I’m not a complete nerd. There is rarely enough time in the day to indulge in my love of books, video games anime and writing. How could I add to that? As such, comic books are one medium I have never gotten into.
There have been some recent stories that have piqued my interested in comic books, like the new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan (an Muslim American teenager). Then, I read an article and Jezebel about a gender bender I couldn’t refuse. Something about gender bending in comics has always entertained me. My experience so far has been with mangas where a girl pretends to be a boy or is mistaken for a boy. Oh the hilarities that ensue.
Star Trek: Parallel Lives flips the genders of the traditional Enterprise crew. That right! One Captain Jane Tiberia Kirk will lead her crew on a mission to see new worlds and whatever else the typical opening used to say (sorry… I told you my nerdom was not complete).
I’ve seen two covers related to Parallel Lives, one of which shows the full crew. The fact that the crew is entirely female, with the exception of one person, stands out more than anything else. I never gave any thought to comics where almost all the characters were male. That just seemed normal. To see a cover where almost all the main characters appear female is something else. It makes me wonder what this story might be about. it’s not that I hate male superheros (I actually love very many of them), but that I feel a deeper connection with female heroes.
Excluding anime, two of my favorite cartoons growing up were X-Men Evolution and The Justice League. Of these two shows, my favorite characters were always those I felt connected to. I loved Rogue in X-Men and Hawk Girl in The Justice League. A part of me has always wanted to get into those comics, but I’m still obsessing about starting with the very first comic ever published in that world. Maybe Parallel Lines will shake that part of me. If I can enjoy that comic without reading the previous 28, certainly I can do the same with other comics.
I’ve always wanted to get into Star Trek. It looks like something I can really get behind. There’s just so much catching up to do. I guess I will start here. Maybe, in a few years, I’ll be making my way to a Star Trek convention and reach a whole new level of nerdom!