Ford, Richard -- Kultus

This is the strain of "sociopathically brutal hero" SF/F that gives the entire genre a bad name. Thaddeus Blaklok is a thug with a heart of thug. That's his whole characterization. He beats people up, people beat him up. Later on, the beatings continue. It's basically a comic book -- not an actual comic book, but the stereotypical Bad Comic Book where the only tension is "will Batman win this fight?" (Answer: yes, and he also pulls a new superpower out of his shorts just for this issue.)

Also, the writing hits my personal trifecta of annoyances: dropped commas, "he was so much more than that", and palmed narrative. (That's where the narrator picks up something important but doesn't tell us what it is for three chapters.)

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