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*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.


Last week here at Wonder Woman Wednesday, we talked about the iconic nature of Wonder Woman's star-spangled panties. Hot on the heels of my blog, the most recent issue of Wonder Woman was released under the watchful eye of the writer/artist, husband/wife team of David and Meredith Finch. Ahem . . . The most recent issue debuted a new costume, because no one demanded it. Diana, a badass Amazon, is now covered from head to toe in a horribly designed, aesthetically unappealing bastardization of the iconic outfit that endeared legions of fans in the 1940s.

The following is an interview with Valerie Estelle Frankel, editor of the recently released book, The Comics of Joss Whedon: Critical Essays. In this interview, Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon chats with Frankel about her passion for pop culture, her extensive resume in geek-themed essay collections, and what Whedon fans can expect from The Comics of Joss Whedon!

The following is an interview with Steven Alloway, producer of Spirit OnStage's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Alloway about the inspiration behind bringing the classic to the stage once again, the creative process of the cast and crew, and where you can purchase tickets for the performance!

“We’ll make a sailor out of you yet.”
    -- Commander Benjamin Sisko


By now everyone knows what “jumping the shark” means. It’s the inverse that a lot of people have trouble with. The term, according to TV Tropes, is “growing the beard,” and it references the second season of Star Trek: TNG when Riker farmed his familiar facial hair. The beard itself wasn’t the reason for the quality -- it was more that TNG figured out it wasn’t TOS -- but the beard is useful shorthand to know whether or not you’re about to waste an hour or not. The weird thing is that it works pretty well with DS9, too. Granted, there are plenty of great episodes before Sisko grows his goatee, but if you see it, you’re practically guaranteed a good time.

Welcome back to another week of Wonder Woman Wednesday. This week, I invite you to show us your underalls as we discuss Diana's star-spangled panties. Really? Indeed.

*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.


"Call me Caitlynn," was the headline on the cover of Vanity Fair reintroducing Olympic Medalist turned reality star Bruce Jenner to society after his transition into a woman. Accompanying the much-repeated headline, a glamour shot of Caitlynn by famed celebrity photographer Annie Liebowitz.

“I’m afraid the fault, dear Tain, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
     -- Elim Garak


It’s not even a controversial statement anymore to say that TV is better than movies. We can pretty much take it as a given, excepting certain works of genius like Fury Road. The pertinent part of that statement, though, is why this is a given, and the answer is simple. In movies, executives are in charge. In TV, writers are. The reason I bring this up is that this week’s episode, “The Die is Cast,” (a.k.a. Improbable Cause Part 2: The Legend of Curly’s Gold) is the first in which Ira Steven Behr was executive producer, and his presence is immediately evident.

I recently wrote a blog about the "character assassination" of The Scarlet Witch, putting her in with a group of good characters who seem to get the shaft over and over again for seemingly no good reason.The subject of this week's Wonder Woman Wednesday, Donna Troy, is definitely a member of that club.

Warning: The park opens this week.

And we, here at Garlic, My Soul, are already planning our trip to Isla Nublar. There is a fantastic and thorough map of the park up at Jurassic World’s website. You can peruse the attractions, exhibits, and dining choices.

But, what are our snack options between Margaritaville and the Hilton Isla Nublar? What will serve as that much-needed blood-sugar boost while we ride the monorail between Triceratops Territory and T. Rex Kingdom?

“The truth is usually just an excuse for a lack of imagination.”
     -- Elim Garak


As I’ve been working my way through the series, I’ve been singling out my favorite episodes of each season. Thus far, they have one thing in common: Cardassians. That will hold true for next season’s favorite, as well, and probably beyond, but I don’t remember. I love them partially because, in their minds, they are the great heroes of the galaxy. They are the rightful Stalinist overlords of the Alpha Quadrant, and if all these other races would only realize it, maybe we could get some order around here. In this week’s episode, we turn to not only my favorite Cardassian, but my favorite character overall, the exile/spy/mystery man/simple tailor, Elim Garak.

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