Book Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.25 / 5 stars)
“Never forget the power you have inside you!”
Ms. Infinity is Earth’s Greatest Hero. Whenever there is trouble, she is there. Many fantasize about who she is, where she came from, and why she saves the day, including Hal Holstein. But what Hal doesn’t expect is for Ms. Infinity to be Bonnie Boring, his crush from the Big Box Store. Ms. Infinity takes him up to her starship, where soon Hal learns about Ms. Infinity’s secrets, as well as the darkest corners of her past. Are the two of them ready to tackle a relationship when Misery is afoot? Can they overcome the balance between a regular human and a super hero? And in the end, who will really save the day?
Ms. Infinity is a hero we all need; she is brash, bold, commanding, and most importantly, good. While her hubris gets the best of her at times, it makes her all the more human. It’s not her powers that make her weak, but who she is, and the readers are along for her journey in discovering her true power. It’s not about these otherworldly abilities that are equal to Superman or Wonderwoman. If anything, she is a caricature of heroes; she is noble like them, but also just a person trying to make due in the world. So much of this is important when reading and watching super heroes. Let us see their flaws.
Despite the story being about Ms. Infinity, I was really drawn to the side plot with Lisa Lin – Bonnie’s best friend and coworker. This side plot shows how everyone has a hero inside of them; while Lisa’s heroic duty was taking down a sexist and abusive manager at the Big Box Store, it is an act that we can all applaud and relate towards in the modern world. In some ways, Lisa represents the more traditional hero in her outlook. It isn’t about pizazz, but about justice.
I’ve already read Ms. Infinity: Where Infinity Begins and Ms. Infinity: Infinite Moon, and I feel that this story, which is the first written in the series, is probably the weakest. I would not discredit it though. In fact, I implore you to check out one of Ms. Infinity’s other adventures first. Andrew Kirschner has just gotten better with each story, ironing out the characters and strengthening his craft. In this first book, the dialogue is a bit clunky, and having not read Where Infinity Begins, I might have been a bit lost.
But Ms. Infinity is still infinitely amazing! She’s a hero everyone can look up to, not just for her heroism, but also for her humanity. So if you want a fun read, that’s a little “tongue-in-cheek”, check out one of Ms. Infinity’s adventures.
And I cannot wait for the next edition in her quest for good.
What’s it about?
Join Earth’s greatest hero on the adventure of a lifetime! In her daily life she’s Bonnie Boring, the petite, smart-mouthed customer service girl at The Big Box in Queens, where she laughs it up with her best friend Lisa Lin, and falls all over herself around her work crush, “Handsome” Hal Holstein. Yet she is secretly an alien refugee from a distant world, possessing many awesome powers. For years, at the insistence of her mother, she has hidden her true self. Now she is at last coming forward, in her new alter ego as the superhero Ms. Infinity. But now Bonnie’s past is haunting her, as a frightening villain from her despotic native world attacks the Earth. Bonnie is about to fly off to face her when Hal walks in on her transformation. With little time to think, she decides to bring him along, and he rides with her in her fantastic Starship Infinity. But dangers await that even Ms. Infinity is ill-prepared for. If she is to save the Earth, she will have to do the impossible. All the while, she confronts uncomfortable secrets from her past, and warms up to a budding romance. Ms. Infinity combines superhero adventure and science fiction with romance, humor, and a dash of social commentary. All this is tied together with an accessible writing style that is friendly to young adults but fun for all readers.