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February 7, 2015 3:01 AM Subscribe
It’s a question where the obvious answer is the right one – new audiences live there. Just as Tumblr is more diverse than the Internet as a whole, so comics fandom on Tumblr is more diverse than comics fandom on IGN or CBR or Newsarama. It’s younger, queerer, more racially diverse and most obviously a lot more female – and those voices lead the conversation, they don’t constantly have to fight to win a place on it. It’s also – perhaps anecdotally, perhaps not – newer to comics.Tom Ewing looks at the (critical) success of Marvel series like Young Avengers and how it's reaching a new audience, the Tumblr generation looking for "social justice and feels".
Meanwhile the AV Club's Oliver Sava looks at perhaps the most influential comic of this new generation, Ms. Marvel
It’s rare enough to get a superhero story headlined by a teenage girl, but Ms. Marvel stands out even more because of its focus on religion. And it’s not because Kamala is Muslim; it’s because her connection to religion is a major part of her narrative at all. Islam doesn’t define her, but it greatly influences her behavior and decision-making, adding tension to her life that doesn’t come from a more traditional source like a romantic interest or masked supervillain.
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