New Comic Book Day is on Wednesday - so look here on Wed and Thursday for new comics that have a use in the classroom. If you haven't visited a local comic book store (LCBS) lately, I would highly encourage you to do so.
I read other comics as well - but I will usually only post those that have a direct connection to the classroom.
Jane Foster is so inspiring - a woman who is battling breast cancer, yet also is saving everyone else. This comic really provides some great twists and turns and leaves us wondering - just what is Mjolnir.
Can a machine have a soul? Very philosophical...
Ancient Egyptian gods and modern New York...
This is a wonderful title with h diverse cast who is fighting against a growing rage on earth - I see this as a commentary on the socio-political climate currently in the world and USA. Jessica Cruz, one of the Lanterns, struggles from anxiety - no matter her victories, she still struggles from self-doubt. This is such a powerful message for all of us - that we need to overcome our doubts to not only help ourselves, but those around us as well. It is also a story of immigration, Middle Eastern culture, and family.
This title is witty, intelligent, and a political science teacher's dream! Loki is running for president one one platform "I'm going to lie right to your face and you're gonna love it." The allusions to Trump are there - but still open to interpretation. Its really is a great insight into American society - it will be a great resource decades from now. No matter what he admits to, the people support him for telling them the truth. This is the final title in the series - it will make a great collected book for the classroom.
This comic from Image really makes you take a step back and think. The focus is on the possible conspiracy theories of 9/11 and the war in Iraq - evidence is given - up to the reader to decide.
I am loving that Marvel continues to address the changing superhero diversity in the story lines. Brian Michael Bendis often tweets about the need of diversity in comics as well. I could use this panel as a great discussion starter in a class - Luke Cage is telling Miles Morales (Spider-Man) not to screw things up because he represents African-American heroes now. This is a contemporary issue of race in America - do we put unfair pressure and expectations on minorities who are heroes in real-life? If a white hero were to "screw it up", would he be seen a representing all whites in America?
Faith by Jody Houser continues to break norms with an inspiring female lead, who also happens to be "overweight". This particular issue is awesome if you have ever been to a Comic Con - really brings back memories. I love the positive messages throughout this issue - "... a place where we can finally meet our heroes" "how can you call yourself a hero if you don't help your own?" "There are all kinds of people who go to conventions. Don't be a gatekeeper! Remember that everyone is welcome" - this is why I love comic cons - people of every walk of life are represented and are free to be themselves. I am reminded of when my daughter remarked at San Diego Comic Con - "Boys can be princesses and girls can be superheroes." Yep.
The Black Monday Murders - Image Comics. Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker. For mature readers.
This is a new series to me - just ran into it at the comic store - I was pleasantly surprised. This story takes place in Germany, at the Berlin Wall. It is a historical sci-fi detective comic - right up my alley. Those from the West and East use humans for fuel to meet together. During an investigation into the murders, symbols from Mesopotamia appear. Connections are made to mathematics being a universal language and banks being involved in world affairs in the present day... Intriguing to say the least - curious to see where this story goes....
Green Lanterns #6 - Sam Humphries and Will Conrad.
This series is an interesting look into our current society/political climate. The Red Lanterns are feeding off of the rage currently on earth to take it over. Of course, we can also see the changing diversity in comics in this title as well. Additionally, one of the Lanterns suffers from anxiety and self-doubt. The comics allows those in the same state to identify with a superhero who is beginning to learn how to overcome.