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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Review: Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

Confessions of a D-List SupervillianTitle: Confessions of a D-List Supervillain
Author: Jim Bernheimer
Page Count: 370 KB (novel length ebook)
Publisher: EJB
Genre: science fiction/fantasy
Copy for review provided by the author in anticipation of an honest review

50 words or less:  We've heard about saving the world from the perspective of the heroes- but what do the villains have to say?  Come to think of it, maybe the line between hero and villain isn't as clear as we'd like it to be...

I hate to admit it, but my understanding and knowledge of superheroes growing up was pretty much limited to the following:

As I grew up and broadened my horizons, a slightly more varied cast of superheroes made their way into my consciousness. Confessions of a D-List Supervillain is simultaneously a love letter to all the elements that make comic books so much fun to read while simultaneously being a tongue-in-cheek satire of the black and white world that's so central to these stories.

Cal, or Mechani-Cal as he'd prefer to be called, thank you very much, can't seem to catch a break. He has the misfortune of being one of the bad guys, although in this case he's one of the few folks that want to topple a world order based on total control and corporate slavery. Everyone's having such a good time, though, that they see call as a troublesome spoilsport.

A few twists of fate are all that are required for some of the so-called good guys to come around to his way of thinking, and it ain't Stockholm Syndrome, either. As the story progresses, the basic concepts of what it means to be a hero- or a villain for that matter- are called into question. If being a good guy means supporting a corrupt society and being a villain means ending up ground under the boot heels of society, what path should Cal choose?

Confessions of a D List Supervillain was originally published as a part of the first Horror, Humor and Heroes anthology, and now that it's been released on its own it's a very fun, quick story. I enjoyed the comic book elements (the character names, aliases and super powers were such fun) as well as the theme that was woven throughout the entire story but never overpowered the plot. If you're looking for a fun story that's off the beaten path but accessible to a wide audience, this one is a good bet.

Overall Grade: A-
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