Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Austin Grossman
. Meh. I picked this up thinking it might be some funky, post-modernist take on superheroes (the way "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" might have been if its creators hadn't been completely cowardly). But, no, it's really just a novelized version of a fairly standard superhero plot, revolving around a veteran villain (Dr. Impossible) and a rooky hero (Fatale). Their origins, the plot, and the "shocking revelation" at the end are all fairly pedestrian and really wouldn't warrant much of a mention in any comic book currently published. Austin Grossman's
writing itself is good (he wears his fanboy status on his sleeve), and there are a tantalizingly few glimpses of social commentary or relevance, but not enough to drag the thing out of mediocrity.
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