The Refrigerator Monologues (Saga Press, 2017) by Catherynne Valente is a beautiful, but challenging, read. The difficulty is not in the writing, but rather in the content, as the narrative follows the women who have been part of a super hero’s life and died as a result of their romantic entanglements. While some of the individual stories are less brutal than others, the book as a whole is an excellent look of how women have been treated by comic book writers over the years.
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Photo by K. Kitts of her original Valerian no. 6 L’Ambassadeur des Ombres.
Warning: There be spoilers unless you are a Valerian and Laureline fan and already know the story.
The movie more or less uses the plot of the sixth graphic novel from the series titled Ambassador of the Shadows with an cameo of the natives from Avatar. The title of this movie is lifted from the second novel likely because it sounded bigger.
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Behind the Mask (Meerkat Press, 2017) is a collection of twenty super hero stories, but you won’t find a lot of knock-down, drag-out fights between heroes and villains in this anthology. Instead, Behind the Mask focuses on super heroes dealing with matters of everyday life, while still having powers, nemeses, and the myriad other issues with which super heroes are confronted.
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As the author Nikki Vanry states in the article, she is only listing one work from each author so this is a great resource for finding speculative fiction writers with whom you might not be familiar. I might quibble with the order or the representative work, but not the resource itself. Enjoy!
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Never Now Always by Desirina Boskovich (Broken Eye Books, 2017) is a young adult novella that explores memory, time, and family. Lolo is one of the “rapt children,” young people who are studied by aliens known as the Caretakers. The Caretakers keep these children in their labs because they are interested in learning more about how humans process memories. During one of her memory sessions, Lolo recalls that she has a sister, and after that moment, she rebels against the Caretakers’ normal system in a desperate search for her missing sister.
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