Supervillains (No-So) Anonymous – Comet City Stories

Every single person in the room shifts their chairs to the side with a cacophony of screeching, squeaking, rubber and metal on linoleum when I walk in to this month’s Supervillains Anonymous meeting in the basement of one of Comet City’s many rec centers.

I don’t blame them. I know what I look like, who I am. Nearly six feet tall with dark brown skin and purple scales spattered like paint across it, I look just normal enough to pass as entirely human. At least until I open my mouth and people get a look at my fangs and forked tongue and remember that some snakes are poisonous.

But then, what else could anyone expect from someone that used to be Mama Mambo’s prized protégé, Viper?

If you’re interested in superhero (well… villain) stories centering characters of color, this story about a retired supervillain just trying to stay out of trouble might be up your alley.

Comet City Supers – Worldbuilding and Characters

Here on tumblr, y’all aren’t getting the first Comet City story for another month or so, but if you’re on Patreon, you can get access to the first two stories and this – a video post about the worldbuilding and major characters in that universe.

The Comet City stories focus on superheroes and villains of color – many of whom are queer – because that’s what I wanted to read and what the comic book industry doesn’t seem interested in providing.

(The first story has a secondary character who is nonbinary and married to a woman and, despite my inability to introduce her two main love interests just yet, recurring main character Viper is poly and bisexual. Future stories will include so much more in terms of diversity as I’m only three stories in and have a long way to go!)

If you want to support a queer writer of color working on content that basically features queer characters of color, consider supporting my Patreon today!

Comet City Supers – Worldbuilding and Characters

Laundry Day – Comet City Super Stories

Summary: Pix has only been a licensed superhero for a day and she’s already sure that she’s going to die.

Content warnings for:  graphic depictions of violence.

Holy shit, I didn’t think I’d get this done before the story about the lesbian sirens (which is still going strong, it’s just longer than I expected). But here goes another entry into the world of the heroes and villains that make up Comet City. 

If you’re a Patron pledging $5 or more, you’ll be getting this story in .MOBI, .EPUB, and .PDF formats!

Hope y’all enjoy it!


Supervillains (Not-So) Anonymous – Original Fiction | Zina H on Patreon

For my darling Patrons ($5 and up) , this first short story for the month is about a (sort of) reformed supervillain who attends her first Supervillains Anonymous meeting and winds up getting in between a heavy hitter and a newbie who can’t help running off at the mouth.

Contains: mildly violent imagery, a non-binary secondary character

It’s in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF formats!

Hope y’all enjoy reading!

Supervillains (Not-So) Anonymous – Original Fiction | Zina H on Patreon


Heroine Complex (2016) by Sarah Kuhn

Cover by Jason Chan

“Being a superheroine is hard. Working for one is harder.

Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine. She’s great at her job—blending into the background, handling her boss’s epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants. Unfortunately, she’’s not nearly as together when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, Bea.

But everything changes when Evie’s forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, and her most destructive secret comes out: she has powers, too. Suddenly it’s up to her to contend with evil cupcakes, nosy gossip bloggers, and supernatural karaoke battles—all while juggling unexpected romance and Aveda’s increasingly outrageous demands. And when a larger threat emerges, Evie must finally take charge and become a superheroine in her own right…or see her city fall to a full-on demonic invasion.”

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Sarah Kuhn is the author of the forthcoming Heroine Complex trilogy, starring Asian American superheroines, for DAW Books. Pitched as “The Devil Wears Prada with superheroes,” the first book chronicles the adventures of Evie Tanaka, a put-upon personal assistant who is forced to pose as her diva superhero boss and must embrace her own hidden talents in order to protect our world from a supernatural invasion. Also, there are demonic cupcakes.”  

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[Snippet]: Four Flights

This snippet is from another original story, one set in a universe
similar to our own except for a few minor history changes and the fact
that there are beings called EXOs running around. This story is
(hopefully) going to be for my submission to The Book Smugglers’ Open Call for short stories ,The theme is ‘Superheroes’ and this story, about an EXO struggling to find her freedom is pretty darn super.

I’m looking forward to finishing it and seeing where it goes.

The first time that Tamiya tried to fly, she fell.

At first, it’d been wonderful, looking down at the view from the Four
Seasons Hotel in Miami. Everywhere she looked she could see beautiful
blue-green water and life being lived so far away that the people looked
like ants. She’d climbed to the top of the building in the middle of
the night, using Isis’ keycard and a borrowed uniform from the staff
laundry in order to get around without being seen, and then, with power
coiling in her veins, she’d taken a step off of the edge –

And then promptly plummeted fourteen stories before landing with a thud on one of the hotel’s balconies.

The first time Tamiya tried to fly, to follow her heart and the
instincts driving her, she’d ended up in an EXOPowered Hospital
rebuilding her shattered legs for the better part of a month.

For the second snippet and to leave comments or feedback, head on over to my blog!!

And that’s the real difference between Blade and the superhero franchises that have followed. Blade was never a big-name character in the first place. So there wasn’t a whole lot of retro-geek enthusiasm associated with the character. But more than that, Blade, the film, simply isn’t backwards-looking.

There’s none of the Greatest Generation boosterism that clings to the Captain America franchise, for example. Nor do we get from Blade the home front 50s stay-at-home mom-with-kids meme that pops up incongruously in Age of Ultron when we get to meet Hawkeye’s secret, perfect family.

Instead, Blade is deliberately, defiantly hip. Motherhood isn’t idealized; on the contrary, one of the queasier moments of the film involves Blade ruthlessly offing his feral, incestuously sexual, evil vampire mom. If there is nostalgia, it’s for blaxploitation’s up-to-the-minute cool.

The movie’s first grinding, sweaty, sex-and-blood drenched night club scene hasn’t dated at all. Nor has the Afrocentric incense store where Blade buys his formula fix, nor the black, brotherhood embrace between that store’s owner and the hero. There’s a notable lack of cell phones, of course, and the computer graphics prophesying the coming of the blood god look rather dated. But there’s little question that, as much as it’s able, the film is looking forward not back.

And part of the reason it’s looking forward, I think, is race. Blade—unlike most superhero films—is set in a meaningfully integrated world. That Afrocentric shop suggests, quietly but definitely, that Blade is part of a black community and that that community matters to him. One of his two crime-fighting companions Dr. Karen Jenson (N’Bushe Wright), is also black.

The diverse cast, and the acknowledgement of diverse communities, is part of why the film still feels and looks relevant. Here, after all, is a narrative that was fulfilling the call for more diverse superhero movies before superhero movies were even a thing.

But beyond that, Blade makes clear the extent to which nostalgia and whiteness are inextricably bound together in so much of the superhero genre. Retooling old, old pop-culture heroes[1] means, inevitably, dreaming about white saviors and about a time when white people were the only ones who were allowed to be heroes.



A lot of us have talked a lot about how Blade started the current superhero domination in Hollywood and how current films forget that; and though it’s important to ask what kinds of behind-the-scenes decisions have caused that, I like this analysis about how Blade is fundamentally different from what we’re getting today and how that film is, in many ways, incompatible with today’s Ant-Men and Men of Steel.

(via thisisntmyrealhair)