Welcome to another Hardcore Lady Types an articles series devoted to showcasing strong female and queer characters in comics and the creators who make them.
Let’s start 2017 off with the latest recommended releases and reviews this month:
Motor Crush #2
Written By: Brenden Fletcher & Various
Art By: Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart
This series started back in Dec 2016, so I’ll be focused on this latest issue in the run released on 01/11/2017
What we know so far: By day, Domino Swift competes for fame and fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as Crush.
What’s exciting about this issue: Babs Tarr and Cameron Stewart’s art & layouts are fantastic. You may recognize them from the Batgirl of Burnside comic from DC. Tarr makes everyone look good; so good that I will probably have a crush on every lady character in it. The action scenes are exciting, you feel like you are right in the middle of it! This comes from Cameron Stewart’s work in animation.* In this issue we get to meet Domino’s ex-girlfriend and get a glimpse into their relationship. It’s clear there is still love there but Domino’s ambitions for her sport seem to get in between them. It’s been an exciting ride and I can’t wait for more. This comic has strong elements of the cyberpunk genre, so if you’ve been looking to fill that void, definitely check it out. An exciting bit is in the back of each comic, there’s the prologue of the upcoming title by Gotham Academy’s team, writer Brenden Fletcher & art by Karl Kerschl, Isola: Island of the dead. This series is not solicited yet, so we’ll have to wait and see when the official announcement will be. I look forward to more of that series.
*For the interview I referenced material from go here to read more.
Check this out if you like: Kim & Kim, Batgirl of Burnside
[Category tags: Young Adult/Teen, LGBTQ, Sci-Fi/Cyberpunk, POC]
World Of Wakanda #3
Written By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay
Art By: Alitha Martinez, Roberto Poggi
This series started in November of 2016 and this newest issue was released 01/18/2017.
What we know so far: Spinning out of the Black Panther series, comes a Wakandan love story focused on Ayo and Aneka, leaders The Midnight Angels. But in this story Ayo and Aneka, are just young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, or “the Adored Ones” an elite task force trained to protect the crown at all costs.
Whats exciting about this issue: Ayo and Aneka request to go on a trip to NYC; a romantic getaway for the two of them. Meanwhile, Folami, a fellow Dora Milaje, calls out their leader, Mistress Zola, for her dissent from the kingdom. Zola knows of this and takes steps to handle the situation, but how far will she take to get Folami to be quiet? Intrigue! Drama! Political Scheming! Oh how I love this title. Also, Ayo and Aneka take out a couple of guys trying to forcefully hit on them in the city. Total rad lady kicking butts moments!
Where this story takes place and supplemental info: This story takes place before the current run of Black Panther. While non-essential to reading and enjoying this series, you may want to check out the New Avengers run by Jonathan Hickman. The backstory of T’Challa’s meetings with Namor as well as Shuri’s involvement and leadership during that time, the appearance of the Black Order, who show up in this issue, all originally get flushed out in this series. It is a long-spanning comic but is well worth the time if you are interested in digging deeper.
Check this out if you like: Black Panther, LGBT characters
[Category Tags: POC, LGBTQ, Alternative Superhero, Drama, Teen/ YA]
Lady Castle #1
Written By: Delilah Dawson
Art By: Ashley A. Woods
What we know so far: Since it’s a first issue, here’s what the plot is – When King Mancastle and his mighty vassals ride off on crusade, the women left behind are not at all put out-that’s a lot less armor polishing for them to do. Of course, when the men get themselves eaten by a dragon and leave a curse that attracts monsters to the castle…well, the women take umbrage with that. Now the blacksmith’s wife Merinor is King, Princess Aeve is the Captain, and the only remaining (and least capable) knight Sir Riddick is tasked with teaching the ladies of the castle how to fight, defend, build, and do all manner of noisy things the men had been doing while the women assumed they were just drunk.
About the team on the comic: Novelist Delilah S. Dawson who has worked on Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon, As Wicked as She Wants, Wake of Vultures. She brings her first original series to comics, and is joined by breakthrough illustrator Ashley A. Woods who has worked on Stranger Comics’ Niobe: She Is Life.
Whats exciting about this issue: It’s not focused on princesses, though they are in the title. The blacksmith’s wife, Merinor (who’s a natural leader), brings the women of the village to work together to fight off the baddies that are on their way to the kingdom (or Queendom as it were). I love seeing ladies get organized! Though they are preparing to fight, not all the baddies need meet a blade, as the princess uses her knowledge and not her sword to solve problems. This is one of the few comics to do that and it’s appreciated. It’s definitely fresh and exciting with a diverse cast of strong female (and not so female) women. This title goes to the top of my reading list (and I have a lot to read)!
Check this out if you like: Princeless, Nimona, and Lumberjanes
[Category Tags: Strong Female Leads, POC, Sword & Sorcery, Princesses who save themselves]
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