Thursday 28 April 2022

Comics Wrap-Up - Very Much A Mood


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It's Thursday, this is Dora Reads, let's get some comics-y superhero-y goodness!

TV Shows

Episode 4 is the part in most of the Disney+ Marvel series where the poop meets the fan - Moon Knight seems to be no exception! 😅

As usual, there's a non-spoiler section first, followed by a clearly-marked SPOILER section. 

The non-spoiler section has me being even vaguer than usual, btw, because so many SPOILERS happened in this episode 😅

Layla's face for the first 10-20 minutes of this episode was like... what else can go wrong?!

Oh Layla. 

Layla, Layla, Layla... SO MUCH.

So much can go wrong.

This episode gave me major The Mummy vibes, all in all.

...You can drop Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz in here, and it'll suit them just fine.

Or, if you wanna go old-school, I'm sure we can fit Boris Karloff in.

...OMG, Boris Karloff would be amazing in the Ethan Hawke role!!!! Not that Ethan's bad - we love you Ethan - but Boris Karloff in that role?! OMG, that's... argh!

...Sorry, I'll stop fangirling over Universal monster movies and get back to fangirling over Moon Knight now 😅

Chibi Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) sticking his magic staff in the ground. That's not a euphemism.
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Due to the mummy-related-shenanigans, though, there's a lot more gore in this episode than we've had so far.

...And the odd jump-scare or two in there.

So... lots of Universal monster movie vibes again 😎😅

I don't know whether it's just me and my unstoppable ability to overly-empathise with every character ever created, or whether it's the British-ness but Steven was 100% me in this episode.

His reactions to the gore, the slightly awkward adventuring, the general fanboying, and him talking to camels... this is me. Lol.

Although Layla's screaming was very much a mood also.


Warning: this section discusses Ableism and mental health hospitalisation

So much happened in this episode!

First off: how many ushabtis are the Egyptian Gods storing?!

That's a lot of potentially out-of-line deities right there! 😅

How the hell did Layla survive that mummy attack?

Like, I'm sorry - the amount of concerning noises when she got jumped? She dead.

Yet somehow she's not. Because... TV, I guess. *shrugs*

OK: the mental hospital stuff.

Now, clearly this isn't a real mental hospital. I don't know whether it's mysticky or in Marc/Steven's head, or a mixture of the two - but it's not a real hospital.

Still, did we really need negative mental hospital representation in our Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)-related-series, Marvel?

Isn't there enough negative mental hospital representation out there already? 

It's this kind of thing that stops people getting help, and prevents people putting funding into mental health beds.

As I've said before and will no doubt repeat ad nauseum in future: there is no one-size-fits-all with mental health.

So this kind of stigmatising representation may very well dissuade and scare people who would benefit from this kind of treatment.

That all said - the acting, the symbols, and the general vibes of that scene are amazing.

...I really want that scarab plushie that the one lady was holding, OK?

I can't help myself! 😂😅

And hippo-lady's gotta be Hathor - I'm calling it now, before I see the next episode. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think it's Hathor.

Steven and Marc screaming is just... 👍 perfection. 😂


Other Stuff

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is facing a ban in several countries due to the inclusion of America Chavez - an openly Lesbian Latinx heroine with two mothers.

At time of writing, the film has been confirmed as banned in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, with reports of possible bans in Kuwait and Qatar.

These are countries where LGBTQ+ people are often persecuted, and have limited rights.

So, as Benedict Cumberbatch himself has said, it's hardly a surprise. But it is disappointing.

Disney have refused, so far, to censor the LGBTQ+ content in the film in order for it to be seen in these countries. Which is... actually pretty awesome of them.

I hope they hold strong, like they did for The Eternals, because this is something that needs to happen - Queer people exist, we are not a dirty secret, and we are not sinful. Deal with it.

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I'm still on the look out for #OwnVoices Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) views of Moon Knight - I have a couple lined up to watch on YouTube, which I'm hoping to get around to viewing soon, but time kinda ran out on me this week! 😅

DID YouTuber Charlie from the braiDIDbunch channel and system gave her reactions to episodes 1 and 2 of Moon Knight here:

(Charlie incorrectly says that Moon Knight is possessed rather than having DID in the comics - an understandable mistake, but the current comics version of Moon Knight DOES have DID.) 

Warning: discussion of sensitive topics, including but not limited to: trauma, child abuse, Ableism, mental health problems

Run-time: 20.19

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And to end in the traditional manner, with some shameless self-promo:

Did episode 4 of Moon Knight give you The Mummy vibes?

Had you heard about Doctor Strange being banned in several countries?

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  1. I had the same thoughts to Layla surviving the mummy attack! I thought for sure she was a goner, when she lifted herself up onto the cliff I thought... okay Marvel, I know you make superhero content, but at least make SOME things realistic lol.

    1. Yes!!! Unless she randomly has 'can survive a mummy attack without a scratch' powers, they probably should've made the attack less lethal-looking! Lol :)


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