Author: Ardo Omer

Abbott #1: Know Her Name

Abbott #1 Saladin Ahmed (Writer), Sami Kivela (Artist) and Taj Tenfold (Cover Artist) Boom! Studios January 24, 2018 I’m a fan of the Lois Lane type (and the character who inspired it): a woman determined to get to the truth, do exceptionally well at her job, and knows she’s good at what she does. So saying that I was excited that a new comic series would star a black woman reporter in 1970s Detroit is a severe understatement. Cue Elena Abbott: a chain-smoking reporter for the Detroit Daily newspaper. Her mere presence aggravates the white men around her as both a...

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Going Abstract with Kindling

Kindling Xia Gordon (CREATOR) 2dcloud 2017 I first discovered Xia Gordon at the 2017 Toronto Comics Art Festival where I saw her beautiful artwork and included her in my Comics Creators You Should Look Out For list over at Book Riot. It was some breathtaking stuff and I filed it away in my brain, waiting for when I’d have the opportunity to read and/or experience her work. Kindling stood out to me when browsing 2dcloud’s latest fall offerings and I immediately requested it. I interpreted the story as a woman who has joined a group on an island. It’s there...

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Nissa’s Return in Batman Beyond #12 is Lackluster

Batman Beyond #12 Vita Ayala and Steve Orlando (Writers), Siya Oum (Artist), Dexter Vines (Inker), Tony Aviña (Colourist), Travis Lanham (Letterer) DC Comics September 27, 2017 Batman Beyond #12 marks the return of Nissa, a.k.a. Batgirl Beyond, since her first appearance in the 2014 Batman Beyond digital chapters #27-29 (later collected in print). That debut appearance made an impression on me with the witty sarcasm of Nissa’s Batgirl and the fantastic relationship between her and the original Batgirl, Commissioner Barbara Gordon. What really sold the whole thing was Annie Wu’s art. The thing about great art is its ability...

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Black Cop Engages Canadian Audiences on Police Brutality & Black Lives

Black Cop Cory Bowles (director and writer), Jeffery Wheaton (cinematographer), Jeremy Harty (editor) Ronnie Rowe, Sophia Walker, Simon Paul Mutuyimana (cast) Released September 11, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival 2017) It seems like the best was left for last because I thoroughly enjoyed watching Black Cop on the final day of the Toronto International Film Festival. In the film, the character black cop (never named) is profiled and assaulted by his peers, and that becomes the catalyst for a role reversal: a black officer profiling and terrorizing white citizens. This isn’t a simple case of the oppressed utilizing the tools of...

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Marlina the Murderer: Questioning Choices in the Indonesian Feminist Western

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts Mouly Surya (director and writer),  Rama Adi and Garin Nugroho (writers), Yunus Pasolang (cinematographer), Kelvin Nugroho (editor) Marsha Timothy, Dea Panendra, Egy Fedly, Yoga Pratama (cast) September 7, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival 2017), May 24, 2017 (Cannes Film Festival) Warning: Spoilers Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts is described as an Indonesian contemporary feminist western, which is a hard premise to pass up. Marlina (Marsha Timothy) is a young widow who suffered a stillbirth the year before and lost her husband soon after. The film opens up with the audience being introduced to Marlina — who has been living...

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