Thursday, August 28, 2008

Soon I Will Be Invincible

by Austin Grossman

"My first act will be to demand the surrender of all the governments of Earth, via the United Nations Security Council. You have no alternative. Legal details of this process can be found on my web site."

So states Dr. Invincible, the evil supergenius who narrates half of this hilariously entertaining book. The other narrator is Fatale (fuh-tahl, not fay-tal), a half-cyborg woman recently recruited to join a team of superheroes. It sounds frivolous — and so what if it is — but there are quite a few aspects of human nature that can be illuminated by considering what it would mean to be meta-human. (X-men, duh!) The author does a great job of portraying the interior monologues and motivations of both characters, and does a particularly good job of making the reader sympathize with Dr. Invincible. (Or maybe that's just me; after all, I am 74% evil.)