SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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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.

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