After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn

LibraryCan an accountant defeat a supervillain? Celia West, only daughter of the heroic leaders of the superpowered Olympiad, has spent the past few years estranged from her parents and their high-powered lifestyle. She’s had enough of masks and heroics, and wants only to live her own quiet life out from under the shadow of West Plaza and her rich and famous parents.

Then she is called into her boss’ office and told that as the city’s top forensic accountant, Celia is the best chance the prosecution has to catch notorious supervillain the Destructor for tax fraud. In the course of the trial, Celia’s troubled past comes to light and family secrets are revealed as the rift between Celia and her parents grows deeper. Cut off from friends and family, Celia must come to terms with the fact that she might just be Commerce City’s only hope.

This all-new and moving story of love, family, and sacrifice is an homage to Golden Age comics that no fan will want to miss. (from Goodreads)

For some reason, I had it in my mind that this book was written for Young Adults.  Although it is perfectly appropriate for teenagers, the main character is in her mid-twenties, so it is not about teenagers.

I can’t really say I learned to read from comic books, but I know I had hundreds if not thousands of them as a kid.  I still read graphic novels occasionally and will defend anyone’s choice of reading format at the drop of a hat.

I thought the characters in this book had more in common with the Marvel Universe than DC.  There was a lot of angst between the family members as well as those who were not part of the Olympiad.

I really enjoyed the book and would give it my highest approval except for one scene.  One scene!!  Towards the end of the book, something happens that I thought was totally unnecessary.  Yes, it illustrated an important relationship between a couple of the characters, but it was NOT necessary!

I hate that I let one thing so color my opinion of a book, but that is just the way I am.

I do recommend it.  Read it.  You will enjoy it and maybe the scene won’t tick you off like it did me.

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