Is Wolverine Gay?

wolverine

When I was browsing my newsfeed this morning, I came across an article that I was pretty sure was clickbait: “The Internet’s Freaking Out Over Marvel Making Wolverine Gay.” Another article that came up was from Vice: “Wolverine Might Be a Sexually Fluid Mutant in a Throuple – Deal with It.

I did more research, and yeah, Marvel definitely has made some insinuations that Wolverine is gay or bisexual and is possibly in a relationship with Jean Grey and Scott Summers. Also, apparently in an alternate universe Wolverine and Hercules had a thing? I don’t think I read that one, but that happened.

While some people are welcoming this change, there’s also a large group of people who are very opposed to it. A lot of the articles I’ve found are in favor of making Wolverine gay or are applauding Marvel for being “woke”, and I wanted to share a different opinion to voice some of the problems that die-hard comic book fans experience with Marvel’s changes like this one.

First, and most importantly, it’s incredibly unfair for these news sources (or for anyone, for that matter) to call anyone that is unhappy with this new change “homophobes and bigots” (quoted from the first article I linked to). It’s okay to have discussions about sensitive topics without resorting to calling anyone that disagrees with you a bigot.

A quick note: Both Marvel and DC have focused a lot on diversity over the past several years. This article, however, will focus entirely on Marvel. First, because it was prompted by the Wolverine controversy; and second, because 90% of the comic books I read are published by Marvel.

I love and support diversity. America is full of so many people with different religions, races, and sexuality, and it’s amazing! As a die-hard comic book fan, I want more diversity in comic books. 

Yes, traditionally, a high percentage of comic book characters are white, straight men. However, over time that has changed. In 1966 Marvel created Black Panther; in 1979 Northstar, the first openly gay mutant, made his debut. Marvel is not new to diversity: we have disability rep with Daredevil and Xavier; religious diversity with Kitty Pryde and Magneto; superheroes from all over the world, like Sunfire, Storm (one of my personal favorites), Brother Voodoo, Warpath, Thunderbird, and Nightcrawler. Is there room for more diversity? Absolutely, and I welcome it!

There are a lot of problems that I have with Marvel’s recent decision making, however. I understand that they want to attract more people to their comic books, this just isn’t how to do it. And here are the reasons why not:

It’s lazy.

Instead of retconning existing characters, and making an established heterosexual character (like Wolverine) gay, make awesome new characters! I’ve read Marvel comics that have been published from the 60s to recent times, and 90% of the time, the story is made up of essentially all the same characters. Marvel needs fresh, exciting characters to breathe some new life into their stories, which might help them boost sales.

It alienates existing fans.

As I mentioned in the introduction to this article, I got upset at the articles I was reading that labeled anyone upset at Wolverine’s very sudden change a homophobe or bigot. That’s not what is going on here.

Here’s an example of this kind of controversy that happened a few years ago concerning the MCU. Iron Fist. Iron Fist was created in 1974. His origin story is as follows: Danny Rand, a white, rich kid from NYC, is in a plane crash with his parents over the Himalayas. Both of his parents die, and Danny is raised by a group of monks who rescue him. After becoming the Iron Fist, having completed a series of challenges, he goes back to New York and fights crime and such.

He’s a character completely out of place in the Himalayas, but the monks take him on and train him as one of their own. He’s a great character, with a lot of growth. For people who are life-long Iron Fist fans, it’s difficult when people attack the character for not being Asian and doing martial arts. When the series was released on Netflix, there was a lot of yelling about Danny Rand’s race. Here’s one quote that always sticks out to me, from Keith Chow:

Instead of a white man appropriating the qualities of Asian mysticism, it could have been a story of an Asian-American going back to his parents’ homeland as a way of reconnecting with them — a feeling that many second-generation Asian-Americans can relate to.

It does change the character and the story. I’m not going to broach the topic of cultural appropriation in the article. Comic book fans take canon seriously, just like other fandoms do. These backstories are important to a lot of fans, and they define who the character is and where they come from, why they are the way they are.

One of the reasons that people are upset that Marvel is insinuating that Wolverine is gay or bisexual is that his character, from his first introduction in 1974, has been that he is a heterosexual, cigar-smoking, tough guy with a lot of snark and the hots for Jean Grey. And Mariko Yashida. And Rogue. And Storm. And Domino. And Lady Deathstrike. And Maureen Logan. The list continues on and on.

It’s insulting.

This ties in a bit with my first point that Marvel is just being lazy and not making the effort to create new characters. I can’t speak for everyone, obviously, but do we really want diversity in the form of slapping a new sexuality, religion, or skin color onto an old character? That’s not how diversity works. This is another reason why Marvel and DC should focus on creating new characters instead of just changing existing ones.

The personalities and storylines are taking a back seat to labels.

As I’ve mentioned several times in this article, I love diversity and want more of it in comic books. I’d especially love to see more fat and disabled characters. However, many newer stories and plotlines that Marvel has come out with seem to equate race or sexuality with a personality trait. A personality trait is being short-tempered or giddy. It’s not the same thing, and focusing so much of their storylines on the diversity of their characters makes them feel one dimensional. We are all so much more than a label, and that should apply to well-rounded fictional characters as well.


I’m aware that not everyone is going to agree with me. My goal here is to make people aware that different viewpoints exist, and that jumping to calling people that disagree with you bigots just fuels the anger and divisions that are springing up everywhere. Diversity in literature (including comic books) is important and we need to have these discussions. We just need to look at how we’re getting that diversity and what can be done to best represent the cultures that have been in the background.



What are your opinions on all this? Let me know in the comments.




Don’t forget to follow me on social media:

YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram | Amazon Wishlist

If you would like to support Read Yourself Happy, you can donate through Ko-Fi!

Dead Man Logan, Vol. 1: Sins of the Father by Ed Brisson – A Review

Dead man Logan ed brisson.jpg

Dead Man Logan, Vol. 1: Sins of the Father
Written by Ed Brisson
Art by Mike Henderson
Comic Book | Superheroes
Published by Marvel Comics
Released June 25th, 2019
Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_3_stars

Dead Man Logan is a follow-up series to the much more popular Old Man Logan series. When we encounter Logan (Wolverine) for the first time in this collection, we learn that he’s dying due to the adamantium in his body slowly poisoning him. Before he dies, however, he’s out on a mission to kill the supervillains responsible for taking over the world in his own universe.

Let’s back up a little, in case you haven’t read or aren’t familiar with the Old Man Logan series. In that series, we follow Logan (Wolverine/James Howlett) in one of Marvel’s alternate universes, this one called Earth-807128. (Marvel’s normal timeline is Earth-616.) In all the ways that count, Earth-807128’s Logan is identical to the Wolverine that we’re all familiar with: the adamantium skeleton, the claws (snikt!), and the incredible healing factor.

For a review and more information about Old Man Logan, read my review of the first collection of issues. Essentially, however, Logan lives in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where the supervillains of the world have united and won. The United States has been divided up between the Hulk Clan, Kingpin, Doom, and Red Skull. Logan and his family live on a small farm in Hulkland, where he tries to lead a normal life while blaming himself for the death of the X-Men.

NOV180955.jpeg

That’s essentially all you need to know to go into Dead Man Logan. 

One of the biggest things that bugged me about Dead Man Logan is that the art, which is done well by artist Mike Henderson, isn’t dark enough for the story. It’s too colorful and cartoony for a story about Logan’s illness and his mission to prevent a terrible war before it has a chance to occur.

While the plot itself was an interesting concept, the execution of it was a bit lacking of substance. For one thing, it was incredibly predictable. There were only one or two moments in the entire collection that I wasn’t expecting, and that made it rather boring to read. Also, why did writer Ed Brisson turn Hawkeye into a huge douchebag? I hate the direction they’ve taken with Hawkeye’s character over the past few years, and the insults to him in this series is obnoxious. There are a ton of jokes along the lines of no one knowing who Hawkeye is, his not having any superpowers, being useless, etc. However, this isn’t exactly true, as Hawkeye was one of the earliest members of the Avengers and has done a lot of amazing and heroic things throughout Marvel’s history.

(Side note: Hawkeye is one of my boyfriend’s favorite Marvel characters, so I’ve learned a lot about his history and personality over the past two years.) 

As always, I’m not going to give away spoilers, but at the end of the collection, Logan meets someone he’s only heard about, and that was probably my favorite part of the entire story.

In the end, there was too much that I didn’t enjoy in this collection for me to give it more than three stars. As I said before, the plot of the story was interesting but it’s execution was not well-down. Logan’s revenge could have taken a much more interesting track than it did in Dead Man Logan. 


Have you read Dead Man Logan, Vol. 1? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!




Don’t forget to follow me on social media:

Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram | Amazon Wishlist

If you would like to support Read Yourself Happy, you can donate through Ko-Fi!

Old Man Logan by Mark Millar – A Review

Old Man Logan Mark Millar.jpg

Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar
Art by Steve McNiven
Comic Book | Superheroes
Published by Marvel Comics
Released November 11th, 2009
Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_5_stars

I could easily sum this review up in one sentence: This collection was perfect.

I’ve been hearing about Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan for years, but never actually picked it up. However, I was at the library a couple of weeks ago and while there, decided to take a look at the graphic novels shelves. This collection immediately caught my eye, so I took it home.

And gosh darn, this series is amazing.

Old Man Logan is set in an alternate universe, Earth-807128, rather than Marvel’s normal Earth-616 universe. In this reality, the supervillains have won, and taken over the world. The United States has been split up between the Hulk Gang, Kingpin, Doctor Doom, and Red Skull.

Earth 807128 map

The supervillains were able to win after the “night the heroes fell,” although no one really knows the details of that night. What happened to Wolverine is just as mysterious, as he disappeared and no one has seen or heard from him in fifty years.

When we meet Logan in this series, he’s living on a farm with his wife and two children in Hulkland, just trying to survive. He’s retired as Wolverine and has made a vow to no longer fight.

One day Hawkeye approaches Logan and asks for his help transporting something across the country, a mission that will pay well enough for Logan to pay the rent on his farm for a long time. By this time, Hawkeye is nearly blind, and Logan tells him that he will not do any fighting. Together, they make the trip and encounter a lot of horrors along the way.

This story was incredible and kept me engaged the entire time. I’ve read some of Mark Millar’s other stuff and it’s all been good, but this collection really blew my mind. This version of Logan is the same as the one who eventually travels to Marvel’s Earth-616 universe, so anyone who reads the normal Marvel timeline comics needs to read this collection to get a better understanding of Old Man Logan’s backstory.

When we find out the truth about what happened the night Wolverine disappeared, it’s truly tragic and heartbreaking. It also explains why he’s decided to no longer fight. Even though this all takes place in an alternate reality, it carries over to Marvel’s “real world” and has a number of implications that affect those storylines.

The art, done by Steve McNiven, was also wonderful, and dark enough for this sort of story.

Old man logan.jpg

If you’re a fan of Marvel or Wolverine, this tragic story is a must-read. The story combines the depth of one of Marvel’s best characters with a Mad Max-setting to create something truly unique where the heroes fail and the villains have won.


Have you read Old Man Logan? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!




Don’t forget to follow me on social media:

Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram | Amazon Wishlist

If you would like to support Read Yourself Happy, you can donate through Ko-Fi!

Storm by Eric Jerome Dickey – A Review

Storm Eric Jerome Dickey.jpg

Storm by Eric Jerome Dickey
Collects Storm #1-6
Art by David Yardin & Lan Medina
Comic Book | Superheroes
Published by Marvel Comics
Released on January 16th, 2008
Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_2_stars

The X-Men’s Storm is one of my favorite Marvel characters; probably in my top five. So, when I saw this collection at my local library, I definitely wanted to read it.

I had never heard of this series before, which isn’t that weird considering how many X-Men comics Marvel has come out with in the last fifty years. Storm is the story of Ororo Munroe growing up in Africa as a member of a band of thieves and orphans. She’s a master lockpick and is learning how to control her burgeoning powers.

One day, Storm steals a camera from a tourist at the prompting of her peers. In the process, her powers manifest as she gets away. However, the man she steals the camera from isn’t just any tourist; he’s on the lookout for a “Windwalker” such as Storm, and from then on tries to capture her at any cost.

At first glance, it’s a decent premise. However, that part of the story seems to be secondary to the main plot, which is Storm (Ororo) wanting to become a woman and losing her virginity to Black Panther (T’Challa). That’s one of the reasons I rated this collection two stars – we don’t need a comic book series focusing on that topic. Also, I found it very off-putting that Storm’s character was written in such a way that the only way she can truly feel like a woman is through sex.

Another issue I took with this series is that it isn’t canon. This collection proposes that the first time Ororo and T’Challa meet is when she’s a teenager and he rescues her from her would-be captors. In reality, however, (well, in Marvel’s Earth-616 reality), it’s actually Ororo that aids in rescuing T’Challa after he’s kidnapped. Their romance is canon, but it didn’t happen as written in Storm and, again, is it really necessary to make one of the main plots in this series about her losing her virginity just so that she can feel like more of a woman? No. The answer to that is no.

The art is fine, not a favorite of mine or anything spectacular. The cover art was a bit off-putting, but that’s a personal preference.

Storm is a wonderful and very complex character in Marvel’s universe, but this collection reduces her to being nothing more than a boy-obsessed normal teenager. Skip it and just read some classic X-Men.


What is your favorite Storm or X-Men comic series? Let me know in the comments!




Don’t forget to follow me on social media:

Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram | Amazon Wishlist

If you would like to support Read Yourself Happy, you can donate through Ko-Fi!

My Top 10 Favorite X-Men Characters

My Top 10 Favorite X-Men Characters

According to Twitter, today is X-Men Day. I’m game for that.

I’m a fairly serious comic book collector, and the majority of what I read and collect are Marvel comics (with a bunch of Star Trek stuff thrown in). The X-Men have always been one of my favorite superhero groups.

There are so many interesting mutant characters, and here are my ten favorites. It was a hard list to narrow down. You’ll notice that some of the big names (Wolverine, Professor Xavier, Jean Grey) are not here, because they are all a bit too obvious.

Let’s get started!



10. Storm

mghl_xmen.jpg

Real Name: Ororo Munroe
Power: Weather manipulation

Storm was originally from Kenya, where she was recruited by Professor Xavier to save the original X-Men team, who disappeared on a mission. She was brought into the team at the same time as Nightcrawler, Colossus, Banshee, and Wolverine.

As a child, her parents were killed when a plane crashed into their home. She was trapped for days under the rubble and her mother’s body, leading to a lifetime of severe claustrophobia.

As her name suggests, Storm has power over the elements. She can create wind and rain, control entire ecosystems, and even has a psychic bond with the Earth.

Fun Fact: For a brief time, Storm was married to T’Challa, the Black Panther.


9. Colossus

6148kF3RlhL.jpg

Real Name: Piotr Rasputin
Power: Strength, Transforms into Steel

Until I met my boyfriend, I never gave Colossus much thought. I knew about him, sure, but I didn’t know much of his backstory. Once I read more about him though, he easily became one of my favorite characters.

Piotr and his little sister Illyana (who you’ll meet again in a minute) grew up in the Soviet Union on a collective farm. One day Illyana was playing when a run-away tractor started heading in her direction. Piotr rushed to save her, and when he did he transformed into his steel form and saved her.

After his power had manifested, Professor Xavier recruited him along with Storm to join the X-Men.

One of the reasons that Colossus is such a likable character is that he’s incredibly loyal to his friends and family, even when some of those people (ahem, Kitty Pryde) don’t deserve it.

Fun Fact: Colossus and his family are descendants of Grigori Rasputin, the crazy Russian mystic.


8. Banshee

x8 issue 119 003

Real Name: Sean Cassidy
Power: Sonic Scream, Flight

Even though he’s number eight on this list, Banshee really is one of my favorite characters. I was first introduced to him while reading The Uncanny X-Men Omnibus a while back (I’m actually currently on a re-read of that), and I found him instantly likable.

Banshee grew up in his family’s castle in Ireland. While Sean was away working for Interpol, his wife died in a bombing. Sean blamed his cousin Tom for her death, as he was also staying at the castle and was meant to protect her. They become enemies, and eventually, Banshee agrees to join the X-Men.

Banshee died a hero, but like most X-Men characters (really, all Marvel characters), he can be resurrected. I hope it’s soon. I’d love to see Banshee make a return in the currently-running series.

Fun Fact: Banshee married Professor Xavier’s ex-girlfriend, Moira MacTaggert.


7. Magik

1489694.jpg

Real Name: Illyana Rasputina
Power: Sorcery

Remember when we were talking about Colossus a moment ago, and we mentioned his little sister, Illyana? She ended up becoming pretty powerful herself.

When Illyana was a child, she was kidnapped by Belasco, an evil sorcerer. In order to bring forth the “Elder Gods” and take control of Earth, Belasco planned to break and corrupt Illyana’s souls to produce five bloodstones.

After Belasco had gathered three of the five bloodstones, things take a turn and Illyana created a Soulsword (literally a sword made out of a piece of her soul) and took control of the Limbo dimension. In this dimension, she ages at a much faster pace than she normally would. Using her newly-learned powers of teleportation, she teleports herself to the farm she and Piotr grew up on.

Later, she joined the X-Men and the New Mutants and was reunited with Colossus.

Fun Fact: While Illyana was in Belasco’s Limbo dimension, she was raised and comforted by an alternate version of Storm.


6. Cable

638311._SX360_QL80_TTD_.jpg

Real name: Nathan Summers
Powers: Telekinesis, Telepathy

Cable is one of the most interesting X-Men characters in my opinion. He’s the son of Cyclops (Scott Summers) and a clone of Jean Grey named Madelyne Pryor.

Born of two immensely powerful mutants, it was no surprise that Cable himself became incredibly powerful. Or, at least, he would be, if not for the techno-organic virus that’s taking over his body.

Due to that virus, Cable expends a large percentage of his powers keeping the virus from progressing.

During the “X-Men: Decimation” series, Scarlett Witch uses her powers to turn all mutants into regular humans. Hope Summers was adopted by Cable after her mother dies, and Cable raised her from that point on. Hope was the first mutant born after Decimation.

Fun Fact: Cable has both a clone and an alternate version of himself that show up in the Marvel universe.

After Nathan was infected with the techno-organic virus, a woman named Askani tells his parents that she can cure him. While she does manage to halt the progression of the virus, she also creates a clone of Cable, who turns into a mutant named Stryfe. Stryfe becomes an insane, murderous terrorist.

There’s also an alternate version of Cable named Nate Grey from the Earth-295 universe. In this alternate universe, his mother is the real Jean Grey and he was never affected by the techno-organic virus. As a result, Nate Grey is incredibly powerful.


5. Nightcrawler

x-men-red-2-1067528.jpeg

Real Name: Kurt Wagner
Power: Teleportation, Camouflage

Kurt Wagner was from Germany and decided to join Professor Xavier’s new X-Men team after he was run out of his hometown by angry villagers for being different. Kurt’s mutant abilities manifest in blue skin along with a tail, which makes him a visible target for people prejudiced against mutants.

Although he didn’t know his origin growing up, it was discovered that he’s the offspring of Mystique, a mutant terrorist and the adoptive mother of another mutant named Rogue, and a demon named Azazel. Before this, however, he was part of a circus until he joined the X-Men.

Kurt is also one of the most deeply-religious Marvel characters, taking his Catholicism very seriously.

Fun Fact: Nightcrawler has a personal holographic device which allows him to project an image of himself as an ordinary human. Although not used much anymore, many of the earlier X-Men comics feature him using this.


4. Emma Frost

703487._SX360_QL80_TTD_.jpg

Real Name: Emma Frost
Powers: Telepathy, Turning into Diamond

A few of you might be wondering why Emma Frost is on this list, as she’s usually portrayed as a villain. I like morally gray characters, and you don’t get more morally gray than Emma Frost.

Her character first started as the “White Queen” of the elite Hellfire Club, whose mission was to exert power through politics. This club is also the reason Emma is often portrayed with very, very, little clothing on.

Emma has been on both sides of the battle between Mutants and humans. One of the things she is known for is her mutant school on the island of Genosha. She meets a group of telepathic quintuplets, who become known as Frost’s Stepford Cuckoos. The Cuckoos are more than a little creepy (although that might just be my opinion).

Fun Fact: Emma Frost’s diamond form has an adamantine luster, which prevents her from accessing her telepathic powers while in that form.


3. Beast

739191.jpg

Real Name: Henry “Hank” McCoy
Power: Enhanced physical attributes, Genius

As someone who loves science, Beast has always been an easy favorite for me. He’s the resident genius of the X-Men and is often called in when some serious science-ing needs to be done.

Aside from the X-Men, Beast is also a member of the Avengers and the Defenders (a series that I love, as it contains an ABOSLUTELY AMAZING team: Beast, Doctor Strange, and Reed Richards).

Like Nightcrawler, Beast is unable to blend in with humans, as his mutation causes him to look like an animal, increasingly to a cat-like physique.

Beast has a Ph.D. in biophysics and genetics, which he put to use in defeating the Legacy Virus. This virus was essentially a plague which attacked mutants.

Fun Fact: This is what Beast looked like in the first X-Men issue:

Beast-X-Men-Marvel-Comics-early-h01.jpg


2. X-23

X-23-1-spoilers-C.jpg

Real Name: Laura Kinney
Power: Accelerated healing, adamantium claws

For those of you who have seen the film Logan, you’ll already be familiar with X-23. She’s a clone of Wolverine, and like him, has a super-quick healing factor and adamantium claws.

She escaped from the facility that created her, and went on the run, even becoming a prostitute at one point, with a special interest in people with sadomasochistic tendencies.

Laura kept her powers throughout the “House of M” and “Decimation” storylines, one of just a few mutants to do so.

The scientists who created Laura didn’t stop with her and made several clones of Laura herself. All of the clones save one was killed. Laura took in the surviving clone as her little sister, named Gabby.

Gabby really is one of the best new Marvel characters out there. She and Laura have a pet Wolverine called Johnathan, and I love all three of them. If you don’t believe how wonderful they are, pick up Tom Taylor’s All-New Wolverine series.

Fun Fact: The best single issue comic book in the world is All-New Wolverine #31, where X-23’s sister Gabby pairs up with Deadpool to take down an animal testing facility.

And yes, I know that wasn’t a fact about X-23, but I had to mention it. It really is the best.


1. Gambit

720907._SX360_QL80_TTD_.jpg

Real Name: Remy LeBeau
Power: Kinetic conversion

Finally, we get to number one. Gambit has been my favorite X-Men/Marvel character since the X-Men cartoons I watched as a kid.

He’s another morally ambiguous character, working for whichever side benefits him at the time. Remy was raised in New Orleans by the Thieves’ Guild after he tried to pick-pocket the Guild’s patriarch. Since then he has become a master thief and takes on high-paying clients.

Gambit is best known for throwing kinetically-charged playing cards at his enemies, although he can charge any object. He also a long-term on-off relationship with Rogue.

Fun Fact: Gambit and Rogue recently got married (finally), and there’s a currently-running Mr and Mrs. X series that you should check out. I was so giddy when they finally tied the knot.

gambit-and-rogues-wedding-2.jpg



Who are your favorite X-Men characters? Let me know in the comments!




Don’t forget to follow me on social media:

Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads
Pinterest
Instagram

If you would like to support Read Yourself Happy, you can donate through Ko-Fi!

The 10 Most Exciting Comic Books Released This Week

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s comic book release day! Here are some of the most exciting issues coming out. For a complete list, head over to Midtown Comics.

Not sure where to buy your comics? Check out Comic Shop Locator for shops near you. If you don’t live in an area with a local shop, you can purchase from Midtown Comics, directly from the publisher, or through Comixology if you prefer digital copies.

Curse Words #17 by Charles Soule and Ryan Browne

Curse Words is one of my favorite currently-running series. It’s a fun story about wizards and magic, it’s quirky, and the art and colors are stunning.

Mr & Mrs X #4 by Kelly Thompson and Oscar Bazaldua

Gambit has been one of my favorite Marvel characters since I watched the X-Men cartoons as a child, and when he and Rogue got married earlier this year, I quite literally screeched from excitement. I love everything about this series, and Kelly Thompson is a wonderful comic book writer.

Shuri #1 by Nnedi Okorafor and Leonardo Romero

Nnedi Okorafor is the author of the Binti series. I’m thrilled that Shuri is getting her own series, and they couldn’t have chosen a better writer.

X-Men Black Mystique #1 by Seanan McGuire, Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, and Marco Failla

This issue is all about the life and adventures of Raven Darkholme, also known as Mystique. She’s always been an intriguing character to me, so I’m looking forward to reading this.

American Gods My Ainsel #7 by Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell, and Scott Hampton

Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, and American Gods is one of my favorite books. This is a comic book retelling of Gaiman’s novel.

Injustice 2 #36 by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo

I’m mentioning this one simply because I believe that Tom Taylor is one of the best comic book writers currently working. His work on All-New Wolverine was incredible.

Gideon Falls #7 by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino

While I haven’t actually read this series myself yet, I’ve heard from so many others that this is a great series. It’s already been picked up for a television series.

Stellar #5 by Joseph Keatinge and Bret Blevins

In this new series, “Stellar visits the family she never had – and fights for her life, with more on the line than ever before!”

Daredevil Vol 5 #609 by Charles Soule and Phil Noto

With the much-anticipated release of season three of Netflix’s Daredevil being released today (!), now is the perfect time to start reading the comic series, or get caught up with it.

Infinity Wars Weapon Hex #1 by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Gerardo Sandoval

Part of the on-going Infinity Wars Marvel event, this issue focuses on Wanda, part of a dark weapons programs, and one of the deadliest people now on earth.

 

What issues are you most excited about this week?