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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.

End score: 4/5

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