Comics: Fem-fronted titles 2014, Comic Book Cocktails No. 2… Tomb Raider!

Tomb Raider #1

Out: February 26th, 2014

Lara is no stranger to the comic book form, but this time none other than Gail Simone is her driving force.

Despite some negative views from many feminists, here at Heroine Junkies, we are huge supporters of Lara Croft. She spawned from the 90’s, a time of substantial growth when it came to pop-culture lead women. Croft showed the world that a female character could front a successful video game, in fact, a MORE than just successful video game. And Lara Croft has since become an iconic figure in gaming, as recognisable as Sonic and Mario.

Lara's new, less revealing, more practical outfit. She is still just as recognisable, even without the shorts...

Lara’s new, less revealing, more practical outfit. She is still just as recognisable, even without the shorts…

Yes, her skimpy outfit and sexualisation is a little OTT, and even infuriated her creator, who cited Tank Girl as an influence. But, her latest reincarnation is less hot pants, more badass. And we can’t help but love Angelina Jolie’s interpretation of the character… no matter how bad the first film was. Lara is no woman in distress, and at least doesn’t make the irritating panting noises of the girls of Street Fighter (am I the only one irritated by their whimpers? Badass ninja warriors or not).

Gail Simone is, therefore, quite possibly the only comic book writer who has the balls (or lack there of) to take on such an important female character. And thank god she is up for the challenge.

Simone was one of the masterminds behind Women In Refrigerators, a site dedicated to exposing the blatant sexism within popular comics – particularly the use of female characters as plot devices to be raped, killed and otherwise maimed in order to forward the male lead’s story. Since the site was founded in 1999, Simone has gone on to pen Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman and Batgirl.

Anyway, if you would like to check out the first 6 pages of the Tomb Raider comic, channeling the new video games and a good chunk of Simone attitude, have a look over at the Mary Sue.

In the mean time, here is the Tomb Raider cocktail, which believe it or not is a real thing over in Cambodia. The drink is named for Angelina Jolie who played the English lady adventurer in the 2001 film adaptation, and it’s apparently her drink of choice…

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Incase you missed Comic Book Cocktail #1 Click Here!

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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