The soul-crushing downward spiral into madness and despair continues this month in Agent of Asgard #11, both for the reader and for our dashing anti-hero(ine). As if being constantly consumed with guilt and distrusted by most wasn’t stressful enough, Loki’s Big Dark Secret is now public knowledge in Asgard, and if there was ever hope for reconciliation, it’s likely long since gone. Over the course of #11, Loki finds emself completely friendless, then virtually homeless, then mostly naked, gagged, and tied to a chair. It’s a wild ride.
After years of public begging from all corners, Marvel Studios and Sony Entertainment have come to an agreement on the rights to Spider-Man. Spider-Man has been a part of almost every major Marvel crossover storyline, going back years, and much of the anticipation over this deal has been about his inclusion in a film version of the “Civil War” storyline. It’ll be great to see Spidey out there as part of the MCU. While I’m not entirely thrilled about many of the implications, it does give me the opportunity to talk about Captain America: Civil War and Spidey.
As one of the few comics folks on this blog, I feel I’ve been remiss in my duties. Yes, friends, four issues’ worth of the new lady-led Thor comic have gone out into the world, and here I haven’t written a damn word about them.
Let’s fix that. (Spoilers below for issues #1–4.)
For reasons that should be obvious, Storm is one of my favorite X-Men and favorite Marvel characters besides. However, there is one reason that stands out above all the others: she is unapologetic. Going through Ororo Munroe’s publication history, all the way back to her 1973 origin story, one finds few examples where Storm caves to feeling sorry for any part of her identity. Storm is unapologetically Black, unapologetically African, unapologetically a woman and a leader, and unapologetically powerful.
While she lacks a well-developed rogues’ gallery as an individual, she stands out among the female X-Men as largely not having been portrayed as some kind of embarrassing stereotype. She is not Jean Grey, constantly out of control, shuttled back and forth between men who have no idea how to treat women, and dying every other week. She is not Psylocke, characterized by her crippling identity issues. Beyond other comparisons, she never guilts herself for her childhood trauma, which includes a near-rape and a jet plane crashing into her home and happening to orphan her, by the by, or the pursuant claustrophobia she was left with.
Storm’s entire persona is very Riot Grrrl. She’s here, the elements marshal their infinite might at her command, get used to it. As with the Riot Grrrl movement of the 90s and the female punk and post-punk musicians of the 70s and 80s that preceded it, Storm comes and an ethos of Black female power and expression follow in her wake. What better personification of this than 80s Storm?
Well, Agent Carter is finally back after a two week break, and right now, I’m so in love with both the story and Peggy that I’m not even sure I can bring myself to criticize any of its faults. Of course, that’s if it has faults. My love may have blinded me to them. Regardless, there was nothing about this episode that I hated. I have loved every minute of Agent Carter since it first aired, and I can only hope to keep loving it as the story progresses.
This week we had yet another amazing episode. Howard Stark comes back to town, Peggy’s coworkers continue to be assholes, Howard Stark is an asshole, and Peggy’s landlord is also a pretty reprehensible person. The SSR discovers a conspiracy theory in the works involving Howard, Peggy’s new neighbor is doing mysterious things, and Stan Lee shows up to make a cameo appearance. All in all, it was a great episode.
Well, unfortunately, it’s happening: Marvel’s not-so-long awaited Ant-Man movie. Yeah, I’m quite certain that this will be the first addition to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe that I utterly detest.
When I first heard that they were making an Ant-Man movie, I will admit to being excited. I love Hank Pym’s and Janet van Dyne’s characters. Not only are both characters founding members of the Avengers, but Janet has always been one of my favorite superheroes. She’s fun, she’s lovable, and she’s more of a hero than Hank could ever hope to be, and Hank is an abusive asshole who struggles with mental health issues. While, once again, a story relating metal disabilities and illnesses to criminality is problematic in its own regard, I do love that these characters can open up a discussion on both mental health issues and domestic abuse. Because let’s face it, those issues are not discussed as much as they should be. And as I knew that Ant-Man would undoubtedly do well, since it’s riding on the success of the other Marvel movies, I got more excited.
And then I heard about everything Marvel plans on doing in this movie—and that trailer did not revive my dying dreams at all.
Remember how I told you last month that Agent of Asgard #9 was devastatingly depressing and that it would probably ruin your day? Well I’m beginning to think that maybe you should just curl up under a rock and read only Mameshiba factoids for the rest of your life, because the feels just keep on getting feelier.
The figurative cat is out of the… well, the meat suit, in Agent of Asgard #10. A combination of curious events from the last several issues has left Loki unable to tell lies of any kind, and Thor—by an accident of phrasing—forces Loki to reveal what the reader has known all along: that Old Loki has killed eir reborn child self, taken over its body, and has been living in that stolen body for years now. In doing so, ey has deliberately allowed everyone else to believe that Old Loki was still Kid Loki, the mischievous but good-hearted child whom most people in Asgard had come to accept. Understandably, Thor does not take the news well.