"A superb urban fantasy tale"
When the first super do-gooder Nightshift appeared, he
stopped crime with his powers. Apparently, there is some
universal need to balance the scale so soon after other
superheroes and just as potent supervillains surface.
Normal humans watched the fights from the sidelines hoping
not to be caught in the crossfire of a car being tossed
like a baseball. Everything abruptly changes when the
supers fight and Bludlust destroys San Francisco. The
outraged human populace passes laws outlawing superdom and
special police units form to hunt down these powerful
beings regardless of whether they are heroes or villains.
Soledad O'Roark joins LAPD's Metanormal Tactical Unit to
stop superhumans in spite of the extraordinary high death
rate amongst her peers. She scientifically attacks each
super by studying their weakness and modifying her weaponry
to defeat them. She earns a reputation as a super hunter.
However, when she kills a super healer that many claim was
an angel, all hell breaks loose, but her biggest nemesis is
that her lover is the greatest telepathic villain of them
Readers will marvel at the delightfully cunning images of a
world where superheroes and supervillains battle against
one another and against humans for supremacy. The exciting
story line is comic book in nature (X-Men like), but
purposely done so that the audience ends up with a superb
fantasy tale with the acceptable excesses (except perhaps
for Manga, but then again there is Nubian Princess) that
make for a fun time. Fans who want a superb escape will
appreciate John Ridley's valiant enjoyable homage to a
truly art form with this powerful opening flight of fancy.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 17, 2003