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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Prime Books (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607013800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607013808
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BlueFairy on April 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
New Release - I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for the purpose of review.

Premise: A new anthology of fiction based around the title theme.

From other reviews of this book online, I expected to like it a bit more than I did, but I did still enjoy it. Like most anthologies, this was a mixed bag. The first few, especially, I thought were just fine, nothing too exciting. The last one I found long, meandering, annoying and pointless.

In general, I think the target market for this book are people with a casual knowledge of superheroes, but who aren't really hardcore comic fans. For example, I enjoyed The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm, which followed the average citizens of a country ruled by a supervillain, and Tonight We Fly, about an aging hero, but these aren't any more inventive or interesting than stories that have already been told with Dr Doom or in Astro City. Not necessarily less interesting either, but I didn't feel like new ground was being broken.

There were some stories I really liked, though. Wild Cards, about a Federal Unit investigating a criminal with a superpower was pretty great, and Dirae, by Peter S. Beagle, was tremendously evocative and had lovely prose. Also Dr. Death vs. the Vampire and Super Family were both pretty solid superhero stories. The Biggest had a great retro style.

I overall enjoyed this collection, but it suffered, for me, from comparison with some of the great comic writing I've read over the years. Also, I found the foreword highly pretentious and it lowered my expectations for the whole enterprise.

Still, some strong stories, some weak, and the majority good but not great.
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It's interesting how science fiction/fantasy has spun off a subgenre of "Superhero fiction." Previously, Superheroes were only found in comic books, but sometime during the last ten or fifteen years, superhero fiction has explicitly found its way into prose.

Admittedly, in the past, a great deal of science fiction was about superheroes. Mutants are superheroes, for example. Poul Anderson's The Sensitive Man about a person who is trained into superhuman abiliites is a story about a superhero. Likewise, Henry Kuttner's Mutant was a wonderful cycle of stories about an oppressed race of telepaths long before the X-Men.

The modern superhero genre is different somehow in being self consciously aware of its own "kitschiness." It also adheres rigorously to the rules of superheroes - superheroes are noble and brave, they are opposed by super villians, they have cool names and costumes, etc.

Where superhero fiction seems to diverge from the comics in spending more time on the nitty-gritty reality of being a real superhero who actually lives. What would it be like to be Superman who is lapsing into a long, long process of dying of old age but cannot die? What would it be like to be the people on the ground in Dr. Doom's kingdom as it is invaded, yet again, by superheroes? What would it be like to be a superhero who is also the father of a teenage girl?

This is an anthology and the quality of the stories vary, undoubtedly according to taste. I found the quality to be uniformly good and the stories entertaining.
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9 of 19 people found the following review helpful By cherie on February 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
I do love me some superheros. Granted I can’t tell you which Robin was which in what order, or name off every villain in the Marvel universe. But I do enjoy the occasional graphic novel reading or superhero movie. So I was really glad to get to read this collection. But will the review be good? How will Batman get rid of that bomb? What will Hulk smash today?
Ahem. Sorry about that. Seriously though, the review.
This collection of short stories was gathered together with the theme of superheroes in mind. A theme which scores instant points with me. The fact some of the stories are written by well-known writers (Peter S Beagle of “The Last Unicorn” fame for example.) only serve to give it more points.
In the end, what is the score? Read on gentle reader.
I enjoyed this collection so much. I’ll admit in many collections there is a story or two I will skip if it doesn’t grab my interest. That did not happen here. Every story had interesting characters or an engaging plot to it.
A wonderful collection of Superhero short stories that is indeed worth your time and money. So with that gentle reader I go on to my next book. To the bookmobile!
RATING: 10 out of 10.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tom on May 29, 2013
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Good sale. But it's friggin' STUPID that I have to write a minimum number of words. Crap. Three more to go.
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