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on 30 April 2013
If you are thinking of purchasing this book i have one piece of advise for you read both wild cards and Aces High first you don't have to the story works alright as a standalone but is so much more rewarding as the final part of the first wild card trilogy.
I will skip over the background because you should have read it in the synopsyis (alien virus, superpowers, genetic freaks and an alien with a frankly unique dress sense set against the background of an alternant universe mainly set in New York city post WW2 through to the eighties) and skip onto the plot, this book has now taken the timeline into the mid-eighties (thankfully wihtout the shoulderpads) and takes place around the 40th annivary of wild card day, set soon after the end of Aces High the Astronomer has hatched a plan for revenge and has the Ace community firmly in his sights and Aces will fall, Sewer Jack has misplaced his Neice, Yeoman continues his war with Kien who has had an item of importance taken from him by newcomer Wraith, Hiram is planning a party but gets involved with helping a shopkeeper, Dimise and another newcomer Roulette have murder in mind, Bagabond tries to help a friend and Fortunato continues to have sex to gain power (well it beats eating spinach or a bannana anyday) all these and other events combine and twist around one another creating a puzzle box of a story as paths cross and merge creating a strong narative that jumps from character to character without ever feeling fractured or forced, it is amazing because this is a mosaic novel and even though it was written by multiple authors you simply cannot tell it is that well put together, this is due to the apparent skill of said authors and George Martin who as well as contributing Hirams section edited the whole project with great skill and obviously an eye for multiple character perspective (as he has proved quite well with some fantasty series or other).
For a book that was originally published in the late eighties this feels so current, superheroes have never really been more popular and so re-publishing this series is a no brainer, it proves that superpowers has a home outside of comics and the screen, if you are a fan of George Martin, superheores or just good fiction give this book and the series as a whole a go, this is the best of the three simple because the format as a continious story rather the a collection of connected short stories just works so much better and makes a tighter story overall and makes a wonderful payoff to the universe created in the previous two books.
So all i can say is give it a go you hopefully won't be disaspointed......'to Jetboy'(sorry got carried away)