The Good Will Tour by Samantha Bryant

Bryant blends social roles of women, the responsibilities of power, flash powers, and fast-paced action to produce an exciting superhero tale with depth. The events in this novella occur between Books Two and Three of the Menopausal Superheroes series. There might be spoilers ahead. As part of the Unusual Cases Unit’s Good Will Tour, Flygirl … Continue reading The Good Will Tour by Samantha Bryant

The End of all Halloweens by Matthew S. Cox

Cox blends the simplicity and passion of middle-grade narratives with the grand scale of superhero fiction, creating another humorous tale that contains much to appeal to readers of all ages. This is the third book in The Adventures of Übergirl series. This review might be plotting to spoil the previous books. After saving the world … Continue reading The End of all Halloweens by Matthew S. Cox

Aliens Ate My Homework by Matthew S. Cox

Cox blends pre-teen perspectives on life, classic superhero tropes, and several varieties of humour to create a tale that appeals both as straight middle-grade action and subtle homage. This novel is the second in The Adventures of Übergirl series. Proceeding past this point might induce post-cognative visions. When Kelly Donovan was one of the people … Continue reading Aliens Ate My Homework by Matthew S. Cox

My Dad is a Mad Scientist by Matthew S. Cox

Cox demonstrates that accessible prose and cinematic action don’t have to come at the cost of emotional depth, creating superhero fiction that will appeal to readers of all ages and power levels. Life is hard if you’re a nine-year-old who loves maths, especially if you’re smart enough to skip a grade. Kelly Donovan’s parents tell … Continue reading My Dad is a Mad Scientist by Matthew S. Cox

The Lebensborn Experiment, Book I by Joyce Yvette Davis

Davis mixes real historical attitudes and events with Nazi super-science to create a war story that is driven more by character than flashy effects. Adok is one of many non-German children believed to be of superior Aryan stock taken by the Nazis to build the next generation. But, rather than being adopted by a “pure” … Continue reading The Lebensborn Experiment, Book I by Joyce Yvette Davis

The Gray Wolf of Chicago by Garret Schuelke

Schuelke fuses superheroic battles with urban deprivation to create a tale of a hero who isn’t heroic with powers that don’t elevate him above the powerless. This novelette is a prequel to the Godan arc from Whup Jamboree. Gareth Manion, an ordinary young man with unusual wolf-like abilities, left his eminently forgettable home town for … Continue reading The Gray Wolf of Chicago by Garret Schuelke

Friend or Foe: A MenoPausal Superhero Short Story Collection by Samantha Bryant

Combining diverse characters with the comic book action, Bryant creates a series of tales of realistic people in a world of superhero physics. Then, when the reader looks at the review, my mechanical squid drops the spoiler bucket over their head! This collection contains four short stories set in Bryant’s Menopausal Superheroes universe: ‘Intervention’: When … Continue reading Friend or Foe: A MenoPausal Superhero Short Story Collection by Samantha Bryant

Whup Jamboree by Garret Schuelke

Intermixing snapshots from three very different lives, Schuelke exposes one of the flaws of the American Dream without offering a comfortable vision of a better way. Cynical, yet at times humorous, this collection will resonate with anyone who ever questioned how they were supposed to follow their dreams if they can’t afford a bus fare. … Continue reading Whup Jamboree by Garret Schuelke

Face the Change by Samantha Bryant

Bryant merges dramatic scenery-shattering extravaganzas and tense investigations with sympathetic and complex characterisation to create a superhero tale that will appeal to more than hardcore fans of the genre. This novel is volume three of the Menopausal Superheroes series. So – Kapow! Spoilers! In the wake of their – mostly – successful covert operation, the … Continue reading Face the Change by Samantha Bryant

Distant Horizon by Stephanie Flint & Isaac Flint

Displaying – yet not sagging under the weight of – the tropes of both superhero and young adult fiction, this novel is likely to appeal to a broad range of dystopian readers. Half a century ago, plague decimated the world’s population. After a period of struggle, the survivors united to form the Community, a global … Continue reading Distant Horizon by Stephanie Flint & Isaac Flint