This Villain You Must Create by Carlie St. George

Published: July, 2013 in Lightspeed

Genre: superhero fantasy

Length: 15 pages

Setting: somewhere in the U.S., present day

Interest: It was published in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: Granite has gone into a bit of a tailspin. He accidentally killed his nemesis, the supervillain Mr. Malevolence, who was trying to destroy the entire world. Things pick up for him when the supervillain Lady Obsidian comes looking for a new superhero nemesis at the Superheroes Grieving a Nemesis for the Greater Los Angeles Area support group. They quote literary passages to each other and try out some sparring before they entered a formal nemesis relationship. Granite was thrilled with his new nemesis and everything seemed to be perfect. But sadly, perfection can’t last.

Final thoughts: I loved this story. It was funny (I laughed out loud several times) and snarky and a new take on the superhero/supervillain genre. What do you do when your archenemy has died? Doesn’t it leave a big hole? Granite even managed to convince himself Mr. Malevolence couldn’t have been his real nemesis, or he wouldn’t have died so easily. It was all lighthearted and fun until the end. St. George gave it quite a dark twist in the final battle between Lady Obsidian and Granite. Perhaps Granite isn’t so well-adjusted as we might have thought – and maybe he needs a bit more black on his costume. I encourage you to read the story for free at the link provided. It won’t take long and it was highly enjoyable.

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