Saturday, October 29, 2016

Review of "Avengers Assemble: The Forgeries of Jealousy," by Kelly Sue DeConnick et. al.

Review of

Avengers Assemble: The Forgeries of Jealousy, by Kelly Sue DeConnick et. al. ISBN 9780785167983

Four out of five stars

 This graphic novel of the Avenger super hero team shows a clear tilt towards the teen female. Spider-Girl is in the Avengers headquarters and her first action is to complain about Iron Man stepping on her toe. She has something important to say about her missing social studies teacher, but she is brushed off by the Avengers because they are dealing with an inhuman pandemic.
 Like all teens, Spider-Girl complains about the reaction of the adults until she finally screams out her message. Since it is an important one, two of the Avengers are assigned to accompany her on their mission of discovery. They act very well as a team, yet find themselves in a life-or-death situation.
 The story contains a classic ruthless mad scientist character, only this time it is a beautiful blonde female. It is fundamentally a tale of the adolescent Spider-Girl engaged in a series of battles against the bad girls and guys with a rotating sequence of Avenger sidekicks.  Through it all Spider-Girl alternately complains and then is dramatically enlightened about the tactics of battling the super baddies. It ends with a scene that all teens can relate to, Spider-Girl is in her civilian clothes rocking with her smart phone.
 This novel demonstrates the stated desire of the Marvel executives to broaden their appeal to include females. Even though she has super powers, Spider-Girl is still fundamentally a high school girl and is sometimes treated like one. At times it is justified and other times it is not.

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