Marvel is showing us who runs the world (as if we didn’t already know) with Women of Marvel #1. Combining a plethora of stories featuring some of Marvel’s favorite women, this comic book is definitely a great read for those who want to see even more from their fave characters. Of course, the comic isn’t big enough to have every woman from the comics, but all of the writers do an amazing job at telling compelling stories for the characters that we are able to see throughout the pages.
Women of Marvel #1 is available now at your local comic book shop. Spoilers below!
Writer: Nadia Shammas, Mariko Tamaki, Elsa Sjunneson, Sophie Campbell
Penciler: Eleonora Carlini, Maria Frohlich, Naomi Franquiz, Kei Zama
Cover Artist: Sara Pichelli
WHO RUN THE WORLD? YOU ALREADY KNOW. CELEBRATE THE WOMEN OF MARVEL WITH AN EXTRAVAGANZA OF EXTRAORDINARY TALENT! The future is female! Get in on the ground floor with this amazing assembly of writers and artists from all over entertainment. Comics legend Louise Simonson kicks things off with a must-read introduction! Nadia Shammas punches the glass ceiling with the Jade Giantess! Elsa Sjunneson grits her way to the front line with Captain Peggy Carter! Sophie Campbell goes feral with a bone-grinding Marrow story! Video game-and-comics writer Anne Toole makes her Marvel debut in a blaze of glory! Natasha Alterici of Heathen fame charges sword-first into the Marvel Universe! With astonishing art from new and established artists Kei Zama (Transformers, DEATH’S HEAD), Eleonora Carlini (Power Rangers, Batgirl), Skylar Patridge (Resonant, Relics of Youth), Joanna Estep (Fantastic Four, Fraggle Rock) and more, you’re sure to come away powered up and ready to slay – in high heels and boots alike.
REVIEW – Women of Marvel Highlights Both Heroic and Villainous Women Characters
Women of Marvel #1 incorporates both shorter and longer stories, that perfectly fit whichever character is being given their shine in that precise moment. Oftentimes, it it believed that if something is shorter, it is not as impactful, but that is not the case in this book. In fact, the shorter stories are just as enjoyable and are still able to depict the essence of whichever character is being highlighted in the particular story at that time. This likely made it possible for the book to incorporate as many characters as it did, and I was glad for that fact.
While there are many things to enjoy throughout the book, my favorite part is that it doesn’t only celebrate the superheroines, but also the supervillains that have made their marks in Marvel Comics, including Mystique, Hela and Lady Deathstrike. Marvel has so many great women villains that it would have been unfortunate to not showcase some of them. I especially enjoyed the first short story which featured Lady Deathstrike by Mariko Tamaki and Peach Momoko.
While I did enjoy the book, some of the iconic characters that I expected to see appear on the pages in some way, shape or form did not. Perhaps it was a bit of an assumption to think that some of the women who grace the front cover would find themselves as part of the stories like Storm, Jane Foster’s Valkyrie, and Shuri, but unfortunately, they weren’t in any of the stories. Of course, this is not something that should deter one from reading or taking away from the stories that were featured, it just would have been nice to see someone like Storm with a separate story as she is one of Marvel Comics’ greatest women characters.
All in all, if you want to see some of the women of Marvel in all their glory, you’ll enjoy reading Women of Marvel #1. Hopefully, this is just the beginning, because I cannot wait to see what other stories could be told featuring more of Marvel’s best and brightest.
RATING – 4/5 Pocky
Ron is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of POC Culture. He is a big believer in the power and impact of pop culture and the importance of representation in media.