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Soon I Will be Invincible [Hardcover]

Austin Grossman
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2 Aug 2007

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 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 . . .



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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; First Edition edition (2 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718152913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718152918
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Every comic-book cliché in this witty, stunning debut is lovingly
embraced, then turned inside out'
-- Wired Magazine

'100% enjoyment ... I devoured every page drawing the pictures in
my head ... It breathes fresh and ironic life into the superhero
stereotypes.' -- EOIN COLFER, author of Artemis Fowl

'Austin Grossman has a superpower himself -- it's called writing
... winning, smart and funny ... It's terrific.'
-- DOUGLAS COUPLAND, author of Generation X and JPod

'Imaginative and, at times, achingly real ... an admirable
addition to the genre. I mean it as the highest possible compliment when I
say that it would make a damn good comic book.'
-- New York Times

'The Great American Novel (Superheroes Division) ... funny and
affectionate ... enormously satisfying ... Every undersea mansion or lunar
headquarters should have a copy.' -- Word Magazine

'This original comic book-style novel has a wry tone, an
action-packed narrative and sparkling prose ... Soon I Will Be Invincible
is absolutely stunning.' -- SciFi Now Magazine

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Exclusive to this UK edition of Soon I Will Be Invincible are
eight full-colour pages of specially commissioned, new illustrations from
fan-favourite comicbook artist Bryan Hitch (The Authority, The Ultimates)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and insightful 16 July 2008
Format:Paperback
Grossman very carefully avoids parody or mockery of the superhero genre itself, or of its central tropes. This is a good thing. Instead he gives us a psychoanalasys of the stock characters. What drives a man to turn his genius to evil?

The story's two lead characters, Doctor Impossible (Villain) and Fatale (Heroine) are wonderfully self-aware and often second guess their own motivations. The former, having been imprisoned twelve times for twelve different world-domination schemes seems in little doubt that he will fail again. In fact, he seems to take it for granted while still lying to himself - surely, this time he must win? No, and he knows it. Doctor Impossible does what he does simply because he must. He at once strives to live up to society's expectations of a supervillain, while at the same time belittling those expectations.

Fatale, the cyborg superheroine protagonist exists in a state of uncertainty between the paragons of the superheroing golden age and her self-defined rust age reality. She doesn't seem to believe that either is real, but they're all she has to define her world. Again, the character lies to herself while fully acknowledging the facts.

This is one of those rare books that's precisely as deep as the reader wishes - it can be a throwaway pulp adventure story or a thought-provoking study of satre-esque philosophy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! A Supervillain we can all cheer for. 29 Oct 2007
By Joe McQ
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is fantastic. Doctor Impossible is an evil genius bravely trying to take over the world whilst being thwarted by a pesky superteam.

Starting with Doctor Impossible in prison pondering his life and wondering whether he should have taken a path of scientific research rather than trying to take over the world, the story follows him through the implementation of his latest scheme. First he's got to raise capital to fund his new idea, which means such indignities as having to travel by bus and get changed into his villain costume in the bushes so he can make an entrance.

Meanwhile, a rookie cyborg is given a chance to join a reformed super-team who are out to thwart Doctor Impossible's evil plan.

If you're a fan of comic books or superhero stories in general then you will love this book - the narrative points out the absurdities of the superhero world, whilst making it all believable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zap! Pow! Kerblam! 29 Jun 2008
By Melmoth
Format:Paperback
Austin Grossman's "Soon I Will Be Invincible" (whose title really should have an exclamation mark at the end) is a witty and wonderful labour of love, a deeply-affectionate tribute to the comic-book worlds created by Marvel and DC, with added psychological depth.

Grossman's tale alternates between the stories of Doctor Impossible - a criminal mastermind who has done everything from travelling through time to suborning gods in his (failed) attempts to take over the world (and incidentally get one over on the oh-so-perfect college jock he accidentally turned into the world's greatest superhero, Corefire) - and Fatale, a down-on-her-luck cyborg with a mysterious past who suddenly finds herself a member of the world's greatest Superteam, The Champions. With Corefire missing, the not-so-good Doctor plans his most outrageous scheme yet, sure that this time he will finally take over the world, only The Champions stand in his way.

On the way through this conventional comic-book plot, Grossman takes time to ask and answer some of those questions that even the youngest comic-book readers can find themselves pondering: why do these super-intelligent scientists so often turn to evil, why do they fight on even in the face of perpetual failure and do they really do their own clothes-designing? Mixed in among the musings and super-powered maulings are fanboy-pleasing nods to everyone from Batman and Superman to Wolverine and Doctor Strange plus an array of supervillains old and young.

A funny and fun-filled book, with all the wit one might expect from a former member of Looking Glass Studios, the team that worked on classic video games such as Ultima Underworld, Deus Ex, Thief and System Shock.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a new idea, but not a bad effort 13 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Soon I will be Invincible is the story of a a supervillain Doctor Impossible and his ongoing quest to become well, invincible. Actually his quest is to win out over his various nemeses and enemies - trouble is, he's the kind of guy that not only needs to win, everyone else has to lose.

The story is actually split being the evil genius himself and Fatale the newest member of a team of superheroes that represent his main rivals. The chapters are alternately narrated by the Doctor and Fatale (a cyborg whose powers and origin are a mystery even to herself). But whilst this is the case it's definitely still Doctor Impossible's story.

The idea of a different spin on superheroes is not new - from Watchmen to Mystery Men, from The Specials to Doctor Horrible's Singalong Blog this is territory that's been covered before. Here it's neither straight out spoof nor serious deconstruction. It's fairly light and fun though I did tire a little that every person with powers (and all the characters we meet, major and minor, have powers) seemed to get the space for their own origin story. It made the story not convoluted but a little dense with excess detail. I also felt that there was a better female character in the book to be the counterpoint to Impossible's pov. However I understand how making her the other narrator would have robbed her of some necessary mystery. It did feel though that Fatale, whose story (and back-story) is clearly intertwined with Doctor Impossible's was a little further from the true centre of gravity of the book.

What I did like about the book was the characters. In particular I liked the sense of melancholy and longing for things to just work out. The sense of being an outsider and the feeling of ambivalence about powers. But in a world where pretty much anyone you meet is another superhero/villain then the story of an attempt to take over the world is like a drama about a bad day at the office - which is both a good and bad thing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars On time
The penguin's edition is nice, the cover mimic's a comic book and the edtion was in a good shape, the book arrived just in time.
Published 1 month ago by Raphael Matos
2.0 out of 5 stars why did I waste my time
I thought this was one of the most uninteresting books I have read recently - the plot was, in my opinion, not very coherent and lacked any pattern. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
really enjoyable book, I stumbled across it by accident and am now really glad I did, fun to read, the perfect break from the heavier stuff
Published 11 months ago by Rebecca Parton
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best takes on the whole dynamic superhero/villain...
The superhero genre has been one of the most colourful in all history. The idea of superpowers, extra-ordinary individuals & their worlds has generated some of the greatest fiction... Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Look at the Super Hero Genre!
I picked up "Soon I Will Be Invincible" by Austin Grossman with a hopeful mind as I always loved superhero stories but just never found comics to be something that I enjoyed... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Killie
2.0 out of 5 stars Plodding, unfocussed
I gave up trying to finish this, it is simply not well written and is the exact opposite of a page turner. Didn't pay full price but I am sorry I paid anything.
Published 20 months ago by ed
5.0 out of 5 stars I've read this at least five times - an all time great
As at least one of the reviews here has noted, the intro alone is spectacular. The first few pages are completely gripping, and the whole story unfolds at just the right... Read more
Published on 11 July 2012 by Justin Keery
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best superhero books, written from a villains viewpoint
The books starts off great. A super villain, Doctor Impossible, is in a high security prison, is thinking of his life, and what it takes to survive. Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by Shishya
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun
I loved this book, it's what got me interested into the whole superhero genre.

Characters - 5/5 Soon I Will Be Invincible has a killer cast of characters. Read more
Published on 8 April 2012 by FF7
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Published on 6 Feb 2012 by V. G. Harwood
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