I'd heard some good press regarding this title so I picked it up and read it in one sitting, a little under an hour. As others have said, the basic plot is one we've all seen several times by now, a teenage boy decides to change his life by bulking up and learning to defend himself. A few panels of dialogue recap a childhood of abuse at the hands of his patriarch and from there the book is rolling along with the present story.
This is where the book starts to loose narrative steam, within a few pages the main character goes from nothing to a powerhouse of natural ability. There is no real explanation for the change, other than references to a muscle building guide he has been studying, that takes place over the course of about two months in their timeline. We don't know where these abilities are coming from, and why they have surfaced so rapidly, other than a few throwaway lines later on explaining that he's a prodigy. It bothered me more so at the end of the book, rather than while reading, because I kept turning pages expecting some sort of explanation and instead received a somewhat lackluster ending that gave the sense that the author wrote himself into a corner and didn't know where to go from there.
The character development, and I use that term in the loosest possible sense, was not...developed. Everyone received about three panels to flesh out their personality and then just faded into the background. All of the cliches are present from the brainless jock whom never knows when to give up to the wisecracking single mom and the obnoxious tag along friend whom wants to live vicariously through the protagonist. The main antagonist is just an adult version of his high school bully, someone whom is violent just to be violent and because no one can stop him. From introduction to conclusion he leaves a bloody swath of corpses behind him because, well, he can. The main character's love interest spends most of her time either being beaten by various male shaped punching bags for the protagonist to save her from or fawning over the main character in an almost Shakespeareanesque manner. This latter adulation doesn't hold water for me because it would seem that she fell for him in the first place because he was everything every other male figure in her life was not, kind and non-threatening, but by the end of the second book he has become a reflection of his former self.
One final note, if an author wants to write a tragedy and provide subtle meaning to his work DO NOT spell it out for your audience in a letter at the end. We are not stupid, most of us have read a book or two in our lives and can recognize subtext when we see it. We do not need you pointing out how incredibly creative you are, it comes off as desperate.
Overall this story had potential but fell short in many respects. If the author had written another issues worth of back story, plot expansion and character development and combined that throughout the story it would have been a great read. As it stands, it's amusing but not worth spending money on.