The Refrigerator Monologues

Saga: S. & S. Jun. 2017. 160p. ISBN 9781481459341. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481459365. FANTASY
OrangeReviewStar"Refrigerated" comic book women are characters who are abused, killed, or otherwise taken out of the story line, usually to a comic (male) superhero's benefit. Valente introduces six members of the Hell Hath Club, refrigerated women who gather at the local coffee shop to share their stories of how they arrived in Deadtown, either by accident or through the intent of their superhero boyfriends or their own superpowers. Tales of a villainous face-off, a choice between good and evil, a savior-turned-destroyer, and more chronicle the devastating effects of love and hate.
VERDICT Valente (Radiance, Palimpsest) proves her adroitness with imagery and emotion in this extraordinary book of linked stories.
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