Who are the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron? If you need to ask then you have not been anywhere near a television, computer, or disco recently. No other superheroes are as dedicated or dazzling as these gals. Some of them tuck, some of them are pure trout, but they kick ass in high heels and rollerskates. A.C. Wise's debut collection of heroic tales is half whimsy and half 1950s pulp reborn for the 21st century.
''I didn't realize how much I needed these women and their stories in my life until I started reading, at which point I found it very difficult to stop. Thank you, A. C. Wise!'' - --Jim Hines, Hugo Award winner and author of the Magic ex Libris books
''What Wise does in this book is build a deeply unconventional though not unfamiliar, at least to those of us who are queer--chosen family. She pits them against a range of monsters disguised as comic and film tropes...or perhaps they're tropes disguised as monsters. There are times when the storytelling veers ever so slightly into metafiction. Like its unabashedly long title, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again gives the reader so many things. It's your basic superhero-drag show-family drama-Fifties monster movie-bittersweet coming out story-archaeology adventure-political thriller-alien invasion-mash-up.'' --Alyx Dellamonica for Tor.com
At a glance, this marvelous debut collection of linked stories looks like a shallow dive into retro goofiness, complete with a quick rocket jaunt to Mars, guns that light up and make a woo-woo sound, bikini-wearing guards in dire need of career counseling, and occasional cocktail recipes. But the real depth and intensity of the stories quickly become apparent. The squadron is a gang of gender outlaws who take on the universe's toughest jobs and come through without chipping a nail. They find solidarity, sisterhood (with an asterisk for drag queen Butch and gender-eschewing M), and courage, as well as a greater understanding of self, as they face off against evil and triumph in style. As they embark on one improbable adventure after another, Wise sneaks in themes of internal conflict and the struggle for acceptance, with a gloriously diverse cast of characters offering a variety of perspectives. The backstories of various members of the Glitter Squadron are lovingly told explorations of humanity and gender, each packed with enough campy fun like killing a tentacled sea monster with a high-heeled shoe to almost disguise the bone-deep seriousness underneath. This groundbreaking collection will leave readers breathless with delight.
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Title sums it up...
It is fabulous.