Calvin Matthew Stringel, or Mechani-CAL, is a villain who is down on his luck. He was on the bottom rung of the supervillain ladder and didn’t seem to be heading upward anytime soon. That is until evil mind controlling bugs began to take over the world. Now this armored supervillain just might be the world’s only hope against these superbugs set on world domination. But the question remains, will CAL remain the villain he longs to become or will the companionship of the do-gooders and the lovely Aphrodite cause him to switch sides and fight along with the rest of the world’s heroes?
I love the premise of Confessions of a D-List Supervillain! Most superhero tales come from the point of view of the hero. Having the story come to the reader from the villain’s viewpoint was very refreshing and fun. CAL seems to not have really had a choice in his decision to become a supervillain…the world keep tossing him crap, so he took matters into his own hands. Jim Bernheimer created entertaining and witty dialogue that was full of sarcasm and very tongue in cheek.
Bernheimer came up with some very creative situations for his characters to find themselves, which, of course, means they have to figure out a way out of the predicament. Confessions of a D-List Supervillain’s characters, also, had some very interesting superpowers which made me giggle. There was definitely some creativity and thought put into these skills.
Overall, Confessions of a D-List Supervillain is a lot of fun to read and one I would definitely suggest, especially to someone who is a fan of superheroes. It is in the 1st person, which is not a problem for me, but I will say that the action scenes might have been a bit more “grab you by the seat of your pants and throw you through the wall” if there had been more narrative. However, that’s really my only complaint.
You can learn more about Jim Bernheimer and how to contact him over at his blog, Hey! I just thought of something… and Confessions of a D-List Supervillain can be purchased through Amazon by clicking the cover image above or at Barnes&Noble in both paperback and nook (HERE).
Espresso rating: Triple with a splash of milk