Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
(from the book jacket)
Doctor Impossible – evil genius, diabolical scientist, wannabe world dominator – languishes in a federal detention facility. He’s lost his freedom, his girlfriend, and his hidden island fortress.
Over the years he’s tried to take over the world in every way imaginable: doomsday devices of all varieties (nuclear, thermonuclear, nanotechnological) and mass mind-control. He’s traveled backward in time to change history, forward in time to escape it. He’s commanded robot armies, insect armies, and dinosaur armies. Fungus army. Army of fish. Of rodents. Alien invasions. All failures. But not this time. This time it’s going to be different…
Fatale is a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world’s most famous superteam. She’s a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built to be the next generation of warfare. Filling the void left by a slain former member, Fatale joins a team struggling with a damaged past, having to come together in the face of unthinkable evil.
Superheroes and supervillians. I think this is very much a niche book. If you aren’t already into the comic book thing than this is not for you. The chapters switch back and forth between Doctor Impossible, the supervillian, and Fatale, the new member of the world’s greatest superhero team. I like the change in perspective because it gives the story a well-rounded feel. You get to see the story from both sides. Unfortunately a lot of the characters are just not personable and failed to engender either my sympathy or concern and sometimes they couldn't even get my interest. Especially the superheroes. So I found myself more interested in the chapters about Doctor Impossible and looking forward to them while I was reading the others. So instead of understanding both sides and having that wonderful conflict where you want both sides to win I was completely on Doctor Impossible’s side. I did like that this is not an origin story. The characters all have a long past and are established in the world that Grossman has created. You get a sense of that history but the story is about what their lives are like after years of dealing with and living in the fight. It’s a little uneven and some of the characters are annoying at times but it’s fun and exciting with world domination, super powers, epic battles, complicated gizmos and all that great comic book stuff.