Why I Love Comics But Hate Comic Book Shops

Something you probably know about me: I love comics. Something you probably didn’t know: I hate going to comic book stores. The first time I went to an actual comic book shop, I was in high school and I wanted my dad to go with me. The closest store to me was seedy-looking, poorly lit,…

Thoughts on a 21st century Mary Jane Watson

Yesterday I was relaxing on my couch, scrolling through Twitter when I saw a tweet that said Zendaya had been cast as Mary Jane Watson in the 2017 Spider-Man movie.  I quickly looked at a few other sites to confirm, and then I checked the overall casting thus far. Even though I knew that this…

Why Suicide Squad Was Really Not That Bad

In the weeks leading up the release of Suicide Squad, I read a multitude of negative reviews that only confirmed the belief that I had been holding to for almost two years since the film was first announced. Suicide Squad was a mess–an even bigger mess than Halle Berry Catwoman. I don’t react strongly to a lot…

The appeal of “Smallville” and Superman

I was a Superman fan before I was actually a Superman fan. Sounds complicated but it really wasn’t. As a middle school-er and then a young high school-er, the House of El crest covered the backs of all my school notebooks, ‘Kryptonite’ by 3 Doors Down was my favorite song, and, because of my superficial…

Book Review: Lumberjanes

This review has been published at blackgirlnerds.com, please view it there by clicking here —> Joining the Lumberjanes Bandwagon

Hoopla! And book lovers everywhere rejoiced!

This probably didn’t merit an entire blog post but, here we are. I was browsing in my local public library and I saw this sign that said something along the lines of “get this app and have access to your public library online!” Curious, and happy to try something that would enable to me to…

King of the Black Millennials: “Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Magic Pen”

Anna Webber—Getty Images; Brian Stelfreeze/Marvel Entertainment In the spirit of discussing the very real heroes behind the African and African-American hero that is Black Panther, which Micah began by showing why Ryan Coogler was the best choice for the Panther film, I’m going to introduce you to another artist in T’Challa’s royal court. (Thank you for coming up…

The Hipster Takeover

So, I just finished reading Spider-Gwen. *puts book down slowly, and looks up seriously* Is it just me, or is there now some convention for making comic book characters/superheroes hipsters? This isn’t a review of the book (although, I did like it), more of a general observation of this recurring trend that…unsettles me. Or, maybe, I’m not…

Book Review: “March” (book 2)

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. A million times yes. For anyone who has ever loved the Movement, John Lewis, Blackness, art, literature, or just a great story, this graphic novel is for you. 5 stars. If you missed my commentary on the first book in the series, get yourself caught up. You with me? Great….

Ravynn’s Guide to Getting into Comics Without Really Trying

When I taught a class on superheroes last semester, my students were often in awe of how much I knew about superheroes. I could rattle of minutiae of Superman’s history at a moment’s notice, leaving my students absolutely stunned at the level of detail my knowledge contained. One day during my office hours, one of…