Why does Damsel complain about being an alien, or about Corefire being racist? She's mostly human, she's practically a clone of her dad, with a few things from her mother.
...You're new to the world of racism, aren't you? Racism is humans treating other humans, who are only slightly different than they are, as less human. And did you miss how Damsel is throwing up all the time?
I assumed the throwing up thing was to imply she was bulimic.
Racist aren't born, they're usually made, usually when a person is young. Somehow, I can't see a situation, where Jason's parents constantly warned him about the dangerous extra-terrestials down the street. Probably he was just turned off by her angst and self-loathing.
Racism, or indeed prejudice, isn't always tied directly to being told specifically to hate this group when your young. There are several reasons Corefire could have be prejudiced against her: she's "unnatural," there's something disgusting about her creation, she's "other." (Which would be kind of hypocritical, yet totally meshing with the story's themes, if you think about it). In the end, it could just be petty revulsion of something unknown or different. It wouldn't be anything new, depressingly enough.
Racism doesn't has to be about a group considered "inferior" but also a group which considers itself "superior" is racist. Also "purity" and "not mixing races" is often important for them. Of course there is also the old truth that most racists are irrational idiots.
Also, doesn't EVERYONE know/think that Damsel is a half-alien princess? If anything he should have been finding out how close to human she really is.
We never see the story from Core Fire's point of view: he may be xenophobic, or prejudiced, or sexist, but we only have Damsel's assertion that it is so.
There is a real chance Damsel is just rationalizing. She calls Core Fire a "racist" because he finds her origins to be full of squick and a complete wood killer. I'm not sure you can categorize being part alien or a gender flipped clone in the same box as ethnicity in terms of the contemporary demand for tolerance.
Where's the sequel?
Dr. Impossible already failed his character development, probably forever. What else is there to tell?
If one does get written, expect it to deconstruct an entirely different pair of tropes, leaving the protagonists of this book in the background.
Two facts taken together just don't gel. Early in the book, Doctor Impossible notes that, once you get familiar with her facial structure, Lily does in fact look like a person that came from the future that she said she came from. Yet Fatale says that her face is the same as it was when she was Erica. So what was it?
Or it was Doc Impossible convincing himself of what he wants to believe.
Why does Impossible make a huge deal about hiding his identity when he's been in prison for a few years? I doubt they let him wear his mask the whole time in there.
Doctor Impossible erased all records of his identity beforehand.
There's a bit of a contradiction in Doctor Impossible's logic. At the start of the book he declares that villains can't bother with secret identities because it cheapens their work if they can just take off their mask and walk away from their crimes. Yet all throughout the book he goes to great lengths to hide his face. It might be less about hiding a traceable criminal identity as hiding his identity as a failed graduate student.
Or it could be a "Style Thing" after all he did swear he wouldn't be taken down in "Street Clothes". He has some kinda weird self standard when it comes to his Supervillain Persona.
It's because he's out of uniform. As he puts it himself when recovering his costume: "I wear the flag of a country that never existed and the uniform of its glorious army, spreading forth the dominion of the invincible empire of me." To be out of costume is to literally not be himself, and one of the most crucial steps to reassuming his proper identity is covering his face because the face is the most identifiable part of a person.
Why is CoreFire surprised when Dr. Impossible mentions Erica? Apparently he kidnapped her a good number of times, so shouldn't CoreFire assume that's where he knows her from? He's seen them together before!
It's possible he does remember. It's just been so long since Erica became Lily that he doesn't really care about her any more. The same thing happens to Doctor Impossible at the end of the book.
I have no idea how much amnesia is involved in returning from the dead. He certainly doesn't seem to remember the results of the last time he fought a guy armed with that hammer...
How many girlfriends has CoreFire had? How many Designated Victim-types has Impossible kidnapped to lure his Arch-Nemesis out? At one point he mentions he got bored with kidnapping Erica and when on to other targets — even kidnapping a puppy was enough to draw CoreFire out.