America's Greatest Hero is murdered. His sidekick wants to know why.Curveball
is a Web Serial Novel
centered around CB
, a former villain turned former sidekick who discovers his former partner Liberty
was murdered under mysterious circumstances.
The story primarily follows CB as he learns of his ex-partner's murder and begins his investigation. It also dips into the perspective of other heroes, villains, and the victim's great-great granddaughter.
Curveball borrows liberally from the conventions of comic book publishing, adopting a monthly release schedule, referring to each release as an "issue," and creating cover art designed to resemble a comic book cover.
This series provides examples of:
- Badass Longcoat: CB's trenchcoat.
- Captain Ersatz: Liberty is obviously a stand-in for Captain America.
- Comic Book Movies Dont Use Code Names: While heroes and villains in Curveball do have code names, for the most part they're on a first-name basis with each other.
- Deadpan Snarker: CB, on occasion.
- Friendly Enemy: In Issue Three and Issue Seven Overmind admits to feeling admiration for Liberty, and displays an interest in finding the people responsible for his murder.
- Gun Fu: In Issue Four CB displays casually deadly proficiency with handguns.
- Heel-Face Turn: CB was once a villain and one of Liberty's arch enemies. The actual turn has only been referred to so far.
- Present Tense Narrative: Every issue is published in third person present tense.
- Telepathic Sprinklers: A single cigarette manages to set off every ceiling sprinkler in the bank lobby in Issue One.
- Wretched Hive: Farraday City.