Today, we're looking at recent offerings from Marvel Comics that cater specifically to younger readers. Over recent years there's been a significant sea-change at Marvel that has allowed more young adult, kid-friendly, and inclusive titles to spring up and carve a corner for themselves, and we've chosen six of the very best for the kids and teens in your life.
Ryan North, Erica Henderson and Rico Renzi’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is one of the best superhero comics being published today, but it’s also one of the best that fall loosely under an all-ages banner and is enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Everyone can enjoy Doreen Green’s adventures and her positive outlook on life, and the comic itself is spreading a positive message through Squirrel Girl’s empathy and how she approaches and interacts with the supposed super villains of the comic.
Koi Boi, a young Marvel superhero who’s been around for about a year, is transgender. Specifically, he’s trans-masculine. Most likely he’s a trans man, but since he hasn’t specified, I don’t want to push him into a binary that he may not identify with.
If you don’t know who Koi Boi is, you’ve been missing out on Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and that’s a shame because it’s a great book. Koi Boi is an Asian American college student named Ken Shiga, but that’s about all we know about his life. Except that he’s transgender, and apparently hasn’t had top surgery, because he wears a binder. But to know that, you have to really be paying attention, because nobody’s said it in the comic yet.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has defeated every foe the Marvel Universe has to offer, but her new original graphic novel asks the question, could she beat herself? This year's The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe by the regular ongoing creative team of Ryan North and Erica Henderson pits Squirrel Girl v Squirrel Girl, and every other hero is just in the way.
Every hero is in danger of getting a squirrel-sized whooping later this year, and we've got a preview from Marvel offering an unlettered sneak peek at the upcoming OGN ahead of its release in October.
Marvel’s reveal of its Marvel NOW line of comics set for release in the wake of Civil War II has taken the form of a steady drip of announcements over the past week and a half, but now news is flooding in, and not all from official sources. Leaked scans of this week's Marvel NOW Previews magazine revealing the publisher's line-up for October and beyond have hit the internet via sites such as Reddit and 4chan.
We’ve rounded up all the information we could find to give you a sense of the new landscape of the Marvel Universe this fall.
In its latest step towards cultural domination, Archie Comics has teamed up with Chicago-based designer clothing website Threadless for a fashion line featuring and inspired by "America's New Teen-Age Boyfriend" and his pals.
It might seem hard to believe, but there was once a time when Archie Comics was the only publisher that didn't do variant covers. If memory serves --- and I might be wrong about this --- it took until 2010 for them to do their first one ever on Jughead #200. Now, though, with the high profile relaunches that we've seen over the past year, it looks like they're making up for lost time.
When Betty & Veronica #1 hits shelves on July 20, it's coming with twenty-five different covers, including covers from Colleen Coover, Bilquis Evely, Chip Zdarsky, Veronica Fish and many more. Check out the entire roster!
Marvel unveiled its July variant cover theme at C2E2 this past weekend, and the pictures definitely tell a story. As a follow-up to March's "Women of Power" covers, which highlighted the strength of Marvel's heroic women, the July covers are dubbed "Mighty Men of Marvel." While "covers with men on them" might seem like an unremarkable theme, given that it describes most Marvel covers already, it's clear from the art released thus far that the concept was meant to be more bold than that --- but it's equally clear that Marvel missed its target.
The runaway success of Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl shows no signs of letting up, as Marvel announced an original graphic novel, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe, to be released later this year. The announcement came at the Women of Marvel panel at this weekend’s Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and the current Squirrel Girl team of North and Henderson will also be the creative team on the OGN.
Jughead Jones, always famous for being the only Archie character who's not into dating, now canonically identifies as asexual, as of today's Jughead #4, by Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson.
Interestingly, it's not Jughead himself who uses the word, it's his friend Kevin Keller, who's specifically contrasting his own experiences as a gay high school student (looking for other boys to date) with Jughead's experiences as an asexual student (not looking for dates at all). But Jughead quickly agrees, and points out that his asexuality makes him better equipped to deal with Riverdale High's problems than Archie, who of course is constantly distracted by girls.