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Keep it in the Kitchen
on October 8, 2013
If I hadn't borrowed this book from the library I'd be burning in right now.
Why the rage, you ask? Here's a quick synopsis:
Superheros, doing superhero things. Action! Saving people! Flexing! All is connected by a nice benign string of throw away narration introducing us to the characters.
And then we get to the Invisible Woman. The only, woman, mind you, out of like fifty featured characters. Not only is she the lone lady of the team, but she's also IN THE DAMN KITCHEN.
Wolverine is saving a cat. Cyclops helps someone cross the street. The Invisible Woman isn't just the only character in the kitchen, she's the only one IN DOORS.(Discounting Captain America, I guess, because he's either standing in a solid white room or is about to be swallowed by a whiteout, but either one is WAY COOLER than cooking.)
We're told she's being mischievous. Well, that's great. Now she's the ONLY CHARACTER in the story who WORKS AGAINST HER OWN TEAM. (And where is Scarlet Witch? MS Marvel? We've got Dino Lad or whatever, but neither of them?!)
The context of why the Invisible Woman is in the kitchen is at best meaningless. For a kid that can't read all they are going to see is the only girl in the story in the kitchen mixing spices together at the counter while all the boys have the fun outside. My 4 year old even asked me, "Mommy, what is she making?"
I think it's pretty clear what she's cooking up, and this book serves it up readily to any little girl or boy unfortunate enough to peak inside.