LESSON 9: GUARDIAN PRIME

We do have alternatives, but that’s missing the point.

A case can be made we don’t have THE BIG GUY.

Guardian IS that big guy.

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LESSON 9: GUARDIAN PRIME

Today’s lesson is on Comic Republic’s very own “Might of Guardian Prime” created by Jide Martin, Michael Balogun & Ozo Exeogu.

This is the first product by this publisher that I’ve come across and, from the start, it gives me nostalgic vibes. Just by looking at the cover, you can see it’s a blend of penciling and 3D rendering on his suit to give it a more authentic feel. It honestly reminds me of sketches I used to make as a kid to make more Black Superheroes and, while it can come off a bit dated, I want to, again, compliment seeing things like this.

Even six years ago, the artist knew things about proper shading techniques and had a bigger drive to make art pop rather than two drawings meant to display 3D characters. It’s a step in the right direction and you get that all from the cover.

GUARDIAN PRIME

The issue is short, but nothing short of stunning. The closest and best analogy I can give it is it reminds me of the Gods Among Us montage in Zack Snyder’s “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” AND BEFORE YOU UNSUBSCRIBE HEAR ME OUT!

I won’t argue your stance on that movie or its merits; I just wish to call attention to one specific scene – easily one of its best. There’s a scene where Superman is shown all over the world saving various lives will news personalities debate over the merits of his work.

This entire issue reminds me of that scene.

If it’s one thing that can’t be taken away from Snyder is his visual mastery of scene and Guardian Prime is second to none because of it. Through it all, we see Guardian perform heroic deeds just for the fact he refuses to stand by.

There are plenty of callbacks and homages to Superman as a mythos and I can’t be any happier. Reason being, as a Black man, we don’t really have a “Superman”.

Calvin Ellis & Val-Zod

Don’t get me wrong, there are Black Supermen such as Calvin Ellis of Earth-23, Val-Zod of Earth-2 and Sunshine Superman, but all of those, you have to go looking specifically for and are hardly brought up in regular conversation.

Hell, even on Marvel’s side, we have Blue Marvel.

ADAM BRASHEAR AKA BLUE MARVEL

Other than them, we have Meteor Man (shout out if you know who that is) and… Hancock. As entertaining as that movie is, he’s a drunk halfway through it.

We do have alternatives, but that’s missing the point.

A case can be made we don’t have THE BIG GUY.

Guardian IS that big guy.

Artist JIDE MARTIN takes clear inspiration from respected comic artist Jim Lee and there isn’t a better person to get your Superman inspiration from.

SUPERMAN BY JIM LEE
GUARDIAN PRIME

What I like about how compact this issue is without a complex, drawn out backstory – we get to it immediately. It isn’t jarring at how the story is told and you’re welcomed into this new land in the shortest, cleanest way possible.

Without words, you see Guardian for what he is through his actions, you hear his thoughts in the boxes and you know EXACTLY what he’s about.

“I won’t stand by.”

“I am Nigerian.”

“I am…”

Yes, you’re given the title which is meant to imply that he himself said, if not thought, the words “Guardian Prime”, but as it wasn’t given its own box, it can also be seen as him making a nod to God’s word and, given its provided information, I would be hard-pressed to not draw parallels.

“He is the perfect man, created how GOD intended man to be (in his image).”

Whether big or small, it’s a note that I couldn’t help but linger on and this was created over five years ago! I can’t wait to read more.

Before I close, I want talk about something else really quick – Comic Republic recently launched an app of their site. It’s the first time I’ve seen their site and, just from using their app, their work is incredibly user-friendly and remarkably easy to work.

Their actual site, for those who don’t have their app, operates so smoothly. All their work is laid out uniformly on their home page and not one link is out of place. I wanted to stress this as this was one of the best sites I’ve been to while researching indie comics and I cannot stress ENOUGH how great their work is.

If YOU would like to support and read more of their work, you can go to their site at:
www.thecomicrepublic.com/ or their twitter @comicrepublicng or their Instagram @comicrepublicmedia .

Well, that’s all for now. So, until Guardian Prime gets his own show or Spider-Man comes back to the MCU, I’ll see you for the next lesson.

Until then, class dismissed!

LESSON 8: JEMBER

I know that look.

I’ve made that face.

And, personally, I don’t think there’s anything scarier than having to look at yourself and wonder what did you do wrong?

Why are you not GOOD ENOUGH?

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LESSON 8: JEMBER

As mentioned in the last lesson, Jember was the first superhero I discovered (more specifically, purchased) under Etan Comics. As this was another indie comic character, I didn’t know what to expect.

Just looking at the art was an encouraging note, but nothing too solid to go off of. Luckily, the writing served its purpose just as well.

The story starts in the Land of Punt, 5022 B.C. and you’re greeted to THIS!

PAG E 1

Now, I know nothing of these times or the mythology surrounding it, but just by the few pages provided, I was surrounded by familiar vibes. The art, again, is nothing short of stunning, almost reminiscent of Jorge Jiminez’s art on Justice League or Earth-2.

JEMBER
EARTH 2: WORLD’S END

 and placement of unnamed heroes that brings back memories of X-Men titles.

JEMBER
X-MEN FIRST CLASS

And, in one final moment, you’re left suspended as you read the final panel of that time and are gifted with this image.

Again, possibly just a me-thing but, I feel good and, more specifically, nostalgic.

Just gonna leave this here…

Just sayin’…

This is where it gets real.

In present day, we’re introduced into our protagonist, Amanuel, and this is…going to need some explanation.

The tragic backstory is pretty much a staple for modern superheroes: Spider-Man lost Uncle Ben, Superman lost his planet and parent(s), Bruce Wayne in Crime Alley, Invincible and Omni-Man, Hawi and her father, X-Men and literally EVERYONE – it’s nothing new.

And neither is this, but at the same time it is.

Let me explain.

DEATH OF THE FLYING GRAYSONS

Rather than seeing such a tragic blowout that would ultimately motivate one to rise to the ranks of being a superhero, we see Amanuel doing one of the scariest things that I can think of for a Black man: job hunting.

Now I won’t lean too much on racial issues in this regard, just my personal ones told in an objective way.

When you’re in school, you’re told, basically, if you work hard, get good grades and go to college, you’ll get a good job. It sounds surefire, but in life, we’re often met with situations that should’ve ended well and they just…didn’t.

You do everything you can, you work as hard as you can and through all of your best efforts you just weren’t good enough

I get it.

AMANUEL

I know that look.

I’ve made that face.

And, personally, I don’t think there’s anything scarier than having to look at yourself and wonder what did you do wrong?

Why are you not GOOD ENOUGH?

Again, seamlessly, Debebe proves he knows story pacing. We start with a massive event to a quaint, small moment for establishment and brings us up to a moment where Amanuel and his friends are just enjoying a game of soccer.

Now, this isn’t anything special as it’s just a game, but the timing it took place in this issue and, again, the art (I swear I’m not getting paid for this #probono) – it’s usage of specific techniques – makes Amanuel’s situation seem less dire.

SOCCER

This panel specifically stands out as you can see that by the blurs, the ball and its trail – this friendly game is more than a little intense. And no dialogue is said throughout the entire game allowing the players, and readers, to just enjoy the moment.

It’s usually moments like these that are later switched to another dangerous, action one, but…not really in this one.

Amanuel finds himself in a pit and just moments later, a la Josh Trank’s “Chronicle”, our protagonist finds himself with new powers and, like us, the reader, in for a whole new ride.

Based solely on the fact that this is simply its debut issue, Jember gives you something new as a grounded, related story in a far-off land. With traces of Ultimate Spider-Man (Miles Morales), X-Men, DC and possibly even under-appreciated B-list movies, Jember is an amalgamation of great stories that came before it while keeping its identity true and genuine.

If YOU would like to support and read more of their work, you can go to their site at:
http://etancomics.com or their twitter/instagram @etancomics .

Well, that’s all for no—MAAAAN, IF YOU THOUGHT FOR ONE SECOND I WAS GONNA FINISH THIS LESSON WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT THE WAY MANS SUITS UP, BOIIIII!

NOPE!

SUPAHERO STAAATIC SHAZAM!

THIS MAN – LISTEN!

EVERY STOKE OF THE PEN IS PRECISELY PLACED! The colors, the design, THE SUIT – it’s like paying homage to Tony Stark of the MCU films but keeping it humble like a callback to the Static Shock cartoon!

It’s bright!

It’s ELECTRIFYING!

THIS SH** IS DOPE!

STATIC SHOCK – JEMBER SUITING UP

The way its circuits goes over his body like a symbiote to its host, being laid out like veins of the body – THE DUST KICKED AROUND HIM LIKE IT ITSELF WAS MAKING AWAY FOR THIS GREATNESS!!?

AND WHAT DOES THIS MAN SAY ONCE HE SEES HIMSELF!!?

“WOW”

JUST LIKE WHO!!?

MILES “ACADEMY AWARD WINNER” MORALES!

LISTEN, I gotta go cuz if I keep this up, I’ma – BOI!

Look, that’s all for now (for real this time). So, until I get a cameo in the next issue of Jember or Chronicle gets a sequel, I’ll see you for the next lesson.

Until then, class dismissed!

LESSON 7: HAWI

And that’s when I saw it:

“ETHIOPIA’S FIRST FEMALE SUPERHERO”

Sold!

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Now, I don’t usually/really do reviews, I normally just prefer to give my thoughts and reactions, but by the end you’ll see why this one deserves this much attention.

LESSON 7: HAWI

“Hawi” was created by Beserat Debebe and drawn by Stanley Obende under ETANCOMICS and right out the gate, I have kind of a long history with it.

Funny enough, this isn’t my first run in with ETANCOMICS. In truth, I bought the first issue of another title under their publisher called: “JEMBER”. So, they were already on my radar for a solid first issue to a story I hadn’t even heard of prior to that day.

The first time I saw Hawi was in 2018 in a Facebook ad (yeah, sound familiar?) but, by this point, I’ve seen plenty of indie Black Comic characters. Not that I would support it any less, but something more to make it stand out.

And that’s when I saw it:

“ETHIOPIA’S FIRST FEMALE SUPERHERO”

Sold!

When I clicked on the link, it was still in development and wouldn’t be released until 2019! I was both hype AND irritated. Coming off of the high I got from seeing Black Panther (WAKANDA FOREVER!), I wanted to go out and start supporting more Black Comics. (Marvel and DC have enough of my money, trust me.) And so, after what felt like forever, Hawi was released and I would FINALLY get to see what all the hype was about.

Immediately, you’re given the stunning works of both Obende and colorist Toyin “Morby” Ajetunmobi. The art is STRIKING, from penwork to the careful, vibrant colors used across all spectrums, this is already on high regard from that work alone and it doesn’t take long for that first impression to be topped.

From this small panel, you can see the dramatic lightning peeking through the holes in the car. And on another panel, a fade to black POV was a powerful way to convey…loss. Such a detail just to be translated on a page and not something in a Pixar or Dreamworks film is astounding.

PAGE 4

Emnet, our protagonist, has dreams of wanting to go back to her home country and reconnect with her family. As someone who only knows one side of his family, only back three generations, I can relate. It’s a small, humble detail that anyone, regardless of age, could place themselves in. Her mother says no, knowing how dangerous that place can be and, admittedly, I thought I had this pegged.

“Oh, no, the elder character saying no but ultimately they’re gonna let her go anyway,” cliché. I called it from a mile away and, yeah, I was right, but not for the reason I thought...

Rather than someone who is denying our protagonist their destiny a la Luke Skywalker’s Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen, Emnet’s mother delivers tragic news that her sister passed away.

PAGE 13

Now, I don’t care what you’re going through in life. If something is important enough, you put petty squabbles aside and do what needs to be done. It was this minor twitch in the usual cliché that I didn’t see coming and I’m glad I did. It’s a very real, grounded experience and made me feel more for their family.

I won’t give much else away, but these aren’t the only times moments feel very real in this book, even with the fantasy elements thrown in as well.

From genuine sounding dialogue to even awkward hugs to long, lost family members you’re only meeting as an adult, Hawi welcomes new readers in and props up a chair for you.

Minor nitpicks that, in a way, like Black Sands, I also find endearing. Some dialogue could’ve used a smaller font to fit better in a bubble or a bigger bubble to fit the font size. And, again, I still see this as really endearing. As an aspiring writer, seeing publications with minor imperfections like these really makes me feel like, I can do this and, if it’s anything on Hawi’s level, I’d say I’ve got my work cut out for me.

Before I close, I wanted to take one thing into account. It’s really small, but I NEED to talk about it.

THIS:

PAGE 23

Now to some, if not most, people this could be seen as just a mere two drawings, but it’s so much more. Looking at it closer you’ll notice minor details, like lighting and differences in her eyes and lips. So, it’s just two different drawings, right?

SPOT THE DIFFERENCES

Yeah and it’s INCREDIBLE.

In certain comics, some creators would take the initial drawing and simply flip it to save time and resources.

INVINCIBLE #10

Take a look at this page from Invincible, another fantastic comic. Robert Kirkman goes out of his way to mention and even poke fun at it.

Like character Flip Schaff (that’s gotta be a euphemism for something) said, “most people don’t even notice”.

INVINCIBLE #10

Hawi didn’t have to do that, but they did.

They did and, contrary to Kirkman, I noticed.

Hawi, at the time of this post, only has its initial issue, but if this keeps up, Hawi will not only be the First Ethopian Woman Superhero but also the best.

If YOU would like to support and read more of their work, you can go to their site at:
http://etancomics.com or their twitter & instagram @etancomics .

And a personal thank you to Beserat for responding to me so quickly and allowing me to share you and your team’s work. PLEASE keep them coming.

Well, that’s all for now. So, until Static Shock comes back on the air or the Etan Comics let me star in their Netflix adaptation in the future (I know someone who would love to be her LOL), I’ll see you for the next lesson.

Until then, class dismissed!

COMING SOON. . . !

LESSON 6: BLACK SANDS

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LESSON 6: BLACK SANDS

Black Sands crated by Manuel Godoy and illustrated by David Lenormand. It’s another title that was promoted to me on Facebook. (Starting to see a pattern here) The thing is, though, I’d seen it on Instagram prior and it just so happened I had enough money and they a sale on the Collector’s Signed Edition so I bought it.

Upon reading this though, I was given…mixed feelings.

From the start, you can tell by the illustrative style that this book’s intended audience is in the kid’s range. Characters are a bit rounder, there isn’t too, too much detail and the main cast are children. None of these are bad things, in fact I thoroughly enjoy that! It encapsulates a specific kind of story and never sacrifices artistic skill.

Auset using her powers.

This especially comes out in action scenes. As each of our main characters have powers, they display them in scenes not unlike The X-Men, My Hero Academia, or Avatar: The Last Airbender.

You have one particular scene where two kids go at it in a style that looks like it belongs in a Marvel Vs. Capcom game with the way their attacks have special names and displays. It’s like hitting a Kombo Breaker in Killer Instinct and I couldn’t get enough of it.

Bes performs his COMPRESSION WAVE
Ausar combatting with his SOUL ENFORCEMENT MOUNTAIN STRIKE

This book is related heavily on African mythology, something I can’t explore enough, and it teaches kids at an easy, accessible way to learn more of that culture. As someone who’s a novice, I dug how easy it was to just jump into it.

There are even info-graphs on certain pages that illustrate where they got their inspiration from. You can tell that it was approached with care so as to not throw new readers into the deep end of mythology, but also not hold your hand when giving new material.

I mentioned before how the main four characters are kids, but this is kind of where things got lost on me. There are four characters: Ausar, Seth, Auset, and Nehbet, five if you include Ausar’s rival, Bes, but only two of them (in this volume, anyway) really are fleshed out.

The Four Children

Don’t get me wrong, all have their moment to shine and display their abilities. Auset in particular has one of the most awe-inspiring scenes in the volume. It’s just that, they’re not really shown…as much attention as the following two.

Ausar is one and his brother Seth is the other.

Ausar you see from the get-go he’s about action, fun and, above all, strength. It’s drilled into him that he needs to be strong and we see in flashbacks why strength is so important to him.

He’s a prince that will one day will his lands and failure, even in the smallest degree is looked down upon and you feel his struggle as you see he just wants to be the best. It’s a really compelling story.

SETH

Seth…is my favorite character.

I need to say this. I HAVE NEVER SEEN OR HEARD OF ANY COMIC CHARACTER WITH VITILGO IN ANY CAPACITY EVER! As a Black man, I didn’t have very many options growing up on which superhero I wanted to be. Not too many looked like me, but I can’t even imagine what it would be like for someone with this rare pigment. Representation is a huge part of the comic culture and this CANNOT be slept on.

This is real. He is here and he’s the best written character in the book.

We see him not for his brawn, but for his brain. Often times of delegation, his introspection and decision making makes him stand out amongst his siblings and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

He’s a fleshed-out character whose skin isn’t made mention of but one time and that’s for expository purposes. He’s treated like a normal person AS HE SHOULD BE. He’s not any less a kid. He’s not any less black. He’s not trying to be anything. Seth is…BY FAR one of my favorite comic characters.

PERIOD!

I think the most appealing thing about this volume are the typos. As an aspiring author, seeing fully created, quality products with minor imperfections, it’s a humble reminder that, yeah, maybe I can do this, too, you know? It wasn’t a distraction, it wasn’t a deterrent.

It was an ENCOURAGEMENT.

To Manuel Godoy and David Lenormand, thank you for your work and giving me, in my 20’s, a NEW favorite comic character and story to follow.

If YOU would like to support and read more of their work, you can go to their site at:
https://blacksandsentertainment.com , their twitter @TheBlackSands , or their Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTgMnV021odcWKnoBh2EUAg/featured All three display their work and Godoy is not shy about spreading it around.

Well, that’s all for now. So, until the I become a Pharaoh or the gods bless me with powers, I’ll see you for the next lesson.

Until then, class dismissed!

LESSON 5: WHO IS QUEEN MALIKA

Welcome to BLACK INDIE COMICS MONTH.

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Not too long ago, I found myself at an event on Facebook titled: “Buy Indie Comics Day” and figured, hey, why not dedicate an entire (most) month to it. So, for August, since August is Black Business Month I’m spotlighting Black Indie Comic characters that need to be in way more discussions.

Welcome to BLACK INDIE COMICS MONTH.

QUEEN MALIKA #BLACKBUSINESSMONTH

Starting us off, we have Queen Malika (pronounced Ma-LIE-Ka) from Youneek Studios.

Funny enough, I discovered this comic from Facebook, too. As it was just another ad I usually scroll passed, this one stood out to me. From the very first image I saw of her, she did nothing but exude beauty and, above all, power.

Queen Malika and Windmaker

It’s one thing to have a Black-Character-Centered comic, but Malika stands on her own in so many different ways. What gets me the most is how effective she is. She has a pride that can be rivaled by Black Panther himself.

Malika facing her trials.

Undefeated in battle, a strategic mind that keeps her people strong and a weakness that keeps her human. She explores multiple dimensions that keeps her strong, but extremely relatable.

Unlike Black Panther, though, Malika doesn’t have the benefit of having vibranium or any other resource remotely as beneficial (or convenient). This is a Historical Fantasy comic that takes place in simpler times. She has to do with what she has and, through countless examples, she shows that she enough.

Others testifying Malika

But that is not to say that her stories are uninspired – FAR FROM IT! Using inspiration from African mythology, creator Roye Okupe crafts stories that should be as well-known and cherished as the Greek ones.

As a Black man in America, I’m not taught too much about African mythology other than biblical stories. These prints instill a sense of pride in me to know that there is more than I was told, there is more to learn – much like Malika in Dragon Trials.

One thing I want to make special note of is the fact that indie characters usually have to be broken into, kind of like that one new “friend” you take to family dinners until they get comfortable…(just me?) But Malika has been known by various different places such as: CBR, Newsarama, and the Washington Post. I don’t need to tell the world about Malika – she’s already there.

She’s even gone on to even have an animated pilot on the way which, for indie comics, is almost unheard of.

In the end Malika is a queen that I’m happy to have discovered and can’t sing praises enough. It’s something I was able to share with my friend and even my own mother. I own the first volume and both one-shots. And something tells me this is just the beginning.

And, hey, before I conclude this lesson, I just want to say a personal thank you to the team at Youneek Studios. I’m new at this blogging thing and Twitter (@RJFAQS #shameless), too. When I tweeted them, I never expected a reply, but I was humbled…when I already have nothing. Genuinely, I cannot support this team enough, guys. Thank you and keep it up!

@YouNeedStudios

And if YOU would like to support and read more of their work, you can go to their site at:
https://youneekstudios.com or their twitter @YouNeekStudios and you might want to hurry, their next hero is already on its way!

Well, that’s all for now. So, until the Youneek Studios lets me write for them or they let me cameo in one of their titles, I’ll see you for the next lesson.

Until then, class dismissed!

COMING SOON. . . !

LESSON 4: MARVEL’S NEXT VILLAIN

With the Mad Titan, Thanos, now defeated, the MCU effectively doesn’t have a major villain for the Avengers to defeat…or do they?

Before I get into it, I gotta say: @SAVAGECOMICS IS THE ORIGINAL ARTIST RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS PHENOMENAL PIECE OF JOHN KRASINSKI AS REED RICHARDS AND I IN NO WAY AM TAKING CREDIT FOR IT. SERIOUSLY, THIS GUY’S GALLERY IS UNPARALLED.

Now with that outta the way, hey and Welcome to the next Lesson.

Comic-Con was just a few short weeks ago and it’s easy to say Marvel absolutely dominated this year. Kevin Fiege took center stage and they unveiled the projects they have set for what they’re dubbing Phase 4.

While most titles are worth a looksee, what caught my attention was what wasn’t seen.

FANTASTIC 4.

Now back at home with Marvel, there’s a solid chance that we’ll finally get the first family done properly, but not only done properly done better than we could ever imagine.

MCU PHASE 4

With the Mad Titan, Thanos, now defeated, the MCU effectively doesn’t have a major villain for the Avengers to defeat…or do they?

It’s widely known that MCU films are taking inspiration from the ULTIMATE line of comics and on that Earth, the Fantastic 4 are very, VERY different.

Namely, Reed Richards.

EARTH-1610 / ULTIMATE REED RICHARDS

While most may know him as Mr. Fantastic, in the ULTIMATE COMICS, he’s The Maker, by far one of comics’ worst villains, PERIOD.

Not only is his skin elastic-like, making physical damage an impossibility, but with a brain like his, he’s able to make anything anyone can think of, and everything they can’t. He made creations that even put Thor to shame.

Reed Richards of Earth-1610 is NOTHING to trifle with…which is EXACTLY why the MCU needs to make him their next villain and something tells me they already are.

Mind Over Matter

JONATHAN HICKMAN, writer of Marvel Comics fame, has had a plethora of titles underneath his belt one of them most notably being Secret Wars (2015).

If you’re familiar with that story, you’d know he had a great deal to do with the fate of the Fantastic Four, of both Earths. Now, Marvel contacted him to course correct the condition of the X-Men in their comics with two new ongoing titles: “House of X” and “Powers of X”, and he had a few choice words to say when it came to the Marvel films, too.

“I think one of the big mistakes that some people make at Marvel Comics is that we are reactive to what they’re doing in the Marvel films… We should not be taking our creative cues from the direction they’re taking things in the movies. That kind of defeats the point. My argument has been [that] I should always be way out in front of that stuff. All of that stuff is being drawn from source material.”Jonathan Hickman 2019

While not a confirmation, Hickman does have a point. Marvel Comics showed signs of decrease in sales after modeling the Guardians of the Galaxy after their MCU counterparts.

It’s always better to model the films after the comics.

Which is why Reed would make the PERFECT villain.

ORIGINAL ART BY: @SAVAGECOMICS — John Krasinski as Reed Richards / The Maker

Unlike Thanos, Richards doesn’t need Infinity Gems to unleash universal domination. Sheer brainpower alone has made him a far bigger threat. Not only can he create devices that can depower our heroes, but he can even expand his brain for even greater intellect.

Whatever plan, strategy or potential outcome Thanos could come up with, there’s no doubt Reed has already factored it, found out why it wouldn’t work but built a contingency for it just in case.

Reed Richards, or rather the Maker, would be the posterchild for a tragedy of a fallen hero, always wanting to be good, but never good enough and while a lot of Phase 4 is uncertain, I can’t wait to see what becomes of Marvel’s future foundation.

Well, that’s all for now. So, until the Disney stops making Live-Action remakes or I get as smart as Reed Richards, I’ll see you for the next lesson.

Until then, class dismissed!

COMING SOON. . . !

LESSON 3: SPIDER-MAN MIS[TAKEN] IDENTITY

I DIDN’T LIKE THE MILES MORALES MOVIE. . .

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Guys, I have a confession to make…

I didn’t like the Miles Morales movie.

I know, I know, it’s sacrilegious, but hear me out.

In 2017, we were greeted to our first Miles Morales experience on the big screen and, it was kind of a big deal as it was, yet again, another new interpretation of Spider-Man, but as I was watching it, I couldn’t help but feel annoyed and, in a way, hurt.

From its questionable canon to its downright disappointing choices in narration, that movie was just downright upsetting at times.

But the worst part, the absolute WORST SIN this movie committed was MILES MORALES WASN’T EVEN IN IT.

I’m talking, of course, about Spider-Man: Homecoming.

What? You thought I meant Spider-Verse?

That movie is a masterpiece, what are you insane?

 

Now, don’t get me wrong, that’s not to say this movie is bad. It isn’t. In fact, there are genuine moments where I can do nothing but smile at what’s on screen.

Hell, ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe launched, it’s been known to take a great deal of its stories from the Ultimate line of Marvel Comics: Nick Fury’s design, the first Avengers film had countless callbacks, Hawkeye’s kids (and their fates, unfortunately), hell even Iron Man’s suit in this film is paying homage to the Ultimate suit.

So, taking inspiration is nothing new, but this is borderline plagiarism.

Peter Parker is not Miles Morales. Each have their respective stories and each deserve their own credit, but Miles more so.

Miles made his debut in 2011 and was met with overwhelming negativity at the thought of a Black kid replacing Peter Parker. Yet, through all the hate, rants and speculation Miles proved he was here to stay. Additionally, it felt amazing (ha!) to have a Spider-Man with more diversity.

Which is why it hurts so much to see so much more to see such blatant rip-offs of Miles’ story.

Don’t believe me, just watch!

Ned Leeds / Ganke Lee

This one is easy.

Jacob Batalon is already perfect casting and even plays his role with flying colors. He’s also just two shades darker than Ganke Lee, Miles’ best friend. It’s not even subtle how closely they made Ned into Lee. It’s just sad knowing we’ll never get that awesome bromance in the MCU.

Now, Spider-Verse 2…

Suit from Stark/Shield

When Miles started out, he had a Halloween costume of Spider-Man. It isn’t until later on both he and Peter got their suit from S.H.I.E.L.D. or, in Peter’s case, Tony Stark. It’s a real bummer because it takes away from Peter building his own suit without the bells and whistles of an Iron Man suit. This does look to be rectified in Far From Home, but here?

Not a chance.

Villain is girlfriend’s Dad

No one can say they didn’t audibly gasp when it’s revealed that Vulture is Liz’s dad in Homecoming. It was a genuine shock that didn’t at all seem pandered or too easy to figure out…which is why it’s such a bothersome thing knowing Miles went through that, too, with his then-girlfriend Kate Bishop.

While in the comics, it’s revealed her father is a Hydra agent, it’s no less apparent where this particular nugget gets its inspiration from.

While not many, true, it does show when clear cut parts of Miles’ canon are taken to use for Peter’s. It’s like letting this character go through backlash just to let Peter come in and take his glory. Peter has countless stories over the 70+ years he’s been in comics, both mainstream and Ultimate – take inspiration from his own line of canon.

We know he’s got plenty to spare.

And this is one Clone Conspiracy I hope never happens again.

Well, that’s all for now. So, until the MCU stops or I get bit by a radioactive spider, I’ll see you for the next lesson.

Until then, class dismissed!