I have been away for a while. This summer, I started a M.A. program in literature at UC Irvine. So, even though I haven’t been blogging, I sure have been doing a lot of reading. Over the 8 weeks of classes this summer, I was reading close to 6 hours a day. Poems, short stories, novels, research articles; I was reading all of it and when it ended I was a little burned out on reading. I took a few weeks off where I didn’t touch a book (despite being tired of reading, it was much harder to not read than I would have thought). But now I am back and am reading regularly. With that said, here is my latest review.
A great concept.
A poorly executed story.
A Once Crowded Sky by Tom King is a disappointment.
Arcadia City, a typical metropolis, is the beneficiary of a plethora of superheroes. The ultimate fighter of the group is none other than the metal man Ultimate. His mechanical body makes him the perfect, indestructible, enemy of all things evil. His sidekick, Penultimate, is an orphaned boy whose fatal wounds were healed when Ultimate fixed him with his own super-powered wires.
But when an evil force requires the ultimate sacrifice, Penultimate becomes the most powerful man on earth. The trouble is, he isn’t sure he wants the responsibility. He really just wants an ordinary life with his wife; he is through with the whole superhero business.
The premise is intriguing. Strange blasts start destroying the city and the superheroes must join together in one last fight, otherwise evil will destroy everything.
The presentation is just as intriguing. The story occasionally switches from prose to graphic novel style storyboards. The art is top-notch, and I loved the idea of combining the two story telling styles. But this book suffers from a very undeveloped plot. The characters are flat and the conflict is convoluted and confusing. The unique story telling can’t carry this book, and though I had great hope for it, I can’t recommend this book.