Tart Triple Threat: Ms. Marvel, Princess Princess and Lumberjanes

We’re looking at sweet and sour family dynamics this week with an Acai, Pomegranate and Blueberry Green Tea from Private Selection, available in grocery stores or online. Ms. Marvel #14, Princess Princess and Lumberjanes #13 each bring up the different ways that family impacts someone — how it can inspire them to follow their footsteps, or to diverge.

The juxtaposing sweet and tart flavors of the tea will underline the diversity of families, the good, bad and the ugly. Remember, green teas burn easily, so your tea water should be slightly under boiling point to create your best cup.

Ms. Marvel

Section of a panel from Ms. Marvel #14.

Section of a panel from Ms. Marvel #14.

Ms. Marvel #14, written by G. Willow Wilson and illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa follows Ms. Marvel’s budding romance with another young “Inhuman,” Kamran.

The book starts to address a few key issues for the young superhero, Kamala Khan. She’s recently come out on top in a fight, which should make her feel nothing less than awesome. But it’s the first time that she’s seriously injured someone in her fight for justice, and it’s left her conflicted about her responsibilities.

She also has a massive crush on Kamran, which might not have been that big of a deal if seeing him didn’t conflict with her religious and cultural values. Kamala’s brother provides good insight into the topic within the book, and tries (in vain) to make sure that Kamala doesn’t get herself into trouble.

As a series, Ms. Marvel consistently opens up a real-world discussion regarding the superhero lifestyle and how it impacts her personal values and ideals. She’s forced to weigh issues and decide

Princess Princess

Section of a panel from Princess Princess.

Section of a panel from Princess Princess.

Princess Princess, is a completed webcomic written and illustrated by Katie O’Niell, that focuses on the classic princess rescue story with a few highly appreciated twists. It was also a winner of the Annual Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Art Awards this past year.

The story starts out in the old Rapunzel fashion: with the hero riding horseback through the woods to save a princess from a dragon-ridden tower. Except Princess Sadie is about to be rescued by Princess Amira (who’s “cool horse” happens to be a unicorn), and the dragon is Sadie’s close friend. Sadie just wants to be able to live her life happily, and Amira wants to become a great hero as a service to her country.

Once Sadie’s been freed from the tower, she and Amira are quickly confronted and Sadie must return the favor and save Amira so that true love can finally prevail. The story also addresses family dynamics and the different interpretations of how to handle responsibility. It suggests that what family wants isn’t always what’s best for the individual, and that sometimes they have to carve out their own destiny.


Section of a panel from Lumberjanes #13

Section of a panel from Lumberjanes #13

Lumberjanes #13, written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis and illustrated by Brooke Allen, follows Mal, Molly, April, Ripley and Jo during their first day at Summer camp. It’s a prequel book in the series that gives helpful insight into the family lives of all of the girls.

The book opens by showing each of the girls being driven into camp by their families, which is used to show the striking diversity in their family dynamics. No composition is the same for any of the girls, which serves to highlight the idea that any happy family is a good one. It helps make the characters feel more flushed out and human.

The prequel book also helps better establish the dynamic of the campers. How they know each other and how they get along as a group after being introduced helps open a dialogue about working together and going out of your way to help others.

This fruity tea should help making reading these family and relationship-oriented stories feel more vibrant. It’s got enough sweetness to make the good feel even better, and enough tart to help you pull off a solid pucker at the bad.

Additionally, the overall stories and artwork themselves pair well with the softness of a green tea. All three stories are relatively smooth and gentle. There’s definitely action in each, but the stories seem more to be about gaining a new perspective about the characters to better understand them, than about solid butt-kicking. It’s refreshing, it’s soothing, it’s a nice easy reading set for a lazy Sunday.

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