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Gender Issues: The Leading Ladies of Marvel: An Introduction

In times of frustration and stress in the comic book world, I like to focus on the positives. Why do I read comics? What comics make me happy? Who is writing these great stories?

By now you’ve probably heard of David Goyer’s comments (and reactions to his comments). There’s no need to hash that out anymore. People have stepped up and proved him wrong countless times since. Instead, I want to take a few weeks in this column to celebrate two things I love: Marvel and ladies. More specifically, women in Marvel who are the title character in their own book.

Each week, we’ll cover one of the five (almost six – so ready to welcome Storm to this club!) ongoing current books and why each of these books is important to the comic reader. In addition, we’ll look at what makes each one unique and irreplaceable. During these next few weeks, I hope to hear from you readers why you’re picking up one of these comics or why you’ve never considered reading them. Also, I’d love to hear from you your recommendations for other books that contain some of the same features as these solo female titles.

To recap, the titles are:

Black Widow by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto

Captain Marvel by Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez

She-Hulk by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido

Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

Elektra by Haden Blackman and Michael Del Mundo

Storm by Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez (coming in July!)


We’ll start with Black Widow on June 6th. Until then, check out Edmondson and Noto’s series!

Mara Wood holds a Ph. D. in School Psychology. Currently, she works for a public school system assessing students for educational placement. Her research focus is comic books and how they can be used in therapy and educational settings. She tends to spend…

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