A month or so ago Jeff alerted me to the exciting reality that Barnes & Noble (at least the one by him) had the hardcover editions of BOTH Margaret Stohl’s Black Widow novels – Black Widow: Forever Red and Black Widow: Red Vengeance – in their bargain section. A hurried trip to and quick investigation of my local Barnes & Noble yielded the same prize! I love Margaret Stohl’s work on the Captain Marvel series. I love Black Widow as a character. So, naturally, they both came home with me. Given all the grading that comes with the end of the school year, I didn’t have the chance to read either until now. I finished the first novel, Black Widow: Forever Red, the other day and I enjoyed a great deal of it…but it also highlighted one of the problems I find at times with YA novels in general. And this, I felt, warranted a little reflection. Continue reading
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