Thrilling adventures of Canadian superheroes and villains 75 years ago Canadian cartoonist Joe Shuster co created the world s premier superhero Superman Over the decades the genre has gone from camp to counter culture, from pop art to postmodern, from noir to new wave Today s superheroes feature in bestselling novels, hit TV shows, Hollywood blockbusters and MasThrilling adventures of Canadian superheroes and villains 75 years ago Canadian cartoonist Joe Shuster co created the world s premier superhero Superman Over the decades the genre has gone from camp to counter culture, from pop art to postmodern, from noir to new wave Today s superheroes feature in bestselling novels, hit TV shows, Hollywood blockbusters and Masked Mosaic Canadian Super Stories Mexican luchadores wrestle primordial evil in Vancouver The Intrepids battle Nazis in Nova Scotia A mysterious masked man rescues an adventuring heiress in a steampunk Gold Rush era Yukon Zombies and ancient Viking magic are unleashed in downtown Toronto A godlike oracle wanders Calgary with her cyborg handler The fearsome Iron Shadow stalks the streets of Kingstonia The Coachwhip and Cat Girl fight crime in lurid wartime Montreal In these 24 tales Canada s most daring writers reimagine the super genre from its outer limits to its pulp origins, exploring the diverse landscape of Canadian identity and geography With stories by Marie Bilodeau Chantal Boudreau Kristi Charish E.L Chen Michael S Chong Kevin Cockle Emma Faraday Patrick T Goddard Alyxandra Harvey David Nickle Silvia Moreno Garcia D.K Latta Michael Matheson Derryl Murphy Jonathan Olfert Rhonda Jonathan Parrish David Perlmutter Lisa Poh Jason S Ridler Rhea Rose Mike Rimar Jason Sharp Emma Vossen A.C Wise Featuring an Introduction by Mark Shainblum, creator of North
Masked Mosaic Canadian Super Stories Thrilling adventures of Canadian superheroes and villains years ago Canadian cartoonist Joe Shuster co created the world s premier superhero Superman Over the decades the genre has gone from camp t
This was a collection of short stories that really surprised me I didn t expect there to be such a wide variety of characters and plotlines When you think superhero, I picture the classic good guy in tights saving the world But this collection showed me that it can be much than that.Like most short story collections, some stories make of an impression that others My favourites included Nocturne, which features an ordinary man who dreams he is a superhero, The Seamstress Without a Costume, whic [...]
An outstanding anthology that I have been looking forward to reading since I first saw the table of contents Each story represents a distinctive but recognizably Canadian outlook on some aspect of the Superhero genre My one quibble with the story is the manner in which most of the superhero are solidly of the American spandex style or plain clothes people who happen to have super powers , I was hoping for at least one nod to Magical Girl or Super Sentai Power Ranger style heroes.Still it was a f [...]
As with most anthologies, there were stories in this one that I really liked, and stories that just didn t catch my fancy Overall, I liked almost all the stories, and there were a few that really touched me I really enjoyed the ones that wove Canadian history into the narrative I d highly recommend this anthology to comic, short fiction, and fantasy fans.
Wading in to an all superhero anthology, and an all Canadian one at that, I wasn t sure what to expect The cover is a beautiful montage tacked together to offer the shape of a maple leaf The first thing I was pleased to see was that there was a fairly even split between male and female contributors The intro was solid too, from someone who can be considered an expert with regards to Canadian superheroes But truly, what blew me away about this anthology was the diversity and complexity of the sto [...]
In the interest of full disclosure, I do have a story in this anthology That aside, this is a very impressive collection, featuring a diversity of tales on the superhero supervillian theme Only one or two stories in the anthology felt like a stretch, not being particular Canadian in flavor, or not being particularly Super in theme, not in quality Overall, there is something to like in almost every tale, with a few truly standout stories including Nocturne bu E.L Chen, Circe and the Gunboat by Ke [...]
Masked Mosaic is a collection of Superhero and Villain stories But this anthology has a specific twist all of these stories are about Canadian heroes and villains The 24 stories were collected from writers across Canada, and edited by Claude Lalumiere and Camille Alexa A super read.
The cool thing about short stories is that they can be truly experimental Authors can do things that might not find their way into movies, novels, and possibly even comic books Another fun thing about short stories is the fantastic diversity From supervillainesses in the frozen Yukon to ex luchadors hunting ancient evil to a very weird very sexual poem about one of the creators of Superman I really enjoyed most of the stories Though there were some that weren t as good as they could have been A [...]
Masked Mosaic seeks to push the boundaries of the superhero genre to include complexities and issues that were often ignored in the Golden Age of comics and continue to be ignored in our culture s nostalgia over comic figures of the past The stories in this volume often play with Golden Age themes and complicate them Rather than replicating hegemonies, the characters are diverse aged, not ideals of bodily perfection, queer LGBTQ2, and culturally diverse They represent a inclusive reality of Can [...]
I usually find anthologies a bit hit and miss, as generally I only find a couple of stories in them that I really like This anthology has hits than usual, but even the ones I didn t really like were interesting I definitely recommend this for adult readers I wouldn t recommend it for teen readers because of some of thequestionablexual content in some of the stories My highlights are Canadian Blood Diamonds , The Secret History of the Intrepids , The Man in the Mask , The Seamstress Without a Co [...]
This has been in my to read pile for far too long, and I figured an anthology was a good way to wrap up the year This hit the spot nicely All 24 tales are about Canadian superheroes, written by Canadians, and span from the Yukon Gold Rush to present day, and coast to coast There were a few that didn t resonate with me as is the way with anthologies but some of my favorites included The Man in the Mask by Emma Faraday, Great Canadian Comics by Patrick T Goddard, and Canadian Blood Diamonds by Kri [...]
We leave you with fair warning Those who wreck harm on the innocent will be spared no quarter For those who glory in suffering, for those who seek the joy of pain, for those who prey on families in rough times, the Guardians of Canada will always be waiting for you Ad mari usque ad mare from the North Pole to the Great Lakes, from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island, we stand guard Full review here superheronovels 2013 04 17
What is not to like in a book that includes a story very reminiscent of the classic movies with El Santo, fighting anything from female vampires to the mummies of Guanajuato This collection of short stories really stretches the definition of super hero villain Quite worth a read