Tagged Marvel Comics

Get Ready for the Black Panther Movie with Black Panther: A Nation under Our Feet

Being the comic-book geek that a lot of my Marvel Cinematic Universe fan friends know, I often get asked questions along these lines: “Okay, so the new film? Is there something I should read?” For Black Panther, the answer has been easy: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Hugo-nominated Black Panther: A Nation under Our Feet. Other comic-book aficionados may disagree, but when I watched the trailer for the upcoming Panther film, I was visually triggered for Brian Stelfreeze’s art. The costumes have...

It’s Afrofuturism for the Win in Nnedi Okorafor’s Black Panther

After a widely reported major misstep in April 2017 wherein Marvel’s vice president, David Gabriel, suggested that sales had slumped due to too much diversity, the publisher is being very savvy about who it hires, particularly to write Black Panther titles. For Black Panther: Long Live the King, a six-volume comiXology Originals digital series, it has recruited someone probably very familiar to Twin Cities Geek readers: award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor. The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Okorafor is known for...

What X-Men Fans Can Learn from Gambit’s Fearless Individualism

Gambit. Remy LeBeau. His fans love him fiercely, but it can be hard to admit loyalty toward him—even fellow X-Men devotees who are supposed to respect individuality, as it is a main theme of the franchise, can be pretty vicious in their criticism of the Ragin’ Cajun. Gambit has been called the lamest mutant, the wussiest mutant. And yet, for all the disdain he’s given, he is still going strong, immune to all those put-downs. Not bad for the...

The Minnesota Twins Welcome Geeks for Themed Nights at Target Field

Our hometown Minnesota Twins recently held a Marvel superheroes theme night. Fans had the opportunity to purchase a special ticket package that included a T-shirt featuring the “Guardians of the Infield,” with the Guardians of the Galaxy characters Star-Lord, Drax, Baby Groot, Gamora, and Rocket Racoon. The first 10,000 fans through the gates also received a special Twins Rocket Racoon bobblehead. Twins players were immortalized on the scoreboard as different Marvel characters, and Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Captain America...

What If Wolverine Were Reimagined with a Native American Origin Story?

Wolverine’s first appearance was in 1974, but he went more than two decades without anyone knowing much about him, including himself. Young fans like me were content with this status quo, though when writers gave us nuggets of information through new characters and villains who had a secret history with him, we never stopped turning the pages to find out more. But in 2001, Marvel Comics decided to do the unthinkable: they were going to reveal Wolverine’s origin. After...

10 X-Men of Color Who Would Blow Up the Movie Franchise

X-Men comic fans have always hailed the series for its appreciation of diversity and its attempts to understand and undo bigotry. More than any other franchise both within and without Marvel, the X-Men’s blend of sci-fi and real-world prejudice makes it a true force in advocacy. I’m enjoying the X-Men movie franchise so far, but it’s past time that its creators take the necessary steps towards diversity that make the comics so popular. The “save the world” X-Men movies...

A Case for Aquaman as Our Champion of Earth

Each member of DC Comics’ league of heroes has a mythic quality. It’s exciting to see what creative writers and filmmakers do with the core values that each hero represents. Bruce Wayne, the billionaire seven-year-old who chooses to spend his life, infinite wealth, and privilege to become Batman, represents the heroic potential of humanity when gifted with ultimate freedom. The story of Kal-El making his home on Earth is akin to a sci-fi angel who comes to save us...

Your Big, Bad Recap of the 2016 In-Store Convention Kick-Off

What better way to launch the comic convention season than with the In-Store Convention Kick-Off? In this marathon eight-hour live streaming event, creators and major publishers were on hand to talk about upcoming books and editorial plans. More than 400 comic and game stores in nine countries participated as venues for watching the broadcast, including four in Minnesota: Comic Cartel in Minneapolis, Book Review in Rochester, Source Comics and Games in Roseville, and Level Up Games in South St....

A House Divided Against Itself: A Review of Lego Marvel’s Avengers

Gather ’round, kids. Grandpa’s got a story to tell. When I was a kid, Legos looked like this: Nowadays, they look a bit different: That’s the Lego® Marvel Super Heroes™ SHIELD™ Helicarrier©. It contains 2,996 pieces, five minifigs, three microscale Quinjets, three fighter jets, a gasoline truck, two forklift trucks, two runways, four road blockades, an armored exterior with translucent elements, 12 microfigures (Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Captain America, Iron Man, and eight SHIELD agents), and turnable rotors. Clearly, things...

More Heroes, More Problems in Avengers: Age of Ultron

And so we return once more to the summer tentpole of the Avengers franchise—legendary for both its breakout superhero crossover and its massive box office to make it happen. Whereas the previous installment was a miraculous spectacle for its convergence of so many heroes, Avengers: Age of Ultron has higher standards to live up to. We’re familiar with all these characters now and want to see something much more than basic introductions before the real fights break out. For...
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