Comics: Fem fronted titles frontline ’14… First Up, She-Hulk!

So, it’s a new year… which must mean new beginnings, right? YES. Both Comic Giants Marvel and DC have some bran spanking new titles up their sleeves… okay not brand spanking new, it’s characters we have been before, but they are getting their own new line of comics. Yay! And guess what? They are ladies! Even better… We are going to count down our faves, let’s start with the greenest.

She-Hulk #1

Out: February 12th, 2014

She-Hulk is back as part of the Marvel NOW! initiative, with her own brand new reboot. Kinda like the New 52 I guess… Marvel NOW! marks the end of the Avengers vs X-Men shizz, and will also reboot some of the old characters, giving them whole new titles. No doubt this will make Marvel comics more accessible to younger fans, especially those being introduced to the universe by the Avengers films. It’s a pretty cool idea. It is sometimes hard to get into a comic without having a prior knowledge of the entire god-knows-how-many years history.

Anyway, She-Hulk is getting her own comic and hopefully it’s gonna rock. We at Heroine Junkies are just super excited that the female characters are being revamped, and therefore maybe more young girls can pick up issue no 1 and get addicted to the Marvel heroines. (Elektra, Ms Marvel and Black Widow are also getting their own brand new series’, so hopefully this will be a good year for the heroines of Marvel… more on that soon)

She-Hulk is a perfect heroine for young ladies. I mean first off, she makes it OK to be angry. She is entirely green, clearly holding a finger up to standards of beauty (did I mention green is my favourite colour?). And, she is a kick ass lawyer to boot. So, she is pretty in green, feisty, strong and smart? How is THAT for a hero. Stuff your pink princesses, Disney.

To tickle your taste buds in the run-up to She-Hulk #1, I am going to share with you a very exclusive recipe for the very illusive cocktail, She-Hulk… it’s so illusive that only 4 people know of it’s existence. Yes, okay, my friends and I devised it in high school, but trust me, it’s AMAZING:

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Comic Review: Coffin Hill #1

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Vertigo Comics, offset of comic king’s DC, is responsible for some pretty solid characters, including one of our favourites, American Vampire‘s Skinner Sweet and of course, the Sandman.

The executive editor of the brand has been female since it’s start up in ’93, first overseer being Karen Berger and now the role has fallen to Shelley Bond. Despite many of the comics distributed by Vertigo containing some strong female role models (Evey Hammond, Death) there have been surprisingly few female driven titles produced.

Coffin Hill is not only woman-centered but penned by a woman too. Caitlin Kittredge is a dark fantasy author and this title marks her first entry into a world she has long been a fan of, the world of comics.

Anyway, enough of the back story, is Coffin Hill any good I hear you ask?!

The short answer is yes. The story doesn’t hold back, throwing you straight into the meaty back log of Eve Coffin and her cursed family past, a past that caused her and her friends quite a bit of trouble. But, as with all good stories, it holds back, failing to tell you too much detail and causing you to stamp your foot when it ends with “too be continued…”

The artwork is seamless, and as we all know with comics, art does matter. Inaki Miranda  has worked previously with Vertigo on titles such as Fables and Fairest as well as on 2000 AD‘s Judge Dredd.

Let’s hope the next instalment is worth the wait (something says it will be..)

9/10