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New York. Tough place for a struggling young African-American superhero like RJ (kinda strong, sorta hard to kill) to fight crime, make the rent, and hold on to his love life. Tough enough, that is, even before the city's mightiest superheroes enter a transdimensional rift, answering a call-to-arms against alien invaders. Now it's up to Red Jacket and a handful of other superhuman "rear guardians" to hold the world's greatest metropolis together.

This edition also includes a bonus three-chapter excerpt from Adam Brick's novel "Growing Up Zombie".

Michael Canfield writes about monsters, superheroes, couples, bank robbers, babies, astronauts, paranoids, hobbyists, and other people. He has published fantasy, science fiction, superhero fiction, horror and just-plain-odd stories in StrangeHorizons.com, futurismic.com, EscapePod.com, M–Brane SF, in dead-tree magazines including Black Gate, Talebones, Realms of Fantasy, and other places. His story “Super-Villains” was republished in the prestigious Fantasy: The Year's Best series, edited by Rich Horton (Prime Books). Several other stories received honorable mention in Ellen Datlow's Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series. Born in Las Vegas, he now lives, works, plays, writes, and watches television in Seattle.

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