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Bay City Chronicles #1
by Philip A. McClimon and Chris Sapp
Genre: Superhero Darkness
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The merry disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
The jolly review: I had to shelve this book in order to complete the R2R books I had received before it, but all that did was heighten my anticipation! I didn't feel relief that I had it tucked safely away and waiting for its turn. I felt fidgety to get started and dig my teeth in, and I am not a very patient woman...
Previous experience with Mr. McClimon's work promised this book was going to be one hell of a ride and I was not to be disappointed. Johhny Lonesome isn't your typical reluctant superhero, but to be fair, he's been afflicted with his certain brand of heroism for nearly twenty years. That's a long damn time to put up with momentarily thankful victims and twisting, debilitating, sudden onset pain like Johnny's.
You see, Johnny gets these urges... Not that kind, fool! We're talking about the stabbing, vomit inducing kind; the sort of urges that make your head want to explode while your stomach cramps in agonizing fits until you've given in and followed the alarm bell to its source. There is no lead-up to this dance. Johnny either suffers horrible, unending pain or he gets himself to the scene of the impending crime to save the day. Understandably, his bedside manner sucks and his willingness to do good becomes all about the cessation of his own pain.
Until he meets Asher Hawkins. This guy is slimy, sickeningly rich, and slimy. He's a scumbag up to no good, our hero's premonitions confirm it's so, and Johnny aims to prove it.
With a colorful cast of characters, like Detectives Gallagher and Kameko, and super sexy reporter Michelle Rodriguez (not the actress), Johnny Lonesome is a must-read. If this review doesn't sell it to you, try this: Johnny started off as a screenplay and was a second rounder at the Austin Film Festival. How's that for creds?