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: Spider-Gwen

Spider-Man has been a popular character. He’s had three actors portray him with the different series reboots he’s received in order to properly align him with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Peter Parker has meant a lot to fans over the years. But maybe like myself, you’ve wanted other characters with powers like Spider-Man’s to fight crime. I’ve already introduced you to Silk aka Cindy Moon. Now let’s look at someone much closer to Peter that has the spidey-sense.

Thanks to the Spider-Verse, let me introduce you to Spider-Gwen.

Originally from a five issue series by Jason Latour, Spider-Gwen is in a universe where Peter doesn’t get bit by that nasty radioactive spider, Gwen Stacey does. And now she has her own solo series.

You’re probably wondering what makes Spider-Gwen so interesting?

portrait_uncannyWell, when we first meet Gwen, she’s in the drummer for The Mary Janes, a rock band to support Em Jay Watson’s singing career. She ends up quitting after fighting a villain at one of their concerts, and Em Jay claiming she doesn’t like Gwen’s attitude. That’s okay, Em Jay, Gwen has much better things to do.

All of your usual Spider-Man humor is present with Gwen being just as cheeky as Peter. Sometimes she just sings the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song because she can. And who doesn’t hum or sing an ear-worm just to get rid of it?

The original five issue run has a lot of mixed emotions. Many feel like anything Spidey related is overdone, and others feel like the story is confusing.

What Spider-Gwen vol. 0: Most Wanted does is briefly touch on her origin story (and let readers fill in the rest), and then dive into her present life. That’s actually all fine with me. I don’t want another rehash of this because I think that’s been beaten to death. So suddenly we’re thrown into the action of Spider-Gwen parading about stopping villains that endanger the city’s civilians.

I love Jason Latour’s writing of the series. He instills what people like about Spider-Man, but also giving Gwen a life of her own.

Robbi Rodriguez does a phenomenal job with the art. Its actually my favorite part of the series. The colors are quirky, but fitting. Gwen’s outfit is my favorite. Who wouldn’t want to swing around in a comfortable hoodie like hers?

Now that Spider-Gwen gets her own series, you can follow her escapades in Spider-Gwen vol. 1: Greater Power.

I’ve been recommending Spider-Gwen to my friends who are tired of Peter Parker always getting the focus, and are looking for an interesting alternate.