Who is Riri Williams? Well, like what Tony Stark did for Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War, the Tony Stark of the comics is aware of Riri’s existence. The 15-year-old prodigy is a student at M.I.T who built her own Iron Man suit. With Civil War II (this time he is at odds with Captain Marvel over the use of psychic predetermination to battle villains before they act – think Minority Report but with superheroes) currently going on, Stark needs some downtime and hands over the name of Iron Man to Riri.
[From this article at The Artery] “Onoda Power’s play is about the magic of creation, says Young, and Tezuka’s message was one of peace, especially coming in the years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan.
“You know he wanted to create something that children could love that also was a friendly reminder that violence doesn’t necessarily have to be the answer,” Young says.
That’s one of the play’s many messages too, delivered by a bright-eyed little boy robot obsessed with saving the world.
[“Captain Marvel” By Kelly Sue DeConnick Via Comic Book Resources]
Comic Book Resources has just complied this *fantastic* listof Feminist Comix (my personal fav is “The Maxx”): “For me, a feminist comic is one in which female characters aren’t just a plot device providing male characters with an opportunity to react. They aren’t a thing to be rescued, fucked, killed and discarded. Feminist comics show women as people, not tits and ass whose stories are only interesting if they’re sexy. Their physical representation should be reflective of their character in a way that makes sense. The way they dress, how their bodies are portrayed — these things aren’t just to entice, but to inform. I have nothing against demonstrations of sexuality, and don’t feel a ‘good feminist comic’ means the boobs are covered, but when a female character is sexualized, it should be relevant to who she is. She should have a story, a purpose and a narrative that portrays her as more than a victim or an object of desire.
Below, I present fifteen of my favorite feminist comics, a list curated with love. I encourage you to read with curiosity and to challenge your perceptions about what has been the status quo for women in comics. Mostly, I hope you pass this around and add your own favorites to it. After all, we’re a community.”