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Book Review: Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology

Beyond is an anthology of queer sci-fi and fantasy comics. Featuring 18 stories by 26 contributors, Beyond is a 250+ page, black and white, queer comic anthology, full of swashbuckling space pirates, dragon slayers, death-defying astronauts, and monster royalty. Each story celebrates and showcases unquestionably queer characters as they explore the galaxy, mix magic, have renegade adventures, and save the day!

The Beyond Anthology was born from a desire to see stories inspired by people like us (queer people with diverse genders and sexualities) slaying dragons, piloting spaceships, getting into trouble, and saving the day—without having to read for their queerness from between the lines. We wanted to see beautiful, heartwarming, and adventurous stories that reflect and celebrate the many facets of gender and sexuality, without having to worry that their queerness would cast them as a villain, a pariah, or turn them into a cautionary tale.

arrow-bow-old-shoot-weapon-feathers-5d2jlw-clipartHow I Found This Book

It popped up on my Twitter feed back when the Kickstarter was just starting. I decided to contribute because I love to support queer art.

Overall Feeling

This was such a fun read. I loved most of the stories in the book and the art was all around superb. It really felt like a good mix of science fiction and fantasy, which I feel other collections have struggled with. It also opened my eyes to some new artists to follow on social media.

Cons

As with most collections, there were some stories that just weren’t my thing. I found myself skipping one or two stories cause they just weren’t my thing.

Pros

Such diversity! I loved reading so many different queer stories. Some of my favorites include Of Families & Other Magical Objects by Reed Black, O-Type Hypergiant by Jon Cairns, and The Next Day by A. Stiffler and K. Copeland. The art and stories were amazing in these stories, and I wish they could’ve been full series. I’m hopeful they do another Beyond anthology because Sfe R. Monster (the editor) sure can pick them!

Diversity? (Possible Spoilers)

All of it. Queer authors, artists, characters. Female authors, artists, characters. Non-binary/trans* authors, artists, characters. Authors, artists, and characters of color.

Trigger Warnings (Possible Spoilers)

Some fighting/violence. Mentions of PTSD.

 

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Author:

Robin spends most of his time running a certified rape crisis center. In his off hours he uses reading as a way to recharge and re-energize.

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