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The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files Paperback – September 20, 2011
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a joy to come back to again and again.
A number of fine writers contribute stories to this volume, including Will Murray, Mark Ellis, Win Scott Eckert, Ron Fortier, and Howard Hopkins among others I wasn't at all familiar with. All know their business though.
In the stories are a number of references fans of both pulp and comics will recognize. One story opens with a murder in The Cobalt Club. The club is also mentioned in a second story. Mention is made of the U.S.'s only success in creating a super soldier. Characters in another entry are named John Carter and a twelve year old boy named Billy Batson.
My favorite piece was a novella teaming The Avenger up with Richard Wentworth, The Spider, in a side-by-side battle with the King of The Vampires. Two more different heroes couldn'te brought together. The Spider uses his twin .45s against his opponents and The Avenger goes out of his way to not deliberately kill anyone.
Excellent set of short fiction.
In fact, one Kenneth Robeson, Will Murray, pens a tale in this tome. "The Changeling" is typical Murray, class and suspense all the way. The stories presented in this book are:
The Flames of Tragedy
East Wind, Rain
Happy Death Men
Vengeance is Mine
The Devil's Workmen
The Breath of Destruction
Devil's Dark Harvest
The Medicine Murders
The Blood Moon
Having read every tale in the book, I am very impressed with the variety of themes, and insight into Richard Benson. The origin of Mike and Ike, is very compelling. Happy Death Men, Vengeance, Inc and Snow Blind are just three of my top 5 in this collection.
Fans of pulp, and fans of the Avenger SHOULD buy this book. A hidden hero, is a dead hero. The Avenger will always live!