Without Fear: The Devil in Depression

Superheroes have struggles and conflict. Their stories need this. Without conflict, they wouldn’t have any reason to wear spandex and go jumping off rooftops. But not all conflicts have to be outlandishly dressed villains. The Marvel character Matt Murdock/Daredevil has his share of foes (mostly ninjas). Matt’s crusade against Wilson Fisk, the criminal Kingpin of New…

Truth, Justice and the Kryptonian Way

“If Superman doesn’t kill, why would Zac k Snyder allow him to snap the neck of General Zod at the end of his film Man of Steel?” I asked myself at the end of the movie. What does it mean for Superman now that he will forever have the stain of death on his heart? He’s…

A Marvelous Ms. Marvel

When one stumbles upon an issue of a Ms. Marvel comic book, it’s not common to find a modestly attired brown teenage girl looking back at them  from the front covers. The archetypal image that a reader of Ms. Marvel comics expects is more often than not of a tall, blonde, Caucasian woman decked out in a…

Reimagined Race: Superheroes for a More Enlightened Age

Last November, news broke of Marvel relaunching their Ms. Marvel title with a new protagonist: Kamala Khan, a young Muslim teen from New Jersey. Kamala inherits her persona from the original (white) Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers. This is a pretty hefty departure for the series; Carol debuted as Ms. Marvel in 1977, and only in…