My Hero Academia ( Vol. 1 / By Kohei Horikoshi / First Printing: August 2015 / ISBN: 9781421582696) takes place in a world where 80 percent of the world’s population consisted of superhumans. Unfortunately, 14-year-old Izuku Midoriya was not one of them. His parents had low-level powers (his mom could move small objects toward her and his dad could breath fire), but he never manifested “quirks” of his own. Like all Shonen Jump protagonists, however, Izuku had big dreams. Despite being a wimpy scaredy-cat, he was determined to attend the U.A. Hero Academy and get his degree in superhero awesomeness. As luck would have it, Izuku serendipitously bumps into mighty All Might one day. The popular hero helps Izuku fulfill his super potential, and Izuku helps All Might reconcile his super angst (“If I hadn’t heard your story,” says the hero, “I’d have been nothing but fake muscles and insincerity”). Early on, Izuku wonders if he needs superpowers to become a superhero. The answer is obvious. But even with All Might’s tutelage, he’s got a lot to learn.
2016 is shaping up to be a big year for ace reporter, Lois Lane. She’ll be in the eagerly awaited Batman/Superman movie (Dawn of Justice). And later, her second prose novel will be released (Lois Lane: Double Down by Gwenda Bond). For further context into the character, we recommend picking up a copy of Investigating Lois Lane by Tim Hanley (First Printing: March 2016 / ISBN: 9781613733325). Says the publisher: “Lois Lane has been fighting for truth and justice for over 75 years. But her history is one of constant tension. From her earliest days, Lois yearned to see her byline on the front page of the Daily Planet, but was held back by her damsel-in-distress role.” Through the years her romance with Superman always dominated her storylines and relegated her career to the backburner. But somehow, Lois remained a fearless and ambitious character, and today she is a beloved icon and an inspiration to many. “Though her history is often troubling, Lois’s journey showcases her ability to always escape the gendered limitation of each era and of the superhero genre as a whole.”
There are four books in Stephen Henning’s Class Heroes series (A Class Apart, What Happened in Witches Wood, Where’s Lolly, and London Belongs to the Alchemist). Along with the novels, Henning’s been producing short supplemental films. Check out the first film (here). It’s a slick movie-trailer style introduction to the characters and their milieu.
After gaining amazing superpowers, Gary Karkofsky decides to embark on a career as a supervillain (The Rules of Supervillainy / By C.T. Phipps / First Printing: June 2015 / ISBN: 9781514269398]. But is he evil enough to be a villain in Falconcrest City, America’s most crime-ridden metropolis? Supported by his long-suffering wife, his ex-girlfriend turned henchwoman, and a has-been evil mastermind, Gary (aka Merciless, the Supervillain Without Mercy) may end up being not the hero they want but the villain they all need.
The fourth episode of “Throwing the Gun” is now available for your listening pleasure. Van Allen Plexico (Sentinels) joins Drew Hayes, Cheyenne Young, Jim Zoetewey, and Christopher Wright for a lively discussion about superhero and (new) pulp fiction.
Reviews: Alpha Male by Joshua Corey Mays (here). Lady Action: The Sands of Forever by Ron Fortier (here). Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman (review here, comments here). School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough (here). Superhero School: Curse of the Evil Custard by Alan McDonald and Nigel Baines (here). The Incredible Herb Trimpe by Dewey Cassell and Andrew Sultan (here). My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (here).
For your reading pleasure: Judgment by C.J. Henderson, John French, and Joe Gentile. The League by Thurston Bassett. The Misshapes: Annihilation Day by Alex Flynn. The Jackalope Saves the World by Sean O’Brien. The Superhero App by Dale Tallo. Snake: Nest of Vipers by Michael Vance. Superhero by Samson Soledad. Her Superhero Lover by Lionel Law. Glassman by J.L. Blenkinsop. Particle Man by Deric McNish. Nameless – Meteor Storm by S.J. Lee. Cobalt City: Ties that Bind by Nathan Crowder. The Black Bat Returns by Ron Fortier and crew (available 11.15). The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Book by Stephani Danelle Perry, Becca Zerkin, David Hawcock, and Sally Elizabeth Jackson (available 11.10.15). Patience by Daniel Clowes (available 03.18.16).