Review: SUPERIOR by Jessica Lack


Jessica Lack

Genre: LGBTQIA, Young Adult
Publisher: Book Smugglers Publishing
Pages: 56
Release date: August 16th 2016

Here’s the thing about being a superhero intern: there’s a lot less crime fighting than you think there will be, what with the whole liability issue and the administrative headache of constantly monitoring the Heroic Help Hotline. The most action that Jamie sees happens when he is kidnapped by the supervillain of the week–and then waits for his boss, Captain Superior, to show up and rescue him. Again.

On his most recent nabbing, Jamie gets to meet Tad, Terrorantula’s new villainous apprentice. Even though they are supposed to be on opposite sides (or are they?), sparks fly almost immediately. So, when Tad offers to give Jamie much-needed self-defense classes, how could Jamie pass the opportunity to hang out with the coolest (and hottest) guy he knows?

But Tad has a secret–one that threatens the budding relationship between the two teenage sidekicks, and could destroy Captain Superior forever.

“Guess I really took your breath away.”

Superior is most certainly the cutest thing I have ever read that is about superheroes! This adorable M/M novella is funny, witty, endearing, and I totally fell in love with it. It gives us two sidekicks fighting on opposite sides, ridiculous superhero/supervillain names, flirty banter, and young loooove.

Jessica Lack creates a really fun universe, humanizes heroes and villains, and writes about some interesting characters. The dialogue is great and the overall plot grasps your attention right away, bringing you into this world of action, crime-fighting, and world-saving.

The story is told from Jamie’s POV, our bi (yay!) superhero intern, and follows his developing relationship with Tad, the supervillain sidekick. The romance between them builds at a fast pace, since this is a novella, and its foundation is one of snarky remarks, flirting, bantering, and support. It’s done really well in the small amount of pages available, and it works as being one of the focuses on the story.

Another highlight is that Lack doesn’t shy away from the conflicts that arise due to Jamie and Tad being on different sides. We are shown things aren’t as black and white, and the lines being ‘good’ and ‘evil’ often blur. The author also addresses the messier side of superheroing (reminiscent of Captain America: Civil War), and how sometimes innocent people get hurt in the name of world-saving.

One complaint — the only complaint, really — is that the pace is kind of all over the place, and the transition between sections isn’t all that smooth. I know this is due to it being a novella, but I guess it serves as an excuse for me to say I wish this had been a full-length novel so we could get all the character and relationship development.

Overall, Superior is a fantastic read! I definitely recommend it to superhero fans, as this has the best of both sides without focusing on the big heroes, and to YA lovers who like adorable stories and witty dialogues!



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