For the uninitiated, Usagi is a ronin and travels throughout the land, often helping out those in need or just generally getting into trouble. It’s based on the Edo Period in Japan but all the characters are different animals (with most natives of Japan itself).
I wouldn’t normally review something like this, but it’s part of the Read Harder challenge, a humour book, and I am a completist.
I’ve come across America in both Captain Marvel and Young Avengers but this was her first stand alone series. Sadly, it had a pretty short run – just 12 issues.
You would think that writers would have moved on from the same boring tropes of the 1970s by the 2000s, but mostly, you’d be wrong
There’s far less Carol vs Ms Marvel too-ing and fro-ing which was soooo nice. There’s no real story arc though to keep everything together, just random fights and villains. We also get a new Ms Marvel costume (which is the more iconic lightening bolt that we’re used to).
It’s an odd mixture of trying to be right on feminist (because its a female super hero) and just kind of outrageously sexist. If I’m being charitable, I would consider it comic effect. If I’m not being charitable, some of the characterisation of some of the male characters are awful.
I think I picked up this book by Grant Morrison at the comics exhibition at the British Museum. I have read a few comics by Morrison, like Joe the Barbarian and All Star Superman. I enjoyed both. So in the post-script to the paperback edition, he describes Supergods as a subjective history. Ah ha ha …