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The Future of Supervillainy

The Supervillainy Saga, Book 6
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: The Supervillainy Saga, Book 6
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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Gary Karkofsky, A.K.A Merciless, the supervillainy without mercy, has decided to retire from Supervillainy. He's lost too many friends and killed too many people (though they all had it coming). Unfortunately, this proves to be easier said than done when the department of supernatural services (DOSS) shows up to arrest him for all of his crimes. Quickly landing himself in more trouble, he decides to get out of town and help a struggling underground kingdom in the center of the Earth. What he finds is an army of Nazis, gods, lost temples, and dinosaurs. He also is forced to fight once more against the world's first supervillain: Tom Terror, archenemy of heroes everywhere.

He just can't catch a break, can he?

©2019 Charles Phipps (P)2019 David N. Wilson

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Another Amazing Entry

C.T. Phipps did it again with this book. it had everything we love about Gary and more.

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  • JulieM
  • Louisiana, United States
  • 09-09-19

Because punching Nazis is still okay!

The Supervillainy Saga has been one of those series that is an ideal meld of warps author sense of humor and narrator who can bring the story to life. I had thought the series had reached its natural end after book 4, but then book 5 came out strong. And here we are at book 6 were it’s punchin’ Nazis time.

Gary, Gabrielle and Cindy journey to the center of the earth with other Phipps characters to a bonkers (in the best way) crossover that includes reckoning with longtime baddie Tom Terror, and allows Gary to confront Maria about wearing Mandy’s body in book 5.

This part was especially interesting to me because Gary brings up “rape by omission” since he didn’t know he wasn’t with Mandy. This type of plotline has been used in various media before, but rarely is it called out within the media source. Kudos to Phipps for doing this, even if others act like Gary is just being petulant about something that’s legitimately important.

The action in this was fun, and for an unexplainable reason Cindy becomes Red Riding Werewolf for a good portion of the book. The ending had a twist to keep the story going, and I'm already looking forward to book 7.

Shout out to Jeffrey Kafer’s performance on this audiobook. Without his vocal swagger, this book might not be as fun as it is. He always delivers the comedy (and sexy if needed), and I unironically love his performance of Cindy. (He acts like he hates it, but perhaps a narrator doth protest too much…)

In short: Fun book that takes the characters where I didn’t expect to see them before. Great twist for the two characters on the cover. This is the book for those who love superhero stories, sendups of superhero stories, and those who love their pop culture references fast and usually about Star Wars.

Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great

I binged this entire series and I think it was well worth it. Try for yourself

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Merciless Entertainment!

Another fantastic installment in the Supervillainy Saga. Phipps writes such an engaging story, full of witty quips and snark, and Kafer lends his voice talents. Couldn’t ask for a better way to spend those hours. Excellent job!

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  • Bruce
  • Fountain hills, AZ
  • 09-02-19

What a fun snarky ride!

just finished with the Future of Supervillany, cant say enough good things about this series! love the snark and all the nerd references! Jeffrey kafer does a great job narrating this! Every time i think of this series i hear his voice! The only problem i have with this series is i want a cartoon or a movie so i can see these characters now!!

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Never disappointed with this series...

First, lets start by saying Jeffrey Kafer did a fantastic job with this one as always. When I think of Gary he IS Jeffrey's voice. Kinda like Kevin Conroy IS Batman (side note the fact that Kevin is finally getting a live Batman role in Batwoman is amazing). But I digress, the Supervillany Saga is a masterpiece of the humorous take on the superhero genre. The nerdier you are the more amazing this book and all of the Supervillany Saga gets... with more and more people getting pulled into the comic book genre I think this new take keeps becoming more and more relevant. As Eric Kripke's The Boys seems to suggest. The amazing part of the superhero genre is that there really are almost no rules. Anything goes which can make the most amazing and horrible and convoluted stories ever. Which is something most genre's simply don't offer. Phipps embraces this and uses it to his advantage to make stories that not only amuse but constantly build on one another and make zig-zags across the storytelling tropes of many genres from fantasy to sci-fi and beyond. Future of Supervillany draws in elements from Lovecraftian Horror and post-apocalyptic wasteland while never once making it feel out of place. Which is fitting for a writer with series that run the gambit in tone and setting. What I think makes the Supervillany Saga so successful though is that the comic book world is so expansive that it can include something for everyone. Add this with the shenanigans and antics that make the series so funny and you have something everyone can enjoy. The world is well built and one thing I love most is that it feels real in the sense that I see representation for everyone no matter the race, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs the Supervillany Saga is written for everyone.

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One of my favorite entries in the series!

As a huge fan of the Supervillainy series, I was really excited to hear that C.T. Phipps was writing a new volume in the series. When I was given the chance to read an early access copy of The Future of Supervillainy, my inner nerd went into overdrive. Not sure where the series would go after Tournament of Supervillainy, I was pleasantly surprised with the direction it went.

After defeating Entropicus in the Tournament of Eternity, Gary and crew returned to Falconcrest City, to bask in their well earned spoils from the tournament. Living at the Warren Mansion, family home of the Nightwalker, Gary and his family are continuing their life of crime, such as it is. When government agents show up to arrest Gary, threatening his family in the process, Gary decisively and permanently, for the agents at least, ends that threat. Gary then meets John Booth and Mercury, the protagonists from the author's Cthulhu Armageddon series, and finds out the Society of Superheroes has been captured by Tom Terror and P.H.A.N.T.O.M.. When he finds out they were in a previously unknown realm at the center of the Earth, nothing will stop Gary and his crew from going to rescue them.

Arriving in the hidden world, Gary finds that Tom Terror and his minions have taken over a large swath of it, and are trying to take over the last free area. Gary also discovers the underground sun is Ultranian in nature, and the source of all the supers on earth. What follows is a thrill a minute battle though a world Indiana Jones and Jules Verne wouldn't want to try, With dinosaurs, villains and Nazi's, err, P.H.A.N.T.O.M goons trying to stop them at every turn, the final face off has a bunch of twists and turns, including some people from Gary's life he never expected to see again. It also turns out Gary isn't the only one with an Eternity Stone, and this means a shift in the balance of power that may have effects much greater than Gary expected, and he will be changed in so many ways by the end.

This has a really cool adventure story vibe to it, part Indiana Jones meets Jules Verne, part Savage Land comics. Gary is his usual wisecracking, self deprecating, stubborn self. You might be able to complain about character growth, but who wants Gary to grow or get introspective? That would ruin half the fun at least. The rest of the cast of rogues is its usual fun, crazy best. Cindy, aka Red Riding Hood, is still one of my favorite characters. She will literally say anything, and is definitely fun and shocking at every turn. The villain, Tom Terror, is one of his best, being a combo of The Red Skull and Lex Luthor. He comes across with grandiose menace like no other villain in the Garyverse, and he is a legitimate threat at all times to anyone who gets in his way. The new setting of the inner world is very Verneesque, but with touches only C.T. Phipps could come up with. All told, this is one of my favorite entries in what is one of my favorite series. I cant recommend it highly enough.

The narration is again handled by the talented Jeffrey Kafer. He does such a great job bringing these characters to life. You can tell he really immerses himself in the world as he voices the characters, bringing them to life once again. Another fantastic job.

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Phipps and Gary are back!

Another fantastic addition to the Supervillainy Saga! Gary, and all his lovable snarky pop culture jokes, is back for more adventures and hijinks. This time with dinosaurs! The characters, and things, you loved from the last books are all present but there's some wonderful new characters to get to know. There's also new trouble for Gary to get into, and for someone else to get him out of. Phipps poke fun at himself on a few occasions, and with all these multi-universe guest appearance happening (yay for more Jane Doe!) I wouldn't be surprised if Phipps makes an appearance himself soon. While it is mostly all fun and games, Phipps does sneak in some great twists and substance to the story while you're busy laughing.

Jeffrey Kafer knocked it out of the park, as usual, with his narration.

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You might not be following this story,

You should fix that. This story is great, both funny and dramatic and I can't wait for more of this saga.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 09-03-19

Phipps Has Done It Again

I honestly haven’t read a book this fast in a long time. Thankfully it was a holiday weekend and I was able to devote more reading time on a Sunday (last Sunday before the NFL is back) than I usually can. I absolutely flew through Future of Supervillainy. Phipps has done it again!

If you enjoy pop culture references that are as dated as you are and a supervillain who isn’t very good at being super and villainous – then Merciless and the Supervillainy series is definitely for you. Every time there was a reference made to a movie, game, or music I chuckled. Every. Single. Time. I haven’t read a book that had me cracking up like this since the last Phipps Supervillainy book.

Also, Phipps throws in some references about himself. How meta. But in all honesty – it works. The lines were funny and were basically him making fun of himself for his writing style.

There’s a special treat when Jane the Weredeer shows up in the early chapters (that just made me want another book in her series). And of course lots of other references and characters from Phipps’ other works).

The story in Future was and interesting one. It had a Journey to the Center of the Earth vibe (I’m almost positive that’s what he was going for) with an obvious Phipps twist. I can’t really talk too much about it without too many spoilers. Just know you’re in for a crazy story with plot twists and “I did not see that coming”s throughout.

Phipps is easily one of my favorite authors working today and with Future he continues to cement himself in my brain. It’s also good to know that I’m not the only dork who spits out pop-culture references like it’s his job.

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  • Welease Wodger
  • 09-08-19

best book so far

love this series and love the narrator, another great book can't wait for the next one.

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  • S. D. Howarth
  • 09-03-19

Gary meets Wolfenstein...

As usual CT Phipps does what the tin says and delivers a welter of laughs with his prodigious work rate and deluge of pop culture references.

Gary survives being pounded and outmanoeuvred and it very interesting to see the characters from numerous series blended in a nerdy homage, yet still appearing individual and distinct. With said work rate you expect to see similarities, or avoidances. The author avoids that for the second time in as many books by throwing them together in an alternative universe of myriad timelines as used to great effect by Star Trek. A clever way of avoiding repetition while pointing out Wookie racism.

If anything, I think the ubernazi Wolfenstein vibe was too understated. I’d personally preferred an exploitation of that vein more than using them as flunkies for a known evil bod.

Excellent delivery as always and having a chortle at the day job is one way of getting through the day. Well recommended, especially for nerds.