FW Presents: Read Along With Rhys 11


Ryan Daly helps his boy, Rhys, celebrate Women's History Month by reading up on DC's mightiest (or so) super heroines as described in The Big Book of Girl Power. Will it get awkward when Ryan tries to explain why he hates the only black character in the book? Tune in to find out!

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7 responses to “FW Presents: Read Along With Rhys 11

    1. I’m going to teach him that love is always, always better than hate.

      Except when it comes to Red Tornado and Hawk & Dove.

      1. I stand with you, Ryan. There’s a lot to dislike about the Teen Titans. Overly melodramatic a lot of the time.

  1. Before you reached Black Canaries entry, I was concerned that this book wouldn’t include any fishnet-wearing heroes. I was pleased to find that my fears were unfounded. Score one for the positive representation of fishnet stocking in children’s literature.

  2. For most of my awareness of the character, I associated Bumblebee with the worst Titans stories that I had the least interest in reading. However, once she became affiliated with the Doom Patrol and trapped at a small stature, I realized here was her place to shine. Matthew Clarke rendered the character very well, and she gave Rita Farr a girlfriend on the team. She’s far better as a different flavor of freak in a dysfunctional support circle than a token satellite to the teen troopers, and here she wasn’t dragged down by the eternal lameness of Mal Duncan. Further, she’s the black DC Super Hero Girl, probably because she has Tinkerbell wings and is generally more distinctive than Vixen. You know I love Mari, but she’s a low powered acrobatic fighter in a universe swimming with them. Bumblebee has more to offer, and for some kids growing up in the last few years, Wasp will be seen as a rip-off of her.

    1. I can attest to Frank’s last statement. My daughter is a big DC Superhero Girls (DCSG) fan, and as far as she is concerned Bumblebee is a major player in the DC universe, on par with Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Supergirl. I imagine that, in my daughter’s mind, Bumblebee will always be the preeminent shrinking superhero, over the likes of Atom, Ant-Man, and Wasp.

      On a side note, I’m curious to see if the traditionally lower tier characters now featured in DCSG gain higher profiles in mainstream DC comics as DCSG fans mature.

      1. This is great to know! All I know of Bumblebee was from her original appearances. I’m not too keen on the shrinking bit, but at least she’s being used! Bumblebee represents the smart hero, the self-made, I built-my-own-tech hero. Vixen, as far as I know, won the magic token lottery. DC creators have had an annoying tendency to reject, or destroy, characters and concepts that weren’t theirs. For example Bumblebee and Celsius, two characters that provided some much-needed diversity in the DC Hero pantheon, were just summarily dismissed once their own creators were no longer involved. I’m glad Bumblebee has been redeemed, but I’m sure that there is no chance for Celsius.

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