2 of 5 stars.
This tale turns the standard superhero tale a quarter turn by showing the inherit loneliness in the role and the eventual problems of growing old as a superhero that has left the life. There’s a nice truth and humor in the relationship between the superhero and his nemesis devolving into one of Missed Connections in the newspaper. Two people who’ve spent so much of their lives trying to thwart each other end up knowing each other better than anyone else.
The relationships between the superhero and a) his life-long love interest, and b) his nemesis both deserved more exploration than provided.
This tale appears in the anthology, Superheroes edited by Rich Horton. I’ve previously read this author’s “Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan”.
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