female heroes anchoring their own series have never been as prevalent in the Marvel Universe, and there’s more to come. There’s a thirst out there for strong female characters, and it’s not just female readers who crave them. Marvel readers want a good story, that’s all.
Don’t mind me, I just ♥ it when covers show Natasha zipped all the way up.
With Captain Marvel they’ve got a great character here and I think they realize it and are willing to put the extra effort into marketing her correctly so she’ll succeed as a character. Black Widow, too. She’s in the movies – I mean could there be, finally, a female superhero movie?
Avengers Assemble #16 & Captain Marvel #13— The Enemy Within
Only tangentially Black Widow related, but man, Joe Quinones should just draw everything.
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • MIKE DEODATO (A)
COVER BY DUSTIN WEAVER
“WAKE THE DRAGON”
• As Shang-Chi battles an ancient enemy, the Avengers hang out in Hong Kong’s swankiest casino.
• Captain Marvel, Black Widow and Spider-Woman find out it doesn’t pay to gamble in the spy business.
• Cannonball and Sunspot play craps with a bunch of AIM Agents. AND WIN!