“Bad Feminist”: A Lesson in Discomfort

Reading Bad Feminist made me feel the same way I used to after leaving my Fictions of Black Identity class in college. I spent the first two classes speaking up, as I usually did in small seminars, and then stewing with this nauseating feeling of discomfort knotting in my stomach. The knot grew bigger and…

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…

Affirmation

My friends are some of the dopest people in existence. Over the years, I’ve found myself surrounded with world-travelers, artistic masterminds and die hard intellectuals. As an only child and a fairly consistent loner, of course, I never developped a group that I could seek comfort in, but rather found solace in individual deep, meaningful…

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…

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…

Film Review: “X-Men: Apocalypse”

Whenever I talk/write about Marvel comics, I always feel the need to preface my opinion by saying that I’m a DC fan. By that I just mean, I am not as well versed in Marvel’s universe as I am DC’s. That said, whenever I see a Marvel film, as the lights come up at the…

Why the World Needs Lois Lane

By Ravynn Stringfield When Superman flew into American popular culture, where he would safely reside as one of the most iconic figures for decades, he did not arrive alone. Despite having crash landed in a field in Kansas in a ship built for one, Superman’s story is never complete without an appearance from Lex Luthor,…

Batman and Hamlet: The Risks of Being an Intellectual Anti-Hero

As one travels through the classical literary canon, the traditional view of the time honored hero remains relatively the same. Variations of Achilles present themselves all over classical literature, with a few exceptions, such as Odysseus. We hesitate to call him aner because his heroism isn’t strictly thumos-driven. In fact, his heroism is derived from…