I’m Chloe Cole, comics artist and superheroine still making my way as a newly minted adult. My first inkling that the Chicago comicon won’t be all about fun and cosplaying is when my ex, Roland, asks me to bring the Dimensional Diamond—just in case. Really? Just in case? My comicon adventure pits my fledgling superpowers against the mysterious Mistress Miraculous and her attempts at mass destruction. Who is she? What’s her angle? Is she one of the large list of suspects with a grudge against a major comic book company celebrating its 75th anniversary at the con? And why is Eric—the guy I live with, who also happens to be a powerful comics biz exec—acting odd?
CHARACTERS IN THIS NOVEL
Chloe Cole: Reluctant female superhero, possessor of the Dimensional Diamond, strong female protagonist, snarky 26-year-old with boyfriend and career issues
Roland Kirby: Eager comics fanboy, dependable partner in superhero adventures, ex-boyfriend who keeps pushing
Eric Wood: Ruthless comic book company CEO, questionably honest lover and confidant, man with a past
Jean Westover: Veteran comic book artist now relegated to drawing in Artists’ Alley, prime suspect
Norman Krigstein: Troublemaking comic book writer
Howard Hogarth: Comic book personality—nobody’s quite sure what this old guy ever did in the comics biz
Ray Herriman: Discontented young comic book company employee
Leslie Evans: Naive female comic book artist, possible frenemy
Sarah Manning: Cosplayer, off-duty cop, heroine’s friend
Ardis Tenniel: Cosplayer, granddaughter of an artist cheated out of his rights, heroine’s friend
Damien Nast: Sword salesman, grandson of an artist cheated out of his rights, hot tattooed guy
Jovial Jerry Fine: Beloved elderly icon of the comic book world, benign but skeptical participant in fast-paced adventures
Mistress Miraculous: Tries to destroy the comicon any way she can. What’s her problem, anyway?
Marie Severin: Real-life brilliant comic book artist and all-round great gal who asked to be in this book
PG-rated, fast-paced comic book–style adventure featuring super-powered battles and recognizable classic comic book scenarios—and some iffy romance thrown in.