"Capes and Masks," by Richard Helms, Mystery Weekly Magazine, June 2021.
And except for quality, they couldn't be more different. Last week I critiqued a war-and-crime story. Today we have a quirky tale of a superhero, Captain Courageous:
"You know the story. Stolen by aliens who crashed my fourth birthday party. Returned when I was seventeen, but I was somehow... different than when I left. Well, duh, I was thirteen years older, had all this weird hair growing where it never had, and my voice sounded like I was shaving a cat with a cheese greater."
If that sounds a bit... hardboiled... for a superhero it is no accident. His cover identity is Eddie Shane, private eye. He mostly deals with divorce work but when a caped dude named Sunburst is found mysteriously dead, this is no job for a superhero. We need a detective to save the day.
Very funny and clever.