Biff ! Bang! Powys!
Release Date: OUT NOW! 352 pages | Paperback Author: Stefan Mohamed Publisher: Salt Publishing
This sparky debut puts the classic comic book origin story through the pop- cultural blender by gifting superpowers to a kid who just happens to be a massive sci- fi geek.
For Smallville, substitute Tref-y- Celwyn, the mid- Welsh town where vowel- deficient teenage loner Stanly suddenly discovers a talent for flight and telekinesis. Accompanied by a potty- mouthed beagle ( just go with it), Stanly up, ups and aways to London, where he throws his lot in with a bunch of Generation X- Men investigating a series of sinister child abductions.
Zippy prose keeps the story barrelling along, the genre references come thick and fast ( even the dog a Yoda impression does) and, in Stanly, Mohamed has created a hero you’ll really root for. A flying start. Paul Kirkley
Bitter Sixteen has already won Stefan Mohamed the Dylan Thomas Prize for New Writers. There’s lovely.