Title: Comic Book Romance (A Spandex and Superpowers Novella)
Author: Charles Payseur
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 29, 2017
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 43
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
A maximum-security supervillain prison plus a new colleague with a reputation for attracting trouble. What could possibly go wrong?
Calvin Kant is what anyone would want in a reporter—an excellent typist, a dogged investigator, and an upstanding citizen. Oh, and a superhero. At least, his alter ego, Maxim, is. Fleeing a messy situation at his last job, Cal arrives in Capital City without much direction—until fellow reporter Liang Lu sweeps him into a dangerous assignment.
A supervillain prison break leaves them trapped and in peril, with Cal juggling his growing attraction to Liang with his need to protect his secret identity. And that mess Cal’s running from could catch up with him at exactly the wrong moment, leaving him vulnerable. Luckily Liang’s got more than good looks going for him, and together the two men might just save the day—and each other—and find their own comic book romance.
Calvin is the guy who just changed jobs, going from one rival newspaper to another, all in effort to avoid being outed as superhero Maxim. Of course the first task he gets from his new boss is superhero related and his partner is sharp investigative reporter with focus on superpowered people.
The story cheerfully pokes fun at the plot but the writing style wasn’t easy to follow. The story was clearly aiming to be satiric and funny, but it didn’t quite hit the mark. I kept reading because I liked hunting allusions to comic books (you can guess which one) but that was about the extent of my interest.
If there was a little more depth to characters or their relationship the story would have fared better. It is however, what it says on the tin: a book which plays up comic book heroes and plot, so if it is your cup of tea, go for it.
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