artist: annie wu

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne Valente, illustrated by Annie Wu

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.

It comes out June 6, 2017 and I’ve already pre-ordered mine. I love Catherynne M. Valente with the burning fire of a thousand suns and I can’t wait to see her take on this trope. It will be brutal and awesome.

Batman Beyond Fact #82

Did you know Annie Wu still holds a soft spot for Batgirl Beyond even to this day?

Annie Wu worked on the Batgirl Beyond arc during the tail end of Adam Beechen’s story. It dealt with Barbara going to the lower levels of Gotham dealing with several riots in the street and meeting a new Batgirl. While only three issues, Batgirl Beyond grew wildly popular among the fans. SInce then, she has been the artist for several DC titles, such as Dr. Fate and Black Canary.

During a quick interview at C2E2, Annie admitted that she had a blast in Nissa’s introduction story in the comics. “Scott and I talk all the time and we had a lot of ideas still” she admitted. “I loved Nissa and I loved drawing Barbara Gordon. She was such a silver fox” she added with a laugh. It’s currently unknown if she and Scott have pitched any new ideas for the next installment of Batgirl Beyond.