Indigenous tales

Marvel Voices: Indigenous Voices # 1
by Jeffrey Veregge

Three stories based on Marvel. In each very short story a well-known Marvel character shows up. In summary not a great offering. The last one stood out. It was difficult to get a good grip on this, as the stories were very short.

“Hugo, Nebula, and Locus-award winning Black/Ohkay Owingeh writer Rebecca Roanhorse and Tongva artist Weshoyot Alvitre tell an Echo tale like none you’ve heard before.“

Anatomically off and I’m not a fan of the colouring. The artwork is not a winner. The story was ok, but didn‘t do much for me either. ★★☆☆☆

“Geoscientist and Lipan Apache writer Darcie Little Badger joins acclaimed Whitefish Lake First Nation artist Kyle Charles for a Dani Moonstar story that’s out of this world!“

The artwork is better. I also preferred the story of a mutant teenager in trouble a lot more. This is X-Men, coming to the rescue… I liked Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger, so it was nice to see that she delivers in a different medium. ★★★½☆

“And Bram Stoker-winning horror writer Stephen Graham Jones of the Blackfeet Nation teams up with Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation artist David Cutler to revisit one of the darkest spots of X-Men history!“

I didn‘t particularly like The Only Good Indians, so I had low expectations, when I read the author’s name. However, I immediately liked the artwork.

I liked this one. Good story, albeit with a reference that I‘m not getting. I recognize the Marvel character, but I am missing the backstory. Still, this one was good all around and the best of this collection. ★★★★☆

This read is part of my attempt to clear my TBR pile of owned books and my #ReadBIPOC2021 challenge (entry for June).

9 thoughts on “Indigenous tales

  1. I read this as well, and had much the same reaction to it as you did. I preferred the intro pages where they gave a background on all the different Indigenous superheroes in the Marvel Universe. For each of the stories themselves, I ended up feeling like I was missing ALL of the backstory. I love the concept of the book, I just wish the authors and artists had been given more space to tell a deeper story.

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      1. It‘s such a different medium and the stories here are so short, I didn‘t really compare so much as acknowledge that I know the authors.

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  2. I think this is a great way to handle the BIPOC reading challenge. Mix up newer / lesser known authors (at least, that’s what I’m assuming) and super cool artwork. 🙂

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    1. Roanhorse, Little Badger and Graham all three published books that won awards, so they are not necessarily lesser known authors anymore. They write UF, magical realism and horror, look them up—you might find something that you like.

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