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Chasing the Dream

If this blog wasn’t evidence enough, I’ll spell it out: I love comic books. Because of this love for comics, I’ve always wanted to write my own comics (I would love to draw them as well, but as I haven’t really drawn anything since junior high, it would probably be best that I left that to the experts). 282 more words

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Movie Review: Thor: Dark World!

Thor Dark World is the second in the Marvel Universe of great comics films. Marvel continues their excellent portrayal of their universe picking up where we left off with the last Avengers film. 406 more words

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The Women's Rights Movement in Islam is a fight for more than equality and freedom. It, in some ways, is a fight for humanity. The western world has been put on notice that the women of Islam will no longer suffer the indifference of cruel and stubborn men. We see it everyday in our high schools and malls. Young Muslim women wear colorful hijab and dazzling outfits equipped with Gucci bags and Air Jordans. We hear it in their poetry through the voices of those like Suheir Hammed and Amal Kassir. We see it on the streets of Tehran and Bahrain. Social media has made it impossible to ignore. Sites like Wikileaks and Instagram have given a face to this head covered revolution. The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf gives us a haunting description of growing up Syrian-American. In its pages you can find similarities in almost every civil rights movement in modern history. Couple that with the struggles of assimilation in a society that perceives diversity as a weakness and you have the basis for a constitution. This is why Ms. Marvel is more than a comic book. When it was first announced that Marvel would give the secondary title a much needed make over, most of us were skeptical. In the film age of Avengers and Batman there seems to be very little space for the lesser known heroes. Most of the big companies are keeping their cash grabs going by reissuing past story arcs for future films and keeping the public interested in what the studios are putting out on the silver screen. But Marvel gave writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona a chance to do something out of the ordinary. The result is the tale of Kamala Khan, a teenage girl from Jersey City. She lives in world that doesn't truly see her for who she is. At school she and her friend Nakia are the subject of ridicule from the female Flash Thompson, Zoe Zimmer. She is not allowed to spend time with boys. Her parents, although not restricting her to strict Sharia law, do not give her the independence she believes she deserves. Her brother Aamir loves her, but is focused on prayer and devotion to Allah. Did I mention that she is nerd? This twist allows us, the reader to fall in love with this character on a very base level. Kamala is obsessed with the Avengers. She daydreams of battles with intergalactic invaders and wants nothing more than to change into her hero, Captain Marvel. One night, her wish comes true. She transforms into Ms. Marvel, a super human with the ability to change her shape. How fitting. Whether as a nerd, woman, or culturally disenfranchised youth she dreamed of acceptance. Her newly found powers allow her to be anything she wants. Kamala sneaks out to a party that her parents forbid her to go to. Once there a strange mist envelopes her and she is greeted by the Avengers, speaking Urdu! They tell her that they are of faith, and speak all languages of beauty and hardship. This type of writing gives this book the type of authenticity it needs to be impactful. If Wilson decided to attack Islam for its treatment of woman alone, the book would take a preachy and holier-than-thou stance that would immediately offend. But this book doesn't do that, it shows both sides, from the inside of an Islamic Masjid where women are separated in prayer, to the dinner table of a family with first generation westerners. The reality of our world is harsh. Women in most countries on this planet are subjugated to cruelty and treated as subservient. And before our glorious Stars and Stripes have their say, let's not forget the shadow it still casts on our history. The Slavocracy of the South and Jim Crow laws that proceeded allowed for the ownership, rape and torture of African American women. Hell, the ruling class didn't even allow their women to vote until 1920 and sexual health issues are still being fought today on a Congressional level. But Ms. Marvel is a glimmer of hope in small pocket of our society. It's pages are meant to inspire the oppressed, and objectified. Bravo for Marvel comics, and Al-ḥamdu lillāh. Below is my review of issue #3 that I wrote for Hush Comics. The five part introduction to the new Ms. Marvel is entitled, Meta-Morphosis. I suggest you purchase from comiXology or support your local comic book shop and strike a conversation with the guy behind the counter! Ms. Marvel #3 Grade-A I can already envision the "What if" issue where Zoe Zimmer drowns. Tell me you saw the somewhere on the west side ave JC electronics sign or you noticed the sarcastic look on the New Jersey pigeons? This book screams of nuance. More than the cultural tension of growing up Muslim so close to Manhattan, I find the awkwardness of being a teenager compelling. Kamala frantically searches the web for answers..."Super-powers, Shape-shifting powers, Woke up as a polymorph, Embiggening. Come on interwebs, don't fail me now--I can't be the first person this has happened to--" The book feels real because we would ALL do the same thing. Still subservient in a world where woman are not allowed to worship with their male counter parts, Kamala struggles to find her purpose. It's been a while since we have seen a hero's genesis story. Watching Kamala awkwardly try to control her powers is like watching an eager tadpole. After responding to his text, she heads to the Circle Q to meet Bruno. When she looks in the window she notices a masked man flashing a gun. Assuming that he's being held up, she springs into action and makes a magnificent declaration. "I am 911!" "Strange things are afoot at the Circle Q." Shout out to the Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure quote from Bruno. Kamala learns she makes it out alive she won't make the same mistake again.

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Review: Deep Blue


Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I’m reading this book because I’m thinking about writing a story about a mermaid. I figured I should see what’s already out there. 213 more words

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Amazon and Comixology: A Good Fit?

What do you guys think about Amazon now being the owner of one digital comic books biggest platforms? Are you dreading the changes that are bound to come our way? 16 more words

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My Week in Comics 4/18

Batman #30

The Riddler has taken over Gotham and left Batman, Gordon and the GCPD unable to act. He has used the flood as tool to take the city making all the citizens his prisoners. 340 more words

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I want to see Captain Steel again. Hopefully he will pop up again in Earth 2. I have always liked Steel, even going back to the All-Star Squadron Days. 128 more words

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