The Darker Mask (2019)

The Darker Mask Expanding on the concept behind Byron Preiss s Weird Heroes from the s George R R Martin s Wild Card series and Michael Chabon s McSweeney s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales The Darker Mask
  • Title: The Darker Mask
  • Author: Gary Phillips Christopher Chambers
  • ISBN: 9780765318503
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Darker Mask
    Expanding on the concept behind Byron Preiss s Weird Heroes from the 1970s, George R R Martin s Wild Card series, and Michael Chabon s McSweeney s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, The Darker Mask is a collection of original prose stories recalling the derring do of the beings we call Superheroes and the worlds they fight to save But unique to The Darker Mask storieExpanding on the concept behind Byron Preiss s Weird Heroes from the 1970s, George R R Martin s Wild Card series, and Michael Chabon s McSweeney s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, The Darker Mask is a collection of original prose stories recalling the derring do of the beings we call Superheroes and the worlds they fight to save But unique to The Darker Mask stories is that these plots and characters color a literary universe outside of what has been predominantly white, idiosyncratic, and male in previous homages to pulp This is the stuff of urban legends, new mythos, and extraordinary folks who might live in a soon to be gentrified ghetto, the dreary rust belt of the city, or in another dimension The Darker Mask offers an eclectic mix of popular fiction writers exploring worlds gritty, visceral, and fantastic Including stories by Walter Mosley, L A Banks, Naomi Hirahara, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Tananarive Due and Stephen Barnes, Mike Gonzales, Gar Anthony Haywood, Ann Nocenti, Jerry Rodriguez, Reed Farrell Coleman, Doselle Young, Mat Johnson, Peter Spiegelman, Alexandra Sokoloff, Christopher Chambers, Gary Phillips, Victor LaValle, and Wayne Wilson.
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    1. I have to agree with the majority of the other reviewers this is an uneven collection But, from the worst Tat Master to the best The Henchman , at least each story has something interesting to say well, maybe not Tat Master, did I mention how bad that was.The three that really stood out for me were Trickster, The Angel of Loneliness and The Henchman the author of that last story also wrote Incognegro, an amazing and disturbing graphic novel The book is worth picking up just for these stories alo [...]

    2. The stories in this book all deal with the supposed uncommon heroes of fiction the ones that don t fall into any broad category already established by modern superhero tropes None of the protagonists in this book would pal around with Superman or Wolverine, no sir No figure hugging spandex for these folks, nuh uh It is because these stories depart from the usual superhero norms that they are far entertaining than what one gets reading the usual comic book pablum that s out there.That being said [...]

    3. I ve had bad luck of late with collections, but this one felt awkward and immature a teenage amateur dressing up for his first night on patrol Many of the writers tried to literally describe comic book action, but the problem is that comic books work only because they re illustrated Making that literal made it feel adolescent rather than action packed It was even of a disappointment because the introduction talked up the content eloquently and really got me excited for what was inside But by th [...]

    4. Everybody is reinventing superheroes these days But if authors are going to tug on Superman s cape, they better have something interesting to say The Darker Mask is a collection of superhero stories that emphasize racial and sexual diversity That s cool The heroes in this book are often confused by the extraordinary physical gifts they possess And often than not, they come from disadvantaged backgrounds and don t relate to Batman like philanthropic gestures They re just trying to pay child supp [...]

    5. I started reading this over a year ago, on a flight home for Christmas, and the thing about short story books is they re easy to put down and come back to a long time later Overall I thought the collection was kind of uneven but it opens and closes very strong, two of my three favourites are the opening and closing stories Dream Knights and Housework and then in between I really liked Henchman , among others I really loved the premise of this collection, and I definitely recommend it.

    6. There were some really great stories in here, and some that I didn t like that well I did appreciate the concept of the collection, a re centering of the superhero as the oppressed disregarded underdog Yes to that Mat Johnson s Henchman was hilarious, The Picket by Walter Mosley thought provoking, and both Dred by Jerry A Rodriguez and The Whores of Onyx City by Michael A Gonzales gave me kick ass women heroes with badass outfits, and I do LOVE those.

    7. There are a few stories I liked, one I really wanted to keep going Sweeper some that I found pointless and overall, not worth buying, even though I did If you had gone to the Capital Bookfest and heard the authors go on about it, you would have done the same thing I did I mostly regret the lost 14 but some of the stories were worth like 8.

    8. A series of dark, short stories about superheroes often accidental heroes, or villains who were really heroes , most involving race relations The writing was a bit uneven, but I liked most of the stories It was a good accidental find at the library.

    9. High quality adult short stories of the other side of being a superhero Not all stories are great but most are Well worth the time and in some ways blaspheme alert better at what it is trying to do than The Watchmen.

    10. A couple really good stories and a few that just didn t appeal to me The good ones were enough to make it a worthwhile read, tho.

    11. A bit hit and miss, but the concept of writing a inclusive shared superhuman universe is a great one I ll follow up some of these authors and see what their longer works are like.

    12. Can t wait to get to this collection of superhero stories written by genre authors and compare it to Who Can Save Us Now , written by literary ones.

    13. I liked the ones about class struggle The Henchman was my favorite, I think Some of the stories in here are icky revenge fantasies and pulpy pulp pulp, but there were a few standouts.

    14. Sometimes a little uneven, but overall enjoyed most of the efforts Particular standout story Housework by Doselle Young.

    15. This collection of heroic tales focuses on folks who aren t normally explored as superheroic characters.

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