AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE
More than a superhero story, this is a tale of finding your true self and realizing that good and evil often come in various shades. Vaughn has written an adventurous story that is much more about the emotions than the ability to fly or read minds.
Celia West grew up with superhero parents, but no powers of her own. Finding it hard to live in their shadow, she makes some mistakes before figuring out just who she wants to be. The trouble, though, is that the bad guys of Commerce City are set on using Celia as a pawn to get the superheroes to go along with their plans. But when Celia begins to dig into the past, she finds that sometimes what’s on the outside really is just a mask. (TOR, Apr., 304 pp., $24.99)