Adaptions, Comics

Runaways Cast Reaction

No secret that I love The Runaways comics by Brian K. Vaughn.It’s about a group of kids who find out their parents are supervillains. They deal with the shock that their parents are criminals and killers.They sacrifice someone every yea when they meet up.The kids reaction to finding this out is to Runaway. Of course, they also find out some of them have abilities as well. I love the characters in these comics. They are precious and deserve protecting.They also are one of the more diverse teams including a lesbian character in the original team and a love interest for her later in the series.

Marvel announced that there would be a tv series based on the comics coming to Hulu a while back. Recently they announced the casting and I have to say I’m really excited for it. I think it’s a great casting overall. I actually need to get Hulu when this comes out and I don’t want to do that. Brian K. Vaughn is acting as the executive consultant to the series so I really feel like this series will be amazing.

Rhenzy Feliz plays Alex Wilder. A child prodigy with no actual powers. His parents are mobsters.

Starting off with Alex because he’s really the leader of the team when it starts off. Alex is so dang smart to be honest.I’ve wanted to cosplay as this character for a while. There aren’t enough black characters in comics that I identify with. His plot doesn’t go exactly the way I wished in the comics. Still, I always admired his ambition and the way he leads the team to take down their evil parents. This actor is not very well known. He hasn’t been in too many things. I’m hoping he brings something great to this role. Alex has a lot of depth and changes throughout the comics. His character does some things that are questionable but the team would not be what they become without Alex doing all that he does. He definitely has an edge to him like his parents. I’m really wondering who they will cast as his parents. I feel like they are two of the better villains. Maybe because they have no special ability. They are just badass mobsters.

Ariela Barer as Gert Yorkes, The coolest girl in the world. She has purple hair.Her parents are time travelers from the future. She gains a telepathic link to a dinosaur.

Gert is probably my favorite characters. I’ve never watched anything with this actress in a main role. I’ve seen her play side characters in some Disney shows. I hope they keep her hair purple in the show and that she really brings all the qualities I love about Gert out in the show. I think she will. The actress is Latinx which really feels like we are getting two Latinx superheroes on the team.  That’s awesome! Gert doesn’t have powers herself. She has a dinosaur named Old Lace. I feel like that is a big deal for her aat points in the comic. At one point in the comic, she talks about being a person that keeps people with powers in check.It felt like something a batman like character might say.She’s smart and loyal.She’s strong on her own. She can be confident on her own.She’s more distant from the parents prior to finding out they are villains than some of the others. She always had the intuition to know something was off with them. I’m really hoping good things for this character in the show. Plus this is such a great opportunity to show some body positivity. I really hope they don’t pass that up entirely.

 

Gregg Sulkin plays Chase Stein, whose parents are mad scientists. He steals one of his dad’s inventions (Fistogons) when he leaves with the other Runaways.

I have seen Greg Sulkin act in so many things from Disney shows and movies to his role on Faking it. I’m wondering what he will bring to playing Chase. Chase isn’t one of my favorite characters but I do think there are layers to his character that could be really fleshed out through good acting choices.I definitely think Sulkin’s a good actor. Chase deals with a lot because of the pressures his family put on him but once he runs away you don’t really see references to that again in the comics very often.  I’m hoping Gregg sulkin gets me to really like the character in the show.

Virginia Gardner plays Karolina Dean. She discovers that she is an alien and her parents were actually evil alien invaders.

I love this character and am pretty happy with this casting. I think Gardner will do a great job. I’m really wondering how they are going to pull off her alien powers.I hope they don’t scale it back too much if they have to do that. She also better be a lesbian like she is in the comics.They can’t take my favorite lesbian alien away. I will abandon this show if they change that. She doesn’t really have a romance until later in the comics but I hope the show gets another season to enact that romance. I’ve always loved Karolina’s relationship with Xavin who I talk about quite a bit in my last Runaways review here.

Lyrica Okano is Nico Minoru. She casts spells with a staff she gets while fighting her mother.She’s a witch.

I love Nico Minoru in the A-Force comics. I don’t like her much in the Runaways comics. I love what she can do. Magic is always fun for me. Her particular magic has always been interesting. She can only use a spell once and never again. That means she needs to really stay on her toes and think of new ways to get things done. her character just has the messiest romantic situations, though. over and over again.She has a hard time dealing with her parents being villains. Especially after her mother sort of tries to kill her in the comics. It will be interesting to see how the show handles that. Really happy with this casting, though. She definitely has the look for Nico.I honestly think they got this perfect. Been trying to find Lyrican on social media and struggling so if anyone finds her send the link my way. Following most of the cast on twitter now.

Allegra Acosta is Molly Hernandez (Molly Hayes in the comics). She is a mutant with super strength and glowing eyes occasionally.

Such a good casting. I absolutely love that she is Latinx in the show. I was surprised when I saw the name change but very happy about it. I feel like the comics are pretty diverse as it stands but I always welcome more diversity. Great decision in my opinion. I don’t think they can make her a mutant because of issues with X-men and Fox.So I’m wondering how they will explain her powers. Especially since her parents should have the same powers. Will they make her an alien like Karolina? Maybe they will link it to Inhumans or Hydra? They can really do something interesting with it. Molly is the youngest member of the team in the comics. I’m wondering how old the Molly that Allegra Acosta will be playing is.

Alright, that’s it for the casting and my gushing over my love of the characters. Really hope we get more than one season. I’d love to see Victor Mancha and Xavin come into the show. More diverse characters and great story lines. Especially with Xavin often changing genders. Also, hope we get a Cloak and Dagger crossover even though the upcoming Cloak and Dagger show will be on Freeform. Tell me what you think of the casting. Are you as excited for the show as me?

 

ARC's, LGBTQIA+, YA

Dreadnought by April Daniels

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Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, she was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But then her second-hand superpowers transformed her body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but between her father’s dangerous obsession with curing her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and the classmate who is secretly a masked vigilante, Danny’s first weeks living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined.

She doesn’t have much time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer, a cyborg named Utopia, still haunts the streets of New Port City. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

I was lucky enough to get a Netgalley Arc of April Daniels debut novel Dreadnought. Dreadnought follows Danielle Tozer. Danielle accidentally stumbles upon a superhero and villain fight and ends up gaining new powers and the body that she has always wanted.

Danielle has a lot of self-doubts that she has to contend with throughout this story for a large part of it. A large part of that is because of the way her father treats her and always has. You can see how the way Danielle thinks about herself is linked to her father pretty early. When Danielle thinks she’s stupid for something she did or isn’t good enough to be a hero. It’s because that’s the way her father treats her and what he calls her often.

Danielle has some really strong moments in this story where she stands up for herself.Really early on. She is able to stand up for herself against the legion of superheroes.When her friend starts treating her differently. Then still can’t do the same with her father. I thought it was such an interesting relationship to see play out in this. She’s really been emotionally abused by her father for years and you see how much it affects her life.

The superheroes in this story have great names. Wonder how April Daniels came up with some of them. It’s a really great assortment of characters even the ones we don’t learn much about. I do wish we had learned more about the heroes in the legion. I really liked a few of them.Magma and Doc Impossible are the best. I loved them. I want them to be my mentors, please.

Danielle has such a great hero journey in this. It follows the motions of things you see in a lot of origin story comics for heroes. Her first big time-saving people is really amazing. I was so happy for her as she was doing it. You could tell right then that she should be a hero. Not because these powers fell into her lap but because she wants to help people. It’s kind of the reasons she got her powers in the first place. She’s not a person that can walk away when someone is hurting.

She also had some great team up moments with Calamity that every hero needs to have.Patrolling and investigating. She goes one on one with someone who has powers. She consistently is learning, getting better, and saving people throughout this. All while still having that self-doubt for a large part of the story. She doesn’t allow herself to feel like she is as special as she is.

The claiming of superhero colors was such a powerful moment in the story. I recently wrote about how the claiming of one’s name can be important in a review of a different book and I felt like Danielle’s finally deciding on her superhero colors and superhero name was that moment in this story. She’s claiming who she is.

There will be a second book and I’m excited to see what challenges Danielle faces next. Also really want to see where Calamity goes after what happens at the end of the book. More people should read this book and make fanart if you can. I can’t make fanart but I want to see fanart for this book so badly. Definitely, pick it up.

 

 

 

Comics, LGBTQIA+

Midnighter, Vol. 1 : Out

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Overall I felt the story was a little chaotic but still loved it. Midnighter is a really great character to follow. He has a different moral compass than some other heroes you might read but the compass is still ticking. There was a situation in the book that I felt would go really badly but Midnighter handled it really well. Like a superhero should handle it I think. He also just likes to fight and help people who deserve it. He’s a good guy. Violent but good. I appreciate that.

I think everything happening in his personal life was really interesting. Midnighter is gay. He’s trying to get over his ex-boyfriend Apollo. I never read the two of them together but even from this comic, I could see how great their relationship was.

Loved how realistic his dating life seemed to me. He’s going on dates kind of casually. He’s hooking up with guys. Sometimes the relationships don’t go anywhere even if he definitely wants more. Sometimes those dates are interrupted by gunfire. It’s the life of a protagonist in a comic book. What ya gonna do? Midnighter is a relationship kind of guy who has a hard time in relationships. I felt that was something people could relate to.

I’m really excited to get the next volume of this when I can. I need to read more about this Midnighter and see how he progresses after everything he goes through in this volume.