FUTURISTIC VIOLENCE & FANCY SUITS
released OUT NOW! 496 pages | Paperback
Author David Wong
Publisher Titan Books
Superhero stories have long been the domain of comics and movies, but they’re now becoming more commonplace in prose; they really need a strong hook to make up for the lack of visuals, though. Best known for John Dies At The End, David Wong’s ( real name Jason Pargin) first foray into the genre is a knowingly smart take on the Iron Man mythos. Zoey Ashe, daughter of the late, Tony Stark- esque industrialist Arthur Livingston, is thrust into a battle between her father’s cohorts The Suits and the villainous Moloch over the secrets of his Raiden tech, which turns soldiers into cybernetic superhumans.
The whole drama is livestreamed on social network Blink, and an early scene of a serial killer broadcasting his attempt to abduct Zoey is particularly effective. But beyond the snappy title and slightly annoying affectations like the dollar sign in the name of dystopian city Tabula Ra$ a, Futuristic Violence & Fancy Suits is about as memorable as a routine episode of Arrow. Thanks to the relentlessly brisk pace, it’s an engaging read, but it’s mostly style and not much substance. Stephen Jewell
Jason Pargin first called himself David Wong as his writing for humour websites was based on his co- workers.