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Marvel’s annual Women of Marvel anthology arrives with a blend of familiar charm and missed opportunities. While the issue strives to offer more than just token representation, it ultimately falls short of truly amplifying the richness of Marvel’s female characters and creators.

Dynamic Duo: Standout Stories

The anthology opens with two standout tales that capture the essence of Marvel’s heroines. Gail Simone’s “Malice the Mitigator” cleverly weaves together humor and commentary, showcasing a team-up of Marvel’s heroines across different eras. Lydia Rasero’s art, complemented by Triona Farrell’s colors, beautifully navigates through Marvel’s rich history. Meanwhile, Sarah Reese Brennan’s “Witch House” delivers a charming Scarlet Witch story, emphasizing the theme of self-reliance with Arielle Jovellanos’ delightful art.

Light and Lively: Mixed Offerings

The remaining stories offer varying degrees of enjoyment. Erica Schultz’s “The Favor” presents Black Widow in action, albeit with a whimsical twist that might seem overly silly. Nao Fuji’s “The Endgame” featuring Squirrel Girl is adorable but leaves readers craving for more. “The Future is Here” by Celeste Bronfman, centered on Julia Carpenter, feels somewhat disconnected from the overall anthology’s theme, possibly influenced by the recent Madame Web movie release.

Surface Celebration: Unfulfilled Potential

While the prose components penned by Angelique Roche provide engaging reading, the anthology still falls short in its celebration of Marvel’s women. It highlights the plethora of amazing female characters and creators within Marvel’s universe but fails to delve deeper into their potential. Instead, it serves as a fleeting moment of appreciation rather than a substantial exploration of their narratives.

Conclusion: Room for Growth

In the end, Women of Marvel 2024 #1 remains a mixed bag, showcasing both the strengths and weaknesses of Marvel’s approach to honoring its female characters. While there are glimpses of brilliance, the anthology ultimately leaves readers yearning for more substantial and meaningful representations of women within Marvel’s storytelling landscape. As the opening story aptly suggests, there is immense potential waiting to be fully realized, urging Marvel to embrace more inclusive and empowering narratives in the future.

Re-reported from the article originally published in The

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