rachelmanija: (Book Fix)
( Aug. 20th, 2009 12:11 pm)
A sweet, funny, exuberant piece of superhero comic-verse serial numbers baaaarely filed off fanfic/parody/homage.

In an America where familiar-sounding superheroes like “Warrior Woman” exist, teenage Thom is the son of a hero who was forced into retirement in disgrace. But that’s not Thom’s worst problem. It’s hard to say what his worst problem is, given that his mother’s disappeared, he’s gay and in the closet and accidentally left gay porn on his father’s laptop, he has a massive crush on a basketball player who may hate him, he’s recently developed superpowers but the only people who can train him are the heroes who destroyed his father, and his hero team is basically the mutant Bad News Bears.

Adorable, fast-paced reading which unfortunately succumbs to Act III problems. The climax loses a lot of the personal elements which made the beginning so fun, substituting slam-bang but somewhat generic action. That’s also when it becomes clear that large portions of the story are poorly or confusingly motivated, or otherwise make no sense. True, they make no sense and lack motivations in exactly the same way that superhero comics often make no sense and lack motivations. (“I will blow myself up to stop the Doomsday Device when it’s not clear that I need to/hide my identity from people who would be thrilled to know it and when I’d be better off if they knew it/kill people for no reason other than to generate plot/hide important information for no reason/set into motion an incredibly complex plot just on the off-chance that someone will be on the spot at the exact right time with the exact right item to defeat the villain’s own unnecessarily elaborate plot.”) But one hopes for fanfic and other stories based on existing texts to improve upon weak elements of the original rather than just duplicate them.

It’s quite charming nevertheless, and the rare YA novel with a gay protagonist which isn’t primarily about the difficulty of being gay in a homophobic society.

View it on Amazon: Hero
rachelmanija: (Book Fix)
( Aug. 20th, 2009 12:11 pm)
A sweet, funny, exuberant piece of superhero comic-verse serial numbers baaaarely filed off fanfic/parody/homage.

In an America where familiar-sounding superheroes like “Warrior Woman” exist, teenage Thom is the son of a hero who was forced into retirement in disgrace. But that’s not Thom’s worst problem. It’s hard to say what his worst problem is, given that his mother’s disappeared, he’s gay and in the closet and accidentally left gay porn on his father’s laptop, he has a massive crush on a basketball player who may hate him, he’s recently developed superpowers but the only people who can train him are the heroes who destroyed his father, and his hero team is basically the mutant Bad News Bears.

Adorable, fast-paced reading which unfortunately succumbs to Act III problems. The climax loses a lot of the personal elements which made the beginning so fun, substituting slam-bang but somewhat generic action. That’s also when it becomes clear that large portions of the story are poorly or confusingly motivated, or otherwise make no sense. True, they make no sense and lack motivations in exactly the same way that superhero comics often make no sense and lack motivations. (“I will blow myself up to stop the Doomsday Device when it’s not clear that I need to/hide my identity from people who would be thrilled to know it and when I’d be better off if they knew it/kill people for no reason other than to generate plot/hide important information for no reason/set into motion an incredibly complex plot just on the off-chance that someone will be on the spot at the exact right time with the exact right item to defeat the villain’s own unnecessarily elaborate plot.”) But one hopes for fanfic and other stories based on existing texts to improve upon weak elements of the original rather than just duplicate them.

It’s quite charming nevertheless, and the rare YA novel with a gay protagonist which isn’t primarily about the difficulty of being gay in a homophobic society.

View it on Amazon: Hero
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