The Mission

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The Mission

THE MISSION is Joseph Phillip Illidge's weekly column spotlighting diversity in comic books, graphic novels, and popular entertainment.

The interviews and editorials featured focus on successful entrepreneurs, whose accomplishments serve the goal of creating an equally diverse creative and business landscape.

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Catwoman, Darwyn Cooke's Big Score and the Artist's Journey

Catwoman, Darwyn Cooke's Big Score and the Artist's Journey

Following the passing of Darwyn Cooke, Joseph Illidge looks at the creator's effect on DC Comics' Catwoman and his powerful aesthetic.

"Captain America: Civil War's" Mother Lode & Bonds Beyond Race

"Captain America: Civil War's" Mother Lode & Bonds Beyond Race

Within "Captain America: Civil War's" action and spectacle, Joseph finds a timely and dramatic moment for Iron Man with real world resonance.

Civil War Between a Rebirth of Hope and the Future of Superheroes

Civil War Between a Rebirth of Hope and the Future of Superheroes

Joseph Illidge looks at Marvel and DC Comics' July comic book releases and considers creators working outside the Big 2.

Black Canary's DC Comics & "Arrow" Legacy, and the Heart of a Fan

Black Canary's DC Comics & "Arrow" Legacy, and the Heart of a Fan

Joseph discusses his time working on Black Canary for DC Comics, and how the character's "Arrow" journey impacted him.

Marvel's Black Panther, Wakandan Colors and the Forgotten Warrior

Marvel's Black Panther, Wakandan Colors and the Forgotten Warrior

With the success of Marvel Comics' "Black Panther" #1, Joseph Illidge examines the contributions of a mostly-overlooked creator in the series.

The Death and Rebirth of DC Comics

The Death and Rebirth of DC Comics

Joseph Illidge looks at the DC Comics Rebirth announcements, and tries to identify when things changed for the publisher.

Marvel's "Blade" and Comics' Real Life Female Black Heroes

Marvel's "Blade" and Comics' Real Life Female Black Heroes

Following Marvel's announcement of the new "Blade" artist, Joseph Illidge examines the growing presence of female creators of color in comic books.

Why I Don't Need Miles Morales in "Captain America: Civil War"

Why I Don't Need Miles Morales in "Captain America: Civil War"

With anticipation building for Marvel's "Civil War," Joseph Illidge examines fan response to the trailer featuring Black Panther and Spider-Man.

Deadpool Triumphant, Fox's X-Men Forever & More Firepower

Deadpool Triumphant, Fox's X-Men Forever & More Firepower

With the box office success of "Deadpool," Joseph Illidge examines the possible future of the Marvel character's world.

From Superhero Icons to Black Superpowers: Talking with "BLACK's" Creators

From Superhero Icons to Black Superpowers: Talking with "BLACK's" Creators

Joseph Illidge speaks with the Marvel and DC Comics veterans behind "BLACK," the Kickstarter success that takes a different look at super powers.

How DC Comics & Marvel Helped Make Comics "BLACK"

How DC Comics & Marvel Helped Make Comics "BLACK"

With new series "BLACK" announced via Kickstarter, Joseph Illidge looks at its creators and the role DC and Marvel played in its creation.

Two Captain Americas and the Battle for Profit by Design

Two Captain Americas and the Battle for Profit by Design

With two Captain America books on Marvel Comics' slate, Joseph Illidge considers what the two heroes represent.

The Invincible Power of Iron Man & the Image Worth Five Issues

The Invincible Power of Iron Man & the Image Worth Five Issues

With the first arc of Marvel's "Invincible Iron Man" by Brian Michael Bendis & David Marquez completed, Joseph reveals why he's a fan of the book.

DC Super Hero Girls, Visual Diversity and Cultural Marginalization

DC Super Hero Girls, Visual Diversity and Cultural Marginalization

After watching the "DC Super Hero Girls" webisodes, Joseph Illidge ponders what's missing from the brand.

Vixen, DC Comics' Stumbles and Cinematic Redemption on "Arrow"

Vixen, DC Comics' Stumbles and Cinematic Redemption on "Arrow"

With "Vixen" moving from animation to the live-action on "Arrow," Joseph Illidge looks at the character's history and future importance.

Star Wars, the Rey & Finn Dance, and a Post-Racial Futurepast

Star Wars, the Rey & Finn Dance, and a Post-Racial Futurepast

Joseph Illidge discusses the connection and importance of new "Star Wars" characters Rey and Finn in "The Force Awakens."

Asian-American Iron Fist & Fighting for Representation in the Badlands of Diversity

Asian-American Iron Fist & Fighting for Representation in the Badlands of Diversity

Joseph Illidge discusses why he wants an Asian Iron Fist and puts forth a challenge to everyone who wants the same.

"Black Panther," Director Diversity and What Happens Next

"Black Panther," Director Diversity and What Happens Next

With Ryan Coogler reportedly directing Marvel's "Black Panther" movie, Joseph Illidge considers a similar rumor earlier this year.

Captain America & "Civil War," "Creed" and the Ongoing Struggle

Captain America & "Civil War," "Creed" and the Ongoing Struggle

Marvel Studios' first "Civil War" trailer and the recent film release "Creed" tell a larger story that Joseph Illidge wants to explore.

"Jessica Jones," Superhero Sex and Love Beyond Black & White

"Jessica Jones," Superhero Sex and Love Beyond Black & White

Marvel's "Jessica Jones" series with Luke Cage inspires Joseph Illidge to explore the couple's interracial relationship on TV and in comic books.

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