Paycheck Friday: Celebrate Joss Whedon with a trip down memory lane

May 08, 2015 | 6:18 p.m.

It’s time for a new installment of Paycheck Friday, Hero Complex’s weekly roundup of some of our favorite toys, books, games and other merchandise.

The news heard around the geek world this week was “Avengers: Age of Ultron” director Joss Whedon leaving the Twitterverse. Whedon eventually spoke out about why he exited the social media network, so this week’s paycheck will be spent paying tribute to his choice by celebrating the Whedon women we love.

Anthony Stewart Head and Sarah Michelle Gellar in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." (Richard Cartwright / The WB)

Anthony Stewart Head and Sarah Michelle Gellar in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” (Richard Cartwright / The WB)

The woman who started it all, of course, was Buffy Summers. She was the one girl in all the world chosen to stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness, or so it went in Whedon’s breakout hit TV show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

This week’s first pick is “The Little Book of Whittling” by Chris Lubkemann. This introductory guide is great for those new to the ways of whittling, as well as those with experience looking to take on new projects, and even features details on proper whittling tools and materials.

Why whittling? What good is a Slayer without a lucky stake? Buffy had her trusty Mr. Pointy, a present from her fellow Slayer Kendra. With “The Little Book of Whittling,” you too can learn the proper technique to whittle a new stake for yourself or to give to any budding Slayers in your life.

The book would also serve as a nice change of pace from all the “Buffy” comics you’re probably reading.

Next in our roundup is a Serenity silicone mold that is freezer-, dishwasher- and oven-safe. Which means you can make ice, candy and even baked goods in the shape of your favorite Firefly-class ship.

Although “Firefly” did not have near as long a run as “Buffy,” Whedon’s space western featured beyond its fair share of memorable women. The ship’s manifest included Zoë Washburne, the loyal soldier and Serenity’s second-in-command; Kaylee Frye, the ship’s shiny-eyed mechanic; Inara Serra, a high-society Companion; and River Tam, who could kill you with her brain.

What better way to honor all of them than by toasting with a beverage chilled with Serenity-shaped ice?

This week’s final pick is the comic series “Kill Shakespeare,” by Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery.

Whedon took on his own Shakespeare project with his movie “Much Ado About Nothing,” giving us his modernized take on the heroine Beatrice.

While “Kill Shakespeare” doesn’t feature Beatrice (or does it? You’ll have to read it to find out), the series does feature other familiar Shakespeare characters plucked from their various stories and re-imagined for a new adventure. Follow as such favorites as Hamlet, Juliet and Falstaff take on the evil Richard III and Lady MacBeth. Recommended for Whedon and Shakespeare fans alike.

– Tracy Brown | @tracycbrown |@LATHeroComplex

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