Book Review | The Rules of Supervillainy by CT Phipps
This was a funny and entertaining book to read. So Gary, our “hero” of the story leads a dull life where he wants nothing more than to be a supervillain. Of course this wish is fulfilled when the magical cloak of the foremost (and newly deceased) hero of the city turns up on his doorstep.
Suddenly he gets everything he wants and becomes Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy. The tautology alone should give you an idea what this book is going to be like.
Gary Karkofsky is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life living in an extraordinary world. Supervillains, heroes, and monsters are a common part of the world he inhabits. Yet, after the death of his hometown’s resident superhero, he gains the amazing gift of the late champion’s magical cloak. Deciding he prefers to be rich rather than good, Gary embarks on a career as Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy.
But is he evil enough to be a villain in America’s most crime-ridden city?
Gary soon finds himself surrounded by a host of the worst of Falconcrest City’s toughest criminals. Supported by his long-suffering wife, his ex-girlfriend turned professional henchwoman, and a has-been evil mastermind, Gary may end up being not the hero they want but the villain they need.
Gary enjoys being a supervillain, but aspires to be a nice one by only killing those who really deserve it… like all the other supervillains who stand in his way. He bumbles about, acquiring sidekicks and mentors along the way to help him in his quest.
The author plays on clichés and superhero tropes well to give a funny and thoroughly entertaining read. I’ve marked the other books in the series as “to read” on my Goodreads account, and will be diving into them in the near future.
A funny and entertaining read. I will definitely be reading the others in the series. Check out the sample on Amazon.