“Ahhhh!” – That’s really the only word I have at the moment. I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a comic book activity for IGGPPC for what feels like forever now. I originally created this thread in the IGGPPC forums to see what peoples’ thoughts were and the response since has been so amazing. Thanks to some very helpful Iggles, I think I’ve finally gotten a plan as to how it’ll work. Here’s the plan:

Every month we read a new trade!

Every month, we pick a trade, new or old, and read it together. I’ll announce the trade on the first of every month in a post kind of like this one. This is a group activity, so I won’t be picking the trades myself. If you want to suggest a trade, leave a comment on this post or on the thread I’ll create to accompany each issue. I want to hear what you guys want to read, so please let me know! You can also tweet me @travisthegrimm and I’ll be more than happy to add it to the list. I would love the Iggles Comic Book Alliance to focus on more female positive comics and also comics that feature a wide range of diversity.

During the month (and at the end), we’ll join together and discuss!

So at the end of the month, I’ll do a sort of review for the trade, highlighting its most awesome moments and also discussing its “blah” moments. I figured this would be a great way to wrap up that month’s trade. We can discuss in the comments of that post our final thoughts or we can just discuss in the forums. I’ll be creating a thread, which I’ll link in the trade announcement post. That way we can discuss while reading and how we felt about it as a whole. (Does this makes sense? I sure hope so!)

And since I’m so excited to start this journey, the Iggles Comic Book Alliance is officially kicking off today! Yes, June 1st, today, is the first day of said comic book activity. I figured June would be a great month to start it off, since it’s officially summer in my part of the world and all. It’ll also give us time to work out the kinks and to make this the best thing ever! But wait, what trade will we be reading this month?

Ms. Marvel!

ms-marvel-no-normal

Synopsis:

Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City – until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she’s comin’ for you, New York! It’s history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways)!

Ms. Marvel was voted by numerous people and seemed to be the top choice to begin our comic book adventure. It’s female positive and Kamala Khan is Pakistani-American, which make this one of Marvel’s top comics out right now. There are about three trades in total as of this month, but I think it’d be nice to start from the beginning and maybe read the other volumes during other months, if we all enjoy it equally. Also, please don’t stress yourself to finish it and/or read this month’s trade! If you don’t have time to finish, just discuss what you’ve read. If you can’t read this month’s trade, don’t worry! Just join us whenever you can! This is supposed to be fun, not a chore.

Here’s the link to the thread in the forums, so we can all discuss it! 

I know this post was long, but I hope you all can join in the Iggles Comic Book Alliance in some form or another. I’m so excited to start this little journey. Please leave me your thoughts, opinions, and anything you’d like to share about the club in the comments below.