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Marvel Rising: Initiation

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Origin story introduces crew of likable female superheroes.

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This exciting story is told in four-minute episodes that hook you just before they leave you hanging and wanting more. It's exceedingly efficient at introducing a cast of new characters and establishing relationships among them and, in some cases, to the biggies like Captain America, all the while adding pieces to the very engaging puzzle of Ghost-Spider. In that regard, it certainly does its job as the prologue to a slated continuation of the story to come.

Marvel Rising: Initiation's most appealing quality is its strong female contingent of superheroes. Given a genre of traditionally male-dominated alliances, Ghost-Spider's new allies are a breath of fresh air, not just because of their gender but also because some of them challenge the stereotypes of female heroes who came before. Gone are the days when the girl supers had to be curvy, scantily clad, and deferential; enter a new breed of Marvel types with pudgier frames, prominent facial features, and voices that demand to be heard, but with the same sense of duty to serve and protect.

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