The summary of this book: girl is daughter of superheroes but has no powers. She gets kidnapped. And she gets kidnapped again. And again. And...wait for it...kidnapped again. Not a great superhero book but it will still probably sell 5000 times what mine ever will.
After the Golden Age
by Carrie Vaughn
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that really this could
have been chopped into a short story because the rest winds up being
filler. Setting up all these relationships, what did it really matter?
All but one of the superheroes wasn't even present for the grand
The mostly unimportant story is like "The Incredibles" if the kids
didn't have superpowers. Captain Olympus is like Superman and his wife
Spark is like the Human Torch, only a girl. They have a daughter named
Celia West who doesn't have any powers, except being a hostage. She's
kidnapped about six times before the book starts.
The big nemesis is called the Destructor, who is like the resident Dr.
Doom. The superheroes have caught him at last and now he's facing a
trial. Celia is a forensic accountant assigned to the case despite that
years ago she defected to the Destructor's side to get back at her
parents. Meanwhile some new criminals are stealing priceless violins
and fish (no fooling) and unleashing terror while also abducting Celia a
couple more times.
The ride getting up to the big finish is interesting enough, though it
never gets much deeper than the back cover flap description. This isn't
in the vein of comics like "Watchmen" that try to have profound social
The writing is pretty vanilla; it definitely is not going to challenge
you. Celia is your typical spunky female just dying to be played by
Rachael McAdams or Amy Adams in a movie adaptation. Though it's hard to
have much respect for her since she gets kidnapped so many times before
the story and four times DURING the story and yet still walks right
into the trap at the end. Yeesh, after a while you'd think she'd get
wise and start taking some precautions. And as I said, for all the
digging for clues she does, it doesn't really have any impact. It would
also have been nice if she hadn't been quite so whiny about her parents
all the time.
The romance between her and a police detective who is also the mayor's
son, like so much of the story just doesn't matter. In this case it's
because another romance comes along, one that's a bit creepy.
Besides the end confrontation not being anything very exciting, the last
chapter--which should have been an epilogue--quickly summarizes what
happens to all the important characters. Besides limiting the sequel
potential, there's nothing emotionally satisfying about these little
In all it's comparable to the lesser superhero movies at your local
multiplex. So long as you don't stop to think about it, it's not too
That is all.