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Inhaltsangabe: The only family member to survive the 9/11 attacks. A sidekick-turned-construction-worker. The teenaged products of an institute for unwanted metahuman children. The man who can make anyone do anything. Are they heroes? Are they villains? Sometimes they're both. Often, even at the same time. Corrupts Absolutely? collects twenty brand-new stories from veteran authors and newcomers, each with a unique perspective on what it might really be like to be superhuman in today's day and age. In the center of such a roiling mass of uncertainty and excitement lies one important truth: the fight against good or evil is never as important as the fight for or against oneself. Contributors: Weston Ochse, Jeff Strand, Joe McKinney, Cat Rambo, A.D. Spencer, A.S. Fox, Andrew Bourelle, Anthony Laffan, Edward M. Erdelac, Jason Gehlert, Jason M. Tucker, Jeremy Hepler, Karina Fabian, Kris Ashton, Lee Mather, Lincoln Crisler, Malon Edwards, Tim Marquitz, Trisha J. Wooldridge, Wayne Helge, Wayne Ligon, and William Todd Rose.
Superheroes spark the imagination. I'd go so far as to say they have damn-near universal appeal. In some instances, I'd even say superhero stories are the mythology of our modern culture, and why wouldn't they be? Not only are they archetypical, versatile, and capable of crossing generation gaps in (dare I say it?) a single bound, they're great escapism, and they tell us something about ourselves.
I'd go so far so as to posit you can't tell what a person is really like unless they're in a position to do anything. Would she marry the same guy if she could go anywhere? Would he be content with a regular job if he didn't need the paycheck? Would they act the same way if they were immortal and didn't fear the judgment of the grave? If they didn't have to be afraid of a fight, or the law? In most cases, we'll never know those answers, about those around us or ourselves, for that matter. Comic books--superheroes--are a way for us to explore such things.
Superheroes do well in a variety of media, but original superhero prose always seems hardest to come by. This anthology isn't the first of its kind, but you probably won't see another for a couple of years, and I'd stack it up against any other I've read. Every author between these pages performed, as far as I'm concerned, a labor of love, and I think you'll be hard-pressed to find a better speculative fiction anthology this year. They did that good a job. They answered a few burning questions. They gave us a hero or two, maybe even a couple of hapless souls who can't be termed anything but villain. Mostly, though, we have real people, with real problems and unreal solutions.
I really hope you like it.
December 22, 2011
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Buchbeschreibung Damnation Books, LLC, 2012. Paperback. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SONG1615726152