Comic Book Diversity: A Job For…?

By Thad Komorowski and E.J. Stewart

The surplus of superhero movies is giving audiences more variety in lead characters. The new Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman movies in the works suggest Marvel and DC are serious about bringing diversity to the screen. Or, are they just appeasing critics who say superheroes are too male and white?

Get yourself ready for the upcoming flicks by familiarizing yourself with the characters’ history.

BlackPantherBlack Panther
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966)
Creator(s): Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
Movie Due: November 2017
Starring: Chadwick Boseman
Bio: Hailing as the king of the fictional African country Wakanda, T’Challa uses a heart-shaped herb to harness the superhuman abilities and heightened senses of the Panther-god, Bast. When he’s not acting as the king and protector of Marvel’s richest country, T’Challa has fought alongside the Fantastic Four and joined the Avengers to protect the earth from Marvel’s greatest threats.




WonderWomanWonder Woman
First Appearance: All Star Comics #8 (December 1941)
Creator: William Moulton Marston
Movie Due: June 2017
Starring: Gal Gadot
Bio: In DC’s relaunched universe “New 52”, Princess Diana of the Amazon island of Themyscira is the demigoddess daughter of Zeus and Queen Hippolyta. The only female founding-member of the Justice League, Diana possess superhuman strength and speed that rivals only Superman. Diana is one of the fiercest warriors in the DC Universe with elite skills in armed and unarmed combat while wielding her magical sword and “lasso of truth”




CaptainMarvelCaptain Marvel/Ms. Marvel/Carol Danvers
First Appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (March 1968)
Creator(s): Roy Thomas, Gene Colan
Movie Due: July 2018
Bio: NASA pilot Carol Danvers becomes “Ms. Marvel” after surviving an explosion on her ship with Kree alien Mar-vell; the original Captain Marvel. Her DNA now melded with Mar-vell’s, Carol’s perfectly aligned Human/Kree physiology gives her superhuman strength, flight, and the ability to create energy blasts from her hands. Fighting as Ms. Marvel, Carol has helped save the Marvel Universe countless times as a member of the Avengers decades before recently taking over the mantle as Captain Marvel.




DC Comics Presents #26 (October 1980)
Creators: Marv Wolfman, George Pérez
Movie Due: 2020
Starring: Ray Fisher
Bio: Former high school football star Victor Stone’s life changed forever when an attack at S.T.A.R. Labs left his body severely mutilated. Victor’s father, a scientist at S.T.A.R., rebuilds his son through a series of prosthetics that not only saves Victor’s life but turns him into a half-man/half machine weapon. Victor, cybernetic enhancements gives him superhuman strength and endurance, interface with computers, and shapeshift his body parts into a wide variety of weapons. In DC’s “New 52,” Cyborg is founding member of the Justice League.

Quidditch in Central Park

By Elijah Stewart

In New York City, and in various other places around the world; jocks and geeks have come together to bring the silver screen to real life. Quidditch, the popular game made famous from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, has been adopted from the fields of Hogwarts and onto fields across the globe. According to the International Quidditch Association, there are over 300 official teams in 20 different countries.

The game is 7 on 7. And players are divided up into 3 chasers, 2 beaters, a keeper, and a seeker. The chasers score points by throwing the quaffle, a slightly deflated volleyball, into one of the opponents’ 3-ring goals while being defended against the beaters and the keeper. All the while the seeker attempts to catch the snitch who, unlike the series, is not a flying gold ball but a neutral player dressed in gold, with a tennis ball tied to their shorts.

Through regional tournaments and weekly practices to stay in shape, Quidditch players are in a constant for search legitimacy as real athletes, while fighting the stigma of playing a “nerd” sport.

“I think what people don’t realize is that they think it’s just this group of nerds, like we did in the beginning, that are just playing a sport together,” said Dylan Meehan, a player on NYU’s Quidditch team. “But once you go there and try you realize how hard it is.”

The NFL and Domestic Violence

By Elijah Stewart

The NFL has had a rough year off the field and Ray Rice isn’t the only player to blame for the NFL’s recent troubles. Reporter Elijah Stewart has the story.

According to the NFL Arrest Database from U-T San Diego, 45 players have been arrested in 2014; of those cases four were violent domestic disputes. Since commissioner Roger Goodell came into office in 2006, reportedly 56 players who have been linked to domestic disputes have only been suspended a total of 13 games before the Rice incident. Here are the domestic cases from 2014 and how they’ve played out.
Ray RiceRay Rice
Team: Baltimore Ravens
Date: 2/15/14
Charge: Aggravated assault after punching his then-fianceé Janay Palmer in the face twice during a dispute in an Atlantic City Casino elevator. Rice was accepted into a diversionary program that would allow him to clear his criminal record of the charges related to the incident with Palmer.
Current  Status: Rice was released by the Ravens in September and is currently suspended from the NFL indefinitely.


Greg HardyGreg Hardy
Team: Carolina Panthers
Date: 5/3/2014
Charge: Convicted in July on two counts of misdemeanor charges for assaulting and threatening an ex-girlfriend. During the dispute, Hardy allegedly threw the woman into a bath tug, dragged her by the hair into the living room and launched her onto a couch covered with assault rifles. Hardy was sentenced to a 18-month probation and 60-day jail sentence suspended until jury trial in November.
Current Status: Hardy is currently not officially disciplined by the NFL. But after the Rice saga, the Panthers elected to put Hardy on the NFL’s “exempt-list” until his legal matters are straightened out.


Ray McDonald

Ray McDonald
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Date: 8/31/14
Charge: Arrested on suspicion of felony domestic abuse after a dispute with his pregnant fianceé. According to police, McDonald’s fiancee suffered bruises on her neck and arm after the incident. McDonald called 911 after his fianceé grabbed one of McDonald’s firearms.
Current Status: McDonald continues to play for the 49ers while prosecutors continue to investigate the incident.


Jonathan DwyerJonathan Dwyer
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Date: 9/17/14
Charge: One felony count of aggravated assault and eight misdemeanor counts. Dwyer is accused of assaulting his wife during two separate incidents. Dwyer allegedly head-butted his wife after she refused to have sex with him; his wife suffered a fractured nose during the incident.The next day Dwyer reportedly punched his wife in the face. Dwyer was deactivated from all team activites by the Cardinals.
Current Status: Dwyer remains deactivated by the team during the legal process. Coach Bruce Arians has said Dwyer will be released by the team if he is found guilty.