I purchased the book for my Kindle, and I am extremely satisfied with the selection. I am a fan of the superheroic genre despite the fact that I have not bought a comic book (other than the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen volumes) in some time. I think that there are a lot of good tales to be told in this genre, and this is certainly one of them.
In fact, Black & White ranks right up with Grossman's Soon I will Be Invincible, another book that I think has done a marvelous job of representing good superheroic storytelling. The two share many similarities, such as the fact that they both use flashback "origin stories" as well as a "something going on in the here and now" plot, and the fact that they both alternate between hero & villain. But they are hardly the same book, because these are structural elements. The heart of the two -- characters, situation and setting -- are very different. These essential elements (in both books) make them both excellent stories in general and fine examples of how well a superhero book can be done.
I thought that the pacing was excellent. The author's "Then" and "Now" device undergirds the back-and-forth of the two characters and helps drive the story forward. While the same back-and-forth storytelling device was used in Soon I will Be Invincible, and the differences are noteworthy. There I was enamored of one side of the story (Dr. Impossible of course) and not-so-well connected to the other side. I understand why it was necessary: too much Impossible will spoil the soup, and the over-the-top villain had to be balanced out by the stalwart hero. In Black and White, these very different characters are both compelling to read and held my interest equally. It is not a matter of 'better' or 'worse' though, the technique needs to conform to the tale, and in both does. The characters here have a different dynamic and so -- like SIWBI -- the back-and-forth technique as applied was perfectly suited to the story. The various main supporting characters were extremely well done, both unique and interesting without going into tangents or derailing the main characters and their stories.
Beyond that structural issue, the dialogue/character/setting content was excellent. The dialogue was rapid-fire and did a good job of establishing their character's motives both externally and internally. The characterizations themselves are not only consistent but realistic within the framework of the setting material. In a way, this is even more important in a superheroic book than a non-superheroic book: cardboard cut-out characters are an anathema in Superhero fiction because that only feeds the stereotype (unless, like 'Jason' from SIWBI that *is* the point). The Plot well done, with one or two quibbles I won't belabor here because these certainly do not detract from an excellent read.
Excellent work from the authors, I look forward to more.
FOR THE KINDLE: No annoying formatting mistakes! It is really nice to see a book in Kindle version which is well-formatted. Kudos to whomever "kindle-ized" this book with one little problem: the Chapters were not "pre-notched" or Bookmarked. Navigating my way to where I need to (should I try to find a particular passage) is going to be a problem. I started Bookmarking myself as I went along, but as I got into the story I stopped: the Kindle "became invisible" which is the stated goal by Amazon, so that is no complaint. I think that also speaks highly of the story but will make going back that much harder. There was also no Table of Contents, which is the other alternative to Bookmarks in overall navigation. Still and I think this bears repeating: No mistakes! And the formatting was the most important thing to do in helping the reader 'get' the story -- if one thing needed to be done right, that was most certainly "it".