Title: Suburban Jersey Ninja She-Devils – “Jagged Image” Writer: Steve Gerber Pencils: Amanda Conner Inks: Jeff Albrecht Colors: Michael Higgins Letters: Janice Chiang Editor: Terry Kavanagh Editor-In-Chief: Tom DeFalco Summary: A group of suburban ninjas must face a demonic threat in New Jersey. Initial Thoughts With the American Girl recaps finally done, I can freely focus on doing 90s comic recaps without feeling guilt. This particular recap’s been left unfinished since 2018. Suburban Jersey Ninja She-Devils is one of my favorite one-shot comics from the 90s, and it is bizarre as the title leads you to believe. Its two immediate claims to fame are being written by Steve Gerber and penciled by Amanda Conner. Gerber’s famous for co-creating Man-Thing and Howard the Duck, while Conner would go on to be recognized as THE Power Girl artist and one-half of the modern day creative team behind the current Harley Quinn mythos (alongside her husband Jimmy Palmiotti). It’s a little weird, because you can recognize Conner’s artwork but this is back when she had more of an adult Archie Comics vibe (well before Riverdale and the rebooted line). The title immediately brings to mind Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja…
Wing recaps Making Out #11: Ben Takes a Chance by Katherine Applegate (and Michael Grant) and yells a lot about how people are not objects to own, goddamn it.
Title: Zoey Plays Games Front Blurb: Life was bliss for Zoey and Lucas until Aaron showed up on the island. Now Aaron wants Zoey. Claire wants Aaron and Zoey’s got a secret that EVERYONE is talking about. How long before Lucas finds out that Zoey Plays Games Back Blurb: Zoey plays games with Aaron and sets off a wave of broken hearts. Because Lucas is in love with Zoey, Claire has vowed to make Aaron her own. But the island is too small for big secrets. Initial thoughts: I don’t remember this book. It’s Zoey story, so that’s probably why. Fun fact- this is the first Making Out book that wasn’t written by Grapplegate – they handed the series over to ghostwriters from book 9. Also, there are also no more reprints for these later books, so it’s firmly nostalgia from here onwards. [Dove: Oh good, a Zoey book. You know how highly I regard the Passmore family in general, and Zoey in particular. This is the point where I really got sick of her nonsense, I think.] [Wing: I’m pretty sure life wasn’t bliss for Zoey and Lucas, book, but cool. Coooool.]
Wing recaps Baby-Sitters Club 7: Claudia and Mean Janine by Ann M. Martin and it’s all complicated family feelings all the time up in here.
Rosey recaps Making Out #4: Ben’s in Love by Katherine Applegate (and Michael Grant), in which Benjamin is confused over which Geiger he loves, Jake is a car wreck, consent is very iffy, Nina is so cool, and Aisha is the baddest badass that ever badassed.
Dove Recaps Making Out #3: Nina Won’t Tell, wherein Nina is the bravest of the brave and the funniest of the funny. Proceed with caution as this recap discusses and references the sexual abuse of a minor.
Title: Jake Finds Out Front Blurb: Zoey fooled around behind Jake’s back with Lucas, who used to go out with Claire. Claire’s falling in love with Jake, but she’s got a secret only Lucas knows, and she’s dreading what will happen when… Jake finds out. Back Blurb: They’ve all grown up together on a tiny island. They think they know everything about one another… but they’re only just beginning to find out the truth. Jake finds out, and life on the island will never be the same. First Zoey, his old girlfriend, betrayed him. Now Claire, his new love, has hurt him too. Somebody’s going to pay… Initial Thoughts Things are moving awfully quickly for Claire to be Jake’s new love. Also, that “somebody’s going to pay” line makes it sound like Jake is about to go on a spree killing, which would be a very different kind of story. [Wing: ETA February 2: I have no idea why a version went out in January without any comments. It has been deleted and this is the real version. Sorry for any confusion.] [Dove: Sorry I’m late, I was due to comment on this last night, but instead I was really ill.]…
Dove recaps Making Out #1: Zoey Fools Around by Katherine Applegate (and Michael Grant). And Nina Geiger is still THE BEST.