Jenny, the diminutive physics grad student who lives this adventure was into the weekly pilgrimage to the comic book stores with her boy friend when she was in high school and also had a younger brother with a talent for drawing his own stories. So when she gets caught in a dark matter explosion and it changes her, old comic book tropes come readily to her mind as she tries to get an upper hand on the problem before it kills her. For one thing, she needs to sew up a magnetic costume to gain control over the contamination.
Inspiration comes from everyone from Superman and Wonder Woman to She-Hulk to Spiderman to the kids of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Old fond memories aid her in solving the physics and murder mystery that drives the story, and even the novel is structured in twelve 'Issues' rather than chapter by chapter. If I had a lick of graphic talent I would have illustrated it, but alas, you go with the skills you have. Maybe after it wins a Hugo, I'll have the budget for a fancy second edition.
Now the question remains, should I do some kind of promotion by giving away comics from the twelve long boxes that are stacked up here to the left of my desk?