Doctor Impossible - evil genius, mad scientist, diabolical time-traveller, wannabe world dominator - has just broken out of prison. Again. After twelve foiled ploys (doomsday devices, mass mind-control, robot armies, insect armies, alien invasions, etc.), he's not about to be foiled again. Fatale, a patchwork woman of skin and alloy built by the ...Read MoreDoctor Impossible - evil genius, mad scientist, diabolical time-traveller, wannabe world dominator - has just broken out of prison. Again. After twelve foiled ploys (doomsday devices, mass mind-control, robot armies, insect armies, alien invasions, etc.), he's not about to be foiled again. Fatale, a patchwork woman of skin and alloy built by the NSA to be the next generation of warfare, is suddenly given the chance every superhero dreams of: to join the Champions, the once-famous group of beautiful young superheroes who have been newly reunited to stop Dr Impossible. We watch as Fatale becomes part of a team - its greatest hero missing, its members struggling with their damaged pasts as they come together in the face of unthinkable evil. "Soon I Will Be Invincible" is a wildly entertaining adventure about good and evil, bursting with attitude and humour, that features a cast of superheroes and supervillains with remarkably human emotions, and who inhabit a world strangely similar to our own ...Read Less
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(and you should), then this is a book you'll want to read. Grossman is either a well-read comic nerd or else an excellent researcher. The book capitalizes on the graphic novel stereotypes without ever becoming banal or condescending. With deep characters and a plotline that challenges readers to rethink our idea of good and bad guys, this book is an excellent read for the superhero fan and the comic dilettante alike.
Oct 24, 2008
Soon I will be unhappy...
...because I've finished this delightful book and no sequel seems to be in sight. Mr G has written a book which captures perfectly the genre of the superhero while at the same time making us feel sympathy for the bad guy (hell, I wanted to BE Dr impossible by the end of the book!) He makes us think about what it would take to be a superhero if such a thing was possible. He makes us care about the characters so much that you can overlook the odd clanger in his writing. A near flawless book - and I don't say that often. Go out and buy if for anyone who ever read comics. They'll be your new best friend. If they aren't already.
Jul 5, 2008
Entertaining but not much new here
Grossman creates a pastiche universe based on comic archetypes to put a modern view on how super folks deal with their superness. This isn't anything new conceptually, and one could argue that there's been a glut of these types of "fairy tales meets modern reality and all of its personal complications" stories out there in recent years.
It is briskly written, and even though the style can be too self-aware and hipster at times, Grossman does have a fondness for the space. It's an amusing, entertaining story for the first 2/3 of the book, particularly when Grossman is playing with his favorite character, the villain, Dr. Impossible.
But the last third of the story, particularly the flat ending, suggests that Grossman would've been better off skipping the typical villain / hero clash as the main driver of the plot. He and the reader have much more fun with the mundane insanity of living in a super-powered world.
Apr 8, 2008
25 years too late...
...to be considered hip or cutting edge, it's more of a half-hearted "Watchmen" without a sense of humor about itself.Grossman misses the joke of his own creation while adding nothing new to genre.
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