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Marvelette Missives – Super Sikh

Marvelette Missives – Super Sikh

Diversity and representation are important considerations these days, even in comics. But it’s not just the big publishers that are trying to be more inclusive with different genders, races and orientations of characters. Independent and creator owned publications are jumping in, often with characters and storylines larger companies shy away from. One of those would be the turban-wearing, Elvis-loving, secret agent of Super SikhMore

Marvelette Missives – Huck

Marvelette Missives – Huck

Mark Millar’s Huck is a tale of a simple man with special gifts who wants to live a quiet life in a small town. He does a good deed every day for whoever is in need, but otherwise keeps to himself. His neighbors always know the deeds are his doing, but they keep things quiet as well, as a way to thank him. Then someone new moves to town who happens to be a reporter and she wants to share news of Huck with the world.  More

Marvelette Missives – Preacher

Marvelette Missives – Preacher

About a year ago Preacher, a tv series based on the Vertigo comic book by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, made its debut. It follows far-from-holy preacher Jesse Custer in a very small town in Texas and the lives of the often horrible people who live there. The first season of the show was actually a prequel to the comics, so even fans were treated to the unexpected every week.  More

Marvelette Missives – The Hellblazer

Marvelette Missives – The Hellblazer

Constantine is definitely one of those characters that people either love or hate. He’s a smarmy, smart ass, dark magic Brit looking out for himself who falls into doing the right things for others… and often saving the world from dark forces. The Hellblazer is a comic for those into the paranormal side of heroes – plenty of catastrophes to avert, but no one flying in with a cape flapping behind. Instead, you get a sometimes drunk couch-surfer in a trench coat who just happens to know what he’s doing.  More

Marvelette Missives – Black Lightning

Marvelette Missives – Black Lightning

If you’re into comics and superheroes, you have probably heard about a new addition to the CW superhero lineup of shows. It was announced last month that DC’s Black Lightning has received a full series order and will likely show up as a midseason replacement. And though he has been around since the late 70s, he’s not a very well-known character.  More

Marvelette Missives – Books on Comics

Marvelette Missives – Books on Comics

About a month ago, Book Riot posted an article that recommended books about comics. It featured seven books that serve as introductions to the comic book world, studies of comics as an art form and look at subgenres, such as Manga. The writer admits it is not an exhaustive list and there are a few we would add to it.  More

Marvelette Missives – Battlestar Galactica: Six

Marvelette Missives – Battlestar Galactica: Six

At the end of last year, a trade collecting a miniseries covering an important piece of history in the Battlestar Galactica universe was released. Battlestar Galactica: Six is the story of Number Six, the human-like Cylon, before we meet her in the main BSG series.  More

Marvelette Missives – I Hate Image

Marvelette Missives – I Hate Image

Comic fans know that the first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day, also known to many as Merry Comics Day. Comic shops everywhere have lines out the door as people swing by for the freebies (and to grab deals on other comics and items that many shops put on sale that day). Many publishers re-release a previously published comic as a free book or combine stories from a couple of their titles to introduce to readers. But a few release books created specifically for FCBD. This year, one of the best was I Hate ImageMore

Marvelette Missives – The Misplaced

Marvelette Missives – The Misplaced

What if you died and went to your promised paradise, but it wasn’t quite what you were expecting? And what if obstacles kept being placed in your path when you decided to search for the true happiness everyone claimed you deserved? That’s the general premise of The Misplaced, a four-issue miniseries available as a collected edition.  More

Marvelette Missives – Marvel Knights: The Inhumans

Marvelette Missives – Marvel Knights: The Inhumans

The volume Marvel Knights: The Inhumans covers a 12-issue miniseries from an updated version of the Inhumans of the late 90s (of course, there have been a couple more versions since then). As such, it gives a good introduction to the main characters of the series without being an origin story.  More

Marvelette Missives – Kennel Block Blues

Marvelette Missives – Kennel Block Blues

Kennel Block Blues is a short run comic that tells the story of Oliver, a good dog sent to Jackson State Kennel, and how he befriends fellow inmates and helps to plan an escape. And when I say inmates, that’s what I mean – the kennel is depicted as a prison, with multiple types of animals incarcerated therein. But mostly it’s cats and dogs and, not surprisingly, they don’t get along.  More

Marvelette Missives – We Stand on Guard

Marvelette Missives – We Stand on Guard

We Stand on Guard is a miniseries with a premise that a lot of people have joked about – what would happen if the US decided to invade Canada? Set in 2124, that’s exactly what has happened, as the US has invaded Canada to control its water supplies.  More

Marvelette Missives – Hawkeye

Marvelette Missives – Hawkeye

By now, every comics reader knows there was a shake-up in the ranks of the Avengers because of Civil War II. And one of those changes involved Hawkeye. Clint Barton (the Hawkeye most people know) was up on charges for killing Bruce Banner, but ultimately found not guilty. Even so, he couldn’t go back to his previous role so Kate Bishop (who has been in the secondary Hawkeye role for a few years now) has taken over and is now the focus in Marvel’s Hawkeye comics.  More

Marvelette Missives – Saga

Marvelette Missives – Saga

If you’re looking for a space opera full of adventure, strong characters and all around good storytelling, Saga is the one. Created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples, Saga follows two people from warring factions who found each other under interesting circumstances, fell in love, had a child and are trying to escape, well, everyone.  More

Marvelette Missives – America

Marvelette Missives – America

Marvel’s new series America (issue #1 came out March 1) is a breath of fresh air among superhero comics. It features America Chavez (aka Miss America), not only one of the few openly gay heroes in mainstream comics today, but also one of the few Latina ones. Plus, the series is skewing slightly younger than most comics right now, even having young adult author Gabby Rivera as writer (also Latina and queer, btw… another step in the right direction).  More

Marvelette Missives – Hulk

Marvelette Missives – Hulk

Big things happened in the Marvel Universe late last year with Civil War II. In case you missed it, much like the original Civil War, all the Marvel heroes were at odds with each other, this time over the ability to stop or prepare for attacks and catastrophes before they happened (there’s an inhuman “seer” involved). Of course, the camps were “yes, this is great, let’s do it” vs “no, this is bad, these people have done nothing wrong yet”.  More

Marvelette Missives – Letter 44

Marvelette Missives – Letter 44

For “real world” sci-fi, Letter 44 has an interesting premise: what if alien life had been detected far from Earth and a team was sent to find out what it was, but the public was never informed about it?  More

Marvelette Missives – The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

Marvelette Missives – The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

You can never be sure what to expect from an anthology, especially when it’s nonfiction on a single theme. And to be honest, an anthology about love isn’t typically in my wheelhouse. But The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is not what anyone would consider typical.  More