It's been building for some time now. Amidst the controversy that was the reveal of Steve Rogers (Captain America) being an agent of Hydra, the story began. Secret Empire is a story told across several Marvel titles but culminating in this new series. Here's a teaser trailer for the series along with some comments from writer Nick Spencer:
WARNING: This post contains Spoilers about events in the current run of All-New X-Men, as well as the issue being released this week.
We live in a world where we must be very careful of what we say and who we say it towards. We have to be ever careful of offending every single person who may read our work, see our images, or watch our films. We must be sensitive to everything and everyone. So I’m not surprised to hear that the cover of a comic book has struck a nerve with so many people. The upcoming variant cover to Batgirl issue forty-one shows an image many Batfans will recognize. It’s a callback to the extremely seminal and important book The Killing Joke. It’s in this book that The Joker shoots and paralyzes Barbara Gordon in front of her father, Commission James Gordon. For a very long time after this incident Barbara was confined to a wheelchair and operated as a hero under the name Oracle.
A few months ago it was announced that Marvel would be replacing the Thor we've known for so long, with a new version...a new female version. This news caused waves in the fanboy comic loving world. We've seen changes to our favorite comic book characters before (see my story about the new Wally West). This change seemed to have come from nowhere, but it wasn't alone. We also found out that we'd be seeing a new Captain America soon in the form of Falcon taking over for Steve Rogers. Well, the time for change has come as Thor #1 has hit shelves this week.
Earlier this week Marvel announced that Thor would be changed into a female character with a new series this Fall. Marvel wasn't done. Last night it was announced that Steve Rogers would be passing on the shield, but not to the Winter Soldier. Taking over for Rogers as Captain America will be Sam Wilson aka The Falcon.
It was announced this morning that in October, Marvel Comics will debut a new Thor series with a female God of Thunder.
The topic came up a few weeks ago on Twitter with a few people. Its an ongoing concern for ladies that are fans of comic books, and just women in general. The question is are women being exploited with their characterizations in comic books. Think for a moment about the women you see in the pages of your favorite books. How do they look? How are they dressed? How realistic do they appear? Should they appear realistic?
As we’ve just started this site, I thought it might be a good idea to give you guys some insight into how my Comic Book Geekdom all started. Once I’ve finished rambling coherently (I hope), the plan is for you all to share some of these things as well and we can begin our Atomic Geekdom Community. This place is designed for you all to give your opinions on everything we talk about.