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H.E.R.O. - Malice Paperback – August 5, 2013
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Unfortunately, that means that it has some serious flaws that in my mind drag it down to 3 stars.
The first problem is that character development seems to have been almost completely abandoned at this point. Viewpoint characters change constantly so its rare that you get to fully experience a characters thoughts and feelings. Hints are given out, but nothing complete.
This also contributes to the next issue I have which is that the enemies seem to be pulled out of comic-book central casting. They are uber-powerful except for 1-2 hard to discover weaknesses and they can put together elaborate plots and plans in hours. H.E.R.O. - Malice is a wonderful example of that as the bad guys develop part of the plan in less than 2 days despite the extremely high scientific barriers to success they themselves describe. Later they managed to modify a drug that has to be manufactured for a specific DNA signature in minutes and inject someone they captured far after their initial foray into capturing test subjects.
That said, I like most of the characters, even if I feel that Kevin would do far better to choose one character and follow them throughout a book rather than jump from character to character every chapter. This pattern reminds me way too much of a comic book and while it can be fun, it definitely prevents these books from reaching the quality of Wearing The Cape, Confessions of a D-list Supervillain and Velveteen v the Junior Super Patriots.
For those interested in reading this book, find the first book in the series to read. You MUST read these in order. The series is great, this book is great, I just wish my favorite character had more page space.
Can't wait for the next one! I recommend this book and all the others in the series.