So. Darn. Good.
5 out of 5 stars
This isn’t the first, or even seventh book from Phipps that I’ve read. So, going into it I knew what to expect, especially out of the Supervillainy Saga. But, somehow even knowing there will be lots of pop-culture and nerd references, he’s still able to shock and surprise me with just how many he’s able to fit into these stories without having them feel cheesy. Now, the characters in them might think otherwise (usually calling out Gary for making too many references). But, they always crack me up and put a smile on my face.
But, onto the story, The Horror of Supervillainy dives into some interesting topics here, I won’t go too deep into which ones I believe that Phipps was trying to cover since I’m not him and I don’t want to guess and be wrong, but it definitely dives into what it is or takes to forgive someone and how some people can be easily forgive where others are near impossible, even if the things they’ve done to wrong you are drastically different.
Every book in this series is a lot like reading a comic book. Lots of great imagery, a lot of sass, and a whole lot of references that only some people are going to get. Phipps is able to cram all of this into a series that never feels like it’s giving up. (There’s even talk in the book about how many books this will likely have which always cracks me up). Usually seven books in the author is phoning it in or at least is going back to the typical tropes. Whereas Phipps seems like he’s still able to keep it interesting and honestly some of the scenes and the things that they are thrown into feel a lot more like “I wonder what would happen if” than planned out scenes. And I say this grinning from ear to ear because it works and it works so darn well.
There were a lot of characters that if you’ve read the other universes in Phipps’ world you’ll be familiar with, including my personal favorite Jane Doe. I don’t specifically know why she’s my favorite, but her sass level mixed with her high-level puns just make me giggle every darn time.
Overall, this book was excellent. Jeffrey Kafer knocks it out of the park as usual. Phipps was able to write a story that made me laugh more than it didn’t. A story that still had a point to it even as it was cracking me up. And one that if you like Phipps’ work either in this series or his others, you’ll definitely not regret picking up.
I think I need to stop gushing over him or I’m going to get added to the next story! (I love the references that come up if you know the people that Phipps associates with, including David Niall Wilson.
Gary Karkofsky, a.k.a. Merciless: The Supervillain Without MercyTM, has decided to give up supervillainy and embrace the path of righteousness. Unfortunately, he’s terrible at it, and no one wants him to be their superheroic protector. That all changes when a talking raven arrives with the perfect quest to make his mark: Rescue the president’s daughter from Dracula.
Unfortunately, Gary is being led into a trap. The location of Dracula’s castle is in Satan Swamp, which is where Gary suffered one of the few defeats of his life. There’s also a camp full of superpowered children, the return of alternate reality allies, a pair of psycho killers in love, and the return of an old enemy.
Enjoy the latest installment of the Supervillainy saga!
The Horror of Supervillainy by CT Phipps
Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
Series: The Supervillainy Saga #7
Published by Crossroad Press on March 8th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Also by this author: Cthulhu Armageddon, Agent G: Infiltrator, The Tower of Zhaal, Lucifer's Star
Also in this series: The Rules of Supervaillainy, The Games of Supervillainy, The Secrets of Supervillainy, The Science of Supervillainy