Who Can Save Us Now? by Owen King and John McNally (Free Press, 2008)

When I sat down to try and describe this anthology, I found myself at a loss for words. I tried to be witty, but nothing was working. I tried to be ironic, but that failed. I even tried to be … Continue reading

Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book, by Jordan Raphael and Tom Spurgeon (Chicago Review Press, 2003)

He’s a shameless huckster, an unrepentant storyteller, a charming old man, a never-say-die opportunist whose career has spanned decades, following the ebb and flow of the comic book industry in America. He’s a modern-day P.T. Barnum, part writer and part … Continue reading

Wild Cards XVI: Deuces Down, edited by George R.R. Martin (iBooks, 2002)

Welcome back to the unpredictable, exciting world of the Wild Cards. After far too long a hiatus, George R.R. Martin has once again assembled a team of top-notch writers to tell some of the stories of a world where nothing … Continue reading

Spider-Man (2002, Directed by Sam Raini, Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko)

With great power comes great responsibility. It’s the guiding mantra behind one of the 20th Century’s greatest heroes. But before he was a hero, he was a young man. A confused teenager like every other, with a crush on the … Continue reading

Spider-Man, by Peter David (Ballantine, 2002)

The story has become a modern day myth. A young man is granted extraordinary powers through a chance accident, and becomes one of the greatest heroes of his generation. Twist it a little, and it could be a Greek myth, … Continue reading

SuperWhat? By Jax Abbott (Dorchester Smooch, 2004)

When Jessie Drummond develops superpowers during English class on the first day at her new high school, she figures her social life is doomed. After all, she was supposed to be the normal one in a family of secret superheroes, … Continue reading

Super 16, by Jax Abbott (Dorchester Smooch, 2005)

Welcome to the life of Jessie Drummond, teenage superhero-in-training. Just a few days shy of her sixteenth birthday, she’s the only person she knows who has to juggle a social life and training to get control over her emerging superpowers. … Continue reading

Wild Cards: Deuces Down, edited by George R.R. Martin (iBooks, 2005)

After a significant hiatus, the popular Wild Cards series of shared-world anthologies and novels returns, with an all-new collection of tales drawn from the sixty-year history of a world gone mad. In 1946, an alien virus is released over New … Continue reading

Dull Boy, by Sarah Cross (Dutton Books, 2009)

Gifted with the powers of super-strength and flight, Avery struggles to put them to good use without giving away his secret identity or becoming any more of an outcast than he already is. Things seem to improve when he meets … Continue reading

Path of the Bold, edited by James Lowder (Guardians of Order, 2004)

I have a weak spot for well-done superhero fiction. Done properly, it can capture the best aspects of the comics, while adding a whole new level of narrative sophistication. That’s why I was pleased to see this collection, a followup … Continue reading