Will The Real James Olsen Please Come Back

Or, Why The Guardian Leaves Me Cold. And Frustrated.

When the news first leaked that James Olsen would be taking up a superhero mantle, I was excited. There was so much narrative potential. Kara and James teaming up as a way to work through any lingering frustration over the breakup, or a renewed kindling of their relationship seemed likely trajectories. That and James getting a chance to be more than a sidekick while also keeping his day job at CatCo. He and Kara could talk about work-life balance; they would use their superhero identities to fight crime both the streets and in the media. Epic Team Up. A literal Super-Power(ed) Couple. I was so ready. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="186"] Pictured: me right now.[/caption] But what we got paled in comparison to my expectations. James hid his identity from the one person who might understand. He lies to her face and roped in one of her best friends to aid him. He is more concerned with his own ego than using his new job at CatCo for good. And somehow we're supposed to be cheering for him. At least I think we are. But why?

Deadman Delivers Excellent Second Issue

“It’s here! Deadman: Dark Mansion Of Forbidden Love continues! I’ve been waiting on pins and needles this week and was one of the first people in my local comic book…

Why Do Stories Matter?

The Ethics of Storytelling Part 2 (see Part 1, here) “We’ve all heard it before, the cry of the anti-critic. It seems like whenever we voice critiques of media, someone…

Why Do Stories Matter: An Interview With Kat Barrell

Kat Barrell Discusses Clexacon, Fandom, the Power of Storytelling, and Diverse Representation in Media “At The Fandomentals, we’ve got you covered for all the most exciting ClexaCon news. We had…

We All Deserve an Eliza Danvers

Last night’s episode of Supergirl was a goddamn gift. A treasure, a beacon of hope and love in a world of grimdark. Every time I watch Supergirl I think they’ve reached a new…

Breaking Ranks

Breaking Ranks and the Cycle of Violence

Another Fandom Following article for you all, this time a character analysis of M’gann M’orzz from Supergirl and Finn from Star Wars, two characters who break ranks with their militaristic society to…

Breaking Ranks and the Cycle of Violence

Separated at Draft: M’gann M’orzz from Supergirl and Finn from The Force Awakens Characters can give you déjà vu. You see them on screen and something about their arc or their…

An Ode to The Survivors

In light of recent political events, there have been a lot of posts and articles going up about how to get involved and change things. Posts about volunteering and voting and getting involved in local chapters of national movements. Posts about the best ways to use time, energy, money, and skills. Posts about how to take care of marginalized minorities and protect them. These are all excellent things. We need to do these things. We need to protect other people, make a plan for the future, and try to change things for the better and those who can do all those things (or just some) ought to. I'm not here to talk to those people. I'm here to talk to the survivors. I'm here to say that not everyone can do those things and that's okay. Some of us have disabilities or chronic illnesses that make difficult to impossible to leave the house. Some of us have mental health concerns like depression or anxiety, ADHD or other executive dysfunctions, low energy, etc. The list goes on. Not everyone can do 10 new things. Not everyone can help every at risk minority or important cause. We all have limited resources, but some of us are more limited than others. I'm here to say it's okay. If you can only add one new thing? Good for you. Do that thing. If you can't add anything? That's okay, too. If 'all' you can do is take care of yourself (and sometimes even that is difficult, let's be honest), do that. Don't feel pressured to add stress or anxiety to your life. Focus on taking care of yourself. That's valuable in and of itself. I value that choice, I value you.

Light in the Grimdark

I now present you with a call to hope from my editors over at The Fandomentals: “Normally, we at The Fandomentals resolve to keep our site focused on the media we…

Monstress-ly* Good

A Review of Marjorie Liu's and Sana Takeda's Monstress Volume 1 (Issues 1-6)

coverI've been eyeing it for weeks, but I finally picked up Monstress at my local comic book store. Let me tell you's it's worth it. If you like diverse representation, rich art, interesting worldbuilding, Lovecraftian horror, and a healthy dose of the macabre that is. It's a dark world, so beware, but the honest exploration of slavery, war, PTSD, and coping with feeling like a monster on the inside (and actually being one) makes it worthwhile.

*Trigger warnings for a rape threat, death and maiming (including children), cannibalism, gore, and body horror.*