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The Supervillain and Me


Never trust a guy in spandex.

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  • Heat

    8 (37 ratings)

  • Tears

    7 (38 ratings)

  • Laughs

    8 (18 ratings)

  • Thrills

    8 (22 ratings)

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In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats from trees—they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind.

That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life.

After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston’s fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he’s not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. As Abby follows him deeper into their city’s darkest secrets, she comes to learn that heroes can’t always be trusted, and sometimes it’s the good guys who wear black.


“Comet,”—I never called my brother by his name in public when he was in costume—“do you need my…” I trailed off, staring at the guy standing over the unconscious attacker. “Who are you?”

The stranger’s green eyes snapped to my own. He wore a black suit, and his mask showed only his eyes, lips, and a portion of his jaw. Unlike Connor, this guy didn’t have a symbol plastered to his chest. My brother’s suit sported a shiny gold swoosh that looked mysteriously like a Nike symbol (but he insisted it was a comet). This guy didn’t have anything.

“I thought I told you to run,” he said, crossing his arms and taking a step toward me. He was about as tall as Connor, easily clearing six foot, and possessed just as many, if not more, muscles bulging through the dark material of his costume.

“How did you—wait, that was your voice in my head?” I had to admit he had a nice voice—deep and smoky. I wondered if it was his real voice or a disguise.

The super winked at me and tapped the side of his head with his index finger. I didn’t know mind-to-mind communication was an actual superpower. Connor frequently gushed at other supers’ powers and would have told me if someone had such a unique ability.

“Okay, well…” I didn’t know what else to say. I wished Connor were here to fly me home. I couldn’t ask this guy. I had no clue who he was, and he didn’t seem like much of a talker.

“I’ll just be going now I guess.”

“Don’t I get a thank you?”


"Get ready for a wild ride in this zany, high-action thriller about good versus evil in the comic-book-universe city of Morriston. ... Realistic high-school scenarios and well-drawn characters add to the thought-provoking layers embedded in the action that address such tough issues as the prospect of high-tech mind control to solve crime and the devastation violence wreaks on families. Best of all, with a nod to gender equity, Abby does just fine helping to right her world in the climactic final scene, even without superpowers." —Booklist

"Underneath all of the action and intrigue of this adventure lies an interesting premise: living amongst superheroes from the point of view of the ordinary and powerless. Banas adeptly keeps readers guessing about Iron Phantom’s identity and provides plenty of romantic tension, which will satisfy even die-hard fans of the genre." —School Library Journal

"Hilarious ... A zany, action-packed adventure ... Especially appealing is Abby discovering that her capabilities are different but equally as significant as the boys’, with neither spandex nor superpowers necessary." —VOYA

"I can already tell you that Danielle Banas is going to become one of my insta buy authors–her writing style has to be one of my favorite that I’ve read in a while, and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next. ... Banas does a fantastic job of pulling the reader in with her fun and easy to follow writing style, and I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions. Overall, I thought the story was perfectly paced with no dull moments, and I just couldn’t put it down." —Vibrant Reads

"Danielle Banas has written a stunning and heart-warming debut about family, first love, and what it really means to be a hero." —Buried in a Bookshelf

“Hands down this is the beginning of one of the best book series I've ever read, and definitely the best superhero series. It has the perfect balance of mystery, romance and everyday teenage angst—with a whole heap of superhero on top!” —SineadH93, Swoon Reader

“Action, comedy, romance, you name it, this book has got it! The only suggestion I have for improvement is that it needs to be published then made into a film so that I can sit in a cinema and squeal like the pathetic fangirl that I am. Love it!!” —KayleyKing, Swoon Reader