Cure a Movie Hangover: Superheroes! by Samantha Bryant

Bring on the capes and spandex! It’s been way too long between big screen heroes. Age of Ultron was six months ago, and it’s another six until we’ll see Captain America Civil War. We’re still trying to pretend that The Fantastic Four didn’t happen. Thankfully, there was Ant Man to fill that lighter shoes left by Guardians of the Galaxy, but it’s still almost three months until Deadpool comes around to make us laugh while he kicks butt. For a superhero story addict like me, the wait is just too long. What’s a fan-girl to do?


Luckily, there are plenty of books to scratch that itch in the meantime.


You could start with mine. Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel. Yep, menopausal heroines. If you’re someone who wishes more superhero stories could pass the Bechdel test, this might be the one for you. In fact, I think my book might fail a reverse Bechdel test. Intermixing humor and drama with some darn fine action scenes, if I do say so myself, it’s a book that feels light and still gives you something to think about. If you like it, you won’t have too long to wait for more. The sequel, Change of Life, is due out in April 2016.


Curiosity Quills also has some other fine offerings in the superheroic vein.


From J.R. Rain and Kris Carey comes The Accidental Superheroine. It’s a spy spoof with its tongue firmly in cheek. Fans praise the intelligent humor and science geek-itude. Missing Parts by Ethan Mayer features an unwilling hero fighting World Aggravation at the hands of Professor Huzzah. Please Don’t Tell my Parents I’m a Supervillain and the follow-up Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon, both from Richard Roberts, feature a young mad scientist and unwitting supervillain. So we’ve got you’ve got you covered from childhood through retirement.


Outside of my own publisher’s offerings, here are a few other favorites I’d recommend. James Maxey wrote the superhero novels that pulled me into the genre. Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn are companion books. I loved both for their very human view of the characters even while they are doing impossible and inhuman things. If you’re looking for shorter reads, I loved the short stories in The Good Fight, an anthology put out by the Pen and Cape Society. Peter Clines’s Ex series, beginning with Ex-Heroes is an inventive and exciting series featuring superheroes vs. zombies. Broken by Susan Jane Bigelow addresses that favorite what if of superhero stories: what if the heroine loses her powers?


I’ve got a few more waiting for me in my Kindle for the long, cold wintery wait for more big screen heroes. If you need me, I’ll be over here, under my Spiderman blanket, reading.


Samantha BryantAbout Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant believes in love, magic, and unexplainable connections between people. Her favorite things are lonely beaches, untamed cliff tops, sunlight through the leaves of trees, summer rains, and children’s laughter. She has lived in many places, including rural Alaska, Kansas, Kentucky, Vermont, England and Spain. She is fierce at heart, though she doesn’t look it.

She’s a fan of Charlotte Brontë, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Neil Gaiman, Nicole Perlman, and Joss Whedon, among many others. She would like to be Amy Tan when she grows up, but so far it doesn’t look like she’ll be growing up any time soon.

Samantha writes blogs, poems, essays, and novels. Mostly she writes about things that scare or worry her. It’s cheaper than therapy. Someday, she hopes to make her living solely as a writer. In the meantime, she also teaches middle school Spanish, which, admittedly, is an odd choice for money-earning, especially in North Carolina.

When she’s not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything).

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