Full Disclosure:

Weird, small world.  I work a part-time job, along with my full-time job.  Been there over a year.  Found out the author of this book works there too. We talked for the first time (aside from ‘Hey’, the other day).  He is an illustrator and comic writer too.  More to come from him on this site.  Anyway, I decided to buy and read his story.  Here it is.




They say knowledge is power, but for superheroes Johnny Saturn and Staff of Life knowledge is danger.

An ancient technology has re-emerged, one so powerful it could save the world . . . or destroy it!

One disaster after another has ravaged Spire City, but no one expected it was because the city itself was malfunctioning. Spire City is a danger magnet run amok, but now Johnny Saturn and Staff of Life might have the tools to change that. They have to figure out how to use this primordial alien tech before anyone else does . . . but they have competition. The power-mad Tara Wissenschaft is way ahead of them, and she and her multinational corporation plan to suppress this secret knowledge forever.

Spire City might be the city of the broken gate, but these superheroes are the mechanics!

From invisible robots to underground caverns, to broken heroes and old flames, City of the Broken Gate is a must-read metahuman conspiracy thriller for superhero aficionados everywhere!


You just cannot explain away life’s enduring mysteries. They shrug off all debunking attempts and are resurrected again for every new generation to ponder and debate. But, what if you could get to the objective truth? Enter Johnny Saturn, the hero who died and came back. For him, the great mysteries are open, and definitive explanations are within his reach.

Spire City Noir is like the X-Files vs. Superman, or Spider-Man vs. Stargate SG1.


At first, I was a bit skeptical about this story.  The dialogue in the first part of the book was a bit weak in my humble opinion, but the more I read, the more it grew on me.  Knowing the author is also a comic writer, it felt as it he was writing short sentences to fit into a text bubble.  But that didn’t last long.

I was immediately drawn into this story.  It had so much involved; heroes, meta-heroes, aliens, ancient beings, ancient technologies, myths, legends, conspiracy theories…what’s not to like?  But would it be too much for one book?  Turns out no.  There were parts of this book that were simply brilliant.  I would have never put all these things together as the author has.  It still felt like a graphic novel/comic, but that didn’t detract from the whole. I recommend this novel to anyone that enjoys Fantasy, Science Fiction, Pulp Fiction, Graphic Novels and Comics with heroes.

4 of 5 Stars