Book: Comic Book Romance
Series: Spandex and Superpowers #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Tiferet Design
Length: 43 pages
Reviewed by Michael
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.
So, I’ve been reading comic books literally for decades. I started collecting when they were a mere $0.60 and not the $3.99 they are now. I remember they were printed on regular paper that would turn yellow if not properly cared for. Bright colors, bigger than life characters, and over-the-top storylines were in their prime.
I’ve been reading sci-fi and fantasy novels almost as long. But it’s not that often that I’ve read anything that matches the over-the-top nature of those comics.
Until now. Maxim/Calvin Kant is the the perfect Superman, with his Maxim-um speed and Maxim-um breath. Liang Leng is the male equivalent to Lois Lane, headstrong and brash, willing to do anything to get the story. Together, they make a dynamic duo just like Lois and Clark.
From the colorful code names to the use of character analogs, this book is a comic in written form. It’s fun and light hearted, and everything that a good comic book should be.
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