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Reviewed by Chris
TITLE: How the Supervillain Stole Christmas
SERIES: 2016 Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug
AUTHOR: Charles Payseur
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 33 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 30, 2016
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.
Supervillain Rex Devious is not a fan of Christmas. Not for religious, political, or moral reasons–he just despises having to buy gifts for whomever he is dating at the time. Not because he is against gift-giving on the whole, but because he just sucks at picking out thoughtful and meaningful gifts that don’t send his lovers running (or to the hospital). So when his newest boyfriend starts to make comments about Christmas parties and such, Rex panics a little bit. He really likes Sanjay, he doesn’t wanna do anything to chase him off (or send him to the hospital). So, in order to avoid the whole thing (without doing anything so silly as actually talking about his feelings or other such nonsense) he sets out to do what supervillains do best: destroy things. Specifically, Christmas.
This was wholly charming.
Really. It was just so lighthearted and fun that it was a pleasure to read from start to finish. I love how bad Rex is at destroying Christmas and yet he still never gives up. Some people like their superheroes to be all action-y and man-pain…but I’m more the kind of guy who likes his supers to be massive failbots. It is usually more entertaining that way. His banter with the superheroes and his AI were great as well.
All in all I recommend this short for those who enjoy the lighter side of supervillain/hero set. It was very light, but also had a well written romance in there as well. I’ll have to remember to keep an eye on this author for the future. Anyone who can meet my (not very) exacting superhero needs is someone to watch.
Also, I want me some penguin butlers. That is absolutely a thing I need now.