Friday, April 1, 2016

Thor: The Goddess of Thunder

One hangover from the month of March! During March, we encouraged everyone to check out our graphic novel collection. We have titles for kids, teens, and adults—something for everyone. To do our part, Fine Print writers reviewed their favorites all through March. We hope you enjoy our selections and come see more of what your Library has to offer.
You might have noticed a fascinating shift in the comic world. The male-centric paradigm of classic superheroes is shifting. We've had female characters redrawn and rewritten into less busty, more realistic women. One example is Batgirl #35, which introduces the revamp of Barbara Gordon into a hipper, yellow Doc Marten wearing heroine--definitely worth checking out. The attempt to reduce some of the oversexualization of female characters and invite a bit more gender equality has been a theme with major comic publishers over the past few years. I've always been a fan of comics even with the stereotypes, throbbing muscles, and giant busts, but this is a welcome change.
I recently reviewed Thor: The Goddess of Thunder. The Thor we know, now known as Odinson, has found himself unworthy of wielding Mjolnir, the mystical hammer. In his stead, a mysterious woman, picks up the hammer and becomes Thor. Writer, Jason Aaron, gave several interviews prior to the release of the comic to explain the concept of Thor and how a woman could step into these shoes. We aren't to look at Thor as suddenly being transformed into a woman, but instead, this new female character has embodied the powers of Thor. Several characters in the past have also wielded Thor's hammer, but a detailed story of a woman assuming these powers is a new concept. Aaron wanted to make it clear that this is a new Thor, not a female version of the old guy.
If you are looking for a strong female character, Thor is your lady. She doesn't embody the male stereotypes that many worried would just be saddled on a female character. She enjoys the power, she connects with other women, and she's likeable. She is our feminist superhero--well, one of them. You might also want to read up on Captain Marvel who is equally as cool, in my opinion.
If you're looking for some other feminist comic reads, checkout this reading list for ideas. Chances our, these gems are in our Graphic Novel Collection just waiting for you to check them out.


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