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Well written but familiar

By Sharkerbob, author of Graven

Oct 20, 2018: Inheritors follows the challenges of Gabe, the only successful clone of the world’s greatest superhero, Megajoule, now deceased. As such, Gabe struggles with an inferiority complex as he tries to be his own hero, but is haunted by the fact that he is less powerful, less charismatic, and less skilled than his progenitor. Likewise, he has to try and conceal his identity, lest his origins make him a target for trouble with both heroes and villains alike, and influence how people percieve him. Likewiser, he tries to stick to the ideal of being a vigilante superhero unchained by government control, in a world where superheroes must be sanctioned by the government or be considered illegal.

Inheritors is a solidly written story with well-realized characters. Characters all have their own issues to deal with from past tragedies or tragic revelations, but work to overcome them. They all have good chemistry with each other as well. Most of the chapters follow Gabe, but there are the occasional bonus chapters that give us the perspectives of other characters to help round things out.

Likewise there is plenty of action. The powers are fairly straightforward, but there is some creativity through limitation going on that lends itself well to classic superhero powersets with a bit of a twist. Gabe, for example, has the ability to redirect and convert kinetic and heat energy in various ways; its a power that isn’t overwhelming, but has plenty of useful applications that Gabe must suss out as he trains his abilities.

I can’t really think of a particular negative for this serial, other than that, from my perspective, it doesn’t really do anything novel in the genre. This isn’t really a bad thing; the universe of the Inheritors doesn’t stand out much from your typical supers universe, but I don’t think it’s supposed to. The setting is a familiar backdrop upon which to tell the story of this main character and his struggles.

But that doesn’t change the fact that I’ve read this sort of underdog hero struggle many times before. It’s a solid read, but it’s old hat to me, and might be for anyone who’s already well familiar with these kinds of underdog young hero stories.

Overall, I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an action-packed, character-centric story with an emphasis on one hero’s personal growth.

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