Ka-Pow! is a brand-new superhero anthology curated by the good folks at Timid Pirate Publishing. We spotted some interesting names in the table of contents—most notably Phoenix Jones, Seattle’s No. 1 real-life superhero. We decided to contact the book’s publisher to get the scoop on Jones’ transition from superhero to author.
“Timid Pirate initiated contact with Phoenix Jones about one of his online posts,” says the book’s editor, Caroline Dombrowski, “and we’re happy to have his blessing in including a revised version in our anthology. His piece jumped out at us because it touched on the complexity of living life as a superhero (managing personal relationships and mood swings), as well as delving into the true reality (and in this case, comedy) of fighting crime as a superhero.”
“Tweedle D and Tweedle Dum” is a non-fiction piece focusing on Jones’ superhero experiences, and Dombrowski thinks it may be his publishing debut. But fear not citizens of Seattle, your emerald knight won’t forsake you for the spoils of literary fame. Says the editor: “It seems obvious that Phoenix Jones’ main focus is to fight crime, above any sort of writing career. But he can be quite literary at times and has mentioned on Facebook that he is working on a book. We look forward to seeing what comes out of him in the future!” Visit the Timid Pirate website for more information.
Here’s a highly critical review of Robert Mayer’s seminal novel, Superfolks. Warning: if your name is Kurt Busiek you might not want to read the following snippet. “Superfolks is an embarrassingly bad novel,” says the critic. ”I mean really bad. Cringe-worthy. If it were not for my scholarly interest in this kind of text I would have never finished it. It is just that bad. It tries really hard to be funny, but is burdened with a lot of 1970s off-color humor that just doesn’t work. It doesn’t work now and I can’t imagine that it really worked then unless you were a 16-year-old, sex and comics-obsessed boy named Kurt Busiek.”
iBoy is a story about a teenager who acquires superpowers when he gets bopped over the head with a smartphone. Despite its wiggy premise, we gave Kevin Brooks’ novel a good review back in 2010. And now (surprise!) there’s going to be an iBoy movie. It’s official: a positive review from us will guarantee a big screen adaptation.
Reviews: Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy by Joe Sergi (here). The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar (here and here). Battling Boy by Paul Pope (here). Power Under Pressure by Andrew P. Mayer (here). The Night Gwen Stacy Died by Sarah Bruni (here). Seductive Powers by Rebecca Royce (here).
For your reading pleasure: “Mitosis” by Brandon Sanderson. Bandette, Vol. 1: Presto! by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover. Superhero Tales: A Collection of Female Superhero Stories edited by Rebecca Fyfe. Hero Worship by Christopher E. Long. The Crimson Mask, Vol. 1 by Terrence P. McCauley, Gary Lovisi, C. William Russette, and J. Walt Layne. Apex by Adam Moon. The Reality Engineers, Vol 1: What Happens at Con Stays at Con by William Andy Hainline. H.I.V.E.: Aftershock by Mark Walden (available 04.01.14). Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine by Tim Hanley (available 04.01.14). The Green Lama: Scions by Adam Lance Garcia (available 04.15.14). Minion by John David Anderson (available 06.24.14). Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones (available 07.15.14). How to be a Superhero by Sue Fliess and Nikki Dyson (available 07.22.14). Black Ice by Susan Krinard (available 08.12.14). The League of Seven by Alan Gratz (available 08.19.14).