Category Archives: Published in 2013

Tokyo Pop

In his afterword, author Casey Glanders says that he wanted to write an adventure story involving a female lead that didn’t revolve around romance. The author is trying to make a point (we think) about the preponderance of genre stories … Continue reading

Posted in Published in 2013 | Tagged , ,

The Holy Warrior

Titan was a superhero fortified with the power of God. But instead of using his heavenly gifts to counsel the meek or feed the hungry or shelter the homeless, Titan spent most of his time pummeling giant skeleton monsters and … Continue reading

Posted in Published in 2013 | Tagged ,

Liberty Belle

Without a doubt, there are a lot of things to like about the comely, flag-waving superheroine named Liberty Girl. And all of these good things are present in her prose fiction debut. Many readers will enjoy her “woman-out-of-time” conundrum. Others … Continue reading

Posted in Published in 2013 | Tagged , ,

The Wild Ones

In Wesley King’s first book (The Vindico), five young kids were abducted by a group of supervillains, given superpowers, and trained in the art of villainy. Ultimately, these “protégés” rebelled against their mentors and dropped out of supervillain school permanently. … Continue reading

Posted in Published in 2013 | Tagged , ,

Pinkerton by Name, Armadillo by Nature

Like whiskey, we like our hardboiled fiction neat. And the same goes for our superhero fiction too. We prefer the real thing to parody, caricature, or homage. Straight no chaser, as they say. And that’s why we were initially wary … Continue reading

Posted in New/Old Pulp, Published in 2013 | Tagged , ,

Superhero Novels: The Best of 2013 and a Peek at 2014

This was the first year we seriously considered expanding our year-end Top 5 list to an inclusive Top 10 list. It would have been easy to do. For example, four excellent short story collections were published this year and they … Continue reading

Posted in Best Of, Published in 2013 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Everybody Cut Loose

Question: Is overpowered a bad thing? In other words, is there such a thing as having too much power? Does Superman wish for diminished invulnerability? Would Thor trade his mighty Mjolnir for a rubber mallet? Answer: Of course not. Being … Continue reading

Posted in Published in 2013 | Tagged , ,