Trish– Revising Fire and Ice and starting to write some short stories for subscribers. She may be starting to like writing some steamy scenes into her superhero stories!

Jeremy – Put “The End” on the Eleanor Valentine trilogy and now digging in to edit three books back-to-back.

This month in Pop-Culture History

  • 1980 Friday the 13th is released and becomes a major Box Office success. It was the first Indie film of this kind to secure this kind of distribution by a major studio.
  • Batman made his first appearance in comics. Co-created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger and published by DC Comics. The character made his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939).
  • 1993 Cheers ended after 11 seasons with a three-part feature-length send-off. It was watched by 80.4 million people; roughly the population of California, Texas, and NY combined. Fun Facts: Cheers was a complete flop it’s first season, the songwriters that created the Cheers theme also wrote the Punky Brewster theme, and the spin-off Frasier is one of the most successful television spin-offs of all time, lasting 11 seasons.

Geek Outs!

Trish- She-Ra and the Princess of Power One of the most inclusive w/o being cheesy, impressive reboots of a classic 80’s cartoon. The show is so different from the source material that it really can’t be compared. I bawled at the end of the final season.

Jeremy- Been reading the relaunch of the X-Men series after House of X and Powers of X. It’s well-drawn, but honestly, it’s already suffering from the same problem earlier X-Men books had, too much cross over and not enough distinct storylines. It’s worth checking out if you like the characters, but seeing Apocalypse as a good guy is a hard pill to swallow. Hopefully, we get a better clue where it’s going in the next six months.

Deep Dive Book Club

Trish’s Selection: Soon I Will Be Invincible
By Austin Grossman

DNF, not because I didn’t like it, but because I got obsessed with a Superhero Romance series and read four books in two and a half weeks! From what I read, I do very much recommend it if you want a different take on supers and villains. As a bonus, check out the Romance series that has captivated my attention here. 

5 stars out of 5

Jeremy’s Selection: Wonder Woman – Odyssey
By Michael Straczynski (Writer) & Don Kramer (Artist)

For the first foray into Princess Diana, it is an interesting premise. Meeting with an oracle found under a New York bridge, she learns that “what is is not what was.” Something about history has changed and rewritten the plot to Wonder Woman. Her home was destroyed as a child and she was raised by Amazons on the run from modern day men. It takes an old story and makes it current and there is a ferocity in the justice Wonder Woman dispenses. It maintains her ethos, but she has no problem getting brutal. There is more blood than one would associate with the Princess. The first half of the plot is interesting and tells a nifty tale, but after that it spirals into a weird magical backstory that just feels as if it went off the rails. It might have gotten an extra half star except for the self congratulating blabbering about the redesigning of Wonder Woman’s costume that sounds more like a bunch of dudes patting themselves on the back than actual redesign. With that being said, it’s worth checking out for a new spin on an old classic.

4 stars out of 5

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