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“Let’s have terrible things happen to a significant woman in the protagonist’s life in order to provide the protagonist with motivation” is neither a new trope, nor one exclusive to comics storytelling, but the medium is rife with examples thereof, six of which are brilliantly tweaked just enough to avoid existing in any particular comic universes in this powerful collection. The characters in Valente’s stories are angry, sad, and fully aware of the way in which they previously existed less as characters in their own right, than as plot devices – just one of the topics they discuss in the strange limboland they exist in, where they periodically gather as the Hell Hath Club in the Lethe Café to recount their tales.
— From Nifty Novels and More from Maryelizabeth
The lives of six female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes. A ferocious riff on women in superhero comics
From the New York Times
bestselling author Catherynne Valente comes a series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who's ever been "refrigerated" comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero's storyline will progress.
In an entirely new and original superhero universe, Valente subversively explores these ideas and themes in the superhero genre, treating them with the same love, gravity, and humor as her fairy tales. After all, superheroes are our new fairy tales and these six women have their own stories to share.