Luthor’s Secret Weapon

Shaenon Garrity returns with another batch of reviews of webcomics sent in for analysis. Here's a bit of what she finds:

The characters in Cat Prentis communicate in sassy Buffy the Vampire Slayer-style dialogue, and the comic shows a big Buffy influence in general, from the premise of a super-powered teenage girl fighting demons to the bad guys’ habit of posing as human and then suddenly revealing evil crinkle-faces. Between that and the Shakespeare material, suggestive of Neil Gaiman’s take in Sandman, I can guess that the creators were teenagers at just about exactly the same time I was. Cat Prentis updates things with plot twists involving possessed classroom computers and iPhones, but this is still a very ’90s monster-fighting comic. And there ain’t nothing wrong with that.


—Calvin Reid and Heidi MacDonald have a comics-driven report from BEA.

—Heidi also put up a post stitching together a few creator interviews and Twitter discussions about their dissatisfaction with DC corporate decisions.

—Speaking of which, I'm really glad no one has put together a site like this about me.

—Interviews. Robot 6 talks to NPR blogger and Superman biographer Glen Weldon. Tom Spurgeon talks to cartoonist Ben Towle and writer/scholar Craig Fischer about their upcoming panel at HeroesCon.

—Criticism. David Ulin at the Los Angeles Times reviews Joe Ollmann's Science Fiction. Sarah Horrocks reviews Suehiro Maruo's Laughing Vampire. I keep meaning to link to the latest episode of Comic Books Are Burning in Hell, on Cynthia Copeland's Good Riddance, which I think after a slightly shaky start turns into probably their best episode ever. I think partly because having a single topic allows them to approach it from many angles, and partly because the book lies a bit outside their usual hunting grounds, and leads them to fresher insights (though I did want to rap them all on the head at one time or another--gently and affectionately, of course. Come to think of it, an urge to rap heads is probably a good thing on a debate show.). Anyway, really great stuff.

—And Mike Lynch draws attention to a short Charles Addams documentary on YouTube: