Book Reviews

How the Supervillain Stole Christmas (Spandex and Superpowers 2) by Charles Payseur at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Magic / Superpowers / Romance / Holiday / Humor/Comedy
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 24-November-2017

Book Blurb

Rex Devious (Dr. Devious to meddlesome do-gooders everywhere) can go toe-to-toe with superheroes without blinking an eye. So picking out a Christmas present for his new boyfriend should be no problem. After all, he and Sanjay seem perfect for each other. But with a terrible track record for finding gifts that won’t scare his potential partners away, Rex is paralyzed with insecurity. Until, of course, he decides to change tactics. Instead of having to pick out that perfect present, why not just destroy Christmas altogether? If his nemeses (or his conscience) can’t stop him first, he might just become the supervillain who stole Christmas.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar "Bah Humbug."


Book Review

Superheroes have been around for a while, and of course they exist to fight villains and save the world, but stories from the point of view of the villains – and in this case a supervillain – are relatively new and fairly rare (at least as far as I know). I love the humor of a supervillain trying to do his job – destroying the world - and being regularly stopped by all kinds of superheroes. It’s the world as we know it seen upside down, and that makes for fun reading.

Rex is an accomplished supervillain with lots of creative ideas for causing mischief. His personal life is a disaster area though – none of his previous attempts at a longer-term relationship have survived because his Christmas presents were never right. His new boyfriend, Sanjay, seems so perfect that Rex is scared to lose him. And, based on Rex’s track record, that is what will happen. But as a supervillain, Rex has the perfect solution: all he needs to do is destroy Christmas.

Sanjay seems to know that Rex is a “bad guy” but he doesn’t care. His innocence, naiveness, and lack of any desire to “reform” Rex are as funny as his support is unstoppable. That is precisely what Rex needs in a boyfriend, and they do make a really cute couple. I loved Rex’s vulnerability and insecurity where his relationship with Sanjay is concerned – it made him almost human.
If you like superheroes but want to see the world from their enemies’ point of view for a change, if you think even supervillains deserve a merry Christmas, and if you’re looking for a read that is funny, entertaining, and has some very creative twists and turns, then you will probably like this short story as much as I do. I think it’s a very creative interpretation of what the Christmas spirit is all about.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 30 pages/9482 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2016
Price $1.99 ebook
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