on Feb. 6, 2012 :
This is a really fun read. It's clearly inspired by the comics and pulp serials of the 1950s - the Golden Age of comics - and the author's evident love of the genre comes through unashamedly. What I enjoyed most was the simplicity, harking back to the days when superheroes were the good guys and supervillains were plain and simple bad guys - none of this modern Dark Knight style moody moral introspection or politically correct psychological attempts to justify the villains' motives. As you'd expect from a kids' book, it's a straightforward, old style, easy to read comic book caper. Except, of course, for... no, I won't spoil it for you!
The only real criticism I have is that the 1950s setting didn't really come across clearly enough. A little more period detail would have been cool.
But overall, a good, entertaining read, reminiscent of Kick Ass, but for younger readers, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)