Superheros and villains exist in Peter Moore’s “V is for Villain.” Brad Baron comes from a family of superheroes, but he’s a bit of a disappointment because he’s only super-intelligent. He’s jealous of his older brother, Blake, who has super-strength, speed and flight, and is a member of the Justice Force. Brad attends the Academy, a school for super-powered students, but he’s soon transferred to the alternative program since he can’t keep up with his super-strong classmates. There he finds a kindred spirit in Layla, who doesn’t think that heroes are that great either. Soon, Brad, Layla and their friends decide that they should give villainy a try.
My favorite part of “V is for Villain” is Brad’s believable descent into becoming a “bad” guy. He has good intentions at first, but he ends up doing questionable and downright evil things. But, honestly, I thought most of his actions were justified responses to what had been done to him. I also really enjoyed the teens exploring their powers. Not to spoil it, but Brad does have another power, and the book really takes off when he masters it. “V is for Villain” is a fast, fun read. I recommend it to comic book readers who like Young Adult books.