Self-help is a massive industry, with books, seminars and DVDs full of transformative insight, fool-proof plans, and straightforward, friendly advice to stop you smoking, help you lose weight, or make you rich. What they rarely do, however, is address how to transform a faeces-smearing window-cleaning company into global empire of terror and oppression. Supervillain: A Concise Guide bravely bucks that trend.
Neatly skewering the lame platitudes of self-help titles, Supervillain: A Concise Guide aims to take you from humble beginnings as a budding dictator / small business owner to someone with complete control of the global economy. Along the way you’ll learn how to manage a workforce, control the media and build a moonbase. All useful skills.
It’s a fairly insubstantial read, but that means that the concept doesn’t outstay its welcome. It’s not going to set the world on fire (as a budding supervillain, that’s now your job – boom boom), but it’s a fun read for Bond and comics fans.