3.5 stars -- a guilty pleasure for geeks. Grossman's novel skips between the POV of a hero and a villain -- one a novice, the other experienced at trying to take over the world. Ultimately, novels about superheros lack the excitement of comics or films because of the fact that nothing is visual. Grossman wisely skips over boring fight descriptions and gets us in the mind of the characters. The storyline isn't as impressively cliche-twisting as I had hoped. Unfortunately, The Venture Bros. and The Watchmen have both taken care of any real meta-superhero discussion. But this is still a fun book with a few great lines that made me chuckle. Enjoyable and worth a week of your summer.