Marvel.com is hosting a $0.99 sale for Winter Soldier, Black Widow vol 1-3, Widowmaker, and Black Widow Strikes in honor of the US release of Captain America: the Winter Soldier this week. Offer is valid today only so if you were on the fence about reading these great stories, take advantage of this offer! (especially Marjorie Liu’s Black Widow!!!).
In honor of Widow Week, and to celebrate the first issue of a brand-new Black Widow ongoing, I collaged a wallet to give away!
Sides are black and white newsprint pictures and quotes (from “Essential Daredevil 4”); front and back are glossy color pictures from various comics (including panels from Black Widow: Name of the Rose, Black Widow: Homecoming, Captain America and the Black Widow, Marvel Fanfare, White Tiger, Secret Avengers, Daredevil, Avengers Assemble, Black Widow and the Marvel Girls, and Black Widow: Fear Itself). Has been covered with a few layers of mod podge; will be covered with several more before I send it out.
I don’t really care if you follow me, but I do post a lot about Black Widow at allofthefeelings and all of my collages at i glue stuff, if you’re interested.
Reblog or like to enter, one entry per. I don’t really care if you reblog more than once, but don’t be a jerk. (If you reblog to signal-boost instead of wanting it, though, maybe mention that in the post so you don’t get a wallet you don’t want?)
I’ll ship anywhere
Winner will be chosen randomly from notes on January 22, which happens to be the day the SECOND issue of Black Widow comes out. (See what I did there?)
If you win I’ll ask-box you for your address; if you don’t respond within two days I’ll go to the next person.
If by some miracle this gets over 250 notes, I’ll make a second wallet, with the front and back entirely out of pictures from Black Widow (2014) #1, also to give away. First winner will get to choose if they want this one or that one; second winner will get the one the first winner doesn’t choose. If this happens, I will notify the second winner after the first winner has claimed theirs.
If you don’t feel the odds are in your favor, I’ve got an etsy store and should be adding more Black Widow wallets to it, and/or you could commission one, so keep an eye on that.
Hello, folks! It is one of your friendly organizers. Today I will be posting on Natasha’s origins and ten of my favorite (comics) moments, but before I kick off my soapboxing, allow me to encourage everyone else to do things, too! Art, photosets, meta, anything is welcome – tag it #natashaleads and #ladieslead. Tell your friends! Make some noise.
If you still don’t know what’s going on, check out this post for some information on this campaign. We want a lady-led movie; let’s make it happen.
Guess what everybody! Only five more days until Marvelous Marvel Ladies’ Month!
Throughout the month of August I’m hoping (through personal effort and the contribution of others) to fill the tags #mmlm and #marvelous marvel ladies month with photosets, blurbs, recommended reading lists, and more about all of the under-appreciated heroines and women civilians that make up the Marvel universe. This month is mainly for those women who may not be as popular as, say, Carol Danvers or Natasha Romanoff – but it’s also a month for Marvel ladies in general, so feel free to celebrate the “Big Names" as well!
Because this isn’t really a ‘tumblr con’ type deal, there is no really structured schedule for events or anything like that, though if you would like to feel free to organize art trades, livestreams, or whatever else you’d like to do; as long as you tag it, everyone participating will see it! Instead this month will have each day dedicated to three or four women (the list or ‘schedule’ can be seen here), and on these days will probably be the largest concentration of information regarding the characters spotlighted, including a little blurb of background info and recommended reading lists to help new readers interested in the character get to know them better! Now, this is supposed to be more fluid and less structured – that means you can post about whatever woman you want on whatever day you want, especially considering there are plenty of amazing ladies that didn’t make it to the “official list". The schedule is not so much a structure but instead a guideline. This way you know when to expect the most stuff concerning your under-appreciated favorites!
As of right now, there are still some ladies left that haven’t been claimed for short introductory blurbs; you can see that list here.
But remember, while the whole point is to appreciate and celebrate the women of Marvel who don’t always get their fair share of the spotlight, in the end, all women of Marvel are often under-appreciated, so feel free to talk about your more popular favorites throughout the month as well! We’ll have the “Big Names" day at the end of the month, but don’t let that stop you from celebrating your better-known favorites!
Just sit back, have fun, and celebrate amazing Marvel women – and don’t forget to track the #mmlm and #marvelous marvel ladies month tags!
To start off, I’m gonna go ahead and say two things:
You might not like all of these recs. I’m more fond of some then others. I am recommending these because I think their portrayal of the women characters as either main characters or main characters out of a mixed gender ensemble is strong. And by strong, I mean, well-rounded, well-characterized, not overly sexualized (though even with great writing, there are some cases of this still), with strength and weaknesses of character both well and accurately portrayed.
If you disagree with any of these choices, or would like to rec others, feel free to reblog and add opinions or recs!
And now onto the list. Not reccing these in any particular order!
Wonder Woman: The Hikiteia by Greg Rucka. This was Rucka’s first go at writing Wonder Woman, and he is quite honestly my favorite writer for her. The story follows Diana after she makes a vow of protection to a young woman, who is being chased by Batman for past crimes. Wonder Woman must battle one of her best friends in order to keep her honor—and her life. It’s a fantastic stand alone story, and truly shows how much Wonder Woman values her honor and integrity.
Huntress: Year One by Ivory Madison finally gives us a clear origin story on Gotham’s most violent superhero. There are a lot of mixed feelings about this origin story—some people, like myself, love it; while others hate it. I recommend it because I legitimately think it adds depth and history to the character of Helena Bertinelli, exploring her family’s roots in the mafia and her deep spirituality.
Manhunter (vol. 3) #1–38 (October 2004 – March 2009) is a run I have mixed feelings about, but cannot deny her importance as a character. Kate Spencer is not a typical female character—not just for comics, but media in general. Hard smoking, hard drinking, an inattentive mother, with a failed marriage and an overtly aggressive personality, Kate Spencer is one of a kind within the comic book universe. And that’s what makes her so special, and worthy of the list imo.
She-Hulk: Single, Green Female by Dan Slott is a bright light in an era of what are jokingly called “grimdark” comics. Sincerely funny and light-hearted, this book takes the fantastical world of Marvel and follows Jennifer as she has to prosecute over the top cases while being the She-Hulk. At one point, she even helps Spidey sue the Daily Bugle for slander! It’s a great light-hearted comic with what I feel is very well-rounded writing for Jennifer.
The Question: The Five Books of Blood by Greg Rucka (have you noticed that I love Greg Rucka?) is an extremely dark story following Renee Montoya’s descent into obsession with stopping the religious Cult of Crime, as well as her decaying relationship with her girlfriend Kate Kane (Batwoman). It’s a gory, supernatural noir story that certainly isn’t for people who can’t take horror, gore, or sexuality.
Birds of Prey vol. 1 issues #56-127 and vol. 2 1-13 by Gail Simone and Tony Bedard is the biggest, longest run I will recommend here, but only cause it’s worth it (and all of these ARE in trade paperback). Following the adventures of the Birds after original autor Chuck Dixon’s departure, Gail Simone masterfully navigates the relationships and personalities of a group of very different women. Not only are their adventures interesting, the characterizations are all brilliant; and Tony Bedard’s brief takeover is also wonderful. The story also introduces several new female characters who are beloved by fans, particularly Misfit.
Alias: Ultimate Collection Volume One by Brian Michael Bendis is….depressing. But also amazing, and by far the best Jessica Jones stories ever written. It follows her career as a private detective for the seedy part of the Marvel universe. It also probably tells the story of anti-mutant prejudice better than any actual X-men comic has ever managed.
Death: The High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, et al. is a heartfelt look at Death transforming herself into a young woman to better understand the people she guides to the afterlife. It’s full of emotion and twists, and is just a wonderful read.
Black Widow: The Name of the Rose by Marjorie Liu is a bit of a difficult read for those not really familiar with Natasha’s history, but if you can get past that, this is an absolutely great read. It highlights the true strengths of Natasha, not as an alien-fighting, in-your-face ass-kicker, but a subtly strong master of espionage and psychological combat.
Vixen: The Return of the Lion by Willow Wilson is a great Vixen solo story, following her as she returns to Africa to hunt down the men who killed her mother. It also has several great scenes where she explores and monologues about her powers, which is surprisingly deep considering how common transformation powers are for superheroes.
BOOSTER GOLD #34. by Keith Giffen, because Barda punches a dragon. That’s honestly it. She just punches a fucking dragon.
Batman and Huntress: A Cry for Blood by Greg Rucka is a book that many cite as what made them a Huntress fan. It really explores the thirst for approval she has for Batman, while she still refuses to compromise her goals. It also explores her background (and in some places contradicts Year One).
WONDER WOMAN #37 by Gail Simone explores the relationship between Diana and Donna and their mother with great emotional power. It’s something you really have to read to appreciate.
JLA CLASSIFIED #14 by Warren Ellis contains probably on of Oracle’s finest moments. Her determination to save the JLA with only her computer (even if it’s just to give them a proper burial) is fantastic, and the characterization is spot on.
BATGIRL #50. by Dylan Horrocks is the most defining moment of Cassandra Cain. Out of the entire Bat-family, I feel that Cassandra probably understood Bruce and his mission the most and this issue encapsulates that perfectly.
Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka showcases some of the best Batwoman stories ever told, including her incredibly powerful coming out scene and her pretty scary first meeting with Batman.
I’ll add more later in a second part!
For more Black Widow things that should be easy to find & jump into, I would recommend—
Black Widow: Itsy-Bitsy Spider · the recent trade comes with Devin Grayson’s first Black Widow mini and the sequel co-written by Greg Rucka. Not just one compelling female protagonist, but two.
Secret Avengers #20 · a really clevery spy-fi done-in-one by Warren Ellis and Alex Maleev. This is a great, great, Natasha showcase, one that requires you to think about continuity but not know anything about it.
On the subject of “other random things that I like,” I see you the rest of this list and raise you Kathryn Immonen’s work on Hellcat.
Hello, my name is Lydia. I’m in a senior in high school and we are required to create a hypothesis/theory project. My senior project is dedicated to proving that female super heroes can be positive role models. In order to put forth my theory I’ve created a blog that’s basically just a female empowerment nerd culture blog ahahaha. My question here, right now, is for your help. I need feminist/female empowerment blogs/websites/sources of information. If you could submit any of those sources to this blog or signal boost this, I would be incredibly grateful!
Let’s accomplish some social good today. The organization One Million Moms, who describe themselves as “a network of Christian mothers and grandmothers taking a stand for our children who are exploited by the entertainment industry”, have recently released a statement asking for a write-in campaign to Marvel (owned by Disney) and DC (owned by Warner Bros.) asking them to “change and cancel all plans of homosexual superhero characters immediately”.
This is in direct relation to Marvel’s first gay marriage in Astonishing X-Men #50 and DC announcing a reveal of a male, iconic character’s sexual identity being changed from previous incarnations. One Million Moms goes on to say things like,
Children desire to be just like superheroes. Children mimic superhero actions and even dress up in costumes to resemble these characters as much as possible. Can you imagine little boys saying, “I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?”
This is ridiculous! Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models? They don’t but do want to indoctrate impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light. These companies are heavily influencing our youth by using children’s superheroes to desensitize and brainwash them in thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable. As Christians, we know that homosexuality is a sin (Romans 1:26-27).
This is yet again another example of the bigotry from close-minded individuals. Obviously they have no problem referencing Romans 1:26-27, but heavens forbid they take a gander at Matthew 7:1 (Judge not, that you be not judged.). I won’t even touch the stereotypical gender roles this organization is promoting.
What can you do? Easy! Let’s lets overwhelm their voice. For every email Marvel or DC receives asking to remove homosexual elements from comics, let’s send them emails congratulating them on the steps they are taking and showing support for their editorial and creative decisions. Tweet them and let them know you are proud to support gay characters and gay marriage in comics.