Title: Super For You, Bad For Me
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Length: 200 pages
Reviewed by Michael
Struggling actor Oswell Outterridge thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he’s chosen to play a scene opposite his idol, Kane Teague, in a superhero movie. However, things take an unexpected turn when the slime he accidentally ingests gives him telekinetic powers. Then Kane asks him out, against all expectation, and it seems that life couldn't get any better—aside from the little matter of keeping his identity secret from his celebrity boyfriend.
Oswell goes from a nobody with little social life and few prospects for the future to dating the man of his dreams and using his superhuman abilities to defend innocents. Everything is perfect, and it seems he’s finally achieved a happily ever after worthy of the silver screen. But when a supervillain arrives, determined to defeat Oswell and win Kane's affections, everything falls apart. In the ensuing conflict, Kane gets caught in the crossfire, and Oswell faces his toughest fight yet. Can he remain the hero he’s always imagined himself, or will a dark desire for vengeance change him forever?
I’ve been reading comic books now for well over thirty years. Although it’s getting better, gay comic book super heroes are still somewhat of an anomaly. So, when one pops up, I make certain to check it out. I figure that the best way to show my support is to spend my money and buy whatever issue they appear in.
In the time that I’ve been reading comics, there have been some rather unique origin stories. Oswell Outterridge is an aspiring actor working as an extra on the latest film of his fanboy crush, out Kane Teague. He’s kind of a nobody who struggles to stand out from the crowd. So much so that he’s sure Kane will never notice him.
That is, until he’s selected to play the role of slime attack victim. The slime he’s shot with gives him superhuman abilities such as telekinesis and, later in the book, the ability to shoot flames from his hands. Another side affect is one he never anticipated: Kane Teague takes notice. A friendship develops that soon turns romantic. But just as things seem to be going well, someone with an ax to grind makes his presence known.
While it may sound like a basic origin story, where this one differs from most is in the writing. It’s fun to watch Oswell learn how that not only does he have new powers, but also learn how to use them. There’s one description about how he figures out how to fly that I found to be particularly inventive.
As far as superhero books are concerned, this was actually a well written, enjoyable read.
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