Tuesday, July 09, 2019

After the Golden Age

by Carrie Vaughn

Superhero comic books tell the stories of superheroes. (The notable exception being the excellent, go-read-it series Astro City.) After the Golden Age tells the story of Celia West, the non-powered daughter of a superhero couple. Hers has been a challenging life. Not only does she have to put of with the usual pressures of having famous parents, but she also has to deal with being a targeted hostage of any supervillain in Commerce City. In recent years, she's managed to build a more pedestrian life for herself, with a strained and distant relationship with her parents. But then circumstances draw her back into their crazy world and force her to confront her parents and one of the biggest mistakes of her youth. It's a good story. Ms. Vaughn gets superhero comics, and creates characters that satisfy the tropes of the genre but are also interesting people. The plot kept me reading, wondering what happens next. The ending was good but, alas, didn't lend itself to an ongoing series. Then again, when it comes to superheroes, anything can happen.

Keeping it on my shelf
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