Welcome to Wham! Bam! Thank You, Ma’am!, Geeks OUT’s newest monthly recap that focuses on the trials and tribulations of a different Marvel Universe SFC (Strong Female Character) each month. July’s spotlight shines on a fan-favorite X-Man who can go toe-to-toe with Emma Frost in regards to powers, attitude, and money… Monet St. Croix (a.k.a. M).
Welcome to Wham! Bam! Thank You, Ma’am! Geeks OUT‘s newest monthly recap that focuses on the trials and tribulations of a different Marvel Universe SFC (Strong Female Character) each month. With the latest superhuman civil war in full swing, it only seems appropriate that June’s spotlight shine on one of its key players, Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel.
The 1980s was the decade that took excess to the maximum. Neon-sprayed hair was jacked up to Jesus, shoulder pads were no longer just for football players, and the music was leagues beyond the tripe that currently clogs “Top Ten” Spotify playlists. From this shimmering era of cocaine and new wave synths came a superhero for the times. A beacon that descended like a glittering disco ball and quickly developed an unshakable fan base that still thrives to this day. Alison Blaire a.k.a. the mutant songbird known as Dazzler.
Unlike her genetically empowered counterparts, the X-Men, Alison was more concerned with furthering her career in music as opposed to heroism or contributing to the human/mutant cohabitation plight. She preferred to only use her powers of sound-to-light transduction to entertain audiences instead of proactively snuffing out criminal activity. This conflict would be part of the driving force for most of the Dazzler ongoing series that Marvel Comics published from 1981 through 1985.
Roughly thirty years later, the comic book market is seeing a massive influx of female-led titles and Alison Blaire is right in the thick of things as one of the prominent members of the all-female team, A-Force. With a fresh fashion makeover, several unresolved storylines, and a fantastic roster of potential co-stars, has the time has come for Marvel to flip the record to side B and give Dazzler a well-deserved encore?
It has been almost two years since the conclusion of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s memorable run on Young Avengers. In addition to winning a GLAAD Media Award, the title broke new ground by having not one… not two… but literally an entire team that consisted of characters who identified as either gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, or at least a little curious (I’m looking at YOU, Kate Bishop). Readers were also treated to cameo appearances by notable “out” characters like Victor Borkowski (Anole), Julie Power (Lightspeed), and Lucy in the Sky (Karolina Dean).
Few Marvel titles of equal queer caliber have since come close to healing the ga(y)ping wound left in Marvel’s monthly lineup after Gillen and McKelvie closed up shop. Books like The Unbeatable Squirrel-Girl, Spider-Gwen, and Silk all feature off-beat, quirky, and often underestimated Strong Female Characters that many, if not most, gay readers identify with and root for. However, the LGBTQ themes and/or characters in these titles are few and far between.
Enter: Patsy Walker a.k.a. Hellcat, Marvel’s latest addition to its monthly catalog of female-led titles. Yes, “IT’S PATSY!” and she’s here to add some always-welcomed queerness into the Marvel Universe.
If you are reading this, it means you have successfully navigated and survived yet another New York Comic Con experience. Whether you have emerged from said event both physically and mentally unscathed is another matter. With crowd totals roughly reaching 167,000, NYCC continued its upward trend of packing the Javits Center like a sardine can full of geeks from every possible walk of life. With a census like that, one can’t help but wonder if the venue is slowly morphing into Manhattan’s own version of the TARDIS.
2015 was our fourth year attending NYCC with the first being extremely hectic and stressful with little to no preconception as to what to expect other than “a lot.” We have since figured out how to dial down the chaos factor in order to enjoy ourselves while still managing to cross off as many bullet points as possible from our agenda.*
*NYCC Sanity Retention Tips: pack lightly, bring snacks/ibuprofen, and get as much done on Thursday/Friday as possible. Otherwise, you run the risk of being in too much pain to finish your mac-n-cheese.
Whether you prefer panels over signings or shopping over photo-ops, NYCC 2015 provided a bevy of fantastic highlights to quench the palate of even the most discerning geek.
Whether you are one of the many that have stuck with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. since the beginning or you abandoned the helicarrier somewhere in the middle of season one, one thing is certain… the Inhumans are coming and <cliché> the Marvel Cinematic Universe will never be the same </cliché>.
By now, even the most casual of AoS viewers should be well aware of how the events of season two concluded and that the MCU equivalent of the 616 Terrigen Bomb has been unleashed on the world. While the methodology was far less explosive than that which was depicted at the conclusion of Infinity, the end results should prove the same. All human beings possessing the applicable DNA and are exposed to the Terrigen Mists (Are they still consider “mists” if they come in the form of fish oil supplements?) will begin the Inhuman metamorphosis. With this transformation comes a myriad of potential physical mutations and ability manifestations.
With Pride comes June. With June comes summer. With summer comes the necessity for plenty of beach/park/poolside reading material. If you are a geek looking to get your Pride on by celebrating some of the great LGBT creators and stories in the comic book world, you have to look no further than the “new release” wall in your local comic book shop. Now, prepare to let your geek flag fly proud and free with this summer reading list…
ECCC: Babs Tarr gets up close and personal with the Sailor (Boy) Scouts.
Is Marvel poised to introduce a same-sex couple on Netflix’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones?
The new Mortal Kombat X TV spot gets a “classic” soundtrack.
Indiana comic book store gives shows why geeks will always triumph over bigots.
David Duchovny opens up about Fox Mulder and the new X-Files series.