Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Soon I Will Be Invincible - Book Review

Those of you who have read my previous non-wrestling reviews will know that I am a long-time fan of the super-hero genre. Which is why when I first saw the front cover of “Soon I Will Be Invincible” by Austin Grossman, I was intrigued, and I just knew I had to read it.
Set in a modern day world where normal mortals co-exist with super-heroes and super-villains, the story is told through the narratives of two characters.
The first is Doctor Impossible. He’s you normal, every day super-villain, a super-genius who has tried to take over the world on numerous occasions, his attempts thwarted time and time again. The story begins with the Doctor in a special prison designed to confine super-villains. But this doesn’t stop him plotting his escape and his next dastardly plan.
The second is a young woman named Fatale. Having sustained a serious accident in Brazil, Fatale is turned into a cyborg agent by the National Security Agency. Originally meant to do their bidding, Fatale is cut loose when the NSA is shut down, and becomes a small-time hero, patrolling the streets, until she gets a call one day that completely changes her life.
The story revolves around a character who isn’t actually part of the proceedings, a super-hero called CoreFire. A man of tremendous power, his is the world’s mightiest being. But he’s gone missing, and that’s why The Champions, the team he co-founded with fellow heroes Blackwolf and Damsel, has re-formed after a ten year absence, with Fatale joining the team.
Without giving away too much of the plot, writer Austin Grossman has come up with a hell of a story and a tremendous cast of characters, and he’s clearly drawn inspiration from the fictional universes of Marvel and DC Comics. Indeed, he’s gone on record as saying that his three lead heroes, CoreFire, Blackwolf and Damsel were inspired by Superman, Bat Man and Wonder Woman.
“Soon I Will Be Invincible” is your basic good versus evil story, with well thought out scenarios and good characterisations, and it certainly wouldn’t look out of place if it was turned into a comic series, or even made into a film.
In conclusion - if you’re a fan of the super-hero genre, then you’ll enjoy this one. It’s a tremendous read, and I really can’t speak too highly of it, and I hope that, sometime in the future, Doctor Impossible will break out of prison and try to take over the world once again.
If you’re interested in finding out more about this book and it’s characters, log onto www.sooniwillbeinvincible.com. It’s a great website, and if this doesn’t get you interested in this book, I don’t know what will!