Pronounced "ska-lya." A little curated space for my interests. Primary fandoms: Spider-Man and Doctor Who. Proportion of political content may vary.
I also run @#$% Yeah, Spider-Wife!, a Mary Jane Watson tumblog.
Icon credit: made by me using art by Andie Tong.
I did a sketch of the new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan! The first issue just came out, and it rules!
Color sketch of the new Ms. Marvel by comics artist @RonDanChan!
Peter Parker - Spider-Man by Stefano Caselli
I like this style experiment of Caselli’s. His Spidey always looks fab but this is the best Peter Parker I’ve seen him do. And the colors make for a nice naturalistic effect.
You could argue comic books have little importance in the grander scheme of things. But comic books make a big statement in a small way. We won’t have blockbuster movies about a Muslim superhero until we can all be excited about a comic book portraying one. When Marvel created Khan, it took a shot at breaking the typical paradigm of superheroes. While it’s a small gesture when measured up to the entire comic book world, it’s another step in the movement for equality in entertainment.
For the larger part of the decade, there was a potent cloud of racism and hatred towards Muslim people. Today, the fact we can portray young Muslim girls as superheroes is a beacon of hope for what is to come. Sure, a lot of people will say “it’s just a comic book.” But I’d like to think somewhere out there, it’s making a difference in a young Muslim girl’s life. And even if the message gets lost and Khan’s character doesn’t sell well, at least a young girl could have her own superhero to look up to.
Global Thinking: Kamala Khan Marvel launches female Muslim Superhero by Kavahn Mansouri.
“Kamala’s origin story, which begins here, feels to me quite a lot like the origin of Virgil Hawkins from Milestone’s Static. Virgil Hawkins is a brown kid having trouble fitting in. So is Kamala. Virgil Hawkins was a good student but due to his skin color, had trouble with gang violence, but peer pressure was put on him to join up. Kamala is a good student, but has her family’s food and alcohol rules on one side, and parties and regular teenage life on the other, with peer pressure on her to party like a regular teen.
Virgil went against his better judgement and got caught in the event they called the Big Bang. For Kamala, she went against her father’s wishes, and after deciding it was a bad idea to try fitting in, got enveloped in the Terrigen Mists from the crash of the Inhuman city Attilan.”
—Jamie Kingston, Review: Ms. Marvel #1
and say what you want ‘cause this one ain’t gonna change (x)
women of color in the marvel universe
Did anyone ever question how Peter Parker miraculously got 20/20 vision in his teens or…
I think he might’ve handwaved it away as having “grown out of his glasses,” but I can’t recall if that was stated in 616 at some point or if I’m misremembering early Ultimate.
Also, how did googling this dig up an Evangelion/Marvel fanfic?
I remember (vaguely) that there may have been a joke to that effect in Ultimate, but for the life of me I can’t remember the issue. Same for 616—either way, though, the idea of no one actually wondering why Peter can suddenly see perfectly and has a less scrawny physique nearly overnight is kind of hilarious to me.
I imagine Aunt May noticing it off-hand (because of course Aunt May would notice) and just writing it off, supremely glad that he’s actually getting out of the house for once.
I think one attempted handwave was that Aunt May made him wear a weak prescription because she was worried about him straining his eyes. Thankfully someone must have noticed how disturbing that would be even if it made a lick of sense, and it hasn’t been mentioned since.
Flash did notice Peter’s increased strength (after Peter, y’know, punched him in the face a couple times) but seemed to attribute it to “Puny Parker” being a lot tougher than he looked. Also, this was the same story Peter accused him of being Spider-Man, so he got distracted.
(God, I love the Living Brain story.)