Author: Rosie Knight

Jennifer Walters is Marvel’s HULK. It’s About Time!

Jennifer Walters has been a stalwart in the Marvel Universe since her inception in 1980. She was created as a quick fix solution for Marvel, who were becoming increasingly worried that the team behind the hit TV show The Incredible Hulk might add a female version of their star, just like The Six Million Dollar Man had done a few years earlier. Thus, Jennifer made her first appearance in The Savage She-Hulk #1 and beat CBS to the punch. Co-created by Stan Lee (who hardly has the best reputation for crafting well rounded and respected female characters), Jennifer has...

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The Soska Sisters and Hollywood’s Complicated Relationship with Women and Horror

To be a woman who loves horror is a strange thing. It’s the constant navigation of a genre steeped in misogyny and racism. It’s looking for yourself in something that on a surface level seems to torment and torture you just for entertainment. Yet despite all of this, women have always been a large and influential part of the horror fandom. As (the only Dracula I recognise) Bela Lugosi once famously said: “It is women who love horror. Gloat over it. Feed on it. Are nourished by it. Shudder and cling and cry out-and come back for more.” If...

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The Vision (And How I Got Excited For New Comic Book Day Again)

Ongoing comics are a strange game, constantly getting cancelled, renewed, and rebooted. Until I began working at London’s Orbital comics, I’d had a tough time reading anything in single issue format. Then, one fateful afternoon, I picked up The Vision #1. This book (by creative team Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta, with Jordie Bellaire on colours and letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles) blew me away. A perfectly balanced, beautifully nuanced, strange, and wonderful comic. For the first time in years I found myself waiting for NCBD, desperate to know what would happen to this odd and thoroughly original...

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Not Bad For A Girl: How Harley Quinn Became DC’s Hottest Property

Who is the real Harley Quinn? Is she the besotted lover of the Joker? Problematic “Hysterical Woman” trope? Feminist comic book icon? Fan favourite turned fourth pillar of the DCU? Let’s start at the beginning… If you were a kid in the ’90s, it’s likely that you spent many a Saturday morning getting a formative education in superheroes. X-Men, Spider-Man, the Ninja Turtles, and Superman were all stalwart cereal accompaniment for the discerning early riser. Though many of these animated classics are looked back upon fondly, there was one show which critically outshone the others and is still seen...

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Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover: The Action Lab Conundrum

Middle school cookie dealers, hockey stick wielding magical girl vigilantes, princesses who don’t need saving, a space demon slaying comic retailer, and a time travelling chef who cooks prehistoric creatures. Action Lab is making comics you should be reading… so why aren’t you? The “Action Lab Conundrum,” as I call it, is one I’ve become more or less obsessed with since I started a part time job in a London comic shop. After years as a fan, I finally had my dream day job to support my writing career. One quiet day, I picked up Mia Goodwin’s outstanding Tomboy....

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