If you’re a comics fan, this book will grab you pretty much from the first page. If you’re not a comics fan, you’ll still find much to enjoy here as this is a rollicking read even if you’re not so familiar with caped crusaders, evil geniuses, cyborgs, men with Tiger’s heads and the like. Author Austin Grossman has created something truly spectacular here, and has really got inside the heads of the characters to bring readers a fully 3 dimensional rendering of an otherwise 2 dimensional world. Normally I despise stories told in the first person, not to mention told in the present tense, so I thought this book was going to be a tough read for me to endure. Not so. Grossman’s use of language is a marvel to behold, if you’ll pardon the rather obvious pun.
The book is superb, reading like a prose version of WATCHMEN for a new generation. The cast of characters are equally compelling, gathering all manner of superhero mainstays and stereotypes and explaining them in very believable terms. On many occasions, Grossman makes you view these people in a very different light to mere costumed avengers. Take Blackwolf for example. He is basically Batman, in that he is a human with no powers beyond the physical and the mental ones he has honed since childhood. He has added depth courtesy of shades of Wolverine in his characterization, and it is very interesting to see how he maintains his status as the badass of the group despite him being the only one without any real powers, much the same as Batman does in the JLA.
The prose is concise yet intricate, his plotting layered and engrossing, and his use of those superhero story clichés satisfying and entertaining. No wonder the book has garnered so much attention from comics fans and those outside the genre as well- ‘Soon I will Be Invincible’ is a near perfect piece of literary entertainment that takes a genre and turns it inside out. Witty, funny, and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Now, pardon me while I go and start reading it again. Brilliant.