Beyond the Tropes is returning this spring with The Center for Fiction for the newest session: Speculative Characters.
We will be reading and discussing characters from popular IP starting with Aliens: Vasquez an original story by V. Castro about the origins and rise of the tough Latina Colonial Marine from the Aliens film.
Next up will be Black Panther: Panther’s Rage by Sheree Renee Thomas, an all-new re-imagining of the legendary Black Panther comics arc, Panther’s Rage, in which T’Challa returns to Wakanda to finds violence in the streets, discontent brewing in his people, and the name Killmonger following him everywhere he goes. When a revered storyteller—and T’Challa’s mentor—is murdered, he uncovers the first threads of a growing rebellion that threatens to engulf his beloved Wakanda.
For our final discussion, for the first time, we will be discussing the graphic novel Kiladelphia by Rodney Barnes. When a small town beat cop comes home to bury his murdered father-the revered Philadelphia detective James Sangster Sr.-he begins to unravel a mystery that leads him down a path of horrors and shakes his beliefs to their core. The city that was once the symbol of liberty and freedom has fallen prey to corruption, poverty, unemployment, brutality…and vampires.