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Superhero stories have many common tropes: Intricate origin story, weaknesses, strengths, complex relationships and usually a key attribute that makes them identifiable. Minus the capes and the X-ray vision, this description sounds a little bit like you, doesn’t it? Emily V. Gordon thinks so too, which is why her book Super You is jam packed with comic book references that make so much sense, you hardly remember you’re reading a self-help book. Read More
With The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ant-Man ruling the comic book world's big screen productions through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is easy to forget that there are incredible comic book superhero stories with women leading the cast of characters to victory. While characters like Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, and Gamora all kick some serious butt in the films that have already been released, most of the attention is placed on their male counterparts. Read More
D.C. has the unparalleled job of publishing "comic books about the greatest heroes in the world, and the most evil villains imaginable" so it makes sense that infamous T. Joker is being honored with re-envisioned covers in celebration of his birthday, but—much like in Gotham—chaos has reared its ugly head. Spurred by one of the variant covers intended for release in June, readers are reacting strongly to an option for Issue #41's cover art, which depicts the revamped, stronger-than-ever Batgirl as Joker's teary-eyed victim. Read More
Wonder Woman pretty much epitomizes the ‘strong, female character’ that is sadly rare in current media. She battles bad guys (and gals), she is confident, and she is a powerful person. Basically, she is a wonderful feminist role model.  Or not.  David Finch, the artist who is taking over the drawing of the DC Comics hero, recently said that he wants the heretofore feminist icon to be “strong.”  But “feminist”?  That’s going a bit too far for him. Read More
In the past decade, we have seen many of our favorite childhood superheroes come to life on the big screen: the victorious Superman, the conflicted Batman, the unpredictable Hulk, the suave Iron Man. So where are the women? Sure, Black Widow made an appearance in The Avengers and Catwoman (my personal favorite) showed up to save the Dark Knight, but most films are uncomfortably lacking in women characters with fully explored, complex identities. Well, all that might change in the upcoming Superman vs. Batman film, starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, respectively. Read More
In The New York Times’ recent Social Q’s, a New York City mom wrote in about a dilemma facing her daughter and a birthday party. Her daughter was invited to a five-year-old’s superhero themed birthday party, but then she was un-invited. Instead, she was invited to a separate birthday party, which is just for girls. Here’s the question below: We received a "save the date" card for a fifth birthday party for a boy my daughter knows. It was to be a Superhero Soiree. But shortly before the date, we were uninvited. Read More
Meanwhile in Pakistan, a new 3-D, animated children’s show is supposed to debut featuring a crime-fighting WOMAN in – get this – a burka. In case you couldn’t tell by the title.  Yes, it's the Burka Avenger, a mild-mannered school teacher by day and a defender of women’s education by night. She fights villains who are trying to close girl's schools with pens and books. Are those super powers? I guess they can be. BECAUSE KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. Okay, she’s not Wonder Woman, but it’s a noble cause. Read More
With the release of this month’s Superman movie, the action movie industry adds another film to its androcentric repertoire. The few years have seen the release of films such as The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spiderman, Green Lantern, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, and Iron Man. Don’t get me wrong: many of those were great superhero flicks, but the two major female heroes in those movies were both minor, oversexed figures in skintight suits. Many of those male superheroes are notable, but so is Wonder Woman. Read More