Original COMPLETED Action Adventure Horror Tragedy Anti-Hero Lead Male Lead Non-Human lead Ruling Class Secret Identity Strategy Strong Lead Super Heroes
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In a world of epic struggles between superheroes and villains, not everyone is enthused with the spectacle. Walter Watson is an unassuming young man and a part of the Powerless majority. His only want in life is to escape the noise of celebrity Heroism which is, he believes, no more than a thinly veiled excuse for neverending martial law. He wants freedom, not Power, and he has no hope in saving a world that was doomed to conflict from the start.

Unfortunately for Walter, fate has different plans. His entire life will come crashing down as the Truth reveals itself. He is harboring not only the greatest... but most terrible ability in existence. The very key to Power itself.

DISCORD --LINKS-- PATREON !! This story includes gore and characters that some may find disturbing.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
1. A Hero Wakes Up ago
2. F*ck Heroes, He's Outta Here ago
3. A Hero is Sanctioned to Live ago
4. The Hero is Tempted by Villainy ago
5. Some Hot Perks of a Hero ago
6. The New Hero's First Kerfuffle ago
7. Everybody Wants to Die a Hero ago
8. A Hero is Thrown to the Wolves ago
9. Live Free or Die a Hero ago
10. A Hero Visits the Underworld ago
11. No Heroes, Only Hungry Animals ago
12. Rectifying the Consequence of Heroics ago
13. The Villain Always Believes He's a Hero ago
14. A Hero Sets Out On His Adventure ago
15. The Villains Have Lives Too (Interlude) ago
16. A Hero Finds New Hunting Grounds ago
17. Our Hero Tries Recreational Drugs ago
18. The Hard Climb Down From a Hero's High ago
19. The Hero Makes His Play ago
20. Time Always Runs Out for a Hero ago
21. Heroes Often Enter Labyrinths, Remember? ago
22. A Hero Arises Into The King's Domain ago
23. A Hero's Dark Night of the Soul ago
24. Our Hero Descends to the Final Union ago
25. The Hero and the King Square Up ago
26. The Hero and the Villain's Big Showdown ago
27. A New Dawn for the Hero ago
28. The Gathering of the Great Villain (Interlude) ago
29. Life Finds a Way, Always for Heroes ago
30. A Villainous Traitor to the Cause of Evil ago
31. A Real Hero Never Dies ago
32. Villains Survive by the Skin of Their Teeth ago
33. The Hero Gains New Friends ago
34. The Villains Take Up Piracy ago
35. The Hero Takes to the Void ago
36. Two Villains Remember Old Times ago
37. In Which a Hero Goes to Outer Space ago
38. Even Villains Fear the Undead ago
39. The Hero Besieges the Moon Base ago
40. A Hero Hunting In Haunted Chambers ago
41. The Hero Encounters The Truth ago
42. Every Hero Gets His Power From Somewhere ago
43. The Next Chapter Opens For Our Hero ago
44. Villains Traverse the Belly of the Beast ago
45. Villains Fight Through For Daylight ago
46. A New World For Our Heroes ago
47. On The Green Fields of Mars, Our Hero Creates Life ago
48. The Hero Meets His Dawn ago
49. The Hero Prepares His Fleet to Launch ago
50. Villains At the King's Gate ago
51. In The Heart of Hell, Villains Fight ago
52. Our Villain Faces the Great Dragon ago
53. The Hero Returns To The World ago
54. The Declaration of War ago
55. The Heroes and the Villains Debate ago
56. The Heroes and Villains Resort to Violence ago
57. Heroes, Villains, and Some Other Third Thing ago
58. On the Fields of the North, Heroes Charge In ago
59. Three Heroes Must Kill or Be Killed ago
60. Remembering an Old Villain ago
61. Heroes In the Midst of Battle ago
62. Heroes Against the Master of Many ago
63. When Alone, Heroes Shine ago
64. The Villains Attempt to Gang Up On Our Hero ago
65. Seraph Is Revealed to Our Hero ago
66. SQUARE UP B*TCHES, HEROES FIGHT ago
67. The Deadliest Game is Heroism ago
68. The Fight is Looking Grim for Our Heroes ago
69. No Hero Walks Against History ago
70. Nothing Can Keep A Hero Dead ago
71. A Hero’s Work is Never Done ago
72. A Hero and a Tyrant Meet ago
73. The One and Only Hero, Creep ago
74. The Hero Victorious ago
Ending Remarks ago

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There are perils of reviewing web fiction very early in its lifetime.  Creep has twelve chapters and not terribly much more than twenty thounsand words to its name.  In the web serial world, that's scarcely anything at all.

But, particularly given the tame length of the author's other serials, it's enough to get a feel for what Creep will and won't offer, if not enough to be precise about it.

Creep is a super hero story (hardly the most promising of genres), but it has a few good things going for it: the concept of a superhero draft, a protagonist with no desire for heroics, and a power that wouldn't get a second glance in a body horror fic.  Certainly nothing that's going to blow you away with its creativity.  But there are compliments to be given for venturing on the frontier rather than old world, even if it's no terra ignota.

But let's going into what Creep does well and what it doesn't.  It's clear that this story aims to be a pulpy romp, and plot is the skeleton of pulp.  And that is a target which Creep cleanly snipes; scene-by-scene progression of Creep is paced whip quick and not a chapter goes by before the story is thrust on along or undergoes some new development.  The weakest point, plotwise, is that the motivations behind events aren't always the clearest, and occasionally leaves one furrowing their brow.  And besides that, the fast pace is a double-edged; in places, the ideas and almost fly by half developed, and it leaves the story oddly proportioned.  (The 11th chapter particularly comes to mind here.)  But it's worth remarking that Creep was able to hook me by the end of the first chapter.  And it's worth remarking that Creep is consistently able to get me properly hyped for a fight.

Of character, I've already mentioned that the motivations aren't always the most cogent.  Walter in particularly is somewhat bemusing in this regard; despite being the narrator, his intentions are occasionally obscured for dramatic effect.  Some find stories like this frustrating, but I don't quite mind it.  It has, however, lead to beats where I have read back over a passage to get a grip on what the protagonist himself is feeling and why.  I don't want this to sound more critical than is warranted, however: Creep's characters are good.  It's always worth commenting on when an author can get you to admire a character in only a few scenes.  And again, Creep hits this target dead center; dialogue between characters is bouncy and entertaining.  But the great characterization is not uniform; while the heroes are admirable (even when they conflict with the protag), the villains are scarcely more than human shaped obstacles.  It's certainly not out of place, for the villains of a super serial to be rationed a punch rather than an argument, but it is disapointing.  As the serial goes on, I expect no one will remember the villains from the first arc (save Old Hickory himself, perhaps), and I think that's a shame.  I will grant that this makes some sense; the villains of the first arc are, in fact, human-shaped obstacles, and aren't the real antagonists.  Still, I gripe.

Most prospective readers would do well to skip this next paragraph, as it's a point few are snobbish enough to care about.  Personally, I believe where Creep falls flattest of all in it's prose.  I've gotten hundreds of words into review without mentioning the impressive fact that Creep has been updating on the daily with full, 8-10 page chapters.  It's certainly admirable, but it shows. The style of this serial is quite plain, and though it never gets so bad as to be amateurish or cringey, or even get in the way of the story, the prose does little more than allow the story to happen.   In places you can see the text try and reach for some phrasing more accomplished than stating it obvious, but you could count on one hand the lines that manage to be inspiring — if you're being generous.  I will grant that Creep does stay in its range, for the most part, engaging primarily in street level scuffles and mundane drama that does not suffer for the workman style.  Yet the protagonist nonetheless has a power which probes and enlargens the boundaries of human experience, and one would wish it could report back something more impressive than "Death was a new experience for me."

(I am being harsh.  It's a defensible line, becasue Creep affects that soyishly modern sardonic, ironic tone, and you can't in good faith critize a story for reaching for humor when that's in its DNA.  But alas.)

O average web serial reader, you could stop skimming now.  Or perhaps not.  The last thing I will talk about is the themes of Creep.  Themes are for eight grade book reports, yes, but Creep is overt enough about its philosophical underbelly that it's worth a word of warning.  If you're the type who has complaints of 'pretentiousness' on hair trigger, Creep may irritate you.  The quibbles about the plainness of Creep's prose rears up again here, for the serial is neither subtle enough nor novel enough that its protracted discussions of society, good and evil, freedom and binaries have any plausible deniability.  It avoids bewing trite or ostentatious, and if you're willing to engage with it, it's not bad thought food.  Honestly, I would easily recommend Creep to those readers looking for fiction with something to say, without being so cloistered you have to do a whole literary analysis to realize what that something is.

All that said, do I recommend Creep?  Of course I do.  It's highly accessible and engaging bit of web fiction.  It has enough going on, and it has something interesting to say without floundering in the telling.  Creep isn't for everyone, I will admit.  But, I venture, it is for most people, and I encourage about anyone who wants a solid, gritty superhero story to give it a good go.

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I made it to chapter 23, but, the story is just repeating itself at this point. The author is trying to be subversive, but has practically failed each time. Every single time the story starts to build up momentum, it immediately comes crashing down as the story takes a complete 180 straight back to the beginning. The first time was confusing and abrupt, the second time was just dumb, by the third time I've grown tired of the same circumstances. 23 chapters in, but there hasn't been any real progression or character development... Every single time the MC opens a door, he jumps down a flight of stairs just before walking through.

Tryptophan
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A decent story whose premise of a constantly evolving protagonist while intriguing and pretty well executed is robbed of any emotional impact due to its constant change. 

tts
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So this author does have some slick concepts (particularly the world building), fairly good dialog (always cynical though) and the premise for the story is great but for some reason he feels the need to keep making the MC act like a idiot to generate some drama when its completely unecessary.

Over and over again the MC runs away from society (initially for somewhat understandable reasons) only to come crawling back claiming he only wants to live as a normal person in peace and within days he is forced to flee again from the mess he has made of things.  Never learning a thing and repeating the same mistakes all over. 

All the while ranting about morals and justice and how everything is all so unfair and gosh why won't people just leave him alone he was just stealing from some murderous drug lords jeeeezzzz why does everything go wrong etc etc etc

You're effectively inside the MC's head pretty much the whole time so it never lets up and it just ruined it for me.

I made it to chapter 23 on the strength of the first 5 chapters or so and I think it was around chapter 15 or so it started to jump the shark to me.

wolfgang784
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Writing quality good, story / OP take a ridiculous turn right as it gets good

Reviewed at: 14. A Hero Sets Out On His Adventure

Gave a 3.5/5 and gonna have to stop at ch 14 myself. The writing itself is great, the characters feel fairly real, and the story had a good feeling of depth to it - at least up till a few chapters before 14. The reason I didnt give it a higher score is because both the writing quality and the plot drop off big.

 

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It seemed like after he got blown up on the beach that the writing just kind of fell apart. Everything was suddenly both fast paced and keeping us in the moment, characters and interactions no longer felt as real, and having a character who is willing to die rather than be controlled by the heroes end up with his own individual cells having minds of their own and his body threatening suicide if he doesnt do what it wants? What? I tried to keep going a bit after the explosion to see how it went but it felt like a trainwreck to me now. Like a well planned story that ran out of ideas and just threw stuff out.

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Just finished the penultimate chappie. Life Goes On. It really is a fantastic story, expertly written. It seems to be a simple story at first, but in deceiving it's own characters emerges as a real Goliath that just beats ya over the head with how good it is. 

Abdullah Haroon
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A spice of psychology, mixed with action and superheros equals this fiction.

Reviewed at: Ending Remarks

Other people have done lot better reviews but I'll try. 

Like I said, this fiction contains a lot of psychological talks and sometimes complex grammar which is, though not rare on rr, still uncommon on this site. Highly recommended for people who are interested in the plot and the character's views taking the forefront of the story rather than the action. Good thing that the story is completed so anyone who finds this fiction right now can binge read! Can't wait for the next book, Shaeor! 😁😁😁

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Creep is a compelling story of a man forced to be confronted that not all "heros" are actually hero's. And those considered villains may be the true hero's hidden in plain sight. Being nearly killed just for his power and looks he ends up facing what it means to be a hero a villain or a monster. 

beto
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This time it's different

Reviewed at: 74. The Hero Victorious

This fiction is of a different breed of what we are used to see here in RR. Almost no common tropes. The story is really interesting, new, it's an adventure, but not for the faint hearted. Not knowing where the story is going gives it a lot of realism to the world, as a miriad of moving parts clash and form something called reality. 

The character development comes in the guise of philosophical disscusions, which takes some getting used to, but is really cool because the reader can understand how the MC changes through the story, and how his objectives came to be.

The downside to this story, is that the reader has a difficult time empathizing with the MC, because of how different he/it is to us, and the scale (time/space) at which he operates.

Mysterio88
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A story with a humble beginning and a glorious end

Reviewed at: Ending Remarks

One of the most enjoyable part of this story for is that the main character Walter starts as a miserable piece of shit. But as the story continues Walter reflects on himself and his past action, realises his mistakes and faults and tries to improve oneself. Many times he becomes better, but he is only human so many times he also fails to improve himself.

The story itself is an interesting take on the superhero story, a dark and cruel reality of Power is presented in Walter world. Walter is a simple man on a path to discover himself, his power and the truth of his world.

Overall, i got to congratulate the author, he came into this story with a beginning and an ending, and pulled throught it all to his best ability and talent. The story could have been better, yes, but every story could have been better and i got to say, Good job Shaeor. 

Shaeor i wish you luck and improvement in your life as an author and continues pulling out interesting and creatives stories out of your mind. 

Godspeed