Let’s face it, people--this vampire craze might just be on its way out. Passé. Gone from undead to dead again. A new kind of hero has been taking their place. A powerful being with brains, creativity, and money on his side. This is a new kind of hero for the ages: The Super-villain.
Josh Lieb’s new book, “I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President
,” does not deal with a Lex Luthor from Superman
or a Gru from Despicable Me.
His main character, Oliver Watson, is still in the seventh grade, but his secret criminal empire is so strong that by the time he turns 18, world domination will be no big deal. In the meantime, he’s playing dumb….really dumb. From his peers to his parents, no one suspects that the class moron has been acting this whole time.
Oliver has a new goal though. In order to show up his father, he wants to win his class elections. It’s going to take a lot of work, from hiring a political campaign manager to bribing the school principal with a rare rocket firing Boba Fett action figure. Running for class president is turning out to be way harder than overthrowing third-world governments or even paying off public television so they quit running those donation campaigns.
Lieb is a producer for the Daily Show, so his use of satire should come as no surprise. Oliver is hilariously mean-spirited to almost everyone he comes in contact with, from his obliviously uncool English teacher to the ex-alcoholic he pays to represent his vast business dealings. No one is spared from Oliver’s scorn, which might distance sensitive readers. The closest thing that I can compare this book to is the Nickelodeon cartoon Invader Zim, which was equally as relentless in its mockery of everything sacred. If you can handle the satire, I Am a Genius…will be more fun than hiring your own pack of personal secret bodyguards.