Fresh and funny, Hench exposes the internal lives of superheroes, villains and sidekicks with all their mundane vulnerabilities.
Anna Tromedlov is a struggling, hapless temp who “henches” for evil villains. When she is badly injured at some stage in a warfare between the forces of accurate and evil, she unearths herself broke, damaged and unemployed. So she does what she does best: runs the numbers to find out the volume of harm as a result of those supposed do-gooders. Anna’s database goes viral, and she is soon employed by means of Leviathan, a mysterious and effective villain who makes use of Anna’s expert talents in collecting and collating records to carry down superheroes by means of the numbers. They’re targeting one superhero in particular: Supercollider, who triggered Anna’s downfall and, ultimately, her rise.
Familiar tropes are grew to become upside down in this fast-paced caper, and no one is perfect. Superheroes carelessly cause harm whilst combating for justice. The villains are greater efficient and expert than the so-called “appropriate guys.” Even the downtrodden Anna, who becomes a risky asset when she wields her database talents, maintains to struggle with self-doubt in spite of her success.
Toronto writer and journalist Natalie Zina Walschots deftly choreographs the dynamic skirmishes between superheroes and villains, who sport suitably fantastic names just like the Electric Eel, Glassblower, Quantum and Auditor. (Guess who receives the latter title.) While there is some bloodshed and gore, the eye falls totally on the frequently humorous dialogue and commentary by using Anna and her cohorts. Wry observations about the company world, our litigious society and how our chaotic lives are ruled by dry-cleansing tickets and circle of relatives responsibilities are sprinkled throughout.
Rousing and irreverent, Hench is an entertaining adventure that demanding situations the stereotypes of heroes, villains and the humble temp.