Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark
This wry debut is at once a fanboy's homage to the history of superhero storytelling in America and a keen-eyed satire of those same stories, raising questions about race and privilege that are becoming impossible to ignore.
- Paperback | 374 pages
- 140 x 210 x 20mm | 426g
- 04 Sep 2018
- Lanternfish Press LLC
- United States
"Tales of the Astonishing Black Sparkis a scintillating journey into the distance between villains, heroes, and superheroes. In swift, edgy prose, Charlie J. Eskew gives the reader a beautifully created world where 'superhero' is a business and ethics grow murky. You'll be thinking about the smart yet earnest Black Spark and his 'True Believers' long after you've turned the last page."
--Soniah Kamal, award-winning author of the novels Unmarriageable: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in Pakistanand An Isolated Incident
"Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark is the origin story of an unlikely champion who strives for greatness with wit, electricity, and the help of his eccentric--if not always heroic--superhuman allies and all-too-human friends. Eskew tackles social issues with a keen eye, but he has a hell of a lot of fun doing it, and you'll have fun reading it too!"
--Erica L. Satifka, author of Stay Crazy, winner of the British Fantasy Award
"Eskew's debut novel pays homage to a comic-book-fueled America that deconstructs and reinvents superheroes for the twenty-first century. Tales of the Astonishing Black Sparkgives us a new everyman to root for in the form of Donald McDougal--one of my new favorite superheroes."
--Gary Jackson, author of Missing You, Metropolis