book review: dv8 gods and monsters

Gods and Monsters is Brian Wood’s story about a fractious team of young superheroes who are tossed onto a bronze age tech planet with the ability to speak to the residents.

They use their powers to set themselves up as champions of their respective tribes, becoming gods and outcasts and more. The fact that none of the heroes really like each other helps set their different tribes at war.

It’s a fascinating read about the abuse of power superheroes could perpetrate, and since it’s done with characters you don’t know so well, there’s real uncertainty about how they’ll react, though the framing device of a debriefing does let you know someone does actually survive this Lord of the Flies situation. Very cool book, though it might be better with a bit more background knowledge of the DV8 team, which I didn’t have.

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