Category Archives: Short Story Collections

Face/Off

It hasn’t happened yet. But at some point, an author is going to sit down and bang out a big, whopping superhero novel. Something hefty like The Brothers Karamazov or Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. And why … Continue reading

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Big Bang

We’re all living in a superhero universe. Just take a quick look around. Computers give us instant access to a large chunk of the world’s knowledge and almost limitless externalized memory. Thanks to personal technology we have telescopic vision, super-hearing, … Continue reading

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Swingin’ Tales

Recently, we sat down and reread Watchmen for the third (or maybe fourth) time. Overall it’s a fine example of superhero fiction. Alan Moore re-imagined a bunch of half-forgotten characters and changed the world forever. Superheroes would never be the … Continue reading

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Tales to Astonish

The official title of Gary Phillips’ latest book is Astonishing Heroes: Shades of Justice. But a better title would have been: Ten the Hard Way. That’s because this collection of ten short stories features a riotous mix of tough guys, … Continue reading

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Angel Heartbreak

Now that we’ve reached the third volume of the Secret World Chronicle, we respectfully claim the right to bitch about certain reoccurring characters and subplots. After nearly 1,400 pages, we’ve put in our time. Don’t get us wrong. Mercedes Lackey … Continue reading

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Good Company

Over the years there have been thousands of stories written about heroes (super or otherwise). From Gilgamesh to Odysseus to Kal-El to Luke Skywalker, the hero’s journey continues to be an enduring monomyth encompassing drama, myth, and ritual. In every … Continue reading

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Powderpuff Girls

“Male is not the default gender for superhero,” said She-Hulk in her prose novel debut last year. And we completely agree. It’s good to see, after so many years, that writers are finally, ever so slowly, starting to address the … Continue reading

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