Once again, I would like to thank Aconyte Books and Netgallery for giving me access to this ARC in exchange for a honest and fair review. I will preface this by stating three facts; I love most marvel (who doesn’t nowadays?!), I loved Jaleigh Johnson’s other work and Aconyte Books might well be becoming my favourite publisher out there! That said I will remain unbiased and will keep the review spoiler free and add greater detail when the book is released.
I must start by admitting I didn’t know as much about Fantomex as some other X-men centric characters I wasn’t sure what to really expect. I knew the basics and loved his snarky attitude (who doesn’t!). This coupled with the synopsis sold me. From the very first line I was not disappointed. The storytelling is top notch, of course this is a story of Fantomex but all other characters be they classed as deuteragonist or supporting character find their own voice with Johnson’s skills. I have to say, and I admit my biased, Magneto’s interactions with Fantomex are some of my favorites!
The plot is fantastic and keeps you hooked from the start. Johnson blends serious and humorous in such a way and in such great measures that you won’t be left thinking there is too much of one or the other (well I certainly wasn’t!). The action is well written and believable within the Marvel universes.
One thing that I find increasingly refreshing in works published by Aconyte Books is the natural inclusion diversion of both race and sexuality. That is not to say this is the books main focus but as in real life it is depicted in such a way that it seems natural, there is no song and dance about being diverse it is just there, as it should be!
All in all the book went well above my expectations. Fast paced action, heartfelt moments, funny moments, fabulous writing style, brilliant characters and characterizations and a snarky protagonist what isn’t to love?
I cannot help but recommend this book enough, I’ve preordered a physical copy and a couple of copies for friends who I am sure will love this. Currently the hardest thing is keeping myself quiet about the plot and not being able to go full fan-girl mode yet! The Ebook will be available from the September 7, 2021. With the paperback following on September 28th for the US and November 11th for the UK.
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About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.
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Jaleigh Johnson lives and writes in the wilds of the Midwest. Her middle grade debut novel The Mark of the Dragonfly is a New York Times bestseller, was chosen for the ABA Spring Indie Next list, and was named one of Amazon’s Top 20 Children’s Books of 2014. Her other books from Delacorte Press include The Secrets of Solace, The Quest to the Uncharted Lands, and The Door to the Lost. She has also written fiction for the Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms line and Marvel/Aconyte Books. Johnson is an avid gamer and lifelong geek. Visit her online at http://www.jaleighjohnson.com.