Ten Comics that Should Be Shows/Movies

According to Goodreads, I’ve read a lot of comics in the past eight months. It seemed like a solid time to go back through my comic loves and figure out what stories should get a chance on the big screen or a TV show.

10. LumberJanes
This is the last because it’s already being worked on for a film. I think it could easily be turned into a great show. I don’t think a movie would do the comics justice. They’ve had Supernatural run for far too many seasons, so I think it’s time to give the LumberJanes a chance to shine. The girls of LumberJanes are funny, intelligent, and not afraid to be themselves. Plus they’re super queer, and I think we need more queer people of color.

9. Spider-Gwen
Gwen Stacey deserves more than just being killed off for Peter’s growth. She’s smart, and her comic features a girl who, much like Peter Parker, ends up with powers and tries her best to be the hero the world needs. And the hero that Peter Parker aspired to be. This is a comic worth reading, and definitely, one worth getting an opportunity on the big screen.

8. Paper Girls
Everyone is fawning over Stranger Things so why not have a show that focuses on four adolescent girls that stumble upon quite the odd series of events? Less funny, and more serious, this comic is worth reading if you aren’t already.

7. Black Widow
Natasha Romanov’s story should be Marvel’s entry into the spy thriller genre. Her story is beautifully illustrated by Phil Noto and is a great way to showcase what Natasha does when she’s not with the Avengers. Plus, who wouldn’t want to know what happens in Budapest?

6. Kitty Pryde
Kitty has long been a character loved by X-Men fans, myself included. She’s been pushed to the background for the X-Men films, which is a huge shame. Kitty has held an important role in the X-Men canon, and I think that’s long been forgotten since many of her important roles have gone to Wolverine (cause they’re actually BFFs) in the movies. Maybe it is too late now to give her more on the big screen, but if Marvel wants to continue with the X-Men, she’d be a great character to give a solo film.

5. America Chavez
Ms. America Chavez recently got her own solo comic, which has been much demanded by fans of her. She’s a powerful badass who can punch holes between worlds, fly, and has super strength. Not to mention she’s an alien. And super gay. Next to Ms. Marvel, American is another character we need right now. Not to mention America’s variant covers are some of the best I’ve seen.

4. Ultimate Spider-Man
Miles Morales is a character that I love and feel should get more attention. Much like Peter, Miles is a kid that gets spidey powers and starts to save his home from the local baddies that seem to show up in New York City. He breathes fresh life into a superhero moniker that has gone stale with Peter Parker.

3. Silk
Cindy Moon aka Silk is a Korean-American who is a step out of touch with her generation. Her nickname is “Analog” by her boss. She’s not someone that initially wanted her powers, and I think that’s an important metaphor for many aspects of life. Cindy spends her time working like Peter Parker and figuring out the world ten years after she locked herself away. If you’re not reading Silk, she’s worth reading about.

2. Faith
I recently read this, shared to me by Katie. And it was excellent. Faith should get so much more attention as a character, and a superhero. She is beautiful and a character who embodies body positivity and how important it is to have not only diverse characters but also characters with diverse bodies. Not everyone has that Dorito-chip body like Chris Evans, or the classic curves of ScarJo. You need superheroes like Faith.

1. Ms. Marvel
I’m not the only one that has put Kamala Khan at the top of my list. She’s a Pakistani-American who has taught me so much about her culture. Not to mention Kamala also teaches about finding the balance between two cultures for second-generation immigrant children; and then the triumvirate, her superpowers. Kamala Khan is a character that people need to see on the screen because she would change the minds of those afraid of immigrants.

Honorable Mentions: Rocket Girl, Bitch Planet, The Wicked + The Divine, Rat Queens, Nimona.

What character would you want to see get a TV series or a movie? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Comic Review: Ms. Marvel

I don’t remember when I heard about Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel. All I know is I was immediately interested.

Ms. Marvel is written by G. Willow Wilson, and is about Pakistani-American teenager, Kamala Khan. She stumbles upon her powers at a party, and her story ramps up from there. With her best friend Bruno at her side, Kamala starts to figure out her powers and how she can use them like her own hero inspiration, Captain Marvel.

Kamala Khan not only helps expand the diverse characters and introduce the ever growing group of Inhumans, but she also covers the struggle of many teenagers of immigrant parents. She’s not only trying to figure out who she is – what teenager isn’t? – but also appease her parents and the traditions of her community.

page5Much like Peter Parker and Miles Morales, Kamala questions her powers, and her ability to wield them. She’s an excellent foil for the reader in a world where having superpowers could spell constant danger for herself and those immediately in her vicinity. Wouldn’t you be worried about your friends and family? Plus, Kamala is also trying to find a balance with her religion and religious family, and the life she has as a new superhero and American teenager.

These are struggles that a growing number of this generation are facing. How do you balance everything between both parts of yourself? What do you give up to make your parents proud? When is it okay to stand up for yourself to your family?

I’m so glad that Ms. Marvel exists. Much like Kitty Pryde and Peter Parker, Kamala Khan is a voice for our generation to help us navigate this messy world.

There’s some cameos that cross paths with Kamala, including where she got her namesake from, aka Captain Marvel herself, Carol Danvers. And Wolverine wanders through with his usual gruffness.

G. Willow Wilson does a phenomenal job writing Ms. Marvel, and I can’t wait to pick up the next trade to continue her story. It’s all woven together to beautifully. The art by Adrian Alphona is beautiful, and I just want more of it.

I can’t recommend Ms. Marvel enough. This review isn’t on any particular volume of the trade paperback (I’m currently up to volume 4). But if you’re looking for a character to start following, Kamala Khan’s journey is a great place to start.

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