We enjoyed Adam Lance Garcia’s previous Green Lama books (Unbound, Scions, and Crimson Circle). Now he’s back with an unlikely team-up novel featuring the verdant vigilante and Sherlock Holmes called The Heir Apparent (First Printing: October 2017 / ISBN: 9781944017101). We contacted Garcia recently for more information about this odd pairing. His response below.
“I wasn’t initially sold on the idea when the concept was first pitched by my publisher, Moonstone. Holmes is a character solidly in the Victorian era, and the Lama is distinctly 1930s and ’40s.
“I didn’t want to tell a story with the characters solving a single crime in two different eras. Nor did I want to tell a story featuring time travel (or what-have-you) to bring the characters together. I wanted to tell a story that brought them together in a way that felt true to both canons. More importantly I wasn’t sure there was anything I could say with the story.
“These days, crossovers are a dime a dozen, whether they be in pre-established shared universes (i.e. the MCU), or cross-company (i.e. Batman/The Shadow), or with public domain characters (basically any new pulp story). The best crossovers, the ones I love reading/watching, are the ones that leave me learning something fundamental about the characters involved.
“There is, of course, a place for crossover tales that simply boil down to ‘who wins in a fight.’ Those are great. I’ve even written a few. But with Sherlock and the Lama, I needed their meeting to mean something. At first blush … I didn’t see how I could do it.
“Of course, I didn’t tell my publisher that. I simply said: ‘A Sherlock/G.L. story could work, but I think it would have to be a very special story.’ It wasn’t until maybe two months later that I figured out how to do it.
“While struggling to fall asleep one night, I suddenly remembered that the majority of Holmes tales were told by Watson via ‘in-universe’ stories. In other words, they were adventures Watson experienced first-hand and later published.
“In the Green Lama universe, his pulp adventures were established to have been adaptations of Dumont’s monographs by his friend ‘Richard Foster,’ of which only 14 were published.
“The question then sprang in my mind: What if Jethro Dumont met an old Sherlock Holmes while on his way back to America, and recorded that adventure in a monograph?
“It not only gave me a viable way to tell a story that fit into the world of the Green Lama, it also gave me a way to mimic the style of the Holmes tales without being beholden to perfectly matching Doyle’s voice.
“More than that, I knew that I had something I could say with the story. I would get to show two heroes interacting at the beginning and end of their respective careers, giving insight into the men they were and will be. Plus, I would get to do something no one had else had ever done before … tell a Green Lama tale wholly from the Green Lama’s point of view.”
The Red Raptor returns in Christopher J. Valin’s latest novel Superteam: The Red Raptor Files – Part 2 (First Printing: September 2017 / ISBN: 9781976332357). In this new adventure, the teenage war bird decides to start his own super group of “youngbloods.” No surprise, things don’t go as smoothly as planned. We liked Sidekick, Valin’s first book in the series (read our review here), and we’re anxious to dive into this sequel. Review TK.
Fans of female supervillains unite. Precarious Woman Executive Miss Black General (By Jin / Available 06.19.18) is about an executive with an evil organization called RX. When she’s not plotting world domination, she’s swooning over her arch-nemesis, a superhero named Brave Man.
Satan’s Secretary by Kamotsu Kamonabe (also available in June) is a “workplace” comedy about an admin who takes care of the organizational parts of Satan’s evil empire. “She’s frighteningly efficient!” says the publisher.
Episode 13 of Throwing the Gun is now available for your listening pleasure. As always, the Pen and Cape Society roundtable features a lively conversation about superhero prose fiction. Join Drew Hayes, Jim Zoetewey, C.B. Wright, and Cheyanne Young as they share publishing notes, discuss the recent Wonder Woman flick, and tackle a reverse trope that writers often ignore. And don’t overlook Episode 13.5 of the entertaining podcast series. Wright and Zoetewey chat in length with Eric Burns-White, a longtime advocate of superhero fiction.
Two books about a pair of “provocative” men were published this summer. Jim Shooter: Conversations (Edited by Jason Sacks and Eric Hoffman / First Printing: June 2017 / ISBN: 9781496811790) collects career-spanning interviews with the former EiC at Marvel Comics. A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison (By Nat Segaloff / First Printing: July 2017 / ISBN: 9781610373234) promises to be an “uncensored and unquiet” portrait of the influential science fiction writer.
Author Keith R.A. DeCandido shares his thoughts on the first Wonder Woman movie from 1974 (here). He also revisits Lynda Carter’s first turn as the Amazon princess in 1975 and re-watches Supergirl’s big screen debut from the ’80s.
Reviews for Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo have been overwhelmingly enthusiastic (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). But not everybody loved the book. We found one negative review (here). “It’s just a slow-paced book with a dull plot,” says Angela of SciFiChick.com.
Reviews: Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power by Mariko Tamaki and Brooke Allen (here). Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds (here and here). A Once Crowded Sky by Tom King (here). The Damned Busters et al. by Matthew Hughes (here).
For your reading pleasure: Almost Invincible by Kristen Brand. Captain Action: Cry of the Jungle by Barry Reese and Jim Beard. Incredibles 2 Middle Grade Novel (author TBA). Supergirl: Book 2 by Jo Whittemore. The Flash: Book 2 by Barry Lyga. Devilman: The Classic Collection by Go Nagai. Special Delivery: EMT Services for the Super Powered by Martin Von Cannon. Mecha by Eric S. Brown. The Comics of Charles Schulz: The Good Grief of Modern Life edited by Jared Gardner and Ian Gordon.