Analyzing the Gender Representation of 34,476 Comic Book Characters

Female characters appear in superhero comics less often than males — but when they are included, how are they depicted? The recent theatrical release of Wonder Woman briefly catapulted the question of female superhero representation into the mainstream. For some, the character is a feminist icon — even Gloria Steinem wrote about her — and many fans (though not all) felt this […]

Your Guide to Steve Rogers’ Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Evil Year

If you’re reading Marvel comics right now, then you’re probably aware that while Steve Rogers has taken up the Captain America mantle once more, something is… very off. Like, “he’s secretly a fascist agent of Hydra planning to get space aliens to invade the world” off. Confused? We’re here to get you caught up on […]

Captain America Is No Longer a Supervillain, He’s a Monster

Image: Marvel Comics. Art by Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, Matthew Wilson, and Travis Lanham. The road Marvel Comics has taken to Secret Empire has seen Steve Rogers turn from sleeper agent to full-on supervillain. But Secret Empire #1, out today, goes well beyond that: it makes Captain America complicit in horrors so extreme it’s hard […]

How the Hell Is Steve Rogers, the Supreme Leader of Hydra, Wielding Thor’s Hammer?

Marvel Mjolnir, Thor’s magical hammer forged by dwarven blacksmiths out of the enchanted metal uru, has a history of being picky about who can pick it up. If the hammer thinks a person is worthy of its power, hefting it’s no big deal. So how the hell the Hydra fascist formerly known as Captain America, […]