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SuperfolksA satirical look at the life of a retired SUPERHERO THE BOOK WAS WRITTEN IN 1977 SO SOME The book was written in 1977 so some the humor is dated but i got a chuckle out of much of it specially him running into flying doghouses with a french speaking dog I think if you go into it looking for the humor in it than the overall plot you might have a better time Things seems to just sort of wrap up uicker than i O Testamento expected I saw this in a store once upon a time flipped through it thought it was good and I d buy it when I had money and then it was gone But due to the Magic of the Internet Iventually found it again and read itIt hasn t aged well Funny name jokes rarely work on me So calling Kryptonite Cronkite isn t that funny to me ven thought I know who Cronkite was BUT IT HAD SOME REALLY GOOD MOMENTS PARTICULARLY WHEN it had some really good moments particularly when wasn t trying to be funny And the nding actually was moving This is reminiscent of the Roger Rabbit novel The moving This is reminiscent of the Roger Rabbit novel The has found this then untapped rich field for parody He then sets out to develop the friction between the real world and the subject But something about it feels unprofessional I can t tell you what but it does I think part of it might be the author s decision to place the characters in the world of DC Comics without authorization which lends itself to a weird feeling that the important name brand heroes are too important to show up This is heightened by the fact that the main character is a trope for trope double for Superman A couple of the twists are inventive Once in a while a joke hits the mark The author obviously tried to overcome his naming problems by relying on names from other media but it freights all of his characters with unrelated baggage and confuses the story If someone described to you a book that was an influence on the superhero deconstruction stories of Alan Moore and Grant Morrison among others in a satirical style that was not unlike Kurt Vonnegut what kind of book would you imagine A funnier Watchmen A sort of proto Marvelman An anything goes style of absurdity that leaves a distinct roadmap for later projects like Doom Patrol A work that skewers superheroes and all that cliches that come along with 1970s genre stories from the point of view of someone who didn t spend their life in comic books All of those things sound kind of awesome in their own way and I m sure anyone reading that description that can probably One Con Glory envision their ownually fascinating variants on those themesI just don t feel like this is the book that people would come up withIts interesting because this book has been trumpeted by people whose writing and sometimes opinions I respect people like Grant Morrison and Kurt Busiek Stan Lee gets a blurb too but since he s nonstop Captain Positive his testaments are the kinds of things I chuckle indulgently over with a oh bless so its clear that Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows even in a world where people like to hold up obscure things as awesome simply because they re obscure a number of people who later found careers in writing comic books have read this and found it to be worth talking about And from a historical standpoint it is because it is probably one of thearliest attempts at deconstructing the superhero genreBut beyond the historical aspect I don t think there s too much The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) else to recommend here Maybe I ve been spoiled over the years by sophisticated deconstructions like the aforementioned Moore s maybe my taste runs toward the grittier tone that he and the writers who followed him often took but I went into this knowing it wouldn t be on par with something like Watchmen if for nothinglse writing a book about superheroes without the benefit of the madcap visual madness the best comics are capable of is like trying to take in an art museum where the colors have been removed from all the paintings Most of the Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, elements are there but its not uite the sameSo Ixpected an A Fairly Honourable Defeat embryonicffort in that regard and in fact didn t ven xpect to be blown away Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue especially as its clear that its not a serious deconstruction What I didn txpect was an The Man Without a Face embryonic take on writing a novelntirely like someone had mailed out a first draft that was written to give their friends giggles and somehow got published by accident There are moments but its just not professionalI can see where comic professionals have responded to this over the years The ideas are there The basic premise of a retired superhero dealing with the aging process and no longer being a superhero has to come back and fight a menace from his past one last time is something that hadn t been done before in the comic book world not when characters like Superman and Batman had been. Before there was WATCHMEN there was SUPERFOLKSDavid Brinkley used to be a hero the greatest the world had ver seen until he retired got married moved to the suburbs and packed on a few xtra

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Nd sister in a deathtrap decide incest is the best Gone (Gone, escape route on top of all the other stuff I ve mentioned causes the novel to veer from what it thinks is crazy fun wackiness all the times to utter incoherenceAnd the frustrating part is that the serious stuff is decentnough that you wish he had Threads Of The Shroud either gone that route or jettisoned the dramatic moments and gone full gonzo with the over the top stuff As I said thentire concept is fascinating and he s got a variety of really inventive moments peppering the book The revelation of the ultimate foe and the conversation they have at the climax is worthy The relationship between the hero and his family is touching in its sincerity The All Seated on the Ground explanation for how Brinkley might be losing his powers is clever For someone writing in pure prose Mayer has a good grasp of superhero fight dynamics with a battle between Brinkley and a Plastic Man stand in harnessing the nutty logic of the book to goodffect finally with Brinkley discovering a solution that makes sense with the world he s dumped into Even his ultimate decision is handled sensitively with a seriousness the rest of the book merely flirts withIt makes for a weird weird Untitled. experience that thankfully will probably only last for a short while I managed to read it in less than two hours but its notven weird in a mind bending or Wiring endearingly goofy way Its just uncomfortably weird like a person you meet on a train who insists on telling you this rambling andmbarrassing tale and Against All Odds expecting you to respond the whole time like its a work of utter genius Even its fans probably don t apply the genius tag to this book but after reading it I wonder if they re responding to the novelty of the kernel of the novel s concept and by what the novel has spawned directly or indirectly As a superhero book its awkward as satire its clumsy as humor its often thexact opposite and while the overall Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage effect may be of someone who is writing purely for their own pleasure Mayer was unable to conveyven a fraction of that pleasure to the reader If not for the famous comic writers who keep mentioning it very so often I think it would justly fall through the cracks as a minor curiosity of Its Era Which Is About era which is about it deserves If any of the stories I ve read and liked over the years in this vein were influenced or inspired by this book I can only imagine it came from one of those writers reading this novel and after finishing sitting back and thinking Gee I m pretty sure I can do better than this Characters 3Plot 3Universe 3I know this is a cult favorite of many people and I did njoy it but just didn t fall in love with it Considered to be the original retired superhero tale the inspiration for well known works like Watchmen and The Incredibles Too bad it sucks Mayer s sense of humor seems to be based almost ntirely around bad puns and on naming his main characters after famous people Our protagonist David Brinkley Not only is this not funny it s confusing when someone like Richard Nixon is mentioned who are we then supposed to assume he meansThere s also just somethingunpleasant about this book Little nuggets of sexism and racism that I m sure Mayer would say are part of that I m sure Mayer would say are part of satire but which just made me feel icky So while this book may be groundbreaking personally I d rather break in the opposite direction I had been looking for this book on and off for uite a long time now You see once upon a time when I was but a young lad of 13 or 14 I stumbled across a copy So obviously I d heard mutterings of this before but it was when it became the latest front in the Grant MorrisonAlan Moore DUEL OF WIZARDS that I got motivated to pop it on the old wishlist Morrison s contention as I recall being that Moore had not sufficiently acknowledged his borrowings from Mayer in his major arly works Wellno The Moore works of which I was reminded here were not Watchmen and Miracleman they were the charming minor pieces Pictopia and Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow both lovely but hardly the stuff on which Moore s legacy rests First off yes this brings a dose of realism to superheroics but given there s no such thing as an objective take on reality realism describes an awful Lot Of Styles This of styles This the realism of the postwar American novel it s worth noting that as well a This novel is touted as being the precursor to the realistic or at least grittier and less purely heroic portrayal of superheroes This novel was out of print for uite a long time and it almost reached legendary status amongst comics readers several respected writers named it as a major influence on their. Perpowers are failing himAt long last this classic satire that inspired comic books like Watchmen and Miracleman is back in print It's a hilarious thriller that digs deep into the American psyc. Going for nigh on forty plus years by the time this book was published still as ageless as Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism everxcept for the occasional meaningless imaginary story Its vision of a world where all the other superheroes are dead or retired is something new and sprinkled throughout are moments of real invention where its clear the author is clearly thinking through the implications of what he s started and taking to conclusions that veer between logical and satirical but at least have some weight to themSo yes the core of the ideas are worthy Its a shame the presentation is so gosh darn amateurishRight from the start its clear we re in for a bit of a lark Mayer lists a number of superheroes that have died over the years most of them famous names Batman Superman the Lone Ranger that clearly were real in this world Even the mention of Snoopy being shot down could be taken as the author having some fun with the concept and setting the scene don t fret too much about the lovable beagle s demise he shows up at least twice later so there s no any huge red flagsThen you find out that the hero s name is David Brinkley Yes like the broadcaster And he comes from the planet Cronk the substance of which that can hurt him is called Cronkite It goes on and on like this throughout the Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils entire rest of the book with charactersither being actual pop culture figures from that time his neighbor is Kojak and not just someone named Kojak but the actual Telly Savalas character or taking their names from pop culture figures his parents on Cronk were Archie and Edith while his Earth parents who adopted him were Franklin and Eleanor There seems to be no satirical reason for this or a kind of commentary about the world that Mayer is making time after time he just seems to find it funny unless its some meta attempt to force people to make connections that aren t uite there And while its not uncommon for real world figures to appear in superhero stories of this type let s not forget that Richard Nixon was still President in Watchmen this barrage of names seems to have no thought process or rhyme or reason to it he just does it because it can But it makes the story read at times and by that I mean often like bad fan fiction something posted online without having been seen by an Payment Due editor or heck anyone who might have said maybe this isn t as clever as you seem to think it is It does come across as something that my peers in high school would have read full of smirking references to in jokes that would make people in the know giggle while confusingveryone Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, elseButven I could overlook that kind of thing as difficult as that is since he does it on nearly Pirate of the Pacific (Doc Savage, every page if the book wasn t so tonally all over the place The overall plot has a skeleton of a thriller around it with a crime crisis on NYC forcing Brinkley to consider going back into action despite his cozy domesticxistence and gradually withering powers There s a conspiracy afoot to bring him about in the open so he can be killed and its possible conspiracy afoot to bring him about in the open so he can be killed and its possible whole thing is being orchestrated by an old The Rich and the Profane (Lovejoy, enemy who s pulling the strings There s flashbacks to old memories a brief and memorable visit with a hero in an asylum some nice scenes of Brinkley learning how to do things again like flyUnfortunately forvery time when you start getting sucked into the world of the novel Mayer goes and proves that he has the same plotting skills of a five year old telling you what they want for Christmas and the coherency of someone who hasn t slept for a week and is being forced to recount the thematic intricacies of a Dostoevsky novel Scenes whiplash from giggly punny humor to serious superhero contemplation to a teenage level of smuttiness often within the same page But instead of being delirious and giving the reader a sense of anything goes it feels like Mayer is simply making things up as he goes along without any regard to whether logic should apply Brinkley blunders through the novel without any regard for how the dots might connect with plot twists appearing and being discarded with wild abandon and left field circumstances arriving so often that the whole book might as well be titled Left FieldMaybe its supposed to replicate the craziness of Golden Age comics but for a new Turbulence era I could understand that to somextent But a book where Snoopy literally appears twice as well as Charlie Brown to reprise his duckey and horsey punchline from an old strip where a fairy godmother comes out of nowhere just because where a character is orally pleasured by a famous literary character in the next to last chapter for no apparent reason where a brother Ounds Now all the heroes are dead or missing and his beloved New York is on the Tropical Bioproductivity edge of chaos It's up to Brinkley to come to the rescue but he's in the midst of a serious mid life crisis his su.


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