My pal Russ Colchamiro–one of my colleagues in Crazy 8 Press–is editing our summer anthology this year. It’s called “Love, Murder & Mayhem,” and his only requirement for us at the outset was that every story has all three components: love, murder, and mayhem.
Love, Murder & Mayhem
He also mentioned that he could use a superhero story. And since I’m leaning in that direction anyway these days, I came up with one. About a whole team of superheroes, actually–a close-knit team that does all kinds of good in the world.
What in real life could I bring to such a story? Well, lately I’ve been thinking about the Beatles, an early influence on me. I remember how cool I felt back in the sixties listening to “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” or “I Saw Her Standing There” or–God help me–“Norwegian Wood.”
If the Fab Four had stayed together, who knows what kind of music they could have made. But of course, they didn’t stay together–according to some sources because of John Lennon’s soulmate, Yoko Ono, who pulled him away from the other Beatles and ultimately broke up the group.
Hmm…what if someone like Yoko had been brought into the inner circle of a superhero team? What if…
Yeah. The story is called The Responders. It’s short and sweet, like a Paul McCartney ballad, and I hope you like it.