If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know that we have big love for Wonder Woman. But to be honest, we’ve never really cared for Wonder Woman comics. The golden age issues (including All-Star and Sensation comics) are somewhat interesting if you’re a comic book historian or a women’s studies student. But they’re pretty bad otherwise. And no creative team beyond William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter has inspired us to stand up and shout “Thunderbolts of Jove!” We adore Wonder Woman for one reason and one reason alone. As Tim Hanley wrote in his 2014 book Wonder Woman Unbound: “She is a powerful vibrant woman in a sea of male characters, and for this she is loved.” There are better female superheroes out there (like Big Barda, Catwoman, and Batgirl) but none have made a significant impact on our culture like Wonder Woman. That’s why we have our fingers crossed that the upcoming Wonder Woman movie will be great. The world doesn’t need another lousy iteration of our favorite Amazon warrior princess. Upcoming novels includes Wonder Woman: The Official Movie Novelization (By Nancy Holder / First Printing: June 2017 / ISBN: 9781785653780) and Wonder Woman: Warbringer (By Leigh Bardugo / First Printing: August 2017 / ISBN: 9780399549731).
Have you read Power Game yet? Christine Feehan’s latest GhostWalker effort is a big paranormal superhero action novel bursting with sexual urgency. Mmm! Sex in the bayou! If you’re interested in such things, take a peek at the mini-movie trailer (here) and check out our book review (here).
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney (available fall 2018) is a remixed version of Alice in Wonderland with a black protagonist. Says a rep from Macmillan: “Alice is a warrior who battles nightmares in the dark and terrifying dream realm known as Wonderland.” Expect lots of Michonne-like butt-kicking action.
Dreadnought by April Daniels is on track to be the most widely discussed (and reviewed) superhero novel of 2017. Congratulations to the corps of publicists at Division Books for getting the word out. Daniels’ novel is a trans-superheroine coming-of-age story about freedom and self-discovery. A smattering of recent reviews here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Our review TK.
We recently moved to SoCal (goodbye San Francisco!) and discovered Book Castle Movie World in Burbank. It’s the kind of messy overstuffed used bookstore that we love. And best of all, it’s piled high with a sick amount of comic book tie-in novels. For example, we never knew there were soooo many Sabrina the Teenage Witch paperbacks. In a word: Score!
iBoy by Kevin Brooks was one of the first novels we reviewed on this website years ago. Even though the hero’s origin was a bit silly, we still enjoyed the story of a London kid who acquired smartphone-like superpowers. The book was recently turned into a movie (now streaming on Netflix). Read our initial novel review (here) and read some reviews of the film (here, here, and here).
Romance, of course, isn’t a new concept for superhero fiction. Clark Kent has been pining for Lois Lane forever. But the current crop of DC-inspired TV shows (Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow) is doing a great job of reinventing the superhero/romance template. For details, check out the recent post on Vulture.com: “How the CW Mastered the Superhero Rom-Com.”
Misty Knight’s Uninformed Afro is a nine-episode podcast from Jamie Broadnax and Stephanie Williams. It’s a show that’s dedicated exclusively to the discussion of black female superheroes. In the first two episodes, Broadnax and Williams discuss our favorite member of the X-Men, Ororo Munroe.
Reviews: Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee (here, here, here, and here). Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn (here). Calamity by Brandon Sanderson (here). All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman (here). Broken by Susan J. Bigelow (here). Marvel’s Black Widow: From Spy to Superhero edited by Sherry Ginn (here). More Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman (here).
For your reading pleasure: All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault by James Alan Gardner. Star Wars: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis. Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka. Jackrabbit: Big in Japan by Ian Thomas Healy. Girl Wanted: Apply in Person by D.W. Hill. Windslinger by J.M. Guillen. A Most Unlikely Hero by Brandon Varnell. Triage: A Superhero Novel by Michael Dyer. Empowered Agent by Dale Ivan Smith. Silver Wing, Vol. 1: Gale by Maria and Malcom Ivy. Moody’s Light by Nick Hofmeister. Superhero Comics by Christopher Gavaler. The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History by Hope Nicholson. S.T.A.R. Labs: Cisco Ramon’s Journal published by Titan Books. Who Is the Black Panther? a novelization based on the comic series by Reginald Hudlin and John Romita, Jr. Ghost in the Shell: The Official Movie Novelization by James Swallow.