Apex Magazine – Issue 86, July 2016
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Sunny Ray
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 25 July 2016
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Here we have the 86th issue of Apex Magazine, with 2 new stories, 1 reprint and other features.
The new fiction begins with "Lazarus and the Amazing Kid Phoenix" by Jennifer Giesbrecht. -+- This is the story of an old man and a young man who have become superheroes. Their origins are separate but similar, they have died and are resurrected and their powers are related to how they died. The story is told alternately in traditional style and a comic book script. Interesting take on the genre.
The second new story is "Starpower" by Christopher Shultz. -+- A rock singer finds women responding to a song, meant to be against misogyny, in which the narrator tells women they just want to have sex with him. After he sings it, women come up to him, saying the lyrics as if they mean them. His next song, suggesting that anyone who voted for a woman who became governor should kill themselves has a really bad effect. Very effectively done!
Apex Magazine works in a unique way. If you are a subscriber, you get your issue when it's published. Otherwise, you wait a month. They are worth supporting, so check them out at their website (see link at the top of this review).