quality comics, but they did not seem to actually sell that much, so off they go into our faint memories as DC gets ready to retool yet again. The thing is, Marvel has been making some quirky books for awhile now too, with some outright huge successes such as, "Ms. Marvel," and plenty of stellar books that deviate from the norm of what you might think about when you hear, "Super-hero comics." You've got the stellar, "Squirrel Girl," of course, and some other books including two I wanted to discuss a bit today--"Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat," and, "Mockingbird."
What Makes Them Interesting?
|Having worked retail at one point,|
I can agree with Patsy it feels this way sometimes.
Female Leads Getting Respect
|Besides the Kamala Khan version of Ms. Marvel, |
female-led books can struggle to gain marketshare.
Mockingbird deserves mention because--as the writer Chelsea Cain admits at the end of the first issue--a whole lot doesn't make sense after the debut. Cain discusses how the comic is a five-issue, "Puzzle box," in that the first issue shows us bits of Mockingbird's life every few days, and issues #2, #3, and #4, will show three whole separate incidents before we enter the present/end of issue #1 with the fifth issue. It's strange, creative, and I love it. Plus, the comic is absolutely hilarious while at the same time having an air of sadness and foreboding in the first and second issues that have come out. After all, the main idea is Mockingbird has all sorts of strange super-serums in her normal body and things aren't quite reacting well in her due to that. If someone hadn't recommended this book to me with their discussing of how the issues are designed uniquely and the comic has a bit of that Matt Fraction-Hawkeye-vibe I would have missed out on a great book!
Will The Books Last?