Unlike Bruce Banner, who was always angry, Lars Petersen had learned to control his transformative temper. Or so he thought. In “Slouching Towards Ragnarok” by Frank Byrns (Superhero Monster Hunter: The Good Fight / Edited by Miles Boothe / First Printing: Coming Soon), Petersen was doing his best to live life as a normal person. But the government (or a complicit secret organization) wanted to provoke the beast within him. In his puny human form, Petersen was useless – small and weak. But as the rampaging Ragnarok, he became a weapon and/or invaluable test subject. The Agents of S.M.A.S.H. found a way to harness the incredible power of the Hulk. Convincing Ragnarok to get with the program, however, might be a little bit tricky. After all, what do you do with a monster with a broken heart?
The Book Smugglers, a website dedicated to speculative and genre fiction, will publish a couple of superhero projects in 2016, including its first novel acquisition. Starting in the spring of next year, expect to see Hurricane Heels, a series of five interconnected short stories by Isabel Yap, and Waking Gifts, the fourth novel in Susan Jane Bigelow’s Extrahuman series. If you’re an author you may want to bookmark the Book Smugglers website. It plans to announce an open call for superhero-themed story submissions, along with guidelines and instructions, very soon.
Crimson Son by Russ Linton has been on our “to read” list for over a year. And one of these days (fingers crossed) we hope to sit down and read it. In the meantime, Linton is back with another effort called Empty Quiver (First Printing: June 2015). It is a novella length anthology that further explores the author’s Crimson Son universe. Here’s the description: “The Augments were superhumans designed by the government to be living war machines. But now that the war is over, what happens next?” According to Amazon, Linton’s new book “features five personal tales of a history gone wrong,”
Jonathan Liu has posted another welcome roundup of superhero fiction at GeekDad.com. This time he takes a peek at The Ables by Jeremy Scott, Villainous by Matthew Cody, Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities by Mike Jung, and Superheroes Anonymous by Lexie Dunne. As an added bonus, he even throws in a couple of superhero non-fiction reviews. For another handy roundup of superhero novels, check out the recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch article: Super Reading for Super Readers.
WWWWD. As the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta (according to New 52 retcon), Wonder Woman is both an ambassador of peace and the goddess of war. In an upcoming book called The World According to Wonder Woman (By Matthew K. Manning and Paul Bulman / First Printing: October 2015 / ISBN: 9781608875306), Diana shares her unique perspective on being a demigoddess, a superhero, and a feminist icon. Maybe she’ll even dish the dirt on her boyfriend Superman. You never know.
Day of the Destroyers is a brand new and all-original mosaic novel featuring a host of pulp heroes like the Green Lama, the Phantom Detective, and the Black Bat. Several of the contributors (Joe Gentile, Gary Phillips, Ron Fortier, Tommy Hancock, and Adam Lance Garcia) sat down recently for a fun group interview (here). BTW: We think it’s cute the way Phillips quotes our review of his book, Astonishing Heroes.
Reviews: Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond (here and here). The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris (here, here, here, here, and here). Superhero School: Alien Attack by Alan MacDonald (here). Going Through the Change by Samantha Bryant (here). Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (here).
For your reading pleasure: Batman: Arkham Knight – The Riddler’s Gambit by Alex Irvine. Dreams of Flying by J.D. Brink. All-New Ghost Rider, Vol. 2: Legend by Felipe Smith and Damion Scott. Babes in Arms: Women in the Comics During WWII by Trina Robbins and others (available 08.04.15). Ghosts of Karnak by George Mann (available 08.13.15). The Complete Wimmen’s Comix edited by Trina Robbins (available 09.05.15).