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Villains Inc.: (Wearing the Cape)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is good but it's not without it's flaws nor does it stand out as the best the superhero novel has to offer. Soon I will be Invincible and Shrinking the Heroes/Dr Brain are both far superior works IMO.

One of this books strengths is it's relatively realistic take on how the world would react and become after superheroes came to be and it's far easier to swallow explanation of the why and how of powers. This is also one of it's failings as whilst I can understand that the book is Amerocentric I'd expect to have some mention on the state of Europe and some throwaway line about Africa just to assuage my curiosity risen by the detailed explanations of China, South America and the Middle East.

The character is described as a pollyanna or whatever some such thing and as a fan of Mary Marvel and Supergirl I wasn't too phased by her naivete/optimism. Alas one related thing which didn't leave me equally unphased was her social life outside the cape. Shopping trips and hobnobbing are things I have zero interest in reading about but thankfully they came in relatively small doses therefore I could grin and bear it till we got back to spandex.

Is this series worth reading? I'd say yes if you've read the two books I mentioned earlier and you're gagging for something that'll tide you over till something matching them is written.
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on 6 May 2014
Giving away nothing more than a dust-jacket would - directly, this is the story of Astra, traumatized from the events of Wearing the Cape, doing a Nancy Drew impression as she tries to stop a time-traveler's prophecy of a supernatural bogey-man from killing her friend. And, more generally it's about the consequences of criminals adapting their operations to a world full of supers, and what happens when that goes wrong.

It is good stuff, maintaining the standard of Wearing the Cape, but it is a different type of story. There's less 'becoming' and more 'noir-story' with the protagonists coming under attack every time she/they take a step towards uncovering the villains - which keeps the action ticking over at a decent clip, but it's also a little predictable. For all the noir about it though, the story plays out more like a true story than fiction - i.e. although the final conflict is satisfying and fitting, it's perhaps not between who you think it might be
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on 29 June 2012
I read comics, deal with it. One thing comics lack is the development of a charcter, Unfortunaltly the normally mean a couple of pages of "how bad my life is" followed by the fight. That is why I like this book, it develops charcters and superhero characters as well. The only comic that I can think of that matches it is the fantastic Alias Graphic novel.

So we have the charcter development - check

We also have some pretty amusing writing - check

And finally any superhero start, the fights - check

All in all excellent value for money.

One complaint... Write more.
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on 12 September 2013
I highly recommend all the wearing the cape stories.
I read the first one recently and have had to read the rest straight after!

If you haven't read the 1st you are missing out.
Villain's Inc is a brilliant sequel with an interesting story and great development.
Wearing the Cape hooked me but villains reeled me in.

More a character story than anything else: good for all!
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on 11 April 2013
As per title this is an excellent sequel to Wearing the Cape.

I consider it well written and builds nicely on the first book and I so want to read another book in this series.

I recommend it - go forth and buy it.
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on 7 June 2013
Really enjoyed this. Harmon continues to build the world and characters from Wearing the Cape, and it's a fun, fast-moving story with lots of terrific superhero moments. Can't wait for the next volume!
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As good as the first book.
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on 14 December 2014
It's Ok, not great but ok
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