Category Archives: Published in 2017

The Young Woman and the Sea

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 80 percent of marine pollution comes from land. That’s why the Sub-Mariner and Godzilla are always declaring war on the surface dwellers. They’re tired of living in an ocean filled with discarded … Continue reading

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Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane

Up until this point, we’ve praised author Gwenda Bond for deemphasizing Superman in her excellent Lois Lane series. In two previous novels (Fallout and Double Down), Clark Kent was simply a part of the supporting cast orbiting around Lois Lane’s … Continue reading

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The Deadtown Girls

“There’s something about getting strangled and stuffed into a refrigerator that makes you consider your choices in life,” says Samantha Dane at the end of The Refrigerator Monologues. Samantha’s chilly death illustrates a plot device infamously known as “women in … Continue reading

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Web of Spider-Man

Sixteen-year-old Miles Morales always thought he came from bad blood. Both his father and his uncle were hoodlums when they were his age, and now his 15-year-old cousin was locked up in prison. Miles was worried that he would inevitably … Continue reading

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Battle Angel Aveda

Aveda Jupiter is having an identity crisis in the latest novel by Sarah Kuhn. Was she a flamboyant superhero guardian angel from San Francisco? Was she an “attention-hog diva and raging bossypants bitch”? Or was she simply a bad Chinese … Continue reading

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The Amazing Bug Girl

A lot of superheroes with bug names don’t actually have bug powers. Ant-Man, Green Hornet, Bumblebee, the Moth, Black Widow, none of these characters has a crystalline carapace or super sensilla. Even the Blue Beetle and Ambush Bug don’t technically … Continue reading

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Some Kind of Wonderful

No superhero has a messier background than Wonder Woman. She’s always been iconic, of course, but her rep has suffered unduly by censorship, revisionism, editorial missteps, and appropriation. In the beginning, Wonder Woman’s motivation was clear. She was a peacenik … Continue reading

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