Monday, April 4, 2016

Origin Story, by Carrie Vaughn

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(Superhero) Mary hasn't seen her ex-boyfriend in eight years, but when she witnesses super-villain "Techhunter" robbing a bank, she sees a strong resemblance. (3,642 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: GDozois:4 RHorton:4

"," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 71, published on .

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Pro: There really is a story arc here. The conflict is whether Mary will decide that she still loves Jason and still wants to be with him, despite his becoming a super-villain. By the end, we know that, yes, she does, and also that she wants to protect him.

Con: It reads like a fragment of something much longer--as the title hints. Just when we're ready to learn more about Mary and Jason--and Commerce City, for that matter--the story is over.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Very fun take on the superhero genre. I'll be adding After the Golden Age to my TBR.