Black Widow: Forever Red – Superhero Saturday

Last week I wrote about my struggle with reading comic books, so I’m particularly delighted whenever I find a novelization of a superhero character, especially a really interesting one like Margaret Stohl’s Black Widow: Forever Red.


When I first read the jacket copy of the book I was a little skeptical – the plot seemed like a bait and switch.  Yes, Black Widow is a character, but the protagonist is someone named Ava Orlova.  And it’s true that Natasha remains a secondary character – however, the shared history between Natasha and Ava is what binds the whole story together and provides insight into Black Widow’s twisted childhood and adolescence in a fresh way.

This felt like a novelized  superhero comic story – fast paced, lots of action, lots of plot twists, and it was a very enjoyable ride.  I do wish that the characters would have been a little more developed, and I did find the initial setup of Ava being on her own and yet somehow a competitive fencer a smidge on the unbelievable side, but overall I thought it was a strong, enjoyable book with two powerful dynamic females at the helm.

There’s also a sequel on the way – and I hope this bodes well for more novelized versions of both Marvel and DC characters.

Favorite Heroes in 3 Words: Superhero Saturday

Just a little exercise to see if I could be succinct for once 🙂 This list is based on nothing but my own, “Hey, I think he/she is pretty awesome” criteria.

#10 The Atom/Ray Palmer

Genius, Optimist, Nerd

#9 Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff

Tenacious, Dry-Witted, Assassin

#8 Captain America/Steve Rogers

Patriotic, Loyal, Fossil

#7 Professor X/Charles Xavier

Wise, Telepathic, Wheels

#6 Hawkeye/Clint Barton

Sassy, Everyman, Archer

#5 Supergirl/Kara Zor-El Danvers

Adorkable, Powerful, Committed

#4 Wolverine/Logan

Indestructible Claws Bub

#3 The Flash/Barry Allen

Sincere, Lightning, Geek

#2 Green Arrow/Oliver Queen

 Stubborn, Smart-Aleck, Survivor

#1 Superman/Clark Kent

Original, Incorruptible, Hero


Captain America, OTA, & Renewal Woes: Superhero Saturday

Hmmm….what to talk about this weekend…..

Oh yeah.  How about this?

Captain America: Civil War

I heard this movie has already broken records, and rightly so.  It’s a terrific superhero movie.  From a writing standpoint, I especially appreciated the way that the story of the new “Avenger” – Black Panther – was cleanly inserted into the larger action/adventure plot.  Proof that you don’t have to sacrifice characterization for plot.

The other great thing about this movie in terms of characterization and plot working together is that the conflict between Iron Man & Captain America, at least for most of the movie, is a legitimate one, and no matter who you’re siding with  (I made my loyalties clear in this post) you can at least understand the perspective of each character.

Other things are fun: the appearances of Spider Man and Ant Man, Hawkeye’s attitude,  and the quick bursts of humor. Even when beating the crap out of each other The Avengers know how to be funny.

The only thing I really didn’t like about this movie? It makes me more annoyed about what Superman vs. Batman could have been and wasn’t.  Speaking of the DC universe…

Arrow Gives Us a Much Needed Dose of OTA

OTA for those of you who don’t know is an acronym in the Arrow fandom that stands for “Original Team Arrow,” the combination of Oliver Queen, John Diggle, and Felicity Smoak that I, along with other fans, think is one of the main reasons to watch this show.

This week it was on full display with Oliver & Felicity going to an underground casino (again) and then coming to Digg’s rescue just in the nick of time.  The show needs more of this and less of the convoluted, over-populated plot lines it sometimes favors.

Renewal Woes

Dear CBS,
I watch just two shows on your network – and you’re about to give one of them away. You claim it’s too expensive, and yet the effects are inferior to the lower cost shows on the CW?  How does that work? I hope if you don’t renew it CW takes it and makes a fortune. Sincerely,
A Supergirl Fan