Confessions of a D-List Supervillain by Jim Bernheimer is a comic book in novel form. It’s been years since I tackled a comic book (now known by the cool people as graphic novels). But in truth, I loved the sarcasm and wit, and any 14 year old will love the cut-downs, one-upping and insults. The other thing that struck me about this book–it’s clean. No excessive cursing or gratuitous anything. Yes, there is violence and I do remember at least one crude joke–which is why I’d recommend it for 14 years and older. The main character is a supervillain, but don’t tell anyone–he has a heart. And he has many an escapade in his effort to save the world (that is what superheros do, sometimes even when they are villains). As it should be, it’s action-packed and the second half manages to touch on a few serious issues without being preachy. If you like Dilbert, there’s some of that same kind of humor going on in this book.
I didn’t expect to like this one as much as I did, but it was fun and clever. If you’re in the mood for armored suits with jet-packs and laser guns, women who cause tornadoes and mind-bending superpowers, this is the book for you.
And yes, this will make my under $5 recommend reads!
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