Episode 27: Off With Their Heads

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    Saga #19, Ms. Marvel #4, Trees #1, Captain Marvel #3 and C.O.W.L. #1 | Saga is back! And Brian K. Vaughan's not interested in easing us back in gently. Ms. Marvel finally dons her own costume and claims her own superhero identity, while Captain Marvel teaches us about the folly of hubris. We also discuss Trees, the newest book from Warren Ellis (Iron Man, Wolverine, Transmetropolitan, everything else), which we agree would make a pretty great TV show, but was maybe not enough to convince us to commit to yet another comic.
  • This Week in the Book Report
    Series vs. Standalone | We fly by the seat of our pants on this segment to talk about the comparative merits and weaknesses of series fiction. Mostly weaknesses. Think we're fooling you about the wide variety of cozy mysteries? Think again. Feel free to defend your favorite series in the comments below; we'd love to hear from you!
  • Maleficent & Female Villains
    We saw Maleficent this weekend (along with millions of other Americans) and it was...okay? Still, we declare it a win for movies headlined by women. Money speaks, after all. From there, we discuss some of our favorite female baddies, from Dolores Umbridge to Chelsea Cain, the characteristics that make a villain truly terrifying, and what traits female villains in particular tend to have in common. We also talk about this disturbing scene from The Rescuers.

 Thanks for listening!