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!



Comic Review: Silk vol. 0

When I was making the reading list, one of the characters I was most anxious to read about was Silk. Following that anticipation, I quickly moved finding her trade paperback into the top ten to find. And I wasn’t disappointed.

You’re probably wondering why I was so interested to find out more about Silk. For one thing, she fits into my diverse character list that I hope to read about next summer. And two, she’s another spidey-type like Miles and Spider-Gwen. What’s sold me most about Silk has been her backstory.

If you haven’t figured out by my last name, I’m Asian (Japanese to be more specific). I have a mixed background of Japanese/Hawaiian/Filipino on my mother’s side, and European on my father’s. I’ve come out pretty even in the genetics department. Pop culture doesn’t pay much attention to anyone that’s Asian. They get a massive stereotype thrown at them (ninjas), or seen as the “smart-type.” Its been difficult to find role models that look like me.

But that’s where Silk comes in. And she fits the bill of being the superhero role model I wanted as a kid.

silk-1-panelIn Silk vol 0: The Life and Times of Cindy Moon we meet Cindy. She seems to be in her early to mid-20s and is trying to get used to being a superhero while also relearning her powers. After being in isolation for 10 years, she’s a bit rusty. Between fighting crime with wonked out silk-sense (kind of like spidey sense), readjusting to social situations, and Spider-Man swinging by to keep her company, Cindy has a lot on her plate. Cindy is also looking for her family after not seeing them since she elected to go into isolation until there was a cure for her powers, or until she has learned how to use them.

The art done by Stacey Lee is amazing. Along with the other artists on this project, Annapaola Martello, Tana Ford. Ian Herring does a great job making all of the art pop as the colorist.

Robbie Thompson has done such a great job writing Silk, and focusing on a variety of issues that Cindy faces – even in just the first volume. Isolation for a decade has its drawbacks;  Cindy regularly has commentary on being back in the world and how noisy or busy it has become. And then the constant worry of maintaining her work attendance because she has a fear that she’s going to get fired.

If you’re looking for someone other than Peter Parker that has been bitten by that radioactive spider, check out Silk vol. 1: The Life and Times of Cindy Moon. I recommend this series for anyone that wanted a superhero that looked like them as a kid. Cindy is definitely a woman to watch out for.