I’m thrilled to be part of the new anthology After the Avengers: From Joss Whedon’s Hottest, Newest Franchises to the Future of the Whedonverse. It’s available as a eBook from Amazon for $7.99 and includes essays on Whedon’s comics, independent movies, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. My essay, “Watching the Whore: The Treatment of Jules in Cabin in the Woods,” explores the way the characters, the audience, and the directors of Whedon’s quirky horror movie are complicit in Jules’ fate. Other essays speculate about future Shakespeare projects, and tackle how Whedon is seen cross-culturally. It’s an ambitious, wide-ranging anthology.
Right now excerpts from three essays are available for free online. “I’m Every Bit The S.H.I.E.L.D Agent You Are: Exploring Opposing Masculinities”, by Scott Interrante, examines the contrast between Grant Ward and Leo Fitz, as well as male characters in other Whedon properties.
“Though This be Madness, Yet There is Method in It: Speculating on Adaptations of Shakespeare,” by Carl Wilson, wonders what might be next for Whedon after Much Ado About Nothing.
“Whedon’s Women: Melinda May and Maria Hill as Transgressive Superheroines,” by Dr. Leanne McRae discusses how these characters function in the culture constructs of superheroes.
I hope you’ll check this anthology out, and remember that an honest review is the greatest gift you can give an author (besides coffee).