After 4 chapters, I was ready to give up. My copy of the ebook was poorly edited, the main character a string of cliches and too many mysteries. Thankfully, I didn’t give up on it. The mysteries started to be answered, which in turn revealed other mysteries, and each success by the hero was met by a ante being raised and something else going wrong.
Ultimately, the big twist in the end failed. The big bad guy, suitably called Mr. Big, did things that seemed pointless and trivial and the actions that were explained to be done by Mr. Big in the end were driven by petty desires. Mr. Big’s actions didn’t fit with the type of character he was in the comic books, although his changed backstory did help explain some of his behavior.
Still, I really enjoyed this book. I like almost any alternative take on the mythos of superheros, and the book created a really amazing world, focusing on some of the more interesting ideas in the DC world, namely, the relation between Superman and Batman, and nature of the tiers of superheros. There was even a fantasy league for superheros (and supervillians) that allowed citizens to play along.
Ultimately, a satisfying read. Would I have bought it if I hadn’t gotten it as part of the Science Fiction Bundle? No, probably not. But I’m glad I read it, and for most of the middle part of the story, I definitely couldn’t put it down.