08/21/2013 04:18 PM
BATON ROUGE – Once the mighty superhero Commander Invincible, 39-year-old Vincent
Shepherd now faces new enemies: downsizing, a second divorce and the strains of fatherhood.
Decades ago, Vince made a living fighting supervillains, huge irradiated insects,
and androids armed with death rays. But when the good guys won the war, heroes like
Vince grew obsolete. Certain that his younger wife is starting to find their marriage
as frivolous as his old cape, Vince embarks on a scheme to reestablish himself not
only as a superhero, but as a super dad and a super husband. Confronting former allies
with long-buried secrets, he must also battle the same demons we all encounter: doubt,
regret, loss, and failure.
Neil Connelly’s “The Midlife Crisis of Commander Invincible,” now available from LSU
Press, turns a literary lens onto the world of comic book fantasy to reveal the changes
and challenges of simply being human.
As a teen, Connelly worked at Beachhead Comics in Allentown, Pa. Later he directed
McNeese State University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He now teaches at Shippensburg
University and lives with his wife and their two sons. His website is www.neilconnelly.com.
Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013