With the heroes of the world locked away or fighting in a disorganized resistance, Crimsonstreak teams up with a snarky British butler and a teenage superhero-to-be. Together, the unlikely (and bickering) allies must take down Crimsonstreak's dad and set the world right. Not easy when your only powers are super-speed and looking good in spandex. But hey, someone's got to save the world.
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I'm a huge lifelong comic book fan. I am also, as I have stated on several occasions, skeptical of this new "prose superhero" movement--put simply, comic books without pictures. In my opinion, prose fiction, relying strictly on words, greatly inhibits the slam-bang expectation of superhero stories, but Matt Adams does much to make me me a believer in his premiere novel I, Crimsonstreak. Crimsonstreak, AKA Chris Fairborne, is a superhero raised by superhero parents. Mom is famed superheroine Miss Lightspeed and Dad is reformed supervillain now co-superhero Colonel Chaos. Mom and Dad's first date was far from typical. Boy threatens world, boy meets girl, girl stomps boy, boy reforms, girl marries boy. Born with his mother's super-speed but lacking both parents' natural super-ability, Fairborne accepts his manifest destiny with easygoing nonchalance, and except for the family defeating the occasional threat of supervillain domination, Chris experiences an otherwise fairy normal childhood. And so it's off to college for Chris, and before you can say Holy Oedipus Complex, Batman!, Miss Lightspeed is killed in action, and Colonel Chaos has taken over the world, framed his son, and had him locked away in a prison for the super-criminally insane. Crimsonstreak begins with Chris locked away, plotting his escape, determined to find out what happened to his mother and find some way to deliver the counter-smackdown to Dad, or die trying. The story zips along nicely, smoothly zipping between the present and flashbacks to the past, allowing us to learn more and more backstory relevant to the next plot point just when we need it. I personally had not problem with this technique, though your mileage may vary. Adams keeps the action coming, not focusing too long of giving too much detail to the many slugfests, and wisely keeps the operatic drama and high stakes cranked up and playing out as much as the fisticuffs. As we reach an age where traditional comic book storytelling MUST morph into something else very soon, I, Crimsonstreak offers a fine example of what may be the future of the medium. --R.J. Sullivan