This NCBD, May 15th, sees the return of Magdelene Visaggio and Jen Vaughn’s punk rock, magical grrrl ComiXology Originals series, Teenage Wasteland with issue #2 seeing the light of day. Or, at least, the backlight of whatever gadget you’ll be downloading it and reading it on.
Here’s Visaggio’s rather intriguing philosophical thoughts behind the series that grew out of her own experiences of the media back in the day:
I grew up watching Power Rangers and other toku imports, and when you’re a kid, that stuff is a power fantasy. You get all these cool abilities and weapons and robots and fight evil. Who wouldn’t want that? But the older I got, the more I started to see it differently: it’s the weaponization of teenagers. And then you start seeing it everywhere, right up to classics like X-Men. So that seemed like a unique jumping-off point. How can you ever trust Zordon? What does it mean to make children fight your war for you? So that’s the heart of it for me: questioning the premise of stuff like MMPR and looking at the way conflict defines people — and shatters them.
Here’s the lowdown on the series and our preview of said issue now:
Smart-mouthed Ellie Tweed is the jerkhole new girl in school who falls in with the wrong crowd, who happen to have an explosive secret: they aren’t just teenage girls with attitude, they are the Earth’s secret defenders! And Ellie is their newest recruit.