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Vaughn (Discord's Apple) delivers a loving homage to classic superheroes, throwing in layers of darkness and realism while avoiding the cynical satire and deconstruction common in contemporary comics. Forensic accountant Celia West is the powerless and estranged daughter of two of Commerce City's great heroes, Captain Olympus and Spark. When the city prosecutes the evil Destructor for tax evasion, Celia gets pulled in to track down evidence. As a new crime spree creates tension between the city's heroes and the police force, Celia's investigation uncovers long-buried secrets about her family and the city. Vaughn throws in elements of romance and humor, but the drama between Celia and her father really drives the story. The story is very accessible to readers who have never picked up a comic book while boasting plenty of clever in-jokes for fans of golden age superheroics. (Apr.)
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The conflict between Celia and her dad, which is the main point of conflict for Celia's character development, is handled... Read more
A friend recommended this to me and after reading a couple of pages I was hooked. It is an interesting premise. Read morePublished 24 days ago by LEJ
This was a guilty airport fun read for me. I know some people really dislike the main character, but I got her. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Just a Teacher
The story ties together well but does leave a few unanswered questions. I think thats deliberate for a sequel. But for a pulp fiction novel, I did enjoy it.Published 8 months ago by John Bradley
Celia West is the daughter of Captain Olympus and Spark, super heroes. Which creates a screwed up childhood when Celia has no obvious super power at all... Read morePublished 10 months ago by yetanotherartist
Perhaps in another setting I could have enjoyed this book for exactly what it is: a mediocre young adult super hero novel that is full of cliche writing and predictable characters. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marie Brewer
Very enjoyable read...dysfunctional superheroes are always more interesting than those who have their lives in control... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jeff Melillo
If you're looking for an entertaining and easy read -- this is your book. Much of the plot is predictable -- but there are enough surprises to keep you interested. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. E. Mynchenberg