Genre: Gay Superhero
Format: Short Story (20 pages)
Series: 7&7 Anthology
Publisher: DSP Publications (May 2016)
Bonus: Free on publisher’s site
Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
DSP Publication’s anthology covers 7 virtues and 7 vices, and the theme of Andrea Speed’s short story is the vice of greed. It’s a quick little jaunt into the growling, arrogant, and attitudinal mind of Destroyer, a not-quite-so-Supervillain who provided the focus of the story. His internal and vocalized mini-rants were tough and cool, a real trip into a tough-guy persona not afraid to use his minions or hostages to further his hunger for wealth.
There were two strengths to this particular short. First of all, the story read from the villain’s point of view, his monologue and thoughts reminding me very much like some of the streetwise, wannabe badasses I knew growing up on the South Side of Chicago decades ago. My appreciation to the author for rattling off lines and attitudes that seemed real to me. Albeit brief, the end had a sweet, cartoonish wrap-up, hinting at a resolution that homoerotic fans of the campy 1960’s Batman television series suspected was the real way those caped crusaders debriefed at the end of a caper.