Those Who Walk in Darkness
John Ridley’s Those Who Walk in Darkness has every appearance of a flaky sci-fi novel, complete with cheesy graphics of San Francisco exploding on the front cover and a fake bullet hole along the spine. I don’t know what possessed me to buy it, but I think it had something to do with the bargain price of a dollar. I was amazed to find that it is actually a striking story that depicts a dark future vaguely reminiscent of the atmosphere during World War II when being on the wrong side meant death.
The first words of the book are full of loathing for “them,” the ones who called themselves superheroes. Set in the near future, Those Who Walk in Darkness mirrors the world of X-Men. Some people have evolved and developed superhuman powers, and a few of those mutants decided to become heroes, protectors of the people.
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