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INHERITORS

Am I Clone? Or Am I Hero?

By Hejin57, author of Music Masters

May 28, 2018: A few weeks ago, I finished catching up with the story that is Inheritors.

These days, it seems that superhero fiction is a popular genre to write about, and superhero serials flood the halls of the internet. It’s hard to find gems among all of the similar subject matter, but when a gem is found, it certainly shines brighter than the rest in the process.

Inheritors is one of those gems. It’s not perfectly cut, but it shines with the Technicolor glory mixed underneath a film of realism and maturity.

The story follows Gabe, clone of Megajoule, the greatest superhero to ever live. Gifted with power to absorb and redirect energy, Gabe struggles with his own identity and the idea of what it means to be a hero. He’s joined with other members of Heroic Underground, a group of non-sanctioned vigilantes that attempt to make a difference despite strict laws against that very notion. Together they tackle the things that sanctioned heroes often miss; petty crime, gangs, human trafficking, and other things that lurk in the underbelly of the their home city, Houston.

Upon beginning the story, one of the first things you’ll notice reading this story is that Gabe is not a perfect superhero. He’s haphazard, he’s unsure, and most of all, he is inexperienced. He struggles to have full command of powers that he indeed has inherited, and he wonders if it’s his destiny to live up to Megajoule’s name or carve his own path to the future. In the midst of all this, he even meets shadows of Megajoule’s past along with dealing with a colorful gallery of other super-powered beings both hostile and otherwise.

I find that one of the strongest things about Inheritors is the author’s voice; told from a first-person persepective, you’re quickly immersed in the narrative and the gritty action of Gabe’s exploits. You grow fond of Heroic Underground, and even later characters like the trigger-happy band of "heroes" known as Second Amendment. Characters have unique and creative super powers, from Flashfire’s colloquial flashbangs to the infamous Saw-Off’s shotgun sneeze. The powers can sometimes seem silly, but they never offset the seriousness of the story and the stakes at hand. It is ambitious and dark for sure, opening with a case in child sex trafficking and only speeding off confidently for sure.

There are some gripes, of course, if only minor. Sometimes some characters overuse the same joking line of dialogue, and there are moments when the action is lost due to it being told from Gabe’s perspective. This is not at all a problem in the bonus chapters, since they’re about characters from the past, but it is something to note. For those interested in casual, family-friendly four-color glory, Inheritors is not for you. The violence is heavy, realistic and quite bloody. There is some pretty heavy sexual content later on as well, and while some may abject to it, I find it fit the context of the story based on Gabe’s backstory and the events that led up to it.

In the end, I feel Inheritors measures up against most superhero tales on the strength of its main character and his realistic struggle. It asks the common question of what it means to truly be a hero, but with Gabe being a clone, this is tackled in the most literal sense.

Will Gabe ever figure it out in the end? It’s hard to say, but for the readers following, and those who may check it out in the future, I predict the ride will surely be worth it in the end.

Final score: 4/5

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INHERITORS

The next Worm? Oh, Indeedy.

By L Nimbus, author of The Minotaur Paladin

Jun 5, 2019: Let me make a few things clear. Inheritors will rip your heart out. Then it’ll make you come back for more. There’s nothing you can do about that. You have two choices: Leave, and miss out an amazing story, or soldier on through the grief for more. I picked the second option, obviously. Do I regret it? Just a little. But if I had to choose, I’d do it again. Because it was all worth it. This story pulls no punches, curbs none of it’s kicks. It’s dark and brutal, yet kind and beautiful at the same time.

Sit back and let me attempt to explain this conundrum. For every piece of darkness in Inheritors, there’s another piece of light. There’s despair, bigotry, cruelty, petty tyrants and a fucked up world. Yet, there’s also hope, friendship, love and all that. The dark often outshadows the good, but it’s still there.

Usually this would make for either a masterpiece or a mess. I’m praising it, so you can about guess which one I found in there.

Story:

Inheriotrs takes place in a dark, future Houston (First half of the story, at least). It tells the story of Gabe, the clone of the greatest Hero to ever live. He’s only got a fraction of the power and all of the enemies. With the government wanting him captured or preferably dead, he’s stuck between a hard place and a wall of cheese wire. You get exactly what’s advertised in the sypnosis. Dark, gritty action. Fast, witty banter, vivid scenes painted into your head. Times when the injustice of it all makes you want to tear your hair out and attempt to pulverise concrete with you forehead. You know what I call that? Quality writing.

The plot advances at a good pace, with Mega carving away the filler whenever any attempts to show up. All that’s left is a lean, mean plot machine.Or, it would be lean if it wasn’t bursting at the brim with content, excellent fight scenes, amazing levels of characterization, creeping horror, lore and more.

The dark, heavy subjects are tackled and put in their place with three broken ribs apiece. Meganoule doesn’t go for the light stuff here. He rips right into things like human trafficking, shunned children, government experiments on children, morality and death. How far people are willing to go when faced with an imminent doom they can’t stop. There was SO, SO much in Inheritors. And yet, it never felt overwhelming. It was presented to you at just the right pace and amount, letting you soak it all in and be hungry for more.

Instead of having you wonder just how capes (the good guys) can sleep at night after killing masks (the vigilantes) It has you wondering just how far gone the world is when this is the normal now. In a sense, this is similar to Worm and some others in the genre, where vigilantes and unlicensed Supers are ruthlessly cracked down on, but it never feels like a carbon copy. Instead, Inheritors feels very much like it’s own thing.

There are a few sections readers might criticize, such as the chapters in which Gabe is affected by the Fear. To someone not paying attention, these chapters can come off as random rambling, and I’m guessing they were actually intended to only half make sense. Yet, read a little into it, and it’ll seem very much like it was supposed to be. The portrayal of a half-lucid mind.

The power advancement is done at just the right pace, and with it’s own explanations in place. While the original version might have suffered a little from having Gabe get a lil bit too powerful, too fast, that’s been smoothed out in the rewrite. I also want to go out of my way to compliment the action. Megajoule starts off strong in this regard, and only gets better. By the end of the current content, he’s become arguably one of my favorite fight scene writers. It’s fast, flows well, shows consequences, and is always fresh. Always.

There’s nothing for me to suggest here. Everything I’ve written in my own stories, you’ve written better. Okay, maybe not minotaurs, since there is a distinctive lack of those here, but you get my point.

One such example. Dialogue. I’ve heard more than one veteran author say that character dialogue is the hardest thing to write in a story, and I wholeheartedly agree. But you seem in your element here, providing literal tonnes of great dialogue for the readers to consume. How you do it, I don’t know, but I want to pick your brain apart and take that secret.

Grammar:

I have absolutely nothing to say in this section save for one thing: perfection. If you brought in the twenthiet Reich grammar Nazis, they could babble on and on about things no reader will ever care about, but insofar, I have nothing to complain about.

Style:

There’s nothing to say here. Refer to the section directly above for my opinion on this topic. Swap out the relevant words, and you have the gist of it.

Just kidding. I have one, tiny detail to talk about. There are times when you style feels minimalistic. Not all over the place, but times here and there when I feel an characters actions could have been filled out a wee bit more. Don’t get me wrong, this is strictly personal preference, but I’m putting it out there anyway.

The Cast:

 . . .  . . . .I am in awe. This is probably one of the best casts I have come across. The author has either discovered time travel or been developing these characters for years. The cast, including main characters, side characters, villians, mooks, people you see once and never again and randomass people on the streets is gigantic, deeply developed and vibrant.

Mega makes you care, makes you laugh, makes everyone memorable. He cuts no corners, assigns no roles. Instead, he makes you see people. See their strengths, their flaws, their quirks, their dynamics. He makes them likeable, loveable, barely tolerable, cruel, hateable, charming, brutish, rogueish, oblivious, knuckleheaded. He makes them so unique, so brilliant.

That it truly hurts when he rips you heart out. Make no mistake, he will. And you’ll never see it coming. Often enough, you can guess when a character will die. When they reach the end of their developmwnt, when they’re thrust into a predictable situation, to show off another villian’s strength or cruelty, then list marches on.

Here, you have no time to prepare, no time to steel yourself. Yet, it never feels random or wanton. Instead, it feels real. That is the kind that’ll hurt you the most. When it doesn’t feel like it’s just fiction.

This is a true story. I’ve never watched Game of Thrones, up until three days ago. I wasn’t spoiled on the series. Instead, I read Inheritors first. Then, I went and watched GOT. GOT is famous for it’s character deaths. To me, they paled next to Inheritors. The reason? Like I said above, the extent to which each and every member of the cast is developed. You read the words. You form the thoughts in your head. You learn more and more about them. Pretty soon, those ‘thoughts’ have full personalities. Little or big flaws. Ways of talking. Ways of thinking. Superpowers to compliment them. Then they die. And you’re left cold inside.

So, so cold.

Characters:

Now, let’s talk about the actual characters.

Gabe:

Gabe is so well done that I want to kidnap him for my own stories. Mega has made an art here. Deep, flawed and loveable. You want to cheer for this guy. You really do. I especially like you you made other characters see his flaws, but neither Gabe nor the reader came upon them on their own. Yet, looking back, they were so obvious. That was genius. He grows throughout the series, evolving with every chapter.

Ruby:

She was handled so well. Disillusioned, angry at the world or uncaring at times. I’ve seen people with her habits in real life, self-destructive alcoholism at it’s worst. And Mega handled that beautifully. The scene in Longinus’s house was more or less the truth. No grand struggle, just a decision. This is a character who made an impression, burned herself into your memory, and stays that way. He did, however, win the ‘Weird Sex’ award with her.

I feel like I already spoiled enough with those two, and the Cast section more or less describes my opinion of the other characters.

The Rewrite:

A lot of you’ve probably heard that Mega has re-rewritten the first arc of the story. Some of you might have read the original, and want to know if it’s worth reading. Here’s my answer: It is. The rewrite offers an entirely new experience for the first arc. Better dialogue, better character growth, fight scenes, better everything. Many of the issues that were brought up in other reviews have been addressed and fixed. Gabe is no longer an uncaring, kill-happy twit. He no longer gains too much power at once. All in all, the rewrite feels like a very fresh take on the story, and it’s worth reading.

I do have to say, the bump from the end to the rewrite into the second and third arcs was a little iffy. This comes from the rewrite being of slightly higher quality than the following. You made the rewrite TOO good, and it kinda shows.

Conclusion:

Inheritors is one of the defining reads of the superhero genre. It deserves to be mentioned right next to the like of Worm, Anathema and Outliers. It really does. It oozes quality like an overblown black and white blob of death. It slowly creeps up on your expectations, devours them, and keeps right on trucking past you. The series might not be for everyone, with it outdoing Game of Thrones on it’s own territory, but for those who can stomach that, Inheritors is a masterpiece. It brings something new to the table, and it makes it appealing.

And me, being a sucker for pain, will be reading this to then end.

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INHERITORS

Embrace the Darkness

By AM_Thorn, author of Vigilantes Make Us Safe

Jan 2, 2019: From the first time I started reading Inheritors I found it grabbed my attention and didn’t let go. Megajoule (the writer, not the character) has a strong grasp of momentum and he rarely lets up as he drives Gabe and his friends into darkness and danger. At times that darkness may not be entirely to the story’s benefit but on the whole I still find Inheritors easy to recommend.

If you want a deep story recap I’d encourage you to just read the piece but Inheritors is about Gabe, a clone of Megajoule who was possibly the greatest superhero the world ever knew before his mysterious death. Gabe doesn’t have the man’s full ability but he’s living a life on the run as he tries to use the powers he does have for good and stay off the government’s radar as they’d like nothing more than to bring him in.

Gabe’s an interesting character, finding himself in a very large shadow but with limited knowledge of the man he feels he has to live up to. He simultaneously wants to be worthy of that legacy and be his own man, a combination which proves difficult as he gets drawn further and further into a dark world.

As strong as Gabe is though the supporting cast really shine. Personal favorites include Remise and Bedevil. What I love most about the supporting cast is Megajoule’s ability to weave layers of development for each character. If someone seems one dimensional you’ll probably find more beneath the surface if they get to stick around. He’s done it enough throughout the story to give me faith that the few characters I’m still looking for more from will get there in time.

If I have one big complaint about Inheritors it’s the level of darkness that hangs over everything. I’m no stranger to the dark and sex and violence have their place in many stories. To his credit, Megajoule makes the level of content you’re in for clear up front with a large disclaimer on the main page of his site. That doesn’t make it a stronger means of telling a story though. While sex and violence have their place, far too often they fell gratuitous here, serving more to break up the story or to try to add excitement than to move the story forward. Inheritors spends a lot of time in true darkness. I can respect that but a little more time in the light would both make it an easier read and help to contrast that darkness in a stronger way, driving home what the heroes here are fighting for.

Despite this I’d call Inheritors one of the strongest superhero based serials I’ve read. It isn’t perfect but its a constantly interesting read with strong characters to pull you in. If you’re looking for a new story to kill the hours, you’ve found it.

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