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…
Title: Changes For Molly Author: Valerie Tripp Illustrator: Nick Bakes Summary: Molly can hardly wait for Dad to come home! She’s especially excited because he’ll arrive in time to see her dance the part of Miss Victory in the big Red Cross show. Molly isn’t worried about her tap dancing because she’s the best in Miss LaVonda’s dance class. But she wants to look sophisticated so Dad will know how much she’s grown up while he’s been away at war. Unfortunately, Molly’s hair is all wrong. When Jill finally finds a way to give Molly glorious curls, everything seems to be perfect. Then Molly gets sick. Things couldn’t be worse – until the doctor comes just in time. Initial Thoughts Why the hell did I agonize about putting this off for so long when that back summary gave away nearly the entire book? Seriously though, this project shouldn’t have taken as long as it did for me to complete. That’s all on me, but, I think maybe it’s for the best I did wait until now to finish this recap. Things right now are a nightmare because of the coronavirus pandemic. People are dying and this country’s healthcare system’s finally…
Jude recaps Amelia Rules! #4: Amelia McBride and the Other Side of Yuletide.
bat recaps The Three Musketeers (1993), and provides more in-depth trivia about the movie, the book, and Kiefer Sutherland than anyone else on the planet
Dove recaps Making Out #10: Nina Shapes Up by Katherine Applegate (and Michael Grant) in which Nina is neither shaped nor shapeless, but Zoey is a complete pain in the ass
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.]
Rosey recaps Making Out #7: Lucas Gets Hurt by Katherine Applegate (and Michael Grant) wherein Lucas does indeed get hurt, because he’s a horny toad.
Dove recaps The Famous Five #6: Five on Kirrin Island Again by Enid Blyton, wherein everyone hates on Anne, despite her being the best thing in this. Also, there’s a tower, secrets, adventure, and it’s all incredibly boring.
It’s all food porn, flirtatious farm girls, and SECRET ADVENTURES.
Dove recaps Making Out #5: Claire Gets Caught by Katherine Applegate (and Michael Grant) wherein Claire is outstanding, Lucas is a horny toad, Jake is adorable, Nina and Benjamin are faffy, and there is SNOW!
Dove recaps The Famous Five #3: Five Run Away Together by Enid Blyton, wherein Julian is rather insufferable, but the food – when they get it – is absolutely wizard!
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.