November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Review: ‘The Unstoppable Wasp Vol. 1: Unstoppable’

The Unstoppable Wasp Vol. 1: Unstoppable Writers: Jeremy Whitley and Mark Waid Artists: Elsa Charretier and Adam Kubert Marvel Entertainment; $12.99 Rated T+ for teens 13 and up Marvel has spent the last few years introducing a wide variety of new legacy characters in an effort to help diversify their traditionally white, male, and straight […]

Review: ‘Man-Thing By R.L. Stine’

Man-Thing By R.L. Stine Writer: R.L. Stine Artists: German Peralta, Tyler Crook and others Marvel Entertainment; $15.99 Rated T+ for teens 13 and up The trade paperback collection of juvenile fiction juggernaut R.L. Stine’s recent five-issue Man-Thing miniseries contains a brief prose introduction from the author that contains some downright shocking information. Stine writes that […]

Review: ‘Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Vol. 1—Riri Williams’

Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Vol. 1—Riri Williams Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Stefano Caselli Marvel Comics; $24.99 Rated T+ for Teens and Up Thanks to his prominence in the Marvel Studios movies, Iron Man Tony Stark has become one of the pillars of the modern Marvel comics universe, one of several centers at the middle […]

Review: ‘Champions Vol. 1: Change The World’

Champions Vol. 1: Change The World Writer: Mark Waid Artists: Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba Marvel Entertainment; $15.99 Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos have been making comics since I was a teenager, so they likely wouldn’t be among the first names to pop into my mind if you asked me who might be best qualified […]

Jason Reynolds On “Miles Morales,” Spider-Man, and His Secret Superpower

SLJTeen Live! panelist Jason Reynolds talked with SLJ about superpowers, how he fleshed out the Afro-Puerto Rican webslinger’s backstory, and his favorite superhero.

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Review: ‘Night Night, Groot’

Night Night, Groot Writer: Brendan Deneen Artist: Cale Atkinson Marvel; $12.99 Because giant tree monster Groot was re-cast as a sapling at the end of the first Guardians of The Galaxy movie, he is now the toddler-sized Baby Groot for this spring’s sequel, which makes him the perfect age to be the audience for—and subject […]

Tor Authors, Latinx Superheroine Take Manhattan

Gabby Rivera debuted the first issue of Mavel’s “America” comics at Midtown Comics’s downtown location in New York City. A group of Tor and Tor Teen authors gathered at the Flatiron Building to celebrate their recent fantasy titles.

Review: ‘The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe’

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe Writer: Ryan North Artist: Erica Henderson Marvel; $24.99 Rated T for Teen What could possibly be better than The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl? How about two Unbeatable Squirrel Girls? That’s the basic premise of the new original graphic novel The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel […]

Review: ‘All-New, All-Different Avengers Vol. 1: The Magnificent Seven’

All-New, All-Different Avengers Vol. 1: The Magnificent Seven Writer: Mark Waid Artists: Mahmud Asra and Adam Kubert Marvel Entertainment; $19.99 Rated T+ The title of the current flagship Avengers comic may be a mouthful, but it could probably do with one more word if it was going for total accuracy: “Almost.” That’s because almost every […]

Review: ‘Star Wars: Shattered Empire’

Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens–Shattered Empire Writer: Greg Rucka Artists: Marco Chechetto, Angel Unzueta and Emilio Laiso Marvel; $17 Rated T+ While it didn’t get anywhere near the huge promotional push that the first issues of Marvel’s ongoing Star Wars series did, the Greg Rucka-written Shattered Empire miniseries, now available in […]

Ultimate Spider-Man Comes to MarvelKids Website

Marvel has just announced that it is adding Ultimate Spider-Man adventures to its MarvelKids.com website. In an effort to grow its younger audience and bring them into the Marvel Universe, fans will be able to read a new digital issue each week, starting with Ultimate Spider-Man #1: I Think I’m Paranoid. In addition to the […]

Marvel Single Issues Now Available on Amazon

Back in 2014, Amazon bought the digital comics site Comixology, which had become a central site for comics fans to buy their favorite titles digitally. Kindle owners can now enjoy the fruits of that purchase as Marvel single issue comics are now available to be read and purchased on Amazon’s Kindle and through its various […]

Sunday Reflections: I’m Holding Out for a Hero, a Female Superhero

I have such conflicted feelings about this year’s superhero themed Summer Reading Club. As a big superhero fan myself, I was at first incredibly excited. But the truth is, for those of us raising daughters or working with the female gender – which coincidentally makes up half of the population – it’s a bit of […]

Sunday Reflections: I’m Holding Out for a Hero, a Female Superhero

I have such conflicted feelings about this year’s superhero themed Summer Reading Club. As a big superhero fan myself, I was at first incredibly excited. But the truth is, for those of us raising daughters or working with the female gender – which coincidentally makes up half of the population – it’s a bit of […]

How Diverse are Comics and Graphic Novels?

Diverse characters are on the rise in comics and graphic novels. But superhero comics remain predominantly white and male.

Review: X-Men #1

X-Men #1 Written by Brian Wood, penciled by Olivier Coipel, inked by Mark Morales and Coipel Marvel Entertainment, $3.99 Rated T+, for ages 12 and up   Given the fact that the older Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, John Byrne, and company’s X-Men comics have long been a breeding ground of Marvel’s best-known superheroines—Marvel never had […]

YALSA Hub Challenge: If You Liked Ultimate Comics Spider-Man…

From our discussion last week, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man is clearly one of our recent favorite superhero titles, featuring the beloved superheroics as well as a refreshing non-white lead character.  We eagerly anticipate the series as it continues. So what’s a reader to do when they’ve finished this volume?  Check out these titles we recommend for […]

Roundtable: Superman Family Adventures RIP

The cancellation of Superman Family Adventures, yet another critically-praised superhero comic that DC won’t be publishing anymore, has us pretty riled up. We figured that we could vent about it or offer some constructive suggestions for DC and Marvel’s future kids comics, so we decided to do both. Have you been reading Superman Family Adventures? What did you […]

The Webslinger Returns

Is your spider-sense tingling? The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) blasts back onto the big screen on July 3, in a new 3D adventure from Marvel Entertainment and Columbia Pictures. This latest release isn’t a continuation of Sam Raimi’s blockbuster trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, but a reboot of the film franchise that presents a new installment in the Spider-Man cinematic opus. Andrew Garfield assumes the red-and-blue, be-webbed mantel in the new motion picture, which is directed by Marc Webb with a screenplay based on Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s classic Marvel comic book.