Confession: My favorite genre of movies is super hero films. (Preferably Marvel.) Yes, they're full of racism and sexism and generally everything bad... but still, I find them awesome. I read a few comics, but I don't really have the time or money to keep up with the series I like regularly, so instead I enjoy the movies.
So I was really excited to read Fanboy by Alexander Chee, an absolutely awesome article about why he loved X-Men as a kid. But it's not just about that - it's about race and politics and ability and culture and how all of those things are reflected in comics, both when he was reading them as a kid and now.
Though, in talking about the problem of race in contemporary comic books, he didn't point out my favorite character Dust who is the token Muslim woman in Young X-Men, so I want to give her a shout-out, because she's a fantastic character.
Thus ends my fangirling. Seriously, read the whole thing.