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1. I’m so excited that Marvel is building their next generation Brain Trust™ almost entirely out of women. I read the Moon Girl issue with Ironheart and then immediately followed that with Unstoppable Wasp #2, and it’s so so great, I love Brain Trust characters, I love that we’re finally seeing the emphasis pulled away from Traditional White Smart Dudes like Tony and Reed (Tony and Reed: still my actual favorites, but this is long overdue).

I do wish they’d pull in Lila Rhodes, though! And Valeria – Valeria is my great shining hope that the next-gen Brain Trust is going to have its own cabal of Bad Decisions Heroes. You know, that ones that have control issues and swing between wild arrogance and deep self-loathing. Those heroes. I’m not sure why Valeria pings my radar for carrying on the Bad Decisions tradition, but she does. When you consider that two out of her three parents ping that radar too, though…

2. I’m still so into the Science Wizard Doctor Doom aesthetic Infamous Iron Man has going for it. I mean, yes, Bendis, but a. the aesthetic, b. talk about Bad Decisions (Anti-)Heroes, c. I would read a million panels of Maria Hill interacting with the shitlord science wizard, d. the art is gorgeous.

3. Jeremy Whitley’s X-Men issue with Laura and Remy came out today! It’s maybe the first Whitley issue I’ve read where parts of the characterization didn’t seem 100% on-point, but I still really enjoyed it; Laura and Remy were my favorite mutants even before Marjorie Liu wrote them into the best mutant friendship ever, so I’ve been ready for them to reunite since All-New Wolverine was announced. I really, really like the dynamic now that Laura’s a little older and a little more confident in herself, someone please make Gambit a regular in Laura’s book.

Also, this:

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There must be other people out there excited for Infamous Iron Man, right? Right?? There is so much potential for hilarity there. Like, what if in every issue, Doom alters one more piece of his flashy new armor to look like like traditional Doom attire until by issue #15 he’s literally just this:

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08 September 2016
Here is my current list of demands for the hypothetical Invisible Woman series that Bleeding Cool suggests maybe could possibly be happening:

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05 September 2016
I can’t believe I’m saying this as someone continually beating the drum of Include More Women In The Marvel Brain Trust, but I think F4 retcons and remakes need to stop trying to make Sue a superscientist. She’s awesome on her own merit, and turning every member of the team into a genius on par with Noodle Husband or Murder Uncle actually makes them less interesting as a group, not more.

I suspect the logic of a lot of writers is that to make Sue an equal partner for Reed, she has to meet him on the field of whizbangery – or, if I’m not giving them the benefit of the doubt, it’s that they can’t fathom why Reed would be interested in Sue unless she’s also a superscientist. I recently had a guy tell me that he couldn’t understand why someone as smart as Peter Parker would be interested in “a bimbo” like Mary Jane, and I’m thinking that sentiment is not a foreign attitude re: Sue and Reed.

I am really, horrifically new to loving the Fantastic Four as more than historically noteworthy supporting characters in Spider-Man stories, but I don’t see why Sue needs to be smart in the same ways (or to the same degree) as Reed to make her an awesome character. For one thing, making her a superscientist isn’t developing her for her own sake, it’s developing her for Reed’s sake, and for another, she has her own stuff going on, and it’s lazy writing to substitute Reed’s schtick for Sue’s schtick instead of growing Sue’s schtick in ways that are new and interesting while still being grounded in who she is as a character.

Retcons and remakes aren’t inherently bad – I find it downright uncomfortable to read a lot of earlier F4 stuff, and I way prefer the gentle-but-accidentally-arrogant Reed and spine-of-steel Sue that it seems I encounter in more recent comics – but!!! But!!!!!! Let Sue be Sue!!!!!!!!!!

Also, movies need to stop pretending Doom is anything but the despotic technomage ruler of a small European country.
 
 
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07 July 2016
Six more books I would make happen as Marvel Editor-in-Chief:

Force Works
Jeremy Whitley & Ming Doyle

The next generation of Iron Men is here… or make that… Iron Women!? Join Riri Williams (a.k.a. IRON MAN), Toni Ho (a.k.a. IRON PATRIOT), and Lila Rhodes (a.k.a. WAR MACHINE) as they argue about the best distribution of Linux, ignore the advice of mentor Suzi Endo, and gear up to take on the world’s most wanted. And when Tony Stark returns from his relaxing vacation on Consistent Characterization Island, he has a problem only the newest incarnation of the Illuminati can solve… Guest starring Valeria Richards!

Girlfriend!
Kathryn Immonen & Aaron Lopresti

Quaint term your mom uses for her college buddies or indicator of two women in a romantic relationship? It’s up to you to decide as life partners Carol Danvers and Jessica Drew take on the world hand-in-hand. Join Captain Marvel and Spider-Woman as they (platonically?) plan a life, raise a kid, and assemble Ikea furniture together – and somehow find time for coffee dates in between thwarting Earth’s biggest threats!

Galactus, Herald of Franklin
Matt Fraction & Kenneth Rocafort

Universal scourge Galactus is getting by with a little help from his friends – Franklin Richards and Franklin Richards! When Franklin Richards travels back to the past to spend time with his younger self, he doesn’t expect his future partner-in-crime to follow him, but Galactus isn’t about to let Franklin and Franklin have all the fun! And when Franklin and Franklin accidentally create a pocket universe populated entirely by shrimp, Galactus’s hunger might be the only solution…

Val ‘n’ Victor
Jonathan Hickman & Stephanie Hans

Valeria Richards and Uncle Doom are up to no good… or are they? Even supergeniuses need time to relax, and that’s why Val ‘n’ Victor start their quest to sample ice cream from all fifty of NOW Magazine’s top ice creameries. Follow Marvel’s most strangely charming avuncular duo as they ponder the mysteries of life, the universe, and everything over two scoops of their favorite flavor in this comic guaranteed to be short on action and long on dialogue!

Honey, I Corrupted the Kids
Marguerite Bennett & David Lopez

Why do the Richards children keep adopting supervillains? Marvel powerhouse Sue Storm and her husband Noodle Husband are on the case! Plus, join Sue as she investigates why Noodle Husband’s hugs are the best and also the creepiest. You won’t want to miss the book called “face-slappingly satisfying” by Readers Against Namor and “kind of okay” by critics everywhere!

Luke Cage: Baby Holder
Al Ewing & Brittney Williams

It’s tough work, but someone has to appear in the background panels of Jessica Jones’s comic to hold the baby, and Power Man is the man for the job! When he isn’t fighting crime with his BFF, Luke Cage is looking to be the best dad out there – and he knows that means keeping Danielle out-of-the-way but still visible lest readers forget case-crackin’ P.I. Jessica Jones also has a husband and kid. Hailed as “Marvel’s most sedentary series”, this is the ground-breaking run that dares to revolve around handsome men cuddling cute babies!