Category Archives: Published in 2017

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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Katana: She Who Is Worthy

When Tatsu was a little girl growing up in Japan, her grandmother taught her how to wield a samurai sword. But the bushi queen begged her young charge to be careful. “You may hold my katana,” said Onna-bugeisha Yamashiro, “but … Continue reading

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The Dark Night

At 19, Nora Hesper’s parents were gunned down in a dark alley. Flush with a large life insurance payout, she traveled to Nepal and studied the mystic arts in a mountainside monastery. Returning to the U.S., she hooked up with … Continue reading

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Legends of the Zodiac

What’s the mightiest of all astrological signs? Is it Scorpio? Taurus? Leo? It’s hard to qualify such a thing. When you think about it, perhaps the most powerful sign is Pisces. After all, water covers over three-fourths of the Earth’s … Continue reading

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The Stranger Within

A Little More Human was a novel about a guy named Phil Snyder, Jr., who could read minds. During the week he worked as a lowly nursing assistant at a top-secret medical research facility. But on weekends, he slipped into … Continue reading

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Live Long and Prosper

Twenty-five years had passed since the debut of Sputnik Chick #1. And never once during that time did creator Debbie Reynolds Biondi ever consider giving “The Girl With No Past” an origin story. But it was finally time to put … Continue reading

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Face/Off

It hasn’t happened yet. But at some point, an author is going to sit down and bang out a big, whopping superhero novel. Something hefty like The Brothers Karamazov or Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. And why … Continue reading

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