How did our favorite comics change the game this year?
We've talked a lot about representation and why it matters to us here on Vingle, and our discussions have become one of my favorite things in this community. So for starters, we all deserve a round of applause. Even though the year is over, it seems like a good time to look back and see what good things happened, and start being hopeful for next year too!
Alysia Yeoh's wedding
She's not the first openly transgender character in comics, but Alysia is one of the major ones (she came out in 2013). This year, Barbara Gordon's roommate got married- which is definitely a first for mainstream comics. DC (with writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher) have done an amazing job with this character. I for one am really happy for her!
The All-New, All-Different Avengers
Marvel's new lineup for their headline team is definitely something worth celebrating. Captain America is now Sam Wilson, Spider-Man is Miles Morales, and Nova is Sam Alexander. Kamala Khan and Jane Foster are there as Ms. Marvel and Thor respectively. The team is totally different and completely awesome.
Squirrel Girl is (almost) realistic-looking
You know, minus the tail. Lots of fans were very critical of the way her body was drawn, because even though the art above features a fairly average figure, comic books tend to draw women as extremely skinny and often hyper sexualized. Which brings me to...
Faith Herbert got her own mini-series
Valiant comics definitely led the way with this one. Obviously weight is a touchy subject right now, so it's really encouraging to see a hero that's big. Turns out you can kick butt and be awesome no matter what you weigh. Who knew?
Marvel might be listening
When they released some (granted, awesome) hip-hop variant covers this year but announced zero nonwhite writers, fans knew something was up. It's not cool to reap the benefits of the African-American community's talents without actually supporting that community. Fans said so, and it does feel like they're (slowly but surely) making changes. Hiring Atlantic columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates to write the Black Panther series seems like a small improvement. And it is. But like I'm sure we all know, change happens slowly. Which is why it's important to celebrate even the little victories.