Thursday 8 June 2017

Comics Wrap-Up - Where Were You When All of the Embers Fell?

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Graphic Novels

This week, I read Doom Patrol, Volume 1: Brick by Brick, one of the DC Young Animal/Gerard Way titles.

And yes, I bl**dy loved it!

(Amazon: UK - US)

It's already out in the US and will be out in the UK on the 13th - so my review will be appearing sometime on or around the UK release date (I haven't decided precisely when yet.)

If you're a fan of surreal-ness and/or any of Gerard Way's other comics, you're gonna love it.

Other Stuff

There's a lot of Wonder Woman posts and articles etc. out there on the interwebs right now, as well as news around the various issues in it.

Firstly, Wonder Woman has been banned in Lebanon.

As I said last week, I don't approve of bans - they cross the grey area and land very firmly in the realms of censorship.

BUT, as I also said last week - Lebanon's problem with lead actress Gal Godot is NOT because she is Israeli. It is because she has Zionist views and connections.

We owe to ourselves and the world to a) be clear on the difference, and b) make clear that we do NOT approve of the Israeli government's actions towards the Palestinian people.

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One of the main discussions going on around Wonder Woman is that of feminism.

It's an important discussion: you can't just throw a woman in a title role and claim it's feminist, there's a little more to it than that.

This piece by Meg Downey @ Comic Book Resources discusses Steve Trevor - Diana's dude-in-distress (or 'man-in-peril' as this post phrases it,) - and the way the issues of masculinity and femininity are represented in the film. (Warning: spoilers)

Steven Acevedo, also at Comic Book Resources, discussed the struggle female superheroes often have to free themselves from origins, connections, and subordination, to their male counterparts - and how Diana is a welcome step away from that.

Ray Sonne @ Women Write About Comics discusses a lack of intersectionality in the film. (Warning: spoilers.)

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Stepping away from Wonder Woman stuff...

At Comics Book Resources, Tara Marie made a list of the 15 things about comics that irritate the ever-loving pants off of... well, pretty much everyone by this point.

This includes no-one staying freaking dead (aka, pulling a Jean Grey,) and endless reboots, but somehow neglected to mention the confusing-ness of alternate universes/timelines/no-one even knows any more or HOW DAMN AWFUL IT IS TO RANDOMLY TURN CAPTAIN AMERICA INTO A NAZI!!!!!

*Ahem* It's OK. I'm calm. Ish.

And that's it for this week! Don't forget to comment and share!

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  1. I am going to go watch WW soon, so I'm happy that this post came at the right time.
    I honestly never knew of the ban?
    But great discussion!
    Prabhleen @ Booksarelife987

    1. It's actually really good over all :)

      But it's v important that we make clear that that political stance is not one we can support.

  2. I looked at Doom Patrol but was afraid I wouldn't understand it since it references other comics and stuff? Idk, I tend to stay away from the superhero stuff and already established stuff because there's so much that I'm just lost. Glad you liked it though :-) I'll be sure to check out your review!

    1. Ha, Doom Patrol is difficult to understand - but not for that reason!!!! It's more the... complete lack of giving a f**k about the laws of physics & reality ;)

  3. I will literally never be over the time they turned Captain America into a Nazi. WHAT GENUINELY TERRIBLE PEOPLE.

    1. I know. They've extended the Cap-is-a-Nazi comics series as well. And they gave an issue away for Free Comic Book Day - there were all these online pics of kids holding that trash. Ugh!


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