Category Archives: Marion’s Favorites

Marion’s Favorite Things from books, music, art, travel, and anything else that he really enjoys.

Icon #7

Will Rocket have the baby?

Will she get an abortion? 

Those are the main questions from Issue 7.  Rocket is weighing the decision to go through with the pregnancy or get an abortion. This one of the most difficult decisions that any woman has to make especially a teenager like Rocket.  Writer Dwayne McDuffie handles (for a man) it quite well and with sensitivity.

Also, Rocket begins to learn about Icon’s past as a brother from another planet.  However, she does not believe his origin story.  Icon tells her that he is over hundred thirty years old and shares more about himself than in the previous six issues.

She is still skeptical about his past but decides to ask him for a loan in order to get an abortion.  Icon reveals a story about his wife and what happened when she got pregnant.  Rocket is surprised by that story and reacts like any hot-headed teenager would.

Icon #7 is my favorite issue so far on this re-read. I don’t remember any comic book series from the early 1990s tackling a subject like abortion especially from an African American perspective.  It shows how imaginative fiction can deal with a realistic subject in a positive and life-affirming way.  Rocket does make her decision by the end of the story but she will begin to learn the ramifications of that decision going forward.

Marion’s Favorites: Ain’t Nobody Worryin by Anthony Hamilton

Anthony Hamilton is my favorite male R&B singer post the year 2000 (John Legend gets an honorable mention). I will admit that my favorite R&B music is from the late 1970s-early 1980s and Hamilton’s sound reminds me of that time period but its modernized for the current age.  His voice reminds me of Charlie Wilson… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

If Cookout Music was a musical genre, then Maze featuring Frankie Beverly would be the standard bearers.  For most of my life, the majority of cookouts I have ever attended would have music by Maze playing.  Their silky, elegant style of R&B reached its peak in the late 1970s-early 1980s but nearly four decades later… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions

One of the positive attributes of the internet is that you can be sent down a rabbit hole and pique your curiosity unexpectedly.  A few days ago, I went down that aforementioned rabbit hole and wanted to find out more Stevie Wonder’s Classic Period Albums from 1972 to 1976.  Those classic period albums were Music… Continue Reading