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MsMarvel

I read the original Ms. Marvel series on loan from my best friend a few years ago. Well, many years ago, honestly. When the new reboot of the series came out, I knew it was something I wanted to pick up. Carol Danvers, the original Ms. Marvel is now Captain Marvel (and about damn time!), so now the newest hero to take on the name Ms. Marvel is Kamala Khan, a 16 year-old Pakistani-American from Jersey City, New Jersey, who idolizes Carol Danvers.

From issue #3
From issue #3

When this reboot came out last year, it caused quite a stir. In a medium where minorities are secondary heroes, or team members, here was a female hero who is not white and is Muslim. This decision caused a lot of buzz around the title, with people praising Marvel, accusing them of pandering to be P.C., or just being flat out racists. However, the new Ms. Marvel has been a HUGE success. The title just keeps getting stronger, and I for one LOVE IT.

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Kamala is going through your basic origin story stuff in the first few issues. Gaining her powers, discovering their limits, getting the help of her convenient science-genius friend (who is totally in love with her) and all the usual teenage-superhero stuff. However, she has to do all this while dealing with a very conservative family life and it is making Kamala find her own balance between the life her parents want for her, expect for her and who she is and is becoming as a person.

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Superhero comics have never really been my jam. I have nothing against them, but I just prefer different genres. If you are like me, you should give the new Ms. Marvel a shot. It is well written and the story lines are wonderful. I think this is definitely a comic book non-supers can get into.

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Saga

Saga is a new comic series by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) and artist Fiona Staples. It is filled with space, adventure, romance, sex, family, and political warfare.

Star Wars-style action collides with Game of Thrones-esque drama in this original sci-fi/fantasy epic for mature readers, as new parents Marko and Alana risk everything to raise their child amidst a never-ending galactic war. – COMIXOLOGY

I love this series. I, personally, purchase it in trade format. I started off with singles, but I got so frustrated just wanting the story to continue that I found this to be the best solution for my reading-binge personality. Alana is a rough-around-the-edges Landfallian soldier and Marko is a Wreath prisoner of war (a soldier turned pacifist). The two make a connection over a romance novel that preaches peace and start a love affair. Though they are from two different worlds, their love and the birth of their daughter, Hazel has brought them together as a family. Now they are on the run from both of their respective governments and the hired assassins, The Will and The Stalk, that are out to get them. There are many other people tasked with the capture/killing of this small family, and only a handful out there willing to help them.

The characters are so well written and vibrant in this ongoing series by Image, and you get to love and hate them all in their own ways. I love and hate Alana and Marko, I hate and love the assasins. I kinda just hate Prince Robot IV, but I think there might be more to him (I haven’t read since the last trade came out, no spoilers!)

If you love sci-fi, fantasy, real drama of trying to figure out being a parent and a spouse mixed in with the fictional wars between the powers that be, and a bit of show-biz, then you will really enjoy this smash hit of a comic series.

Sidenote: My favorite character is Lying Cat.

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Lady Mechanika

MLady Mechanika is a steampunk comic by artist Joe Benitez. Lady Mechanika, the heroine of the tale, is viewed, in some circles of this fictional Victorian society, to be a monster. She is a smart and fashionable woman with mechanical limbs, glowing red eyes and no memory of how she became the thing she is today.

Some might not consider Lady Mechanika to be a monster, as she is presented to the reader as the hero and we are sympathetic to her and her quest to discover the true monster that created her in this likeness. However, I chose her because of how the society around her treats her as a monster les grotesque because of her missing human limbs and super powered new ones.

She is an amnesiac private detective, trying to discover her origins. She has no memory of her life before she became part machine. She lives in the most mechanically advanced city, but still tries to hide her identity. Partly because she is a detective and anonymity is key in that line of work, but also partly because of who, or what, she is.

In issue #0, our introduction to this world and its inhabitants, Lady Mechanika is searching for a part mechanical creature that has scared the townsfolk. She finds him, a creature named Ucky, and we get an inkling into her past. Just when she is starting to learn of her forgotten history, Ucky is killed by a religious, anti-mechanical zealot.

Lady Mechanika Issue 0

Her internal monologue, in later issues, suggests that, even though now she has carved out a niche for herself, and with that, some respect, that hasn’t always (and at times, still isn’t the case). She knows that being different is what makes her a monster in some people’s eyes. So, she keeps to herself and stays in the shadows. In her line of work, it is excusable. If she weren’t a private detective, though, what kind of life would she lead?

Lady Mechanika issue 2

To me, Lady Mechanika is not a monster. But this fictional world, as are most, is just a reflection of our own reality. We create monsters out of the different. Racism, genocide, fear of deformity and the different; we create every day monsters out of other people that do not look like what we see in the mirror, that do not have the same societal norms or practices as we are used to, that do not speak the same way we do.

Lady Mechanika is a woman and to some a monster. But the real question is, what makes someone or something a “monster?”

Lyn @ Lazy Lady

 

 

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Once A Month Gamer is now going to be on my blog, Lazy Lady. So don’t worry, you’ll still be able to catch your monthly reviews of board games there each month, plus I have a lot other great content on there as well. You can check out this month’s look at Tsuro.

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Instead, I felt a series I had begun on Lazy Lady would be a better fit here. It is a monthly review of comic book series that I’ve been reading and have become a part of my pull list.

I did two posts on Lazy Lady before Diana and I made this swap, so if you like to see what you can expect, you can check them out.

I Heart It: Lumberjanes
I Heart It: Rat Queens

If you have any comic books you’d like to recommend, please, leave a comment!


-Lyn @ LazyLadyLife.com