Somebody Stop Her

by Vitaly S Alexius

In a world of villains and heroes, the Kilborne family moved to the small town of Saint Mary. Their new neighbors, living in the 1888 Saint Mary cathedral, turned out to be a family of supervillains. Martin Kilborne would find school perfectly mundane if it wasn't for Alexa Terranova who is: constantly bothering him with a pocket raygun, demanding he become her minion and threatening to blow up the principal's office in a series of unnecessarily complicated, wacky plots. 

The more Martin learns about Alexa, the more dangerous and insane his life becomes as he is dragged into terrible, misfortunate, no good adventures of doom.

A wholesome, slice of life, superhero / supervillain sci-fi comedy, sprinkled with elements of horror.
Participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge - 55'555 words in 35 days!

Dedicated to my daugher who has an unbendable stubborn spirit and my friends at the Silver Pen server who motivated me to write new things!

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If a comic was written as a novel

Reviewed at: Chapter 7: The gold rush

Somebody Stop Her is, in my opinion, one of the most unique stories on all of RoyalRoad. It reads like if a cartoon were crossed with a comic and adapted in the form of a novel. Meaning: it is very, very good. It does not follow the typical RoyalRoad tropes, nor does waste any time with progressing its plot. It follows the shenanigans of the 14 year old supervillain, Alexa, and Mr Mittens... I mean, Martin, the boy next door.

First of all, the style Somebody Stop Her is written in paints a very vvivid image of the world it is set in. The feel of the world is distinct from most other School Life novels, so if that tag is putting you off? Don't be put off. 

Grammar is great, probably thanks to all the beta readers Vitaly employed for this haha

Story is, as I said, tightly paced. It wastes very little time with fluff, which is phenomenal considering it is almost Slice of Life. 

And again, the characters are fantastic. Same thing as before with the School Life tag applies here with the Multiple Lead Characters tag. Because unlike other novels where you only care about the first perspective you're introduced to, you will love both Alexa and Martin.

All in all, I rate it a 5/5 across the board. Anything else would be criminal. 

 

 

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400 years adventures! Alexa and Martin dot com!

Reviewed at: Chapter 6: The guest from the future

I’ve read this novel a few chapters ahead as one of Vitaly’s beta readers on discord as he was live writing/sharing concepts and excerpts from it and let me tell you, great things are awaiting you as a reader within its depths. It’s a wild ride! As the chapters progress, the characters become profound in unexpected ways and the world expands from its base foundation to much more intense places. It’s like a 10cm deceptively shallow looking puddle, which suddenly leads into the near-bottomless Marianas trench.

The dynamism of the two protagonists in this book is its bedrock. Alexa and Martin start their journey as natural enemies - daughter of a villain and son of a hero, but are bound together by the coming disaster which threatens all of humanity in the future. Alexa is at the heart of this global catastrophe and Martin is dragged along for the ride right into the eye of the storm. In this way it’s similar to the comedy of Rick and Morty. One character is a mad scientist, a flawed, disturbed, sort of broken plot driver and the other is a mundane observer who is dragged along for the ride across space and time, suffering along the way as the brutal, harsh, mad truth of the universe is revealed in all of its splendor and existential horror.

This story also reminds me a bit of “quantum leap” - at its heart it’s a wholesome tale of adventure. Both villains and heroes in this novel do terrible things and neither see themselves as evil people, only as people who want to fix the world. Some see themselves as victims of consequences and others dream of a better world, which as it turns out doesn’t come. 

The world of “Somebody Stop Her” is rather intriguing - its a mixture of 1950’s, 90’s and futurism tech such as holographics as the Superstate is holding biggest technological advancement such as supercomputers in the sky city of heroes, inside the giant space station Titanomachy. You can see this in the book as Martin wears a wind up wristwatch and enjoys the arcade and the school tech is quite low end, their teacher having to work with a transparency projector.

The style of this novel is an interesting combination of a comedy, mixed with superheroes, with a horror movie spliced in. The action is very fast paced and visually appealing.

The spelling is decent and whatever mistakes are there exist because Vitaly is writing it rapidly live for the wriathalon contest and such are eliminated by beta readers such as myself.

Spoilers ahead:

As the book progresses it ventures into unexpected lovecraft territory, which provides a nice contrast with the normal-everyday school life of Martin and Alexa. Martin starts as a clueless schoolboy who does almost nothing, tagging along and mostly observing and evolves into a character who learns to take action. Alexa starts as a bit of a bossy/mean girl, but the true depths of her character are revealed as the book progresses into chapter two, showing her as a person greatly impacted by her adventures in the future.

 

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Be a villain, we have pocket bacon.

Reviewed at: Chapter 8: The ill gotten gains

Somebody Stop Her is a tale set in a world where superpowers, super villains, and pocket bacon are an everyday occurrence. The story follows Martin "Mittens" Killborne on his self-assigned mission to stop his new neighbor, the precocious super villain Alexa Cassiopeia Terror Nova from blowing up the moon... or something.

Being a child support hero isn't easy, but it's a lot harder when you have no powers, and you've agreed to be the minion for the first villain you meet. 

This story is a cute take on a superhero story, following the children of heroes and villains who want to walk in the footsteps of their parents. There's only one chapter as of this review but Martin is shaping up to be the straight laced nervous Nelly and Alexa, I'm sure, will find ways to drag him into all sorts of ridiculous scenarios.

As always Vitaly injects humor into every character interaction, making the conversations feel like lively banter. Alexa and Martin, or Mittens, make a good comedy double act. Mittens is the straight man canvas on which Alexa paints her ridiculousness on.

There's also some hints and mystery and world building thrown in that leave a lot to wonder. 

This looks to be a good start to a fun superhero story and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes. The horror tag has me preemptively feeling bad for Martin. 

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Holy shit this is insane. Turns are Tabled and tables are turned. You are let to make assumptions based on stereotypes. These assumptions are shattered within minutes.

In a world where people tend to manifest superpowers heroes and villains tend to pop up.

Some villains are dang proud of the fact that the law does not constrain them. So proud, in fact that they proclaim loudly that they are villains. Meet Alexa. Her sanity is slightly questionable.

Some heroes work undercover. Their job is to identify villains so heroes that can deal with them can deal with them. Some have families and they set an example for their kids. Those kids end up wanting to be heroes. Meet Martin. He does not like villains but can do nothing directly against them.

Their first encounter is when they see each other on the street on the morning of the first day of school (they are neighbours) where the first thing Alexa does is procalim he is her minion. The Wattson to her Sherlock, if you will. She bullies and humiliates him publicly in order to ensure his compliance until school starts. What happens next will take a bit to process.

Somebody Stop Her subverts the reader's expectations at every occasion. Alexa is immediately likable, for one. Personaly, I have found myself grinning the entire way through what is currently available. It is obvious that whatever this story will shape up to be, it will be grand.

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This story is... it's weird. But in a super fun way. It's mixing up Invader Zim and Adventure Time, Rick and Morty and Haruhi Suzumiya. Plus super heroes. So just drink some Red Bull and get ready for a whacky adventure.

So the son of a super hero is sure his neighbor is a villain. He meets the daughter of said neighbor, who confirms she (and her father) are supervillains. And then she decides he will now be her minion-- Mittens.

And that's just the first time they meet.

Then they go to school.

The story is a comedic mix of fun, tropes, and whackiness that you get when you take the idea of superheroes and villains to the extreme. And once in a while it'll get randomly dark and serious (honestly, my favorite parts). If you like comedy and slice of life and superheroes I highly recommend to at least check it out.

Grammar is good, a few errors here and there, but nothing major. For an early/quick draft it's still quite polshed. The story is just something else, but don't go into this thinking it'll be dark and gritty and realistic because it will not be. I do love the characters and the world and seeing where this will go.

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Only first chapter, but entirely catchy. The whole world is set in the supervillains/superheroes world with everything that it incorporate; amazing tech and even cooler powers.

First we have Martin Kilborne... Kitten Mittens! Sorry, Cassiopeia Terror Nova, please don't make me your slave... ehm... Who gave himself a mission to stop his new aforementioned supervillainess.

Did I also mention they are teenagers? Oh yes, Mittens is son of superheroes and the girl, Alexa, is daughter of supervillains. Yup, definitely ends well... She is egoistical, insane and overall-great person, who takes threats by pocket ray-gun and exploding the principal's office as a daily warm-up before she tries to blow up the Moon.

The second chapter is about their first day at school and guess what; they are already making troubles.

The author is an accomplished writer, who knows what he is doing. Grammar is impeccable (from my standpoint).

The style is ligh-hearted as with comedy should be.

Story can't be said much yet with only two chapters out, however it already looks endearing and adorable.

Characters are really well-written from the start.

I can only recommend to read. Really. Go for it. You won't lose your time. It's amazing.

I will expand this review later as the chapter count increases.

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Martin, I mean Mittens, will make a great minion. Whether he wants to or not.

The feel of this is great and the story has a REALLY good hook. Read the first line. It got me.

The characters may be young but they are fun. I want to watch them get into antics. I can already see the antics brewing. Oh no that's just Alexa's homemade coffee pot.

Yeah just give this a shot.

Also, villainy IS cool. And pocket bacon is a plus. And socially he was death rayed, his future is toast.

Give these kids a chance. You will enjoy it and Vitaly S Alexius is a known author so you won't find him stopping halfway through.

 

Will update this as more chapters come out.

 

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existential horror with rainbow sprinkles

Reviewed at: Chapter 10: The power of loops

I am a fan of Vitaly’s other work, mainly his comic book Romantically Apocalyptic, just found out about this gem and had to join in and leave a review. 

Like his other writing, Somebody Stop Her is insaaaanely high-octane action with barely any stops. If you’re going to read this book - take it slow. The action here ramps up and up and up into the sky until the world burns and everyone is dead, but also not really. The most fun bit in this is the constant switch of perspective from sunnyside 2024 to nuclear winter apocalyptic 2424.

I feel that this book is even better than Vitaly’s earlier work in RA, because here we got a healthy relationship between the main characters with a lot of room to grow. [They’re just kids at the start of their journey and I can totally see them falling in love and growing up.]

I can associate the characters here with Vitaly’s comic book that he’s been drawing for nearly a decade as the main characters of Somebody Stop Her share the same kind of tv tropes/parallels.

To expand on the characters:

Alexa is the leader of the group [like Captain from RA]. Her wacky hijinks and rambunctious attitude sets the game in motion, her supervillain plots in regards to everyone she meets seemingly going as far back as many years. Behind the cheerful, bubbly, seemingly mad scientist personality she is a calculating, rational girl who is trying to survive and to save the world who’s not above using others in her elaborate plots to meet her goals.

Mittens is this book’s “chew toy” trope, a teenager who doesn’t know anything about anything and is the least quirky character or most ordinary/normal [like Snippy from RA]. He is constantly dealing with Alexa’s annoying and often dangerous antics and is getting changed as a result of them.

Cottie is a follower-type and is somewhat mechanical [like Pilot from RA]. She is an Equalizer, an orphan girl trained to conceal her emotions from young age, adopted by the cult of Equality. She is a child weapon, literally a 14 year old girl wielding a railgun that can turn off other super powers. Cottie joins Alexa as minion because her cult leader Equality [who at this point sounds totally like a supervillain using kids] told her to do that. 

Spelling/grammar in here is fine, even better than in Vitaly’s RA which has a lot of made up words and weird sentences from insane characters.

This book has a feel of a dementor hiding inside a stripper-type birthday cake, inside of which is a 14 year old silver haired girl just who wants to stop the apocalypse. There are layers within layers and the character conversations and actions make it all the more fun! Check it out and you won’t regret it!

Horamberg
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!Warning! This review is made by a mental patient so please all the detail he said in this review is 420% correct.

Hello boys and girls Horamberg here, I'm reviewing a superhero story called Somebody Stop Her, So what is this story? Its a crossover of Barbie in Wonderful land and Neopets and Super Smash Brother from Mario.
Here in this story you follow Martin Diego a Mexican that come from Spain and Alexa a Amazon warehouse product.
In this story you will follow them in their adventure around Japan, The weabo country, To search a way to change the future of their not so screwed world because of unfortunate mistake of Jeff Bezos.
Here you follow them two or more in the future, In this mysterious of a world that the author made, You might ask who is the author? I don't know either but that doesn't change the fact that the world of Coppa Hotel is full of world building and a cast of many wonderfully crafted characters.
The author is like God but a discounted one.
You should read this story because summarising this story is like diving into the Fundamental of  Engineering, So i leave it to you readers the read the reading story that I've read, So please trust me on this, read this story so you can access the 9th dimension called Limbo Zone.

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Whew, okay. Somebody Stop Her is a tough one for me to review. Not because I'm undecided - far from it - but because, at risk of sounding like I've had a few screws knocked loose, it's one of those rare fictions that really speaks to me. And that can be tricky to describe, but here goes.

There are plenty of stories out there with professional execution and many more I find just downright fun, thought-provoking or satisfying. But for me, the best of the best - the ones I enthusiastically look forward to and will probably have linger with me for the rest of my life - are the ones which fill me with a powerful sense of awe and yearning.

This is one of those. And if you've read Vitaly's other work, Romantically Apocalyptic, this may not come as a surprise. If you haven't, excuse me while I interrupt this review to punt you towards it.

I had to stop and give serious consideration to how exactly this breaks down. What gives certain rare stories this quality and not others? And here's what I think:

Making the mundane... not. Somebody Stop Her does this amazingly well. For a story about supervillians and superheroes, it's not really about dramatic battles to take over the world. (Well, okay, maybe a little bit.) It's about everyday actions transforming from the mundane into the fantastic and unexpected. A visit to the local fast food restaurant, for instance, may uncover evidence of creepy cult surveillance and an icon (in more ways than one) from the 1990s doing heroic product promotion on the side.

It's about ingenuity in a hundred little ways you wouldn't expect, from gadgets to minor background details, subtly twisted or overtly, and every tiny piece coming together to contribute to a wonderfully rich whole, where anything could be a hiding a secret, surprise or hidden purpose and probably is. It should go without saying this goes for the characters, too.

Meaningful human connection. Okay, so the world may possibly be doomed, but its characters' relationships don't have to be. So far, the characters in Somebody Stop Her represent the best of what humanity can be. Alexa and Martin are 100% the people you'd love to be friends with. Yes, there's a little supervillany at times, just a tiny smidge, but they care, they laugh, they reach out to others and you relate to their motivations. No melodrama or poor communication here, and frankly, if it wasn't for the whole 'might die horribly' aspect, I expect this story could be responsible for recruiting quite a few people to a rewarding new career in wholesome supervillainry. You didn't hear it from me.

Logic in the madness. Smart characters are great, and smart plots are even better. A particular trait of Vitaly's stories is to toy with your surface assumptions by including seemingly absurd humour or hijinks which in reality make a great deal of sense once you discover more about the underlying context. The end result leaves you with incredibly satisfying answers to some truly fascinating scenarios. Somebody Stop Her in particular dials this storytelling aspect up to eleven due to its breakneck pace and I can't get enough of it. The plot is always pushing forward, revelations are always being uncovered, and it works seamlessly.

Scale. Some stories achieve this with big events and big consequences. Some, with the breadth of their detail. Somebody Stop Her does it with both. Not to spoil too much, but mixed in with Martin's daily school and family life are world-shattering revelations and terrifying horrors, and it's just perfect.

Back to the main review now - there are, of course, other aspects I'd like to highlight, the most significant being the writing style, which is fun-loving, eloquent and witty. But I think this is a good place to leave it.

Obviously, I think this is fantastic. When next your life needs a little more adventure and madness in it combined with inspiring optimism during horrifying nightmare situations, Somebody Stop Her will be waiting for you, impatiently, demanding a ransom. As it should be.