Geekorama

From Superhero-Fiction
Authors Trish Heinrich and Jeremy Flagg Geek Out Over Superhero Pop Culture

S1E03 - Black Heroes, Scotland’s Champion, and Birds of Prey

February 20th, 2020

Trish is continuing to work on healing her knee pain so she can get back to training for a 5k, something she’s been wanting to do for years now. 

Jeremy is working on a pitch proposal for a non-fiction book catered toward authors and how to make websites more effective selling tools. Taking twenty years of website design he’s hoping to help authors discover how to spend their time more effectively and do away with wasted efforts.

This month in Pop-Culture History

  • MASH aired its last episode, a two-hour special watched by a record 77% of the TV viewing population
  • Laura Kinney aka X-23 snikt onto the scene in 2004
  • Nina Simone, an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist, was born on the 21st. Her music spanned a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.

Geek Outs 

Trish's Geek Out!

Super Black by Adilifu Nama is a book about black superheroes. It places their appearance alongside broad and sweeping cultural trends in politics and pop culture. It’s definitely a scholarly work but not so dense that it can’t be enjoyed. Examining Black Panther, Black Lightning, Storm, Luke Cage, Blade, the Falcon, Nubia, and others, the book explores how powerful black superheroes are as a source of racial meaning, narrative, and imagination while also talking about them in the broader context of racial assumptions, politics, and black identity.

Buy Super Black on Amazon

Jeremy's Geek Out!

Saltire. Created by Diamond Steel Comics, Saltire is a hero born from Scottish origins. Focusing on Caledonian folklore and myths, creator John Ferguson and illustrator Claire Roe bring to life the spirit of Scotland. A peaceful land is being disturbed by inhuman legends and a growing power to the South and the clans must come together to create a being powerful enough to protect the land. Saltire is born. It takes the superhero dynamic and molds it into the mythos of a people and does an outstanding job representing Scotland and its people. The artwork is beautiful, alluring and the story weaves itself into history in a way that makes it a page turner.

Watch the Trailer for Saltire: Legend Eternal

Buy the Comic on Amazon

Deep Dive (Spoiler Alert)

Birds of Prey (And The Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

 “...the first superhero movie both written and directed solely by women, as well as the first modern R-rated superhero flick since Tank Girl.”

What makes this movie so much fun? Women. Trish and Jeremy gush about how much they love the crazy over the top action. However, the thing they both agree on is the outstanding storyline that ties the five women together. There is some great conversation about differing views of the Bechtel Test. 

Their fights aren’t about “wow look at me, I’m a girl taking charge of this situation, please give our corporate sponsors credit for this,” but rather, just women fighting to survive... these women are not just powerful, but they also care...Female empowerment doesn’t have to be an in-your-face moment but rather is in the subtlety of female strength.” - The Mary Sue

Question of the Week:  

What superhero are you tired of seeing on the screen and who would you like to see instead?

 

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