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The Spider-Man Universe Gettin’ Diverse! Marvel Announces New Asian-American Superheroine!

First, Miles Morales burst onto the scene as the new Spider-man in Ultimate Comics Spider-man, mixin’ it up with his half-black, half-latino heritage. Then, the oft overlooked interracial duo Cloak and Dagger got a romantic revival and joined Team Morales.

And now, we’ve got Silk — a brand new Asian American female superhero written by Robbie Thompson, probably best known for his work as a writer and producer for the TV series Supernatural.

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Standard cover of Silk #1 by Dave Johnson

AND not only is Marvel introducing this Asian American hero into the mix, but she’s even getting her very own series!!

A classmate of Peter Parker‘s, Cindy Moon was bitten by the same radioactive spider that bit Parker. However, Moon was then taken and hidden away by Ezekiel Sims for seven years, during which she honed and mastered her new powers. And now that she’s emerged with skills that rival Parker’s, she’s got a lot more than big bad villains to deal with.

Silk was first introduced as a character back in July 2014 as part of the Original Sin arc of The Amazing Spider-man, when Parker helped free her from her captivity.

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From the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #4 (Original Sin)

The new series launch in February 2015 will make Silk one of two Asian American female superheroes leading her own mainstream series right now (the other being Ms. Marvel‘s Kamala Khan, a young shape-shifting Pakistani-American girl protecting Jersey from the big baddies).

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Left to right – Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Silk (Cindy Moon), Psylocke (Betsy Braddock), Karma (Xi’an Coy Manh)

Silk and Ms. Marvel are a breath of fresh air in an increasingly diverse, but still overwhelmingly homogenous, comic book industry. Until now, the X-Men‘s Psylocke and Karma have been Marvel’s most prominent Asian American female superheroes, neither of whom have led their own self-titled ongoing series (although Psylocke (aka Betsy Braddock) headed her own self-titled four-issue mini-series Psylocke from 2009-2010).

And then, of course, Psyclocke actually started out as a white British model before some crazy story line stuffed her mind into the body of a Japanese ninja named Kwannon, so… anyway….

It’s a beautiful thing to see more superhero ladies of color making their way to the covers of comics.

Variant cover of Silk #1 by Stacey Lee
Variant cover of Silk #1 by Stacey Lee

Silk promises to enrich the Spidey universe with a history tied closely to Parker’s own origin, and a whole lot of catching up to do. Peep the interview with Robbie Thompson over at Comic Book Resources, and support your heroes of color. Pick that ish up in February!

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Geeky Find Of The Day: A Black Spider-Woman?!

black spider-woman!

Yup, you read that right! It turns out back in 1975, Marvel had the genius idea to give a down-and-out librarian named Valerie a chance at the webs. The character had appeared first in a live-action skit on PBS, and was later incorporated into an issue of Spidey Super Stories (#11). The first Spider-Woman appeared in 1944 and only in one issue, and not until 30 years later did Valerie make her way onto the scene.

Spider Woman who happens to be black

Valerie had no superpowers (other than of course her super awesome bookishness), but after a little self-training, she was able to hold her own with Spider-man himself, which doesn’t say much for Spidey’s skill… Her heroics were short-lived though, not lasting past the single issue. After her homemade suction cups fall off her days of climbing walls and saving Spider-man were over.

Spidey reluctantly accepts

If she’d stuck around would we still have a Black Spider-Woman today? Would she have been as popular as the other renditions? Maybe when Miles Morales grows up, his daughter will follow in his radioactive footsteps!

Also anyone else kind of baffled that it took them so long to even try for Spider-Woman? I guess webs and a tingly spidey sense were just too masculine…

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via Black Comix and Comix 365

From Rags to Capes: Where Are All The Working Class Superheroes?

Labor Day has come and gone, but workers are such an integral part of all societies, that it’d be a shame if we didn’t continue to celebrate labor well through the year.  But let’s keep it geeky.

When it comes to heroes, there’s no doubt that the workers who keep our society functioning, fed, and safe are real heroes. But when we look to the heroes we praise in fiction, there seems to be a working class shaped hole in comics. Mainstream superheroes seem to come in shades of rich kid/playboy, god, or full-time super, with the occasional doctor and student thrown in.  Spider-man is probably the first superhero everyone thinks of, from delivering pizza in the Tobey Macguire rendition to his better known and stable occupation as an under-appreciated photographer at The Daily Planet.  There are a couple others in mainstream comics…

Rocket Raccoon (mailman)

That’s right. That badass little raccoon took a gig as a mail-clerk on Earth after the Guardians of the Galaxy broke up in the Annihilators series. He’s since returned to his role as universe defender, but I couldn’t help throwing this one in the mix.

Cloak (fast food restaurant manager)

Ty Johnson (Cloak) and Tandy Bowen (Dagger) meet for the first time

In Brian Michael Bendis‘s reboot of the Cloak and Dagger characters in the Ultimate Comics universe, Ty Johnson is first introduced to us through the love-smitten eyes of Tandy Bowen who meets him at his job as a manager of a fast food restaurant. We don’t know yet if he keeps the gig now that he’s all dark matter superpowered, but odds are, in this universe where major superheroes die and young newbie heroes have homework, it wouldn’t be surprising if the kid had to keep his day job.

Nova (janitor)

 Jesse Alexander,  Joseph Loeb’s reboot of the character, took a hiatus from saving the universe when he fell in love and had a kid. He took a job as a janitor at the local high school his son Sam would later attend. When his alcoholic father didn’t show up for work Sam picked up the mop in his father’s place. Of course, as we know, he also took up the helm of his father’s heroics as well, when Sam Alexander became the new Nova.

The Entire Supporting Cast of Kick-Ass

Okay so they may not be actually, technically “super,” but they play at it pretty convincingly, and almost every single one of them is a working stiff, probably mostly white collar, who take off their ties and take to the streets to beat the living hell out of bad guys.

As far as mainstream comics go, those are probably the most indisputably working class superheroes. We could throw in Johnny Storm who had a stint as a firefighter and Hercules who worked  construction in Marvel’s Damage Control series in the late 80’s. Depending on your definition folk like Powers’s Christian Walker and Tony Chu of Chew might fit the bill in their roles as detectives, and if we open it up to independent contractors in general, then the likes of Spawn, Hellboy, and Luke Cage, back when he was a “hero for hire,” might make the cut too. But let’s not get too fuzzy. Instead, let’s keep an eye to indie comics that are probably holding it down for the working class in really fresh ways. A personal favorite is…

El Verde (factory worker)

In Anthony Aguilar‘s comic El Verde Arturo Sanchez is working in a corn factory when an accident gives him superpowers, and he dons  a sharp suit and a sleek mask to become El Verde!

There have got to be more, and certainly the indies have some awesome class representation going on, but obviously representation is lacking. Certainly part of that is the fantasy that we all have to never have to work again, but just fly around in flashy clothes saving the world. But given the popularity of the gritty, real-life insider look of comics like Matt Fraction & David Aja‘s Hawkeye, it’s clear that readers want something a little closer to home.  Comics like Ultimate Comics Spider-man and Kelly Sue Deconnick’s Captain Marvel make Miles Morales and Carol Danvers more relatable and more real by making their home and school lives vital parts of their stories.

And it’s certainly part of the fantasy to think that you could be that guy, the grocery store clerk by day and avenger of injustice by night.

If you know of awesome indies doing just this kind of work, tell us about it!