Sunday, October 25, 2015

Thematic Sunday: Books for Those Looking Forward to Supergirl

So this week the new Supergirl TV show premieres. I'm mildly excited about it. I've heard good things from those who watched the leaked pilot (I abstained and will be watching it live to give the show ratings). I imagine there are some other fans out there, so here are some things to check out to tide you over during the season while waiting for new episodes.

1) Lois Lane series Book 1: Fall Out by Gwenda Bond

That's right, Lois Lane has gotten her own YA series. The first one is pretty cool and I definitely believe this is a teen Lois. There's a second book coming out next year in May.

2) Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Not to be outdone by the competition, Marvel is also throwing their hat into the YA book market, and releasing a Black Widow focused book. It just got released this past month. I've heard mostly good things. It's to be reviewed as soon I can get a copy. Another note: there's also a Captain Marvel YA series starting. ;dances a happy jig;

3) The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

If non-fiction is more your thing, definitely check out this book on how Wonder Woman came to be.

4) Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines by Mike Madrid

This one sounds like it's a little similar to the above book, but goes into superheroines other then Wonder Woman, including our girl Kara.

5) Ms. Marvel graphic novel series

If you are a graphic novel reader (and if you're looking forward to Supergirl, I'm assuming you are to some extent), you've likely heard about this series. Rest assured, it's awesome. Definitely check it out if you can.

6) Superman: The Unauthorized Biography by Glen Wilson

Superman is...sort of involved in Supergirl's life (it depends on the version of Superman we're going with, honestly). It might be a good idea to look into big blue before watching Supergirl. Word on the street is, he might be making one or two cameos on the show.

7) Supergirl Vol. 1: The Last Daughter of Krypton graphic novel

The Supergirl comics mythos/backstory is...complicated what with all of DCs retcons. The new 52 definitely has its faults, but this is probably the best place to start if you're unfamiliar with Kara and would like to read her comics before watching the show.

8) Dark Star Trilogy by Bethany Frennette

Awesome urban fantasy series dealing with a world where there are superheroes. This series deserves way more love then it gets.

9) Zodiac series by Stan Lee, Stuart Moore and Andie Tong

Another example of Marvel/DC trying their hand at books, this is a new middle-grade series taking place in the Marvel verse about a group of kids discovering they have powers. There's only one book so far, book two comes out in January.

10) Batgirl Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection graphic novel

Another awesome DC superheroine is Batgirl. Her comic book counterpart is so much better then any version we've gotten on TV or film. Perhaps if Supergirl does well, we could finally get the Barbara Gordon on TV that we deserve.

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