Really love the concept of it and with my Spy-Fi infatuation it scratched the itch. Teenish fiction at its best and I found it quite funny in places. Certainly gave me the idea for some paint schemes for my evil masterminds. As well as some characters to boot.
From the back
H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute of Villainous Education) is a top-secret school of applied villainy where children with a precocious gift for wrongdoing are sent to develop their talents into criminal mastermind. After all, ‘villains have the best lines and wear the best costumes’.
One small catch is that the children cannot leave until training is complete, six years later. With villainy comes a certain freedom of thought, and every year one student in particular will show exceptional talent – after all, it takes the best to produce the worst.
This year there are two students: Otto Malpense and his new friend Wing Fanchu are both exceptionally bad, and they are definitely not keen on being held against their will for six long years . . .
I'd certainly give it a 7 out of 10