Tuesday 14 September 2021

Book Review: A Study in Spandex by Hal Bodner (MM Fantasy)

Title: A Study in Spandex (Adventures of the Whirlwind #2)
Author: Hal Bodner
Publisher: Mystique Press
Publication Date: 7 December 2021
Pages: 280
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: MM Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Grieving his husband’s untimely death, Alec Archer doesn’t feel up to donning the Whirlwind’s skintight turquoise costume to defend Centerport against yet another supervillain.

But the evil genius who calls himself the Zookeeper doesn’t care about Alec’s feelings. The Zookeeper has chosen Centerport as the perfect place to demonstrate his latest creation—a genetic process that converts harmless house pets into lethal bioweapons.

Whether he’s battling giant spiders, rescuing the city from a vicious army of mutated puppies and kittens, saving a child from an angry Grizzly bear, or simply babysitting a pair of awkward newbie superheroes who are more trouble than they’re worth, Alec dutifully does his best, even though his heart isn’t in it.

Unfortunately, the Whirlwind’s unique biology proves irresistible to the Zookeeper. Captured, and horribly tortured to unlock the secrets of his superhuman genetics, Alec’s despair and grief threaten to overcome him, and the outcome of the Whirlwind’s final battle with the Zookeeper is far from certain.


A Study in Spandex was an enjoyable sequel to Fabulous in Tights; however, it is also much darker than book one, with Alec trying to deal with the aftermath of the previous story while also taking on a new villain and being subjected to extensive physical torture. Therefore, this is not a book for those squeamish about descriptive torture scenes. If that doesn't worry you, though, you will also find in this book some sweet and funny moments. I particularly enjoyed the introduction of a couple of new characters with their own powers, and I hope we will continue to see more of them in future adventures. For me, this was a four-star read. It was, as I said, a lot darker than book one, but I for one enjoyed that sense of realism, since it showed that superheroes, despite their skills, can still face danger and, more importantly, need to battle their own inner demons at times.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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