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[[ Read E-pub ]] ë The Astounding Antagonists ï Dr Agon, a megalomaniacal inventor with an arsenal of lethal gadgets Motley, a wisecracking jewel thief with nothing left to lose Chillpill, a cryogenic drug lord who just wants a normal life Baelphegor, a demonic psychopath with an ugly score to settle They re the most dangerous supervillains on Earth, and they re about to pull off the perfect crime There s just one catch if they succeed, they might accidentally save the world From the skyscrapers of Apex City to the gates of Hell itself, the Antagonists are pursued by violent superheroes and billionaire vigilantes But as loyalties are tested and old hatreds are rekindled, the line between friend and foe begins to blur The superheroes have made the world safe They ve also made themselves fantastically wealthy, distorted all the laws in their favor, and locked up or killed anyone else with superpowers They re jerks Basically the only thing that differentiates them from villains is good PR the public still loves them, no matter how horribly they repress The situation feels uncomfortably like a logical extension of our own society s plutocratic and capitalistic tendencies, which is surely Chandler s extent.T The superheroes have made the world safe They ve also made themselves fantastically wealthy, distorted all the laws in their favor, and locked up or killed anyone else with superpowers They re jerks Basically the only thing that differentiates them from villains is good PR the public still loves them, no matter how horribly they repress The situation feels uncomfortably like a logical extension of our own society s plutocratic and capitalistic tendencies, which is surely Chandler s extent.The few remaining supervillains are a blend of ne er do wells, freedom fighters, contrarians, and retirees that just want to be left alone But when they learn the superheroes have a new plan to find and eradicate them, they must band together Sort of It s not something they do well.This is a story about the difference between being a hero and being heroic The characters are well developed and engaging, and they have good chemistry together If you like superhero stories that are turned on their head, or stories about a band of misfits fighting against impossible odds who doesn t , this is a story you ll enjoy It might even give you something to think about Don t you just love it when you discover a shining gem of a book I do The Astounding Antagonists is a fantastic read It s a supervillain hero novel and there s probably nothing that a hardcore superhero fan wouldn t expect BUT Rafael Chandler has a knack for creating top notch characters and flowing dialogue and action, guaranteed to win the reader over 25 years ago, the Prisms, which turned normal people into superbeings, had landed all over the world Now, Verdict, Facet, and BioTech spe Don t you just love it when you discover a shining gem of a book I do The Astounding Antagonists is a fantastic read It s a supervillain hero novel and there s probably nothing that a hardcore superhero fan wouldn t expect BUT Rafael Chandler has a knack for creating top notch characters and flowing dialogue and action, guaranteed to win the reader over 25 years ago, the Prisms, which turned normal people into superbeings, had landed all over the world Now, Verdict, Facet, and BioTech spent millions tracking the remaining Prisms down and bringing them back to the USA A monopoly on heroism The blurb gave me the rundown of the main characters in the book, but it didn t prepare me for how much I was going to enjoy each and every one of them I really came to like these supervillains for their distinct voice and sense of humour or in some cases the lack thereof Motley was probably my favourite a 40 nimble thief, she could crack some serious wit and I found myself cackling on numerous occasions Admit it, nothing beats a book that is peppered with a good dose of humour.Truly, just take my word the supervillains are awesome What makes them evenjoyful to follow in this novel is the fact how they still have their past, they still have their specific brand of moral code andimportantly, they had that important and valid internal conflict, each of them, which at times made them act in a surprising way.Take Baelphegor for example, he s like one of the most horrible supervillains out there Putrid is the word, in fact, with which people describe him and his actions and yet he made me go awwww on a couple of occasions Seriously Mindbender And Dr Agon, this super brainy inventor who has nothing but his gadgets to fight the superheroes, is literally socially and emotionally inept and yet he LOVES his partner Gideon and he maybe, in a way, allows Helen Damnation to draw the moral lines in the sand which they will NOT cross as they take the fight right to the superheroes door.Speaking of Helen Damnation Wow Yes to this character A hundred times yes And I am so sorry but I will not want to say anything at all about her, because you need to READ her to love her I loved her Everything about her So hard Her background, her strawberry smell, her looks and even the way she spoke girlcrush Now come on, let s go into outer space and fuck everything up like a couple of supervillains When we re finished, they ll have to invent a bunch of new laws just to figure out all the crimes we committed The plot of this book is boom there s a whole ton happening and all of it wrapped in plenty of action Truly, the overarching mission of the book which counts the reader down to the ultimate face off in between supervillains and superheroes with the supporting side stories themed around love and friendship kept me amused from start finish It was rich In so many possible ways And guys, when the line in between who was actually good or bad started to blur, I was eveninvested Can you tell that I really enjoyed this book It s a bleeding gem of a read, oozing all sorts of cool and high tech The entertaining, purposeful dialogue and the sass that the author managed to surprise at the most perfect moments coupled with concise action scenes seriously tingled my bookworm tastebuds I highlighted so many, so many many dialogue exchanges in this book I wish I could share with you because they are just so entertaining, but I can t I do not want to take away the element of discovery from you.All I can say is this if you like stories with superheroes and supervillains then this novel is simply one not to miss I swear you will regret it if you won t read it To those of you who read Rafael s Mask Beneath Her Face remember how entertaining it was and what the characters were like Well, you will receive the same courtesy in The Astounding Antagonists a solid, solid, solid novel The Astounding Antagonists is an entry into the sparsely populated field of superhero novels It skillfully blends common superhero tropes, subverted tropes, and obvious deep thought about the implications.The book focuses on the exploits of a group of supervillains who run the gamut from idealistic rebellion against the status quo to self interested greed The Antagonists present a varied group with complex motivations, interpersonal relationships and behaviors Chandler has clearly taken the i The Astounding Antagonists is an entry into the sparsely populated field of superhero novels It skillfully blends common superhero tropes, subverted tropes, and obvious deep thought about the implications.The book focuses on the exploits of a group of supervillains who run the gamut from idealistic rebellion against the status quo to self interested greed The Antagonists present a varied group with complex motivations, interpersonal relationships and behaviors Chandler has clearly taken the idea that everyone is the hero in their own story and run with it None of the characters are doing what they re doing simply because they re evil, or for an undirected desire for power insert maniacal cackle here When Doctor Agon, a super intelligent inventor, learns that the heroes are bringing a satellite online that will be able to track and target anyone on earth from space, he launches a desperate scheme to bring it down before they can create an iron grip on the earth.Chandler has clearly done a lot of thinking about superheroes, and is equally clearly very familiar with the source material Common archetypes from the pages of comics appear in the book Sometimes there are clear analogues Sometimes the trope is spread out over two orcharacters, and sometimes two characters embody the same archetype in different ways Readers familiar with cape comics will recognize The Old Fashioned Do gooder The Comedic Villain The Rich Vigilante The Gadgeteer The Speedster.Where Chandler diverges from the traditional superhero plot is in the implications What sort of people would be given government sanction to operate a super team How would vast wealth and fame affect the attitudes of the ones that have them Especially if they re born to it When there are no procedures in place for arrest, evidence gathering and the like, what would happen when it was time for trials and sentencing What would that sort of privilege, to be able to ignore the laws and dictates of society do to the behaviors and thoughts of the recipients Conversely, what sort of villains would dare to oppose a force like that What would motivate someone to stand up to people that could kill you without charges, or incarcerate you without trial And lesser offenders what is their thought process How do they get by The book s only real weakness is that the heroes are too uniformly despicable While the protagonists villains are quite varied in their presentation and motivations, the heroes don t really rise above the level of jaded cynicism I believe the book would have benefited from either eschewing the hero point of view entirely, or by including some younger, idealistic crusader who still hadn t sunk into the self satisfied swagger of the veterans This character existed on the villains side It really is a great book, and if you have ever had any interest in superheroes, I highly recommend it Rafael Chandler s The Astounding Antagonists is a superhero and supervillain page turner and, so far, the best novel I have read in the genre It s not easy to make a genre primarily associated with visual media come alive solely with words, but Chandler does a beautiful job.The first thing that hooked me, from the very first few paragraphs, is the strong characterization, with interesting, likeable, believable, and diverse characters Then we get to see a web of relationships established betw Rafael Chandler s The Astounding Antagonists is a superhero and supervillain page turner and, so far, the best novel I have read in the genre It s not easy to make a genre primarily associated with visual media come alive solely with words, but Chandler does a beautiful job.The first thing that hooked me, from the very first few paragraphs, is the strong characterization, with interesting, likeable, believable, and diverse characters Then we get to see a web of relationships established between them, which will drive the plot throughout the book It was lovely to see lots of different types of protagonists with different ways of seeing the world.The rhythm and writing style are excellent, making it hard to put down the book or rather the e reader I kept wanting to find out what happened next I would be delighted if this was turned into a graphic novel or, let s dream big, a movie But I have to admit that losing direct access to the writing style in the process would be a down side.I also loved the way Chandler addresses his readers as smart, well read, and engaged He drops references to the classics of superhero comics and of Greek literature with equal aplomb and makes apologies for neither, counting on the reader to follow along He plays on stereotypes without ever becoming heavy handed, just to keep you from making unwarranted assumptions while you read As a result, I was farfrequently surprised by the plot twists than I had been by, say, Austin Grossman s otherwise enjoyable Soon I Will Be Invincible If I must pick weaknesses in the writing, I d have to say that a fewlikeable superheroes would have made the tensionpowerful The other potential flaw is inherent to the genre it s very difficult to describe the kind of wide spread, free for all battles that are its trademark From time to time I had a little trouble visualizing this type of scene However, those were in passing remarks, while the strengths of the book were ever present.If you loved Watchmen or Astro City , I expect you will greatly enjoy this book In fact, I liked it so much that I immediately started reading Chandler s other novel, Hexcommunicated