Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad

I wanted to like Suicide Squad. And, indeed, I liked parts of it. But it had one glaring, inescapable flaw: the plot was a mess. I’ve gone into a bit more detail over at my Women Write About Comics review.

The film was commercial success and Suicide Squad 2 seems an inevitability. Sequels that improve upon the originals are scarcely unheard of amongst superhero films — Superman 2, Spider-Man 2, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Iron Man 3, The Dark Knight, X-Men 2, X-Men First Class — so perhaps next time we see them, the Squad will have their act together.

We can hope, at least…

KotakuInAction: where reading comprehension goes to die

KotakuInAction

You know, if you’re going to join a campaign for journalistic reform, then it would help if you were able to actually read a blog post before passing judgment. But alas, it appears that a good chunk of Gamergate fails to meet this rather low bar.

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2016 Hugo Reviews: Novelettes

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My second article on the 2016 Hugo prose fiction finalists is up at Women Write About Comics.

Last time, I covered stories about cat photographs, biological warfare, killer starfish, gay dinosaurs and John Scalzi; this time around, the topics are spunky cyberpunks, spacefaring samurai, virtual reality, pop-up cities and ethics in murder journalism.

The above illustration, incidentally, is by Galen Dara and accompanies Brooke Bolander’s story “And You Shall Know Her By The Trail Of Dead”.

Women in British Animation

Erica Russell's Feet of Song

I’ve started a new series of articles at Women Write About Comics: Women in British Animation.

This is a subject that I’ve long been interested in. Eleven or twelve years ago I gained access to my college library, complete with animation tapes from the BFI’s Connoisseur Video line. Jan Svankmajer, the Brothers Quay, Aardman Animations… and the Wayward Girls & Wicked Women series.

I can remember being fascinated by the fact that there was a whole movement of feminist animation in the UK from the seventies through to the nineties – a movement that, sadly, seems largely forgotten today. I am positively relishing the opportunity to shed some light on this body of work.