Sunday, June 7, 2009

Comic book inspired fun

Action and adventure await Joshua Blevins.  His whole life he's been training for and dreaming of becoming a superhero... the small fact that he doesn't happen to have any superpowers isn't going to stop him.  Rejected from the superhero academy, his mentor, Captain Force, forges him a new identity, "Chance Fortune" whose (difficult to prove, and subtle) power is "good luck". 

Once he's at school, "Chance" spends a lot of time hoping desperately not to get caught.  Even as a "superhero" he's classed among those with lesser abilities.  He attempts to make up for this by suiting up with as many high-tech gadgets as allowed.  The students at Burlington Academy for the Superhuman spend a good deal of time in mock battles preparing themselves for their lives of crimefighting.  Chance is soon teamed with Psy-Chick, Gothika, Iron Maiden and Private Justice who find themselves squaring off against the school champions led by Superion, a real bully.  I was kind of reminded of the Harry Potter "purebloods vs. mudbloods" conflict.

This was a fun campy read.  Some of the battle sequences got a bit long, I thought, but on the whole, I very much enjoyed it.  It ends on a huge cliffhanger, a certain set-up for more in the series.  There is a sequel, Chance Fortune in the Shadow Zone.

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