Question. What happens when you mix superhero’s and fairy tale’s? Answer. Awesome Jones by Ashleyrose Sullivan.
One part romance. One part superhero. One part fairytale. Awesome Jones is a new take on an tried and true genre.
Did Sullivan break mould breaking superhero fairy tale change the way I look at comic books? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
The only thing Awesome Jones wants is to be a super hero. Until he falls in love. Despite his colourful name, Awesome Jones is a painfully average man who dreams of being a super hero, just like the ones who patrol his city. It’s been that way since he was a little boy, raised by his grandfather after his parents’ death. The day Jones starts his new job as a file clerk at Akai Printing Company he meets secretary Lona Chang and everything changes. Lona sees something in Jones that no one ever has and the two quickly become inseparable. But when the perfect pair’s domestic bliss is threatened by a super-powered secret from the past, Awesome Jones has to make a choice. He must decide whether he should play it safe or find the strength to live up to his name and risk everything he’s come to love to save the day like he always dreamed.
This was a great debut by Ashleyrose Sullivan.
The way in which Sullivan chose to structure her novel made it quite the unique read. With short snappy paragraphs, I completely forgot I was reading an almost 430 page novel. I also didn’t find myself wanting to put it down as I would catch myself saying ‘just one more paragraph’ until one in the morning.
I also rather enjoyed Sullivan’s superhero lore. The fact that there was a superhero hierarchy of agents, double a’s, suits, and the regulars was masterful. Her use of comic books as a propaganda tool for The Guild added a political layer that sometimes is lacking in the big budget comic book movie world.
Also, can I just say, The Echo was absolutely terrifying.
Only two reasons made Awesome Jones not rank higher for me.
One, I didn’t much care for the romance between Awesome and Lorna. It felt very static, with many of their conversations ending with an “okay.” I felt they seemed better as friends or superhero/sidekick, and I can only hope that in the sequel Lorna Chang their relationship evolves into something more unique. Two, Awesome Jones definitely read as if sequels were already planned so it was very heavy on the world building instead of the characters.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.