Make Mine Captain Marvel!

This is it folks…my 200th post on MY COMIC RELIEF!!!  Just as I did with my piece on The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for my 100th post celebration, I wanted this one to be extra special.  And I could think of no better subject than Captain Marvel.  Carol Danvers was one of those characters who exploded into popularity during my seventeen year hiatus in comic reading.  She’s also one of the characters I was most excited to meet when I returned!  I don’t think it’s at all hyperbolic to say Captain Marvel represents the future of Marvel Comics.  Reinvented by Kelly Sue DeConnick, shepherded through the Second Superhero Civil War by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, and now under the brilliant stewardship of Margaret Stohl, Carol Danvers has become Marvel’s true North.  Providentially named, I believe Captain Marvel represents the best of what Marvel Comics was, is, and can be. Continue reading

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A Conscientious Objector to Civil War II

So this week Civil War II officially begins in the Marvel Universe.  I struggled with this post.  I almost deleted it a few times.  I’ve wrestled with my thoughts about all this for months, ever since I came back into the world of comic collecting.  I knew Civil War II was coming.  I knew it would probably touch just about every Marvel title, as did the first.  And I wanted nothing to do with it.  Now the time has come and my thoughts haven’t changed.  I’ve no desire to write something needlessly critical or negative (and I hope I haven’t).  But as someone who loves comics, as someone who’s excited to be back in the world of comic collecting, all of this has been bothering me.  So I need to get this off my chest.  Continue reading