Book Reviews

Defying Gravity (Spandex and Superpowers 1) by Charles Payseur in Starstruck Anthology at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Psychic Powers / Magic / Superpowers / Romance / Humor/Comedy
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 22-November-2017

Book Blurb

As superheroes go, Gravity’s not top tier, but he does okay. He’s got a nice apartment with neighbors who don’t mind him flying in and out at all hours and enough of a following to crowdfund his living expenses. Until a strange man shows up determined to become his sidekick.

Bruce isn’t a bad guy (and he certainly looks good in tight clothes), but now Gravity is suddenly getting trounced by enemies he used to have no problem with. Is he just distracted by his growing attraction to Bruce, or is there something else going on that might explain why every villain suddenly has no problem defying Gravity?

Book Review

“Defying gravity” sounds like something a superhero can do, if you read the words in their traditional sense. But in this case, the author has very cleverly played with the meaning of that description, making it mean something quite different. In this story, the superhero in question is actually called Gravity, and he begins to have all kinds of previously unknown enemies, villains out to defy him, as soon as he meets his new, very distracting sidekick, Bruce. It’s a promising premise, and I am happy to report that this story delivers on the humor of the situation – in spades!

This world is definitely different from other superhero universes I have encountered. For one thing, Gravity is a superhero with flaws, he gets his rent paid via crowdfunding (how modern!), and Capital City, where he lives, teams with other superheroes as well as supervillains of all kinds. Gravity is also extremely attracted to Bruce – a man clearly applying for sidekick status despite Gravities declared intention of working alone. But Bruce has good reasons to approach Gravity… and it doesn’t take the men long to realize there is not just a need to work together in the short term, but some benefits in making it a long-term arrangement.

If you like your superheroes with a side order of humor, if you believe that every man of special powers can only get better when he has support, and if you’re looking for a short, entertaining read that might just make you laugh, then you will probably like this short story. I loved the worldbuilding as much as the characters and the touch of mystery and the epic confrontation with one of the scariest supervillains ever – all extremely well presented in only twenty pages.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Short Story, 20 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-September-2016
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $17.99 bundle
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