A review by therestricktedsection
Behind the Mask: A Superhero Anthology by Kyle Richardson


I was really looking forward to this anthology, especially because I’d heard so many good things about so many authors in the lineup, but unfortunately, it just ended up being extremely disappointing. Majority of the stories ended up being 2 or 2 and a half stars. Out of all 20 stories in the collection, only 3 were 4 stars or above.

I don’t expect to get along with every writing style in an anthology, it’s almost guaranteed that WON’T happen, but I didn’t like so many of the stories in this collection. Not only that but so many of the stories felt like they were just half of an idea and not a complete idea. I did really like Kate Marshall, Ziggy Schutz, and Adam R. Shannon’s stories and I’d recommend seeing if their stories are available anywhere by other than this collection. I’m grateful I at least got 3 new authors to check out because of this but overall, this was completely lackluster and kind of felt like a waste of my time.

1. ms liberty gets a haircut by cambo - ⭐️ ⭐️
2. destroy the city with me tonight by kate marshall - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
3. fool by keith frady - ⭐️
4. pedestal by seanen mcguire - ⭐️⭐️1/2
5. as i fall asleep by aimee ogden - ⭐️1/2
6. meeting someone in the 22nd century or until the gears quit turning by jennifer pullen - ⭐️1/2
7. inheritance by michael milne - ⭐️⭐️1/2
8. heroes by lavie tidhar - ⭐️⭐️
9. madjack by nathan crowder- ⭐️⭐️1/2
10. quintessential justice by patrick flanagan - ⭐️⭐️
11. the fall of the jade sword by stephanie lai - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
12. origin story by carrie vaughn - ⭐️⭐️1/2
13. eggshells by ziggy schutz - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
14. salt city blue by chris large - ⭐️1/2
15. birthright by stuart suffel - ⭐️
16. the smoke means it’s working by sarah pinsker - ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
17. torch songs by keith rosson - ⭐️⭐️
18. the beard of truth by matt mikalatos - ⭐️
19. over an embattled city by adam r shannon - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
20. origin story by kelly link - ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

overall avg rating = 2.45 / ⭐️⭐️1/2 stars