Super-Power To The People: An Introduction

'Daredevil: Cage Match' pitted the titular hero against Luke Cage, the Blaxploitation-flavored character hero developed in the 70s at Marvel Comics

As a youngling, I was always attracted to action, adventure and fantasy. Whether it was animated or live action, took place in the future/past/present/space/ or alternate dimension, as long as it had heroes fighting villains, I was in.

But as much as I loved it, as a non-white little girl it was sometimes very difficult to find characters to identify with on a deeper level. And I know I’m not the only one that feels or has felt this way. Over the last two years, the online discussions of gender representation and the general lack of diversity in comics has become a big focal point since Marvel and DC Comics have both made big moves in their books and in the realms of live-action adaptation.

So, in the interest of cultivating a respectful, open dialogue about a very important topic, I welcome you to a new series at MoS – Super-Power To The People. In it, we will examine diversity in every corner of nerd media and its effects on those who consume it – of particular interest is “othering” and how children are effected by things like tokenism (unintentional or purposeful) and lack of relatability.

I have no idea how many entries this monthly feature will have because there’s a lot to talk about, but I’m excited to get it going. There’ll be a lot of written topics but I also plan to have some audio editions with special guests.

If there’s any topic in particular you would like to cover, feel free to share!

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About Tamara Brooks

A few things I wondered about as a kid: Why didn't Wonder Woman punch more bad guys in the face on the tv show?; How does Superman flying around the Earth turn back time?; Could someone really catch bullets with their teeth?; Why didn't the liquid bits of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man cause 3rd degree burns on whoever it landed on? Because melted marshmallow is up there with molten hot lava.