Justice League International #19: No More Mr Nice Guy

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Kevin Maguire (Pencils), Joe Rubenstein (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor)

CROSSOVER ALERT: Not much of one, but there’s a vague mention of Captain Atom’s nemesis Major Force which makes no sense if you don’t have that background. (I did not understand this reference until I researched Captain Atom for his Bonus Character History feature in this blog series)

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: In space (barely more than a cameo) — J’onn Jonzz the Martian Manhunter, Big Barda, Rocket Red (Dmitri) & Green Lantern (G’nort). Still damsell’d: Mister Miracle (Scott Free). On Earth, Batman is pretending he never quit, playing leader to a newly rebranded team including Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Fire (Beatriz DaCosta, formerly Green Flame), Ice (Tora Olafsdotter, formerly Ice Maiden), Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) and Booster Gold. Oberon & Maxwell Lord in civilian support. New members: Hawkman and Hawkwoman.

GUEST STARS: Superman being kind of a dick. Someone who may or may not know Wally West.

THE STORY: In the immortal words of Willow from Buffy, “I think this line’s mostly filler.” We are promised a grand smackdown between Lobo and a newly refurious Guy Gardner from the cover, and we definitely get that. The rest of the issue, not counting a 2 page peek at our spacefaring branch of the JLI as they approach the dread planet of Apokolips, consists of a half-hearted membership drive. Clearly the Earth half of the team has written the others off as gone forever.

Superman turns them down with the polite air of a man who gets a lot of invitations to parties he’s never going to attend. An offpage Black Canary makes it official that she’s not coming back to the team. Booster and Beetle can’t even find Wally West, the current Flash. Captain Atom is seriously worried that Max Lord is going to offer a spot to Major Force, which isn’t outside the realms of possibility as Lobo has also received a golden ticket.

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Sheep Might Fly: Dance, Princes, Dance: Part 13

Penultimate episode of our new Castle Charming serial!

Part 13: Truth or Dare

We’re so close to the end and I’m celebrating by sharing the fabulous cover art (by the even more fabulous Katy Shuttleworth!) that will feature on the ebook of this very story. To get a super early release copy in March, pledge $1 to my Patreon campaign now! (The ebook of Dance, Princes, Dance will go on general sale in April for those who don’t mind waiiiiiiting to get it)

Truth is the only currency that will help our heroes, their friends and their stray princes escape the the sinister fairy dance. Time to spill all their secrets, starting with the really juicy ones!

Previous episodes of Dance, Princes, Dance:
Part 1: Armour Up
Part 2: The ‘Team’ in Steam
Part 3: Look at My Shoes
Part 4: Satin and Roses
Part 5: Front Page Shoes
Part 6: Let Nothing You Dismay
Part 7: Old Soldiers
Part 8: Bluebells & Clover
Part 9: Calling Mr Foxglove
Part 10: Dancing With the Stars
Part 11: Kiss Chase
Part 12: Drink Me

For more Castle Charming hijinks, check out the previous adventures of the Royals and the Hounds in Glass Slipper Scandal – podcast edition, or Glass Slipper Scandal – the ebook.

Claim your free copy of Fake Geek Girl here at Instafreebie!

Check out Tansy’s latest short story at Uncanny Magazine: “Some Cupids Kill With Arrows.”

Sheep Might Fly is a Patreon-supported project! Thanks to all my patrons who pledge between $1 and $20 a month to make this podcast happen. If you enjoy my work please consider pledging your support.

Sheep Might Fly: Dance Princes Dance Part 12

New episode of our new Castle Charming serial! Part 12: Drink Me

Weighing wishes, downing skeevy magical cocktails and (hopefully) rescuing princes. Well. Two out of three isn’t bad…

Previous episodes of Dance, Princes, Dance:
Part 1: Armour Up
Part 2: The ‘Team’ in Steam
Part 3: Look at My Shoes
Part 4: Satin and Roses
Part 5: Front Page Shoes
Part 6: Let Nothing You Dismay
Part 7: Old Soldiers
Part 8: Bluebells & Clover
Part 9: Calling Mr Foxglove
Part 10: Dancing With the Stars
Part 11: Kiss Chase

For more Castle Charming hijinks, check out the previous adventures of the Royals and the Hounds in Glass Slipper Scandal – podcast edition, or Glass Slipper Scandal – the ebook.

Claim your free copy of Fake Geek Girl here at Instafreebie!

Check out Tansy’s latest short story at Uncanny Magazine: “Some Cupids Kill With Arrows.”

Sheep Might Fly is a Patreon-supported project! Thanks to all my patrons who pledge between $1 and $20 a month to make this podcast happen. If you enjoy my work please consider pledging your support.

Galactic Suburbia Episode 160

In which the world is on fire but we’re still reading… New episode here.

WHAT’S NEW ON THE INTERNET

Teen Vogue as tool of the revolution – why we shouldn’t be surprised.

Problem Daughters: check out this fantastic crowdfunding project for intersectional feminist stories.

GUFF race (until 1 April)
DUFF race (until 10 March)
Help support these fan funds! Alisa & Alex are hoping to go to Helsinki this year, while friend of the podcast Paul Weimer is hoping to come to Melbourne.

CULTURE CONSUMED

Alisa: Nora Roberts (Bride Quartet); Fangirl Happy Hour; Please Like Me; Travelers; Frequency; Designated Survivor; Younger
Alex: Parable of the Sower, Parable of the Talents, Fledgling, and Dawn, Octavia Butler; River of Teeth, Sarah Gailey; Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities, Bettany Hughes
Tansy: Acts of Kitchen; Wicked (local performance); Heroine Complex, Sarah Kuhn; Ladycastle, Deliah S Dawson (writing) & Ashley A Woods (art); Unstoppable Wasp; Hawkeye; Moana (film & soundtrack), Buffy rewatch check in.

Tansy’s new literary gift shop business: Alice & Austen

Also, Tansy has a story in the latest issue of Uncanny Magazine: Some Cupids Kill With Arrows.

Please send feedback to us at galacticsuburbia@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter at @galacticsuburbs, check out Galactic Suburbia Podcast on Facebook, support us at Patreon and don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes if you love us!

Alice & Austen

It’s officially the end of the summer here in Tasmania, because school starts tomorrow! (we still have at least a month of stunningly hot weather, but the holiday part is over) I’ve had a pretty good January, spending time with my daughters and managing their social lives. We’ve been to the theatre twice — a local production of Wicked which blew the roof off the Theatre Royal, and a very modern and fun take on Alice in Wonderland in the Botanical Gardens.

We’ve been making art and rollerskating and listening to the Moana soundtrack on high repeat. Idyllic childhood stuff, right? (I have not, it cannot be stressed enough, been rollerskating personally)

I’ve also been building a new business.

THE STORY SO FAR

50 years ago this week, Tasmania burned. Fires tore through our state, destroying houses and lives and communities. The ’67 fires are still remembered as the worst of our history. One day after the bushfires were at their worst, my mother Jilli arrived in Tasmania – a young English traveller on a working holiday, who found the mainland heat too much to bear. So she came here, to find Hobart in crisis mode, the bush around the city blackened and charred. She stayed.

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Dance Princes Dance Part 11: Kiss Chase

New episode of our new Castle Charming serial! Part 11: Kiss Chase

Some kissing-themed backstory for our heroes!

Previous episodes of Dance, Princes, Dance:
Part 1: Armour Up
Part 2: The ‘Team’ in Steam
Part 3: Look at My Shoes
Part 4: Satin and Roses
Part 5: Front Page Shoes
Part 6 – Let Nothing You Dismay
Part 7 – Old Soldiers
Part 8 – Bluebells & Clover
Part 9 – Calling Mr Foxglove
Part 10 – Dancing With the Stars

For more Castle Charming hijinks, check out the previous adventures of the Royals and the Hounds in Glass Slipper Scandal – podcast edition, or Glass Slipper Scandal – the ebook.

Claim your free copy of Fake Geek Girl here at Instafreebie!

Sheep Might Fly is a Patreon-supported project! Thanks to all my patrons who pledge between $1 and $20 a month to make this podcast happen. If you enjoy my work please consider pledging your support.

Galactic Suburbia Spoilerific: Class

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New podcast episode to stream or download!

Alex and Tansy pull apart the recent school-set Doctor Who spin off TV show Class, with its YA tropes, diversity, squicky alien creatures and fascinating parent-kid dynamics. But mostly we rave about the awesomeness of Quill. Because she is the best.

Please send feedback to us at galacticsuburbia@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter at @galacticsuburbs, check out Galactic Suburbia Podcast on Facebook, support us at Patreon and don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes if you love us!

Justice League International #18: Where No League Has Gone Before! (October 1988)

Justice_League_International_v.1_18THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Kevin Maguire (Pencils), Al Gordon (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor)

THE PITCH: If you believe the cover, it’s Guy Gardner (soppy brain-damaged GG vs Lobo, with Lobo definitely winning. Cough, this issue is actually all about Barda, and a Lobo vs Barda cover would have looked awesome, just saying.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: In space — J’onn Jonzz the Martian Manhunter, Big Barda, Rocket Red (Dmitri) & Green Lantern (G’nort). On Earth — Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Oberon, Green Flame (Beatriz DaCosta), Ice Maiden (Tora Olafsdotter), Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) and Booster Gold. Still on ice: a snoozing Mister Miracle (Scott Free). Not appearing in this comic: Maxwell Lord, Captain Atom, and does Batman even go to this school anymore?

GUEST STARS: Lord Manga/Manga Khan, L-Ron, Lobo

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THE STORY: Big Barda has MacGuyvered her way across the universe with some of her super friends, using her Mega-Rod in the shuttle’s engines to bypass that pesky hyperspace business. They get to a completely empty patch of space, but Barda refuses to accept that they overshot their mark — she’s proved right when Lord Manga’s Cluster arrives a few minutes later.

Manga is outraged that the JLI got there ahead of him, and is determined not to lose his prize commodity of Mister Miracle, as he hopes this is the leverage he needs to finally open trade with Apokolips. He sends intergalactic assassin Lobo to take out the JLI.

Barda puts her Mega-Rod back together ASAP, battles Lobo and finally takes him out via random teleportation.

She doesn’t care where he ends up — but the rest of the JLI do! They’re relaxing back at headquarters after their Bialya shenanigans, only for a projectile Lobo to crash through the building, inflicting yet another traumatic head injury on Nice Guy Gardner which resets his personality all over again. He’s baaaack…

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Sheep Might Fly: Dance, Princes, Dance Part 10 – Dancing With The Stars

New episode of our new Castle Charming serial! Listen to it here.

Just because it’s a fairy nightclub doesn’t mean it has a VIP area.

Previous episodes of Dance, Princes, Dance:
Part 1: Armour Up
Part 2: The ‘Team’ in Steam
Part 3: Look at My Shoes
Part 4: Satin and Roses
Part 5: Front Page Shoes
Part 6 – Let Nothing You Dismay
Part 7 – Old Soldiers
Part 8 – Bluebells & Clover
Part 9 – Calling Mr Foxglove

For more Castle Charming hijinks, check out the previous adventures of the Royals and the Hounds in Glass Slipper Scandal – podcast edition, or Glass Slipper Scandal – the ebook.

Claim your free copy of Fake Geek Girl here at Instafreebie!

Sheep Might Fly is a Patreon-supported project! Thanks to all my patrons who pledge between $1 and $20 a month to make this podcast happen. If you enjoy my work consider pledging your support to earn rewards, occasional glitter and my eternal gratitude.

Justice League International #17: Only the Dead Know Bialya (September 1988)

cover 17THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Kevin Maguire (Pencils), Al Gordon (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor)

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: J’onn Jonzz the Martian Manhunter, Big Barda, Rocket Red (Dmitri) & Green Lantern (G’nort). Captain Atom & Oberon, Green Flame, Batman, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. Not appearing in this comic: Ice Maiden, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner) and Mister Miracle.

GUEST STARS: Lord Manga Khan, L-Ron, Jack O’Lantern, Queen Bee, Wandjina.

THE STORY: The news about the coup in Bialya and Queen Bee’s new position as leader has reached the US; Captain Atom is ropeable because no one included him on their dangerous missions, while Oberon is busy worrying about Scott, kidnapped in outer space.

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