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Comics Herstory: Kelly Sue DeConnick

bitchplanet_01-1It’s difficult to say what Kelly Sue DeConnick is most known for: her iconic run on Marvel’s Captain Marvel book, which pushed Carol Danvers to achieve higher, further, faster, more, or Bitch Planet, which took comic fans by storm and popularized a feminist message of noncompliance among its readers. Perhaps it’s Pretty Deadly, a gorgeous story DeConnick and artist Emma Rios created about death and love. She has also written for, DC, BOOM! Studios, and Dark Horse, and was the first female comic writer to pen an ongoing Avengers series with Avengers Assemble.

Currently, Pretty Deadly and Bitch Planet are ongoing, and both are notable for the ways in which they subvert tropes of masculinity and femininity. Some context that is useful in understanding part of the message of these works is feminist scholar Julie Kristeva’s theory of abjection. Essentially, abjection means “othering” something from oneself in order to maintain the self. DeConnick’s characters are othered because they disturb the systems and order of their respective worlds to maintain their senses of self.

In Bitch Planet especially, the otherness makes a point about how women are demonized for their very existence, and that this is rooted in misogyny. Bitch Planet is unabashedly feminist, premised on a world where patriarchal control is taken to an extreme. The book also includes essays on feminism in the backmatter, and, in addition to letters, there have also been numerous photos of people who have gotten the noncompliant symbol tattooed. Though it’s only seven issues in, it has become incredibly significant in those seven issues, and has cultivated a  community around the book’s central theme of noncompliance.

prettydeadly-01Pretty Deadly’s appeal is enormous, in both art and writing. Simply put, it’s a stunning book. Thematically, it deals with both love and death, two inevitable parts of life. Pretty Deadly is the story of Sissy, Fox, and Deathface Ginny, and is a unique twist on the usual narrative. Having taken up Death’s mantle at the end of the first arc, Sissy, a child, isn’t the type of character usually cast as Death. Pretty Deadly works to subvert a number of tropes. Fox is the antithesis of the typical masculinity present in a Western story–for example, by the time the reader meets Fox, he is in the role of Sissy’s protector and caretaker. Now in its second arc, Pretty Deadly is very much worth reading for its beautifully crafted story and artwork.

In addition to writing comics, DeConnick and her husband, Matt Fraction, head the Milkfed Criminal Masterminds production company, and last year revealed that they will be developing Fraction’s Sex Criminals for TV. Readers can keep up with all of this information by signing up for Milkfed Criminal Mastermind newsletters, as well as motivational “Bitches Get Shit Done” texts from DeConnick. (Or follow #bgsd or #bgsdlist on Twitter.)

Marvel’s Avengers Assemble in Toys this 2014!

The blockbuster MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS movie brought together big-screen Super Heroes IRON MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR, HULK and more for the ultimate action spectacular. That excitement has been carried on by the animated series MARVEL’S AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, airing on Disney XD.

 

Hasbro’s new 2014 MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE toy line features a big focus on big figures—a line of 12-inch TITAN HERO figures and vehicles, and the biggest AVENGERS action figures, 31-inch articulated action figures of CAPTAIN AMERICA and IRON MAN!

 

The 2014 MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE line from Hasbro features the following products:

MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE MICRO MUGGS Action Figures

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $2.99/Available: Spring 2014)

The world’s biggest heroes become Hasbro’s smallest AVENGERS collectibles! Each 1.75-inch AVENGERS MICRO MUGGS figure comes individually blind-boxed. There are 24 unique characters to collect! Each sold separately.

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MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE 3.75-INCH ALL-STAR Action Figures

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate Retail Price: $5.99/ Available: Now)

The AVENGERS ASSEMBLE 3.75-INCH ALL-STAR action figure assortment features characters from the animation series! Each figure has five points of articulation and comes with one weapon accessory .The assortment includes two new figures, HAWKEYE and LOKI, as well as IRON MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, HULK, and THOR. Each sold separately.

MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE INFINITE SERIES 3.75-INCH Action Figures

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate Retail Price: $9.99/ Available: Now)

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes…Assembled! Kids and collectors alike will want to assemble the entire MARVEL COMICS universe with Hasbro’s line of AVENGERS ASSEMBLE INFINITE SERIES 3.75-INCH action figures. Collect 23 comic-accurate, highly articulated action figures. Each sold separately.

MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE MIGHTY BATTLERS Action Figures

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate Retail Price: $12.99/ Available: Spring 2014)

The 6-inch scale MARVEL AVENGER ASSEMBLE MIGHTY BATTLERS action figures each feature an amazing big feature move for kid-friendly play with collector-friendly detail! Choose from IRON MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR, FALCON, and HAWKEYE each in try-me packaging to show off their battle moves! Each sold separately.

MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE TITAN HERO SERIES 12-Inch Action Figures

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate Retail Price: $9.99/ Available: Now)

The 12-inch TITAN HERO SERIES action figures offer big AVENGERS fun for a great value! Standing at an impressive 12-inches tall, the TITAN HERO SERIES figures feature five points of articulation. Choose from CAPTAIN AMERICA, IRON MAN and THOR now, and WOLVERINE, DOCTOR DOOM, FALCON and HAWKEYE coming fall 2014! Each sold separately.

 AVENGERS ASSEMBLE TITAN HERO SERIES IRON MAN wBATTLE RACER In Pack A7363 AVENGERS ASSEMBLE TITAN HERO SERIES IRON MAN wBATTLE RACER A7363

MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE TITAN HERO SERIES HULK 12-Inch Action Figure

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate Retail Price: $12.99/ Available: Now)

The 12-inch TITAN HERO SERIES action figures offer big AVENGERS fun for a great value! Standing at an impressive 12-inches tall, the TITAN HERO SERIES HULK figure features five points of articulation and deco inspired by the AVENGERS ASSEMBLE animated series.

 

MARVEL HULK AND THE AGENTS OF S.M.A.S.H. SHAKE ‘N SMASH HULK Figure

(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate Retail Price: $19.99/ Available: Spring 2014)

HULK mad — HULK smash! Kids can shake this 10-inch action figure and watch his massive arms smash as he makes growling noises! Requires two AAA batteries. Demo batteries included.

 

MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE HERO MASK Assortment

(Ages: 5 & up/ Approximate Retail Price: $9.99/ Available: Now)

Every great Super Hero needs an awesome mask! Kids can pretend to be their favorite Avenger with these HERO MASKS based on the MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLERS animation series. Choose a glow-in-the-dark feature with the HULK or THOR mask, wear CAPTAIN AMERICA’s iconic ‘A’ or choose IRON MAN’s flip-up visor! Each sold separately.

MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE IRON MAN FLIP & FIRE GAUNTLET

(Ages: 5 & up/ Approximate Retail Price: $12.99/ Available: Spring 2014)

Pretend to armor up and have a blast with the AVENGERS ASSEMBLE IRON MAN FLIP & FIRE GAUNTLET! Worn on the wrist with adjustable sized straps, the FLIP & FIRE GAUNTLET is based on IRON MAN’s famous repulsor.  It features flip-up blaster cannons that launch NERF darts!  Includes two NERF N-STRIKE ELITE darts.

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE IRON MAN FLIP + FIRE GAUNTLET In Pack A6760 AVENGERS ASSEMBLE IRON MAN FLIP + FIRE GAUNTLET A6760

MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE HAWKEYE LONG SHOT BOW

(Ages: 5 & up/ Approximate Retail Price: $12.99/ Available: Spring 2014)

Kids can pretend to be THE AVENGERS’ mighty archer with this NERF bow, based on the AVENGERS ASSEMBLE TV series! The HAWKEYE LONGSHOT bow features high-performance bow blasting with the six included NERF N-STRIKE ELITE darts. Just pull back and fire!

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE HAWKEYE LONGSHOT BOW In Pack A6530 AVENGERS ASSEMBLE HAWKEYE LONGSHOT BOW A6530

MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE HULK GAMMA GREEN SMASH FISTS

(Ages: 5 & up/ Approximate Retail Price: $19.99/ Available: Spring 2014)

Now kids can pretend that THE HULK’S power is in their hands with the Hulk Gamma Green Smash Fists! The two soft foam-rubber wearable fists let kids smash and crash like THE HULK!

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE HULK SMASH FISTS In Pack A1827 AVENGERS ASSEMBLE HULK SMASH FISTS A1827

Preview: Spider-Girl vs. Inhumanity! Your First Look at Avengers Assemble #21!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Avengers Assemble #21, a tie-in to Inhumanity! From the blockbuster creative team of Kelly-Sue DeConnick and Matteo Buffagni! After the cataclysmic events of Infinity, countless new Inhumans are emerging. What if these new super-powered beings fell into the wrong hands? Someone is abducting these powerful weapons before they hatch – and it’s up to Spider-Girl to find out who! And she’s bringing a star-studded cast of Marvel’s Mightiest along for the ride.

As her quest for answers takes her right to the seedy underbelly of the Marvel Universe – can she stop an all-out gang war before it happens? Or did this rookie hero bite off more than she can chew this time? Find out this November – as Inhumanity begins in Avengers Assemble #21!

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #21.INH (SEP130683)
Written by KELLY SUE DECONNICK
Art by MATTEO BUFFAGNI
Cover by JORGE MOLINA
FOC 11/04/13, ON-SALE 11/27/13

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Marvel’s Avengers Assemble Clip

The Avengers believed that Doom and the Midgard Serpent disappeared until they received Asgardian energy signals from Latveria. Upon arrival, they soon realize that the Asgardian Destroyer armor has fallen into the hands of Dr. Doom! Thor must convince the rest of the Avengers that they need Loki’s help if they are to succeed.

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! I’m collapsing from my convention marathon and prepping for the next round, and catching up on comics. What’s everyone else up to?

Around the Tubes

CBR – “The Marvel Experience” Takes Fans Into Interactive World of Superheroes – Ok then.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – Animal Man #23

Comic Vine – Avengers #18

Talking Comics – Avengers #18

Comic Vine – Avengers Assemble #18

Comic Vine – Batman and Robin #23

Comic Vine – Batman Beyond Universe #1

Comic Vine – Chin Music #2

Comic Vine – Daredevil #30

BlogCritics – Eye Witness: Acts of the Spirit Book Two

Comic Vine – Indestructible Hulk #12

Talking Comics – KISS Kids #1

Comic Vine – Revival #13

ICv2 – Star Wars: Jedi Academy HC

Comic Vine – Superior Spider-Man #16

CBR – Thief of Thieves #16

Comic Vine – Venom #39

Comic Vine – Wonder Woman #23

CBR – Wonder Woman #23

Talking Comics – X-Factor #261

Marvel’s Avengers Assemble Clip: The Team Must Stop the Son of a Super-Villain

The Biggest Heroes. The Biggest Threats. The Biggest Stakes!

It’s the most anticipated new animated series to launch this year and this Sunday, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble takes Marvel’s most iconic Super Heroes – Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow & Falcon on another action packed mission like no other! Tasked with saving  the Marvel Universe from the biggest threats they’ve ever seen Earth’s Mightiest must band together to take any threat to the Marvel Universe! Hawkeye and Black Widow take on a covert S.H.I.E.L.D. mission to bring in the son of a super-villain, but when he’s revealed to have a world-bending weapon, they realize keeping their mission a secret may be a fatal mistake!

Don’t miss the next amazing episode of MARVEL’S AVENGERS ASSEMBLE this Sunday at 12p/11c inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD.

Marvel’s Avengers Assemble Clip: The Team Takes on Dracula

The Biggest Heroes. The Biggest Threats. The Biggest Stakes!

It’s the most anticipated new animated series to launch this year and this Sunday, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble takes Marvel’s most iconic Super Heroes – Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow & Falcon on another action packed mission like no other! Tasked with saving  the Marvel Universe from the biggest threats they’ve ever seen Earth’s Mightiest must band together to take any threat to the Marvel Universe! When Black Widow finds herself captured, Captain America must lead the team into battle against a former WWII ally who he struggles to convince the team is a real person – Dracula!

Don’t miss the next amazing episode of MARVEL’S AVENGERS ASSEMBLE this Sunday at 11a/10c inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD.

Marvel’s Avengers Assemble Premieres This Sunday!

It’s the most anticipated new animated series to launch this year, reuniting Marvel’s most iconic Super Heroes – Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow & Falcon!

It’s the team that took the world by storm in Marvel’s The Avengers, so no fan can miss the action-packed adventures of Earth’s Mightiest as they protect the Marvel Universe from the biggest threats they’ve ever seen – all while working together as a team. The world’s most dangerous Super Villains don’t stand a chance when the Avengers Assemble! In this blockbuster season premiere, the rookie Falcon stands alone to save his team and stop a full-scale invasion of Earth after the Avengers fall victim to the body-swapping Space Phantoms!

Don’t miss the action packed premiere episode of MARVEL’S AVENGERS ASSEMBLE  this Sunday at 11a/10c inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD.

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