Monday, 30 September 2013

Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Austin Grossman

In need of a super-power fix, this looked the perfect distraction while waiting for Agents of SHIELD to air, but didn't live up to its early potential and left me wishing I'd just watched Megamind instead.

Doctor Impossible is an evil genius, languishing in prison after yet another attempt at world domination has seen him once again bested by his nemesis, CoreFire, and the super powered members of the Champions (since disbanded).

When CoreFire mysteriously disappears and Doctor Impossible escapes, the Champions need to join forces once more and welcome some new members to the team - former supervillain Lily and Fatale, a woman transformed via an horrific accident into a half-cyborg super-soldier.

Told through the alternating viewpoints of Impossible and Fatale (who I became wildly jealous of for a moment when it was noted that her kicks were modelled via motion-capture on Bruce Lee. Yes, I'm really that sad) this cast a knowing wink in the direction of the many stereotypes and cliches of the superhero world, but while it had some nice moments (particularly when dealing with the mundanity of day-to-day super powered life) its tongue wasn't anywhere near as firmly in cheek as it needed to be to be real fun, and while Grossman ensured his heroes showed a bit of angst, there wasn't enough depth to make it very powerful.

Building a world and history via flashback also didn't entirely work for me, with more than one moment of confusion as to when exactly we were now, and the allusions to past events and relationships didn't do enough to illuminate those relationships in the present day.

This all added up to a very muted feeling, and while I kept anticipating a reveal and climax that would dial everything up, instead it all ended in a bit of a shrug.

Now, where's my Megamind DVD...?

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