Soon I Will Be Invincible – Austin Grossman

Title: Soon I Will Be Invincible
Author: Austin Grossman
ISBN: 9780307279866
Pages: 336
Release Date: June 4, 2007
Publisher: Vintage
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Soon I Will Be Invincible is the story of two different people: a superhero and a villain.  Fatale is a cyborg that doesn’t exactly know where she came from.  When the hero CoreFire goes missing, Fatale is recruited to join an elite team of superheroes, a team that has its own internal politics and secrets.

Doctor Impossible is currently serving time in prison, just waiting for his chance to rise again as the ultimate supervillain.  When he hears that his nemesis CoreFire is missing, Doctor Impossible sees his chance to fulfill his ultimate plan of doom.

Review:

Soon I Will Be Invincible was basically a comic book in novel form.  It is a labor of love, a tribute to the wonderful lore of superheroes.  At the same time, it’s a satire.  It pokes fun at the superhero culture and the clichés of the villains.  You don’t have to be a graphic novel lover to appreciate this book, though it probably does help.  If you are familiar at all with superheroes, be it through TV shows or movies, you will find this novel amusing.

Fatale was an interesting character, though I think the mystery behind her origins could have been better explored.  I liked reading about the team of superheroes and the politics of their past, though Grossman didn’t go in depth enough for my tastes.  The whole novel was very much on the surface.  While that made for a quick read, I would have loved it had the whole thing been more developed.

I really enjoyed the book when it was told from Dr. Impossible’s point of view.  I’m not sure how common it is in the comic book world for one of the narrators to be the villain, but I imagine it’s not an everyday occurrence.  I thought Dr. Impossible was simply hilarious; I loved his discussions on how villains had to think and what they had to do.  For example:

“Once you get past a certain threshold, everyone’s problems are the same:  fortifying your island and hiding the heat signature from your fusion reactor.”

He really was the highlight of the book for me.

Soon I Will Be Invincible was a creative book that I really enjoyed.  In fact, it made me want to look into reading more comic books, since the only superhero graphic novel I’ve read is Watchmen.  If you’re looking for a humorous, light read that’s something different, I definitely recommend this one.

Comments

  1. I haven’t read a comic book since I was in grade school I think. You definitely get your hands on some interesting reads! I wouldn’t have even given this one a second glance before reading this review!

  2. I haven’t read a comic book since I was in grade school I think. You definitely get your hands on some interesting reads! I wouldn’t have even given this one a second glance before reading this review!

  3. I’ll add this one to my list for the GN challenge for 2010. Sounds fun.

  4. I’ll add this one to my list for the GN challenge for 2010. Sounds fun.

  5. I’m not big on science fiction, so I’m not sure this is for me, but I bet Vance would love it.

  6. I’m not big on science fiction, so I’m not sure this is for me, but I bet Vance would love it.

  7. I’m not big into Science Fiction and I just started reading my first Graphic Novel but this one sounds good and I really want to expand my reading into new genres this year!

  8. I’m not big into Science Fiction and I just started reading my first Graphic Novel but this one sounds good and I really want to expand my reading into new genres this year!

  9. I am sure i will love this one! I am so sure!

  10. I am sure i will love this one! I am so sure!

  11. I think this book would have been better if it was solely from Dr. Impossible’s point of view. I liked Fatale, but she just didn’t hold my interest as much. But I still really liked it and definitely recommend it!

  12. I think this book would have been better if it was solely from Dr. Impossible’s point of view. I liked Fatale, but she just didn’t hold my interest as much. But I still really liked it and definitely recommend it!

  13. The audio book for this title is great — it has an actor reading Dr. Impossible and an actress reading Fatale, which brings the Fatale character to life. In some ways, this novel is better than a comic book — Grossman doles out the physical descriptions gradually and to great effect, whereas in a graphic novel like Watchmen, you see everything at first glance.

  14. The audio book for this title is great — it has an actor reading Dr. Impossible and an actress reading Fatale, which brings the Fatale character to life. In some ways, this novel is better than a comic book — Grossman doles out the physical descriptions gradually and to great effect, whereas in a graphic novel like Watchmen, you see everything at first glance.

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