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MJ-12: Shadows by Michael J. Martinez

MJ-12: Shadows by Michael J. Martinez
4.75

Following an outstanding start to his new superhero spy series with last year’s MJ-12: Inception, Michael J. Martinez is back to continue the thrilling adventure with MJ-12: Shadows—and it’s a belter. The Official Blurb It’s 1949, and the Cold War is heating up across the world. For the United States, the key to winning might […]

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Wonder Woman – Spoiler Free Movie Review

Wonder Woman – Spoiler Free Movie Review 

Alright, before I start this review, I should make a few things clear. I am not a big fan of DC’s Extended Universe thus far. Which is a polite way of saying I think Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad were all awful awful films. I could very easily write a week’s […]

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Emergence edited by J. M. Martin

Emergence edited by J. M. Martin
3.75

Emergence is a shared-world anthology that takes full advantage of its format, building one story atop the next to create a three-dimensional world that ultimately reaches its peak with Edward M. Erdelac’s “Perennial”. As Ragnarok Publications Editor-in-Chief Tim Marquitz explains in the book’s introduction, he originally intended to write a superhero novel, but soon realized […]

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Michael J. Martinez Interview

Michael J. Martinez Interview 

I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to catch up with author Michael J. Martinez about once a year, thanks to his ability to so quickly write fantastic books for us to discuss. In 2015 we talked about the end of his dual-universe sci-fi/fantasy Daedalus trilogy. This year we both dressed up in our best James […]

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Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
4

This review contains some spoilers for Steelheart and Firefight. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the first two books. “Life was so unfair. You couldn’t both destroy everything around you and live like a king.” With each book in his Reckoners series, Brandon Sanderson has peeled back a layer of the world […]

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Firefight by Brandon Sanderson – Exclusive First Chapter Excerpt!

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson – Exclusive First Chapter Excerpt! 

We at Fantasy-Faction have long been huge fans of Brandon Sanderson. And how could we not? With a catalog of over 15 full length novels in 8+ series, besides his novellas and short stories and his work on the end of the Wheel of Time, if you’re not a fan of one of his books, there’s bound […]

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On The Trail Of Evil – A Look At Villainous Main Characters

On The Trail Of Evil – A Look At Villainous Main Characters 

The skies have darkened and night has come to the world. Thieves and assassins skulk in every shadow, waiting for their chance to strike. Ruthless politicians claw their way up the ladder, smiling politely before they stab you. Dark sorcerers seek out ancient artefacts and perform forbidden rituals in pursuit of more power. And across […]

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Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Vicious by V. E. Schwab
4.5

V. E. Schwab’s Vicious is built around a handful of characters with superpowers, but precious few – if any – superheroes. That’s part of what makes it so much fun. Schwab’s dialogue crackles with sharp edges and gallows humor, drawing the reader in with a dark story whose tone is established through the voice of […]

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Resistance by Samit Basu

Resistance by Samit Basu
4.5

This review contains spoilers for Turbulence. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the first book. Resistance is the sequel to the brilliant superhero novel Turbulence, in which the passengers on a flight from London to Delhi develop superpowers. Resistance is set eleven years in the future after a ‘second wave’ of powers […]

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Heroes vs Superheroes

Heroes vs Superheroes 

Greetings, Faction readers!  If my writing seems muffled, it is because I write to you from beneath a pile of boxes, books, and clothing, as I frantically prepare for my pending immigration into Canada. Today I would like to dig into subjects addressed in my colleague Tegan Beechey’s excellent article on the trend towards dark […]

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Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman

Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
4

So, with the release of Steelheart I thought it might be interesting to look at another piece of superhero fiction from the past. Published in 2007, Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman is a duel narrative piece that charts the stories of Dr Impossible, world smartest man and feared supervillain, along with newbie […]

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
4

In a world filled only with supervillains and no superheroes it’s up to the average citizen to rise up and administer justice. That’s the basic premise of Brandon Sanderson’s latest novel, Steelheart. His penchant for interesting worldbuilding and cinematic writing has paid off yet again. Steelheart is a story about an average teenager named David. […]

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