Colt McAlister leads Phantom Squad of the CHAOS Military Academy in the fight against the Thule, lizardlike aliens who are attempting to destroy humanity in this alternate world that borrows heavily from comic-book conventions.
Colt has had the blood of the Thule injected into him in the hopes of making him the legendary Betrayer, and he is expected to be the savior of all mankind. The times are dire, as Thule attacks are increasingly frightening, causing thousands of casualties and leaving ruin behind them. The now-familiar action is flavored with a touch of Hollywood, as Colt is asked to be a showman with his jet-pack agility cadets. There’s an evil villain mastermind, a town that is not all it seems and bullying of the good alien who is an ally, along with many other familiar tropes. Most notably, the bullets that fly fast and furious never seem to do much damage—with the obvious exception of the bully, of course. Danielle and Oz, buddies from previous adventures (Invasion, 2010, and Alienation, 2012) still have Colt’s back. Colt’s romance with Lily stays in the background, except as a reminder of the path of virtue when other hotties tempt him; Colt’s grandfather, Murdoch McAlister, continues to have remarkable connections and prescience. All in all, readers of the series will find this title fitting in perfectly with their expectations.
An unillustrated comic disappointingly lives up to type. (Thriller. 10-15)