Reader Friday: Which Hero are You?

A killer abducted you, bound your wrists and ankles, and dumped you in his lair. You only have a few hours to escape before he returns.

Don’t panic!Β  I’ve given you a superpower — the ability to change into a fictional hero.

The transformation is now complete.

Who are you? Why did you choose this hero?

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Sue Coletta is an award-winning crime writer and an active member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. Feedspot and named her Murder Blog as β€œBest 100 Crime Blogs on the Net” (2018-2021). She also blogs at the Kill Zone (Writer's Digest "101 Best Websites for Writers" 2013-2021). Sue lives with her husband and two spoiled guinea pigs in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and writes two psychological thriller series (Tirgearr Publishing) and true crime/narrative nonfiction (Rowman & Littlefield). And recently, she appeared on the Emmy award-winning true crime series Storm of Suspicion. Learn more about Sue and her books at

41 thoughts on “Reader Friday: Which Hero are You?

  1. I’d go with MacGyver (the original, not the current imposter) … clever, intellegent, and resourceful. I’d trust he’d find a way out without having to kill anyone.

  2. I’m the Bionic Woman. I allowed myself to be captured because I’m on a mission. I’m gonna complete my mission, save the day, and in the process toss that turkey around like a rag doll. 😎 YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Harry Houdini. Yes, I’ll stipulate that I’m cheating by changing into a real person. My excuses? 1) Sometimes real life has that mystical “you can’t make it up” quality that is *stranger than fiction*. And 2) Houdini’s superpower is the best fit for this scenario.

    I’m sorry to bend the rules, Sue. But I’m not sorry for escaping before the abductor returned. πŸ™‚

  4. Bond. James Bond.

    Q has given me cufflinks that have little blades that pop out, so the restraints are easy to cut. Also a fountain pen that is really a blowtorch, so I can burn through the lock on the door. This takes only a few minutes. While waiting for the bad guy to return I repair to his fully stocked bar for a vodka martini…you can guess how it’s prepared.

  5. Thor. Because he has lightning and super strength. Any other strategy for escaping just takes too long.

  6. As much as I prefer Batman, I’d have to say I’m Superman here. He’s indestructible (unless those ropes are made of kryptonite). I’d be out in seconds.

    Therein lies my dislike of Superman. He’s a hero with only one fatal flow and it’s a weak, boring flaw. It’s hard to build suspense with a guy who can clearly overcome any challenge.

    • In one of my articles on fight scenes, I used Superman as an example of how to find the weakness in a powerful character.

      STORY A: Several world leaders are held hostage by Lex Luthor who has tied them to Kryptonite poles. Though weak, Superman manages to rescue them and gets far enough away from the Kryptonite to regain his strength to defeat Luthor.


      STORY B: Several world leaders are held hostage by Lex Luthor who has tied them to Kryptonite poles. They are surrounded by cameras so the whole world watches.

      Luthor wants Clark Kent to act as hostage negotiator, and if anyone else, including Superman, comes near them, an explosion will kill both leaders. Clark approaches but sees the Kryptonite in the poles. If he goes forward and becomes weak, Luthor and the world will know he’s Superman. If he backs away, Luthor will kill them immediately.

      Superman/Clark’s dilemma — save two important leaders or lose his identity as Clark Kent.

      But Clark Kent is more than a role, it’s his humanity. Clark belongs to Earth and fellow humans, and he has a relationship with them. They see him as an equal.

      Superman, however, is a superior alien who can never have an equal relationship with humans who see his powers and are afraid or uncomfortable. If he is no longer Clark, he will be totally alone.

      Losing his identity as Clark Kent is his greatest emotional fear. What should he do?

  7. Sherlock Holmes. The master of observation missed nothing and possessed considerable physical ability. I’m confident possessing his intellect, dexterity and experience, I could readily escape those bonds.

  8. Captain Kirk…he has that cool spaceship he can summon with his mid-sixties flip phone; and Spock, who taught him that shoulder grip thingy; and Scotty to give him more warp speed during the getaway. πŸ™‚

  9. I must agree with Mr. Bell. This is a job for James Bond. Not only will I escape, my tux will still be flawless and my date stunning. And my martini very cold.

  10. Odysseus. Clever, faithful, and persistent, he defeated the Trojans, escaped from Cyclops, resisted the Sirens, and spent ten years getting home again.

    As Odysseus, I will not only escape this louse’s lair, I’ll capture him and turn him over to Cyclops.

  11. Great question, Sue. I would pick Scott Free, aka Mr. Miracle. He is a character created by Jack Kirby for DC Comics in the early 1970s. Among other things, he is a master escapologist and acrobat!

    Have a great weekend, Sue!

  12. I have always been partial to The Green Hornet. I would have my trusty gas gun if I where the 1940’s radio version, or the electrified ‘hornet sting’ if it were the 1960’s. And Kato would be near by in the Black Beauty should I need a hand.

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