She Fought the World, and the World Won

You might be rich. You might be righteous. You might even be a Kardashian. But in the end, it doesn’t really matter. Nobody lives forever.

Two supervillains by the name of Sundancer and Pit Geek have no delusions about their ultimate fate. They know the end will come for them eventually. With nothing better to do, they embark on a Bonnie and Clyde-like adventure. Robbing banks is beneath them. But they don’t care. They’re just trying to keep things interesting before the final bell tolls.

And, boy, do things get interesting. After depositing $80 million from banks across the country, Sundancer and Pit Geek start butting heads with the Covenant, a trio of superheroes with a spotty history. The team consists of a male prostitute, a crime boss, and the estranged daughter of Dr. Knowbokov, the guy who purposely detonated a second big bang and destroyed the universe. (See the prequel novel, Nobody Gets the Girl, for more mind-bending details.)

The Covenant is doing its best to squash Sundancer and Pit Geek. But their efforts are in vain. The dirty pair has already sewn up our sympathies. This is a supervillain novel, after all. It says so in the indicia.

Sundancer, otherwise known as Sunday Jimenez, gets most of the attention here. By harnessing the power of the sun, she is practically invincible. But unfortunately her superpowers have exposed her body to massive amounts of radiation. She’ll die of cancer unless she gets help fast.

During her villainous career, Sunday pushed death upon dozens of people with utter indifference. And now it’s her time to go. But you never know. Can she survive her mortal coil with the help of a super-intelligent chimpanzee? Or a black donut from outer space? Or maybe her partner in crime has an ace down his gullet? In a supervillain novel, anything is possible.

Burn Baby Burn is more straightforward than it’s prequel. We missed the earlier book’s unexpected twists and unwavering insanity. And we were a little disappointed that Rex Monday bowed out so quickly. But overall it’s funnier than the first book and has a bigger heart. Also, the romance between the two criminals was (inevitable, but) sweet.

In the end, says Sundancer, we’re all going to die. No one gets out alive. “Well, sure,” responds Pit Geek, her heartbroken lover. “But there’s no need to be in a such hurry.” Ultimately, everybody wants to spend a little more time in this vale of tears.

[Burn Baby Burn / By James Maxey / First Printing: November 2011 / ISBN: 9781465731586]

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