Women of Marvel Enter the ‘Rock Candy’ Collectible Line

After a successful launch with DC’s female heroes,  Funko’s Rock Candy line of 5″ vinyl figures has expanded to include heroines from the Marvel universe. The initial Marvel lineup consists of Captain Marvel, She Hulk, Spider-Gwen and Thor — with a hooded Spider-Gwen variant exclusive to Hot Topic and a glow-in-the-dark She Hulk that can only be found at Walmart.

The Marvel Rock Candy line up will hit retailers in December. I know what I want in my stocking…

Tessa Thompson Joins Thor: Ragnarok As “Kind of a Superhero”

It’s a poorly kept secret that Natalie Portman has not been happy with her role in the Thor franchise. The departure of director Patty Jenkins


from Thor: Ragnarok was evidently the last straw, and Portman announced she would not be returning.

It didn’t take Marvel long to recalibrate. Creed star Tessa Thompson was announced as Thor’s new love interest, and according to Deadline, “kind of a superhero.”

So let the rampant speculation begin. While fans have theorized Thompson will be playing everyone from the Enchantress to Thor Girl, we think the most likely role is Valkyrie, an Asgardian hero who has been both a love interest for Thor and a superhero as a member of the Defenders.

Here at Heroic Girls we will admit that there is a special place in our heart for Valkyrie, who was an unabashedly feminist hero and gave us one of our favorite comic panels of all time.

Defenders - vol. 1, iss. 4, page 18
Defenders – vol. 1, iss. 4, page 18

In The Bag: February 17, 2016

One of the hardest things about reading comics is knowing where to start. Your LCS carries hundreds of titles and gets dozens of issues in every week on new comic-book day. On top of that, many comics have complex mythologies and backstories that make it hard to just pick up any random issue and have a clue what is going on.

That’s why Heroic Girls recommends comics every week that are excellent “jumping on” points for new readers. Without further ado, here are our picks for the week of February 17, 2016.

Astro City #32

Astro City #32 - Cover by Alex Ross
Astro City #32 – Cover by Alex Ross

Kurt Busiek’s Astro City is one of the best ongoing titles in comics today. Together with longtime collaborators Brent Anderson (pencils) and Alex Ross (covers and designs), Busiek creates a world the  is both brand new and strangely familiar — playing with the idea that a word filled with superheroes is a setting rather than a genre.

While the capes and tights set do battle intergalactic threats and super powered villains, the focus in Astro City is usually on the people standing nearby. A woman who works as a secretary for a super-powered family, an older hero looking to raise a family, and in this installment: a former supervillain who is trying to be the hero of his run down neighborhood.

This issue begins a new storyline, and marks the return of Steeljack, a villain/hero that Busiek introduced us to once before. You don’t need much backstory to understand what is happening in this issue though. Steeljack has retired from villainy and is trying to make it a private investigator, when suddenly a woman from his past shows up and causes trouble.

It’s classic hard-boiled detective tropes seen through the prism of a world with superpowers, and as usual, it works phenomenally well.

Mighty Thor #4

Mighty Thor #4 - cover by Michael Cho
Mighty Thor #4 – cover by Michael Cho

I never do this, but I am judging a book by its cover. Just look at the gorgeous art Michael Cho is giving us this week on this variant cover for Thor #4. It is simply phenomenal. The story inside that cover is pretty darn good as well.

The new female Thor continues to fight for what is right as all of the nine realms are in danger of falling to war and strife. Malkeith the Accursed, leader of the dark elves of Nifelheim, has created a dark alliance of villains that Thor has virtually no chance of beating. Frost giants, elves, the Enchantress and an evil oil company (aren’t they all, though) have all allied against our neophyte heroine.

To make thing worse, Odin the Allfather, king of the gods is back after an extended absence, and as he re-establishes a despotic patriarchy he threatens to embroil all of Asgard in a civil war!

Power Man and Iron Fist #1

Power Man and Iron Fist #1 - cover by Chris Visions
Power Man and Iron Fist #1 – cover by Chris Visions

After spending a few decades apart, Marvel’s original power couple are getting back together. I have to admit, this is  a bit of a blind buy for me, but I have always loved these two heroes who were born from ’70s exploitation films (blacksploitation and chop-socky kung fu, respectively.)

Luke Cage (Power Man) and Danny Rand (Iron Fist) have gotten back together to clean up the mean streets of New York City. The art looks great and I am really digging Luke with a beard, button-down shirt and a vest.

Both of these characters are getting the Netflix treatment as series in the next few years, so expect more than a few mentions of Cage’s wife, Jessica Jones. I’m rolling the dice on this one, but I have a good feeling.

Secret Six #11

Secret Six #11 - cover by Dale Eaglesham
Secret Six #11 – cover by Dale Eaglesham

Gail Simone’s Secret Six is proving to be every bit as engaging in its second iteration as it was the first time around. Told from the point of view of a team of down on their luck supervillains, Secret Six achieves the amazing goal of making you want the bad guys to win, no matter what the consequences, as long as they treat each other with honor — which they do.

In the last story, arc the team fought hero and villain alike as they almost brought about the end the entire world in a desperate attempt to save one of their own. But there is no rest for the wicked, as this issue kicks off a new story line. A terrifying new enemy has targeted one of the team, and as a bonus: Catman squares off against Batgirl.

Tomb Raider #1

Tomb Raider #1 - cover by Agustin Alessio
Tomb Raider #1 – cover by Agustin Alessio

Lara Croft’s adventures continue in this sequel to the award-winning video game “Rise of the Tomb Raider.” As a character, Croft was most famously known for her chest size rather than her characterization or gameplay. But as videogame technology has matured, so have the people making them.

The latest take on Croft emphasises her competence, intelligence and tenacity — rather than her physical attributes. With Eisner Award winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) handling story duties, Croft may finally be the successor to Indiana Jones that we were hoping for.

ESJ Cosplay – Cosplay We Love

You can meet a lot of wonderful people on the comics convention circuit, and one of our favorite discoveries of the past year was our new friends at ESJ Cosplay.

Made up of cosplayer Emi and design team Sendy (mom) and Jose (dad); ESJ Cosplay has been knocking it out of the park with fantastic costume after fantastic costume — doing multiple conventions and multiple costumes  every year.

You can follow ESJ Cosplay on Instagram (@esjcosplay) or Twitter (@EmSeJo).


Cate Blanchett Confirmed as “Baddie” for Thor: Ragnarok

Cate Blanchet has been accidentally outed as the bad buy in the upcoming third installment of the Thor franchise, Thor: Ragnarok. Blanchett had long been rumored to be attached to the film, but no details had emerged as to what part she might play. Entertainment Tonight caught up with her costar Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk, in the film at the BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party on Saturday with the news that she may be close to signing on to the film.

“I’m so thrilled. I saw her at the Governors’ banquet here and heard that maybe she was circling, they were talking to her about the part, so I ran up to her and I was like, ‘Please, please, please make this work!'” he revealed.

“She’s just one of the best, and to have her play a baddie is going to be really exciting,” Ruffalo added.

The Enchantress
The Enchantress

So, thanks to Ruffalo, we now know that Blanchett is going to play a “baddie.” Two characters from the Thor comics come immediately to mind that Blanchett would be great for. The first is the less likely, Amora, otherwise known as “The Enchantress” an Asgardian sorceress and seductress who is one of Thor’s oldest and greatest enemies.


The second and more likely villain Blanchett might play is Hela, daughter of Loki, goddess of death and the underworld in Norse mythology and another of Thor’s greatest antagonists. Since the title of the movie is “Ragnarok,” the battle that ends the world in Norse mythology, its a pretty good bet that death will be involved.

Of course, we have our own favored character that we hope Blanchett is playing — but it’s a pretty big longshot. Still, we are allowed to dream, right?

From a recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live:

“I heard you were going to be in the new Thor movie,” Kimmel said. “Is that true?”

“Yes, Chris Hemsworth is busy, so I’ve been working out,” she joked.

“Is that confirmation, or are you dodging the question?” Kimmel continued.

“No, I’m not dodging the question!” she claimed. “They’re just substituting one Australian for another. Gender equality! Why can’t you have a female Thor?”