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Marion G. Harmon

M. G. Harmon is Marion George Harmon, a former financial advisor in Las Vegas. He has a bachelors in literature and a masters in history, which he earned for pleasure rather than profit.


Wearing the Cape: Good fun, but pulls punches

Wearing the Cape
by Marion G. Harmon

Prose fiction has often seemed to have trouble dealing with the figure of the superhero. While the subgenre can boast many excellent graphic novels, and film and television adaptations have been successful, it has never really found its voice in a less visual medium. There have been some notable successes, but it feels as though the breakout work has yet to be written. Wearing the Cape (2011) is a pretty good try, though it does have its flaws.

First, though, let's talk about the fun central premise. As is standard for postmodern superhero stories, some sort of cataclysmic Event has taken place that has given a random segment of the population super powers. No one seems to know exactly how this has happened, and it ultimately doesn't much matter — comic books have come to life overnight, and so the result is far more engaging than the cause. Author Ma... Read More