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H.E.R.O - Metamorphosis Paperback – August 19, 2011
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The central premise is that a mysterious meteor got trapped in orbit when humans tried to blow it up, and that when fragments fall they mutate people into superheroes and mutants. Supers look mostly normal (maybe they get bulky or ... hot) and have a variety of powers, with super strength and toughness being common. Mutants get a variety of mutations, with ultra-sharp claws and tentacles being common. While mutants are not typically as strong or fast as heroes, they have enhanced speed, senses, much faster healing, and deadly claws (or similar weaponry). Mutants are "born" with a bit of bloodlust -- and if they give in, they get a second round of mutations and sometimes lose some sanity.
There are 3 main heroes introduced immediately in this book, and they seem to remain central throughout the series, with many more introduced as we go. Each book has a different crisis and main villain.
The characters are likable, the books are fun, and they are mostly fast paced. Its easy to see why Mr. Rau has enough fans to keep writing these books.
However, if you skip ahead a bunch of books, you'll find that with every new book, a bunch of people are quitting the series for a number of reasons, one of which is that there is almost no character development. For example, a heroine is confused by the flirting of another hero, and is unaware he has a girlfriend -- and this confusion continues for book after book after book. There are numerous other issues that start to annoy one the further one gets in the series including: (1) the ease with which new villains spring from nowhere and instantly build devices and the like; (2) the amount of time the main characters spend doing routine things (going to the gym, shopping for clothes, etc); (3) the lack of common sense of the characters -- for example, the telepath attacked by another hero thinks "maybe she was mind controlled" and then decides to go to the gym instead of checking into that; (4) the characters are mostly one dimensional stereotypes -- for example, "Diva" a main heroine, is defined by the fact that she wants to be a model, likes people looking at her, is hot, stupid and has a good heart -- and she doesn't change at all from book to book. Heck, we don't even learn why she wants to become a model; (5) the world, like the characters, is thinly drawn -- for example, there are apparently "some courses" that want to be heroes have to take, but our heroes all seem to get to skip them, and with no background checks or training they are suddenly "federal agents"; and (6) the author seems to have no concept of appropriate timing, as within a month or two of becoming heroes, the new hero trio have fought a dozen villains, met multiple species of aliens, and been kidnapped, mind-controlled and the like multiples times (all while going to the gym a thousand times). I guess if you aren't doing character development, what does rational timing matter?
Despite all the limits of Mr. Rau's writing, he does do some things well. The books are a lot of fun, and this first one is free. Although there are better superhero books (check out my other reviews), I do recommend taking a look at this one. Although its unlikely you'll make it through all 18 (or however many) books are out now, you might well get enjoyment from the series for a time, before the flaws start to build up in your mind.
Following a meteor shower three friends, Stephanie, Lance and Rael are transformed into super-heroes. (More accurately, Rael transforms into a mutant.) Stephanie becomes Psystar, a telepath who can also fly. Lance becomes Spartan, a “brick” super-strong archetype. Rael becomes Black Tiger with acute senses and strength. All have amazing regenerative healing capabilities.
The neophyte supers join H.E.R.O. the Homeland Emergency Response Organization, and begin doing super-heroic things, including foiling a group of mutants who kidnapped normal people and planned to force new mutants to eat them. The mutants are led by a villain called “Shrinker” who surprisingly enough has the ability to shrink things.
I enjoyed this book so much that I’m super-excited to read the other books in the series.
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