I really enjoyed the two hour premiere of Marvel’s Agent Carter last night and thought I’d share some comics for you all to try in celebration!
Velvet (Image Comics)
If you’re not reading Velvet, I’m not sure what you’re doing with your life. It’s about a woman named Velvet Templeton who was a secret agent for a black ops group before “retiring” and becoming a secretary at the agency. When an agent gets murder, Templeton must go back into the field to solve the murder. I’m sure Peggy Carter would be a fan and the first volume is available now. Ed Brubaker writes many fantastic noir/espionage comics so you should really check out all of his work while you’re at it.
Black Widow (Marvel Comics)
by Nathan Edmondson (Writer) and Phil Noto (Artist)
I love this comic so much. Nathan Edmondson is a fantastic writer and Phil Noto’s art is gorgeous. The comics follows Natasha Romanov aka Black Widow on her off days as an Avengers to try and to make up for the wrongs she’s committed in her past before joining S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s all about seeking redemption while doing it in awesome spy style. The first volume is out and the second is due to release at the end of January, I believe. Go out and get it!
The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage (Valiant Comics)
We saw in the first episode that Peggy is still reeling from the loss of Steve Rogers aka Captain America after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger and Shan Fong aka Doctor Mirage has a similar issue. Well, Shan is a paranormal investigator who can talk to the dead and the one spirit she can’t can’t talk to is her late husband, Hwen. When she’s offered a job that could be the lead she needs to find her hubby, she takes it. I’ve only read the first issue but I enjoyed it a lot. Upside: It’s a comic about a woman of colour written by a woman! There’s only four issues out right now so no collected volumes yet but you can check out the first four issues over at Comixology.
Lazarus (Image Comics)
by Greg Rucka (Writer) and Michael Lark (Artist)
Agent Peggy Carter is a bad ass and Forever Carlyle is no different as the Carlyle family’s Lazarus. She kicks butts, takes names and regenerates after people get stabby with her which makes her the perfect head of security and enforcer. Throw in her desire to be part of a family that sees her only as a weapon and you’ve got a complex female character in a world we can’t get enough of. Greg Rucka and Michael Lark team up again after the fantastic comic series, Gotham Central, and I suggest devouring it completely. The first two volumes are out.
Agent Carter would love all of these female led titles (and a female written one!) and I know you guys would too. Go forth and read.
–A. A. Omer