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Freeze Frame 9/2/2016

From Spider Gwen #11 by Robbie Rodriguez & Lauren Affe
From Spider Gwen #11 by Robbie Rodriguez & Lauren Affe

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Freeze Frame 6/24/2016

From Pretty Deadly #10 by Emma Rios & Jordie Bellaire
From Pretty Deadly #10 by Emma Rios & Jordie Bellaire

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Freeze Frame 5/27/2016

From DC Universe Rebirth #1 by Gary Frank, Ethan Van Sciver, Brad Anderson & Jason Wright
From DC Universe Rebirth #1 by Gary Frank, Ethan Van Sciver, Brad Anderson & Jason Wright

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Freeze Frame 4/29/2016

From Rick & Morty #13 by CJ Cannon, Ryan Hill & CRANK
From Rick & Morty #13 by CJ Cannon, Ryan Hill & CRANK

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Review of Ms. Marvel #17

Ms. Marvel 17 Nelson Blake II
Nelaon Blake II

By G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa & Ian Herring

 

“We all have secret identities, but no secrets.”

Recently there has been much discussion about the merits of superhero secret identities. Once a core element of the genre, it has been increasingly falling out of favor with creators. Much of the Marvel Universe presently seems to ignore the concept; meanwhile CW series such The Flash give lip service to it in theory while pretty much discarding it in practice. In Valiant’s Faith, writer Jody Houser has been affectionately poking fun at the device (the heroine’s alter ego works as a “journalist” at a celebrity news blog and wears glasses as part of her disguise). A recent issue (#9), however, dug a little deeper exploring how Faith’s secret identity was a bridge to not only a superhero support group, but sincere friendships which keep her grounded in either identity. G. Willow Wilson plays with some similar ideas in the latest issue of Ms. Marvel, while also highlighting the importance of empathy.

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A New Generation of Heroines

Faith 1 Kevin Wada
Kevin Wada

Back in January Valiant launched a new solo min-series for Faith Herbert, aka Zephyr. This was great news for those of us who have been happily following her adventures ever since Joshua Dysart reintroduced her to readers in the pages of his Harbinger series. Two weeks ago, Valiant announced that demand for Faith had proven so strong that not only would her story be continuing, but it would be upgraded from a sequel mini to a new ongoing title. This is no small accomplishment, as Faith will be the first ongoing female solo title published by the current iteration of Valiant. As such, the new series, which will retain writer Jody Houser, represents another successful step forward for diversity in comics. However, it also points to another trend that has been occurring recently: a shift in the tone of storytelling. Ever since Alan Moore asked “Who Watches the Watchmen?” and Frank Miller pondered the last act of The Dark Knight’s career, the medium has been dominated by the grim and gritty archetype. At its height in the 90s, the prominence of such figures somehow achieved self-parody (cough, Az-Bats, cough) without losing their popularity. To this day, a new creative team’s pledge to “strip our hero down to nothing and see what makes him (or her) tick” is frequently cited as a fresh approach to counter lackluster storytelling. It’s not. Which does not mean that it cannot work, only that there is nothing groundbreaking about it. Instead, a new generation of heroines, including Zephyr, are helping redefine superheroes for a new generation of readers.

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Freeze Frame 3/11/2016

From Dr. Strange #6 by Chris Bachalo & Java Tartag
From Dr. Strange #6 by Chris Bachalo & Java Tartag

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Freeze Frame 2/12/2016

From Old Man Logan #2 by Andrea Sorrentino & Marcelo Maiolo
From Old Man Logan #2 by Andrea Sorrentino & Marcelo Maiolo

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This Week’s Finest: Ms. Marvel #4

331710._SX640_QL80_TTD_By G. Willow Wilson, Nico Leon & Ian Herring

Two years ago Marvel published the first issue of Ms. Marvel. To say that it was a sensational success would be an understatement. The reviews were ecstatic, the fans passionately devoted and the sales reflective of both. It was a triumphal debut which went on to grow even richer in its sophomore year. Towards the end of 2015, Marvel relaunched the series as part of its All-New All-Different initiative and title just went on soaring without missing a beat. And so Kamala’s journey enters its third year with all its heart intact. This week’s instalment is an endearing, exciting reminder of why this series remains such a stand-out book. There were a lot of strong comics this week, yet, this one stands above the rest.

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