Where are they now?
There’s another word for teen sidekicks. It’s child-soldiers. I stumbled across this gem on TV Tropes, followed the link to Amazon, and… well, go there to read my review.
I’ll say this here; Seanan McGuire gets it. Too many writers approach superhero stories from the deconstructive angle, but what they don’t understand is that, on the whole, the only unrealistic thing about them is the superpowers. Given superpowers in the real world, would we have superheroes? Most emphatically, yes–we have heroes already, people who put themselves in harms way for other as part of their jobs. And, given the immensely popular superhero stereotypes that exist in fiction, they’d probably use codenames and wear costumes; they just wouldn’t act the way they mostly do in the comics (the government wouldn’t allow it). Seanan understands that, for the reader to care what happens to the hero, the hero must be believable and her world must be believable given the Rules the writer has decided upon. Velveteen vs. the Junior Super Patriots is a great adventure yarn, a touching human story, and an at times Laugh Out Loud read; my sole complaint is that it ends on a cliff-hanger, which means that I have to wait patiently to see how it all plays out. A mixed misfortune. Go buy the book, enjoy it, then write a great Amazon review–I want Seanan to get all the encouragement she needs to write more more more.
Work continues on Young Sentinels, but slowly; still hoping for a first-quarter publication date. In the meantime, I am also polishing my first Astra short story, Omega Night, and will be releasing it on Amazon when finished for $.99. The story began as a part of Young Sentinels, but didn’t fit and was too good to throw away.
Merry Christmas, everyone!