Patsy Walker a.k.a. Marvel’s New Gay Icon

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).

IMG_3708Few 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-GirlSpider-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.

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All Cats Aren’t Grey

image32016 is quickly shaping up to be quite a spectacular year for Marvel and its roster of Strong Female Characters. Ongoing series starring Angela, Thor, Silk, Spider-Gwen, and more will continue with new volumes and, for the most part, the original creative teams intact. Dennis Hopeless will continue writing duties on (now visibly pregnant) Spider-Woman’s title and G. Willow Wilson’s all-female A-Force lineup will battle on past the conclusion of Secret Wars.

Joining these established titles will be James Robinson’s Scarlet Witch, Tom Taylor’s All-New Wolverine (starring X-23), and Amy Reeder’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. With new books and team rosters being announced daily, this is merely the tip of the iceberg.

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NYCC Boy: You’ll Never Have a Bored Day

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.

image152015 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.

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Buried Jewels

akajjaliasv1-cvr-135905November 20th, 2015. She will no longer be obscured by an alias or buried amongst the pile of forgotten superheroes on Marvel’s d-list. Jessica Jones is finally pushing her way to the head of the queue and earning some long overdue respect and acknowledgment. The world will know her name.

Originally conceived by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Graydos for their gritty 2001 Marvel MAX series, Alias, Jessica Jones was once a fledgling superhero with a less-than-exciting career until a chance encounter with Zebediah Killgrave (a.k.a. The Purple Man) left her traumatized enough to give up costumed heroics. She went on to open her own P.I. firm, Alias Investigations, and later assisted the Avengers on numerous occasions.

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