Who Can Save Us Now? Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories is out now! Featuring a new story by me! About Sea-Monkeys!
Some kind words about this fantastic anthology, edited by Owen King and John McNally:
This high-quality collection contains 22 original stories presenting brand-new superheroes for our postmodern age. Edited by King (We're All in This Together ) and McNally (America's Report Card ), each of whom also contributes a story, the volume features crime fighters struggling with labels like freaky and creepy and facing post-9/11 problems like registering with the Department of Homeland Security. Working out of places like Cleveland and Shreveport, they boast a mind-boggling array of mutant abilities. The stories' authors have their tongues planted firmly in their cheeks as their superheroes declare "great legs!" to the girl in distress they've just saved, or boast that "I diverted a nuclear missile. I sidetracked a civil war. I removed a cat from a tree." The eye-catching cover graphic is supplemented by interior black-and-white line drawings by the talented Chris Burnham. Fresh and fun, this collection is sure to please everyone from the classic comics lover to the newbie Heroes fan.—Library Journal
And from NPR's Glen Weldon:
Superhero tropes turn up in every short story of this new anthology, but its 22 authors eschew the tidy duality of hero/villain to stake out moral territory where the lines between good guys and bad fade to obscurity. As a result, Who Can Save Us Now? is a surprisingly varied read, by turns funny, creepy, melancholic and joyous.
Editors Owen King and John McNally organize the collection around timeworn conventions—the origin story, the secret identity, etc. The strongest tales focus on supporting characters long denied an inner voice: the plucky girl reporter, the faithful butler, the sidekick—even the townsfolk who spend their days ducking the flying rubble of superbrawls. A standout, Will Clarke's "The Pentecostal Home for Flying Children," about a town under siege by the teenage offspring of an alien superhero, feels at once uncanny and utterly, hauntingly real.