Book Review | Marvel's Fearless and Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save The World

Book Review | Marvel’s Fearless and Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save The World

Carl embraces the Fearless and Fantastic in Marvel’s encyclopedia of female superheroes…

DK Books have a well-established collection of encyclopedias featuring various Film and comic franchises. Their yearly Star Wars encyclopedia update is a highlight of my book collecting schedule. In fact, I’ve got a copy of everyone they’ve published to date. My bookshelves are heaving with copies of their books. From Star Wars through to the Marvel universe, I collect every one I can. I use many of them for reference or research purposes and find them invaluable.

Now they have published Fearless And Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save The World. The book is a collection of the female Super Heroes of the Marvel Universe.

Fearless And Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save The World | By Sam Maggs, Emma Grange, Ruth Amos

Book Review | Marvel's Fearless and Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save The World

Now, I consider myself up on my comic book characters and their convoluted history but don’t claim to know everything. It’s a good job too as after reading this book, I found out that I know less than I thought! Brilliantly written by Sam Maggs, Emma Grange and Ruth Amos with a great foreword written by Kelly Thompson, the writer of Heroes, the book is split into four sections detailing the ladies of the Marvel Universe. The sections are Determined, headlined by Captain Marvel, Daring which is headlined by Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), Compassionate headlined by Squirrel Girl and Curious, headlined by Shuri.

Book Review | Marvel's Fearless and Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save The World

Every Female Hero has a small but informative biography attached to them. Many of the biographies contain details that I didn’t even know, let alone the casual, uninitiated reader. Every little titbit brings the characters to life further than we’ve ever seen before and shows just how much the movies have changed for their own purposes. If the movies followed the complex and complete stories of the females, then the Marvel Universe would look a whole lot different and be more dominated by the women of the Marvel Universe nowadays instead of the male domination moviegoers have come to expect. The shape and direction of the films would be completely different. Would they be as successful? I’d like to think they would.

Book Review | Marvel's Fearless and Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save The World

Such well-known heroines such as Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow, Jessica Jones, Gamora, Pepper Potts and Scarlett Witch sit alongside lesser-known characters like Silk, Gertrude Yorkes, Spectrum, Quake and Moon Girl in the book, bringing the female-led side of the Marvel Universe to life. Their biographies tell us about their creation in the comic book world, their abilities and what teams, if any they worked alongside. This information is welcome and essential knowledge for what is to come in the future of cinematic movies. These characters will lead the way into the next phase of Marvel movies and many of our favourite female characters from the Spider-Man and X-Men films will start to appear alongside Captain Marvel, Gamora, Storm and the rest now that Disney has bought 20th Century Fox and Sony have ‘Lent’ Spider-Man and his female companions to them. This will lead to more of the classic comic strip stories to be opened up and filmed. Who could resist Captain Marvel, Storm, Kitty Pride, Jessica Jones and Jean Grey appearing together on the big screen for the first time? What a film that would be!

Book Review | Marvel's Fearless and Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save The World

At 128 pages, the book doesn’t overstay it’s welcome. It’s short but ultimately a fantastic book, one I can refer to and look at whenever these wonderful characters make their bow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They are here to stay. DC has its own stable with Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, The Huntress etc but it can’t come close to Marvels. Every character is created with love and devotion to each component that makes them up. This book even brings the characters up to date with their characteristics. Sexuality is referenced but not ever rammed home to annoy the reader. So it should be. In this day and age, we are not going to be shocked if a character is attracted to someone of the same sex. Times have changed and for the better. It shouldn’t get in the way of the characters place in the comic book/film universe, it needs to be embraced.

Book Review | Marvel's Fearless and Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save The World

DK has hit a home run yet again with this book. Again, it’s another great volume to have in your collection. Not only does it celebrate the female superheroes, but it also brings some of the lesser known characters to the fore. It’s great to meet them. It’s nice to welcome them alongside their counterparts, both male and female. This book does just that, serves as an introduction to some characters while updating the ones we are more familiar with. These ladies have finally been granted their moment in the spotlight. And it’s taken far too long. Welcome them in with this book, you won’t regret it. And enjoy their company because they are here to stay.

Until next time.

Fearless And Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save The World By Sam Maggs, Emma Grange, Ruth Amos is published by DK Children and is available to buy now.

 

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