3 of 5 stars.
Superhero tales serve a great purpose. Yes, they are escapist, but they also show humans as bigger, stronger and more capable than they are in the real world. At times, superhero tales also remove the shades of gray in the world, dividing the good from the bad and the wrong from the right. Things that happen, happen for a reason.
These are all reasons why one might want to lose themselves in a superhero tale. And all of them matter in “Superhero Girl.”
The narrator of the tale dated a quirky girl full of tales of her secret Superhero lifestyle that she worked around her load of classes. The narrator doesn’t question her interesting disguises hiding her bald head, nor her long and random absences. She has interesting tales to explain away all aspects of her other life. But when she disappears from the narrator’s life for good, the speaker must decide what truth will be accepted.
This tale appears in the anthology, Superheroes edited by Rich Horton.
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