Ted and Lisa
What's going on with female Marvel characters? Jean Grey's been dead for several years now, Shadowcat's basically dead, Ms. Marvel & Wasp are dead, Scarlet Witch and Songbird have been written out, She-Hulk's been replaced, Storm's usage is limited... any comments? Just trying out some fresh faces?
JQ: We’ve got a lot of strong female characters in all our books right now. The X-books always have a lot of strong female characters. Domino, Wolfsbane, X-23, Siryn, Monet, Layla Miller, Mirage, Karma, Magick, Magma, Rogue, Armor, Emma Frost, Pixie, and maybe somebody else coming back into the mix…not all of those characters are household names, but honestly neither are some of the ones you mentioned.
Storm’s only really sidelined if you don’t read ASTONISHING or BLACK PANTHER (who’s also female these days…), which you should!
Also, Elektra is female and she’s got her own limited series! Namora and Venus are right up front in Agents of Atlas, while Mockingbird is kicking butt and taking names in New Avengers: The Reunion.
Then over in Guardians of the Galaxy we’ve Gamora, Martyr and Mantis; Medusa and Crystal going to war in War of Kings; and in the pages of Thunderbolts #133, Songbird will be battling it out with Black Widow II. And if that’s not enough for ya, over in War Machine, we have Cybermancer and Bethany Cabe keeping James Rhodes flying, while the magical Jennifer Kale is a star in Marvel Zombies 4.
So I’d say that the ladies of the Marvel Universe are doing pretty good!
And let’s not forget Sue Storm, Valkyrie, Zarda, Carol Danvers, Kitty Pryde & the newly minted She-Hulk (among others!) tearing it up over in the Ultimate Universe.
This also seems like the perfect time to announce our Marvel Divas limited series, beginning in July, from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Tonci Zonjic, featuring some of the Marvel Universe’s greatest female heroes in a way you haven’t seem them before.
I’ll let Roberto explain:
“The idea behind the series was to have some sudsy fun and lift the curtain a bit and take a peep at some of our most fabulous super heroines. In the series, they're an unlikely foursome of friends--Black Cat, Hell Cat, Firestar, and Photon--with TWO things in common: They're all leading double-lives and they're all having romantic trouble. The pitch started as "Sex and the City" in the Marvel Universe, and there's definitely that "naughty" element to it, but I also think the series is doing to a deeper place, asking question about what it means...truly means...to be a woman in an industry dominated by testosterone and guns. (And I mean both the super hero industry and the comic book industry.) But mostly it's just a lot of hot fun.
"Slinger said:Not your comment. I censored myself from commenting on your typo (presumed typo anyway.) I should have wrote "insert" at the beginning."Watch Dog said:why""I like this idea the hole team is good and I'm quite happy that Firestar is doing something again "Horrible comment here."
I like the Firestar and Black Cat team up and I always thought Photon was one of the most under used characters of the Avengers! I hope they don't make Felicia like Samantha because that is a stereo type from her true original character. When Spider-man and her were together she was totally devoted to him and then when they broke up she only dated others to get him jealous to try to win him back. They when she back emotionally sttached to Flash she didn't cheat on him. So many writers, today, have taken liberties with characters characteristics that are so alien to how they were originally introduced. I think these writers should have to research the characters they are going to draw. The Black Cat has definitely been portrayed as two different characters between her early comics and the later ones.
Sounds like its only one step away from Marvel Girl's Gone Wild to me.
I wonder how they decided to pick those four, did they just put a bunch of second and third teir characters names in a hat and pick them. I don't really see those characters having anything in common.
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