Monstress Vol. 1 Awakening

While working on my thesis and discussing the lack of Asian American superheroes in mainstream comics, and in turn, the gap that still exists among female and male superheroes, my professor recommended Monstress to me. After taking many courses with her, I knew that she would not steer me wrong so I picked up a copy – yet I did not get a chance to sit down and read it until two nights ago. Continue reading

Steven Universe Vol.2

I am not an artist nor do I have any desire to ever pursue a career in which drawing of any type is involved. This is not because I frown upon the career, rather it is quite the opposite. I could only dream of drawing an image that actually depicted what I attempted it to – you know, instead of drawing an elephant and having it mistaken for a drawing of a tree and then going along with it because it is so much easier than admitting to the failure of a drawing. So then I become known as the girl who can draw trees insanely well – to the point that a well-known art magazine contacts me to draw them a picture, but when I try to draw the tree again, it ends up looking like an elephant and then everyone discovers that my life is a sham. The point of this is, I cannot draw. Because of this, I always feel guilty when I judge any type of artwork – who am I to criticize someone over what I cannot even do? That’s like someone who cannot even sing judging someone else’s singing. I was grappling with this concern during the first volume; however, after finishing the second volume, I have to admit, I am not a fan of Coleman Engle’s chosen art style for the series: Continue reading

Steven Universe Vol.1

Steven Universe has gradually earned the prestigious title of my favorite cartoon. From the animation and character designs to its quirkiness and often emotional depth, the series has managed to tug at my heart strings and constantly leaving me in an unsatisfied state. Not unsatisfied like a Yelp review complaining about customer service, but unsatisfied as in the feeling you get after getting off of a roller coaster that you waited on line for over an hour to ride – you just want more. With this feeling intensifying, I decided to check out the comic. To be honest, I was not sure what to expect from the comic – I figured that it would be short stories revolving around the Crystal Gems, and part of me hoped that it would reveal some answers to the many questions that I had, but this was not the case. Continue reading

Birds of Prey Vol. 2

As I finish the final page, I close the book and look at the back cover: “Breaking Heart and Busting Heads!” C’mon! I know that I am not the only person who immediately thinks of another word that could stand in place for “Heads!” Whether this was the publisher’s intention, I will never know, therefore I will turn my attention to what I do know – the inside pages. Continue reading

Birds of Prey Vol. 1

Minor Disclaimer: Before reading this book, I thought that I had a copy of a recent rendition of Birds of Prey – yet after completing this book and looking a bit more into it, I discovered that this is merely a reprint of the 1999 series. This does not change the dynamics of the comic much, but it drastically affects me as an avid comic book reader whom constantly searches for progress in the industry. Therefore, forgive me if my criticism reads as harsh as I have higher expectations for representation of women in today’s comics (although still problematic) than I do for the late 90’s.

After becoming paralyzed from the waist-down because of the Joker, Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) becomes Oracle and partners with ex-Justice Leaguer, Dinah Lance (Black Canary). Using an ear piece, Oracle aids and instructs Black Canary on various missions. Continue reading