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What does a sidekick do after retirement? What does an excellent villain do whilst he meets an evil more than himself? Is it strength that defines a hero, or whatever else? All of those questions and extra are responded in A Hero by means of the other identify, a set of reports by means of a few of latest best-known technological know-how fiction and myth authors. those riveting adventures delve into the lives of a few not-so-conventional superheroes, sidekicks, and villains. this is not all tights-and-fights, yet a glance at heroes that might ceaselessly regulate your viewpoint on those that decide to stay in the back of a masks. comprises tales from Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Janine okay. Spendlove, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Bryan younger, Jean Rabe, R.T. Kaelin, Maggie Allen, and Ron Garner

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And the way could this be of profit to you? ” Hank’s eyes turned slits. “Gonna groom him to be your sidekick? You do whatever silly and he’s going to race in and pull your fats out of the fireplace? You chew off greater than you could bite and he cleans up for you? ” Lemuel lifted his chin. “No, sir. That’s now not my purpose. ” “But it's your want. ” Hank shook his head. “I used to be born at evening, son, yet no longer final evening. this knowledge you amassed, you’ve had it lengthy adequate that this little chat may have taken position any time. I ask myself. Why now? what's so certain approximately now? And what it's ... is that the NVA has come to Lyttleton. They’ll be coming again in numbers sufficiently big to damage others out of reformatory. You acknowledged that. and also you desire my son that will help you care for them—with gun wielding, bomb-throwing revolutionaries, correct? ” “Sir…” “And by some means you idea I’d see your giving me this dossier as a few large, altruistic act, and I’d simply forget about the truth that you will have my son to affix you in enjoying tag with murderers? this can be your family’s city, Mr. Lyttle; yet that doesn’t make the folks your toy squaddies. ” Lemuel stiffened. “Sir, that was once by no means my purpose. every thing I’ve performed is to maintain this city and your loved ones secure. You listened. I shall abide by way of my facet of our cut price. If somebody unearths your kids, it is going to be over my useless physique. ” Hank picked up the folder and held it in either well-callused fingers. “How outdated are you, son? ” “Seventeen. ” “When i used to be your age, i used to be scared shitless, freezing in North Korea, anticipating a crimson to kill me. I lied approximately my age to get within the army. I’d had 5 months education, fired my rifle 3 times, and figured I’d by no means consume one other sizzling meal. and people associates you spoke of, they have been all there freezing with me. now not a lot of them made it again. ” supply stared at his father. He’d continually identified his father have been within the provider. He knew it used to be through the Korean struggle, yet Hank had by no means pointed out it. supply didn’t even be aware of he’d left the rustic, and whilst the family members had long gone to the lake swimming, he’d by no means visible any wrestle scars on his father’s physique. “I comprehend, sir. ” Lemuel nodded. “As I acknowledged earlier than, you’re an exemplary father. ” “I don’t imagine you do comprehend, Mr. Lyttle. ” Hank positioned the folder down back, then rested his palms on Grant’s shoulders. “You’ll constantly be my son. That doesn’t suggest you'll always be a boy. Your mom and i've labored demanding to set you on a direction that might make you a really specified guy. ” supply stared up at his father, for the 1st time seeing tears glimmering in these blue eyes. “Dad…” “Grant, i do know all you’ve performed. good, possibly no longer all, considering that I determine Polly has coated up for greater than I’ll ever learn about. i'd need to be silly if I didn’t detect you'll be a superhero. That doesn’t suggest this type of existence is for you, or that i believe you'll want to pursue it. yet, as Mr. Lyttle indicates, this can be a choice the place i will be able to provide suggestion and counsel; no longer one who i will be able to ultimately make for you. ” supply nodded. “Thank you. ” Hank Stone grew to become again towards Merlin.

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