The Oath Anthology of New Heroes is a comic anthology of superhero stories introducing new queer/lgbt heroes, and showcasing the talent of queer-led creative teams. The goal of this project is to highlight the work of queer creators, to introduce brand new heroes across the spectrum of sexuality and gender identity, and to create a book that does all that through excitingThe Oath Anthology of New Heroes is a comic anthology of superhero stories introducing new queer/lgbt heroes, and showcasing the talent of queer-led creative teams. The goal of this project is to highlight the work of queer creators, to introduce brand new heroes across the spectrum of sexuality and gender identity, and to create a book that does all that through exciting and engaging stories appropriate for all ages....
|Title||:||Oath: An Anthology of New (Queer) Heroes|
|Number of Pages||:||240 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Oath: An Anthology of New (Queer) Heroes Reviews
What a charming anthology. Bought it at Flame Con and have been picking through it, there's lots of cute stories!
This was great. I especially loved the last one.
We picked this up at SPX 2016 because we've read and loved Beyond: the Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology and other very similar anthologies. This has many of the same contributors.My initial impression was that this was a very weak anthology on average. When I started listing the pieces I liked for this review, I realized it wasn't as dire as I'd thought. Unfortunately the bad stories are worse than average and none of the better stories reaches higher than four stars.Overarching problems: Repetitive themes/plot points (it's an anthology: can't you solicit outlines or scripts to make sure that three or four different people aren't going to use the exact same idea?), poor/confusing writing (yes, you draw quite well. no, you should really get someone to read your script and help you fill the gaping leaps of logic).Some of the high points, in order of appearance:* One Dress, With Cape: Didactic but simultaneously cute, so I don't mind. Plus, the advice about parenting a GNC/trans kid is good.* Lunch Break: At this point, (view spoiler)[romance between two characters who turn out to have been worried about having to tell the other person they're trans (hide spoiler)] is verging on a cliche, but I'm giving it a pass because I like that shit, and this is my review. Get your own.* Jump: Successful because it doesn't try to be a full story, just capture a moment/feeling. And it does that so well in just three pages.* Greenhouse: Interesting art, and one of the more original plotlines.* Run!: Not very original in plot, but the art is beautiful and the subtleties of their expressions have a lot to do with how compelling the characters are. Also some of the better writing.* Power Couple: A surprisingly interesting and coherent take on coming out as a superhero that successfully riffs on both lesbian and trans coming out narratives. ("Surprisingly coherent" sounds like damning with faint praise, but if you've read as many bad SF&F coming out metaphors as I have, ranging from "clumsy" to "unintentionally offensive" to "I don't think you even tried," you know how rare and precious that is.)
This was an okay anthology, though none of the stories really jumped out and grabbed me. Most of the stories I did like were just too short and I wanted them to go on longer, but that is usually an issue in anthologies. I would say it's worth reading, just don't expect anything too exciting?
I thoroughly enjoyed this. It was wonderful to see various orientations, body types, skin colors and able-ness as super heroes. Some stories were a bit heavy handed, but that's forgiven when seeing the representation presented in a genre that typically doesn't represent diversity. These are our stories and they are gorgeous. I wanted to see multiple chapters of several of these. I highly recommend this people who enjoy the super hero genre and want to see a more diverse representation of who can be seen as super heroes.
As with any anthology, the stories are hit and miss. The common queer lit theme of "concealing and revealing identities" lends itself well to the superhero genre, and I found that the pieces that engaged with this theme directly yet creatively were the most successful. Sara Goetter's "Just A Sidekick" is a major standout story, and I think it's well worth the price of admission.
This anthology of queer superhero comics was accomplished and diverse. Some of the stories were sweet, enjoyable reads, while others were tightly paced narratives about (secret) (powerful) identities. Not every comic knocked it out of the ballpark, but I'm still super glad I picked this up at SPX, as it introduced me to many new comic creators.