This year I’ve been focusing on reading all the things to make up for all the time I wasn’t reading. My reading challenge (you can read about it here) has been focused books/novels, but when I am in-between books I go back to comics.
I’ve been lightly reading comics for a while now, but have really gotten into more and more characters lately. I mainly read series that have badass ladies as the main character. Nothing wrong with the dudes (hey Captain America!) but I definitely want to support the leading ladies.
Feel that women have been making a bigger appearance in comics and this makes me so happy — and hopefully we get more comics (and movies!) with these characters.
Sidenote: I’m still bitter that we never got our Black Widow movie.
Lately on Nick’s day off we started mini-tradition (can we call it a tradition?) where we get some boba tea and then head on over to the local comic book shop to see the latest. It’s been such a fun way to learn more about my favorite characters and to see all the Iron Man statues that I plan on getting Nick once we win the lottery. :)
So I wanted to share some of the latest series I’ve been reading. All these comics feature amazing and badass women — and all these issues are available within the Marvel Unlimited App. It’s $9.99 or $69 per year. We have the yearly membership and its so worth it — because buying all the comics gets pricey real fast.
1. Black Widow 2014. Anything that has Black Widow is amazing. She is unstoppable and in this series they do a little back story, which I always appreciate. They show her dark side and how she doesn’t allow her past to define who she is. It’s great. Go read it.
2. Ms. Marvel AKA Kamala Khan. Make sure to start this series from the beginning — because its SOOO GOOD. This is a series that I recommend to everyone. It focuses on how it feels to be different, body image issues, gaining confidence, and family. You see Kamala learn that being a hero isn’t always easy and that its ok to not know how to do all the things. I really love how powerful this story is and it makes me happy thinking that young girls are reading it and learning that we can all create change in the world.
3. Spider-Gwen. This storyline takes place in an alternate Earth (there are a lot of universes in the Marvel Universe) that focuses on Gwen getting bitten by the spider instead of Peter Parker. At first I thought it was just going to be a genderbent series that wouldn’t be too good. I was wrong. Spider-Gwen is
4. Gwen Poole. Another universe with a different Gwen. In this series Gwen knows that she is in a comic book…and she doesn’t really have any “powers”. And that’s what make her awesome and hilarious. Its a fun series to read and I love seeing all her cute backpacks (she has a shark backpack!).
5. Silk. A friend recommended this series and I am so happy about it. Silk doesn’t play around. After being bitten by the same spider that bit Spiderman, she was then captured and taken to a bunker to live. This story focuses on what happens after she has escape. She is a character with a dark past and trying to move forward (but having some trouble with that). Read it. So worth it.
These are just a few of the amazing characters that Marvel has to offer and I hope you enjoy these plus discover new favorites! And if you have any recommendations feel free to leave a comment! I’m always looking for new characters.