Short Story Review: “Heroic Measures” by Matthew Johnson

5 of 5 stars.

This beautiful tale speculates what old age and end-of-life care will look like for some very familiar characters. Without naming names, per se, the story depicts Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luther in a stunningly moving tribute to a century’s worth of comics.

There’s a surprise in how relatable the scene is–a larger-than-life figure [a parent, grandparent, teacher, or older sibling] brought low and made frail by age and life. With both humor and love, this tale endears. It’s highly recommended.

This tale appears in the anthology, Superheroes edited by Rich Horton.
[Check out my other reviews here.]


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