V is for Villain by Peter Moore
Brad Baron is used to looking lame compared to his older brother, Blake. Though Brad’s basically a genius, Blake is a superhero in the elite Justice Force. And Brad doesn’t measure up at his high school, either, where powers like super-strength and flying are the norm. So when Brad makes friends who are more into political action than weight lifting, he’s happy to join a new crew-especially since it means spending more time with Layla, a girl who may or may not have a totally illegal, totally secret super-power. And with her help, Brad begins to hone a dangerous new power of his own.
But when they’re pulled into a web of nefarious criminals, high-stakes battles, and startling family secrets, Brad must choose which side he’s on. And once he does, there’s no turning back.
Brad is a regular teen out of place in a school of super-powered classmates. And he lives in the shadow of his famous, overachieving brother. Brad is extremely smart, but unfortunately no one except for his new group of friends appreciates his genius level intellect. Brad and his new friends seem to be the only ones who don’t idolize the super heroes – who serve up their own justice, no matter who gets in the way, and without remorse.
I’m hoping V is for Villain is just the first a series. It was fast-paced, action-packed, and thoroughly enjoyable. The characters are intriguing and complex and the world of super heroes is not a simple, black and white setting. Full of mystery, danger, suspense, and humor – this is a must-read for comic book fans.