Oh, I do get around.
And now, it so happens, I’ve had something of a run-in with Red Sonja, too. A little while back, Dynamite Entertainment bought the rights to Red Sonja, and it’s been re-imagined by my pal Gail Simone. I really like Gail, and what she’s done with the character. The inherent sexism in the character’s backstory has been essentially erased, and now she’s smart, bawdy, strong—both physically, morally, and in her depth of thought—and sees a world that can be better. And she’s willing to cut off the head of a demon or two to make sure it happens. Gail is an outspoken supporter of women's and LGBT rights, so this new take on Red Sonja is no surprise for me. I like it.
The new issue (#11) is a fun story, and I won’t give it away. But it’s worth picking up if only for a familiar character … and Gail says there’s more to come in #12. I will definitely be picking that one up, too.
*Correction, Aug. 16 at 16:00 UTC: ARG! I originally wrote that I was quoted in Ant Man, but it was in The All New Atom. That's my own silly fault: Gail wrote that issue as well, and when I was talking to her about it at a convention last year, I accidentally called it Ant Man. I was embarrassed by that! Now, somehow, the two have become conflated in my head, and apparently I am doomed to make that mistake over and again for the rest of my life. Sorry, Gail!
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“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.