Marvel Divas #2. Robert Aguirre-Sacasa (writer) Tonci Zonjic (artist). Comic Books/Graphic Novels.
Eh. Not as bad as issue #1, but still nothing I’d spend my money on, and nothing I want being held up as “what women want in comics”.
Firestar has breast cancer. ‘Natch. What other kind of cancer could we give her…she’s a woman!?! Women have breasts…and comics love breasts. This flip attitude of mine is of course not directed at breast cancer or intended to downplay the seriousness of breast cancer, but rather to draw attention to the laziness of this entire storyline. I think women think a lot about breast cancer – I know I do. But I think about other kinds of cancer all the time as well…women are susceptible to many other kinds of cancer worth discussing. I guess I personally think it would have been less cliche to give Firestar a different kind of cancer, rather than playing up the “OOOH! Women’s Issues! Breast Cancer!” Then again, if they hadn’t screwed up about 52 other things in the concept, execution, press, and defense of this book, maybe I wouldn’t be so annoyed with it, but they did, and so I am.
Also, the really interesting angle to me on a superhero having cancer as a result of their powers – is just that – it’s the fact that this power that allows you to do amazing things and makes you so unique and special in the world, is also the thing that’s killing you. It’s an interesting idea, overshadowed to me by the “OOH! Breast Cancer!” aspect.
There’s not much else going on in the book worth noting. There’s still too much talk about men in all their incantations (ex-boyfriends, new boyfriends, potential boyfriends, sexual tension co-workers and teammates, oh my!) Blech. As if women don’t have complete lives without new relationships and ex’s defining them – but we knew from issue one (and everything else Marvel showed us for this book) that it was going to be that way. Maybe there was never any hope for it to be something better. Ah, my cynicism is showing…
One last idiotic thing of note. Does anyone really believe that The Black Cat is stupid enough to apply for a loan at a bank she ROBBED? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Felicia doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist, but she doesn’t have to be dumb as dog shit either. A woman who applies for a loan at a bank she robbed – thinks she’s going to run a private investigation firm…? Oh, sign me up…I definitely want her brains working on my case.
The interior art by Tonjic remains really fantastic and the cover by Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic is great – particularly for me her rendering of Firestar.
Anyway, while it’s better than issue #1, I still highly recommend that you DO NOT buy this comic. DO NOT reward them for being fuck ups.
Let’s wait for the real thing rather than settling for some half-assed uninformed bumbling attempt.