Exploring When a Hero Decides to Retire

I’ve been busy and away from my computer more than usual this summer which explains my relative silence here. But I’m surfacing to ask for some support.

Growing up, I read all the DC and Marvel titles and watched heroes come and sometimes pass the mantle on to someone else, I’ve watched them die and be resurrected, rebooted, and retconned. I’ve seen this replicated on television as the series goes on and on until cancellation when everything is nearly tied up with a bow.

But I really hadn’t seen a finite story when the hero faces the dreaded decision, the time to hang up the cape and cowl. The body is slower to heal, the reflexes not as sharp, the time required to stay in shape increases, taking you off the streets, not to mention the mental toll.

When Danielle Ackley-McPhail invited me to come play in her The Side of Good/The Side of Evil flipbook anthology, I instantly knew this was something I wanted to explore. I didn’t want the noble sacrifice that comes at the end of a series or some reality-warping revision to life as we know it. I wanted a street-level guy who’s been at this for years and years and coming to the realization he can’t maintain the standard conditioning required to remain effective.

Does he have the courage to actually hang it up? And if so, is there a catalyst to the moment?

Writing my story was loads of fun and it gave me a chance to explore the themes that I couldn’t back in my editorial days and as a reader have wondered about.

The story is submitted but with 12 days to go, we have not yet hit the 50% funded mark and I’m concerned I won’t have the ability to share this with you. I really can’t say why this hasn’t been fully funded yet considering this has stories from Peter David, Keith R.A. DeCandido, and Aaron Rosenberg, who all know a thing or two about super-heroes. The book also has a wide variety of voices also including James M. Ward, Bryan J.L. Glass, Gail Z. Martin, Janine K. Spendlove, James Chambers, John L. French, and Kathleen David.

If you want to learn more check out the Kickstarter page. If you really want to support us, you can be tuckerized in my story as one of the goals.

To those who pledged already, thanks for your support. To those who will join the 96 heroic souls, I welcome you to their ranks.

If you want to learn more check out the Kickstarter page. If you really want to support us, you can be tuckerized in my story as one of the goals.

To those who pledged already, thanks for your support. To those who will join the 96 heroic souls, I welcome you to their ranks.

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