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Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen Paperback – March 14, 2016
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About the Author
Claude Lalumiere has edited thirteen previous anthologies, including one previous volume in the Tesseracts series (the Aurora nominee Tesseracts Twelve: New Canadian Fantastic Fiction) and two previous superhero anthologies, including Super Stories of Heroes and Villains, which was hailed in a starred review by Publishers Weekly as "by far the best superhero anthology." In addition to being a frequent contributor to Tesseracts anthologies, he's the author of Objects of Worship, The Door to Lost Pages, and Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes.
Mark Shainblum was born and raised in Montreal, where he and illustrator Gabriel Morrissette co-created the comics series Northguard and the bestselling humour book series Angloman, which later appeared as a weekly strip in The Montreal Gazette. Mark also collaborated on the Captain Canuck daily newspaper strip and Canadiana: The New Spirit of Canada, a webcomic featuring the first female Canadian flag superhero with her own series. In the late 1990s he co-edited the Aurora Award-winning anthology Arrowdreams: An Anthology of Alternate Canadas with John Dupuis. Mark currently lives Ottawa with his wife Andrea and daughter Maya.
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The Island Way by Mary Pletsch and Dylan Blacquiere – I wanted more. I want to know the stories of what came before.
Blunt Instruments by Geoff Hart – A perfect snapshot of a much bigger story, it felt complete while leaving me intrigued.
Bloodhound by Marcelle Dubé – The classic loner who cares.
The Jam: A Secret Bowman by Bernard E. Mireault – I just liked it.
In the Name of Free Will by A. C. Wise – One of the darker stories in the collection, touching on the complexity of superheroes and their relationships with villains and loved ones.
Lost and Found by Luke Murphy – Finding purpose when life just got complicated.
Crusher and Typhoon by Brent Nichols – A historical steampowered hero story.
Black Sheep by Jason Sharp – Oh, the joy this story brought me. There is a part of me that loves to take the side of the "villain."
Midnight Man versus Doctor Death by Chadwick Ginther – Classic story of using “dark” powers for good, making tough choices.
SÜPER by Corey Redekop – I found this story hilarious.
Bedtime for Superheroes by Leigh Wallace – I think this one was my favorite. Marie is a fantastic character.
The Ride and Fall of Captain Stupendous by P. E. Bolivar – Another kinda dark story, with some good twists. Makes you think about the motivations of public superheroes.
A Week in the Superlife by Alex C. Renwick – Kinda depressing but interesting take on the superhero story.
For a moment I was worried that as an American I would be missing something reading a book of stories set in Canada, but while I'm sure some of the settings might be clearer in my mind if I knew the locations by name I did not feel like my experience was lessened by that fact.
I would highly recommend this book to any fan of superheroes, supervillains, comic books, or short stories. I tend to find new authors from peer recommendations or anthologies, so I will definitely be looking up many of these authors and checking out other works by the editors.
I received a free copy from the publisher via Librarything.com, in return for an honest review.
A female super-villain breaks out of prison and crashes her family's barbecue, in order to visit her dying grandmother. The rest of the family is not thrilled about her sudden appearance. When a superhero is injured in battle, does he or she go to the local hospital, or to a special superhero hospital? After the public adulation has disappeared, and the government no longer needs their services, what is a superhero to do? Are they forced to fly around the city, carrying a giant "Available" sign, like an airborne taxi?
A woman becomes sidekick to Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of lost things. A native of Prince Edward Island passes up a chance to join an all-Canadian league of superheroes. There is a story about a person who sets herself on fire, and then reincarnates, like a human phoenix. A female friend of Captain Freedom was murdered, chopped to pieces and pinned to a wall as a warning for the Captain. Now she's back from the dead.
Not only is this an excellent bunch of stories, it's also an excellent addition to the superhero universe. There is a lot more to being a superhero than fighting evil.