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This is a sideways take on the traditional superhero/supervillain story. Some other reviewers have said that lacks originality, but being a comic (ahem, graphic novel) nerd, I consider it a genre. And it's a genre I dig.
This tale follows Cal, a supervillain who is just getting by, but is eminently likeable despite his illicit career path. When his circumstances change and he winds up playing on the good guys' team, he finds all sorts of hurdles. It's a fun story, but that's not to say he doesn't have to deal with some real problems. Still I'd say it's lighthearted overall and an engaging listen.
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Superheroes and Villans seem the be the rage these days, especially with the Avengers, The Dark Knight, Spiderman and Kick-Ass all having their day in the sun. With that in mind, I can't help but say that I've always had a soft spot for well-written stories about superheroes and their antithesis, their arch-enemy villain. I've always savored a battle royal, sometimes to the death, where fantastic powers housed in finite and flawed men and women come to bear, where in the end, only one champion is left standing.
This is definitely a story of flawed heroes and villains.
Without giving much away, I CAN say that the story starts out with a world completely conquered, heroes and villains alike, and one very flawed anti-hero must choose the harder, more difficult road to bring humanity back from the brink.
Yep, that's where it STARTS. And its storyline is as good or better than most of the genre.
Bottom line, we get an exceptional audiobook listen, and while it's NOT War and Peace, it's a VERY fun and engaging listen, one to which I've listened a total of three times.
You read correctly. Three times.
Great escapism, and again, well-written.
So, champion, step into the battle royale. Bring your powers to bear, and get this audiobook today!
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So, I guess I listened to this in the wrong order - Confessions is not as good as Origins. This may be just because Bernheimer improved as a writer, but this is definitely more episodic (well, clunky) and doesn't flow very well. Still, it was a fun listen and kept me entertained for the duration.
Pick it up if you're after a short, entertaining romp. If you're after a deep discussion of what it means to be a superhero, keep looking!
Looking at the length and reviews of the next book, I think I'm going to stop this series here.