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Sidekicks (edition 2011)

by Jack D. Ferraiolo

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Title:Sidekicks
Authors:Jack D. Ferraiolo
Info:Amulet Books (2011), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 320 pages
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Sidekicks by Jack D. Ferraiolo

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The title pretty much describes what the book is centered around. Sidekicks growing up. The main character is Bright Boy, Scott Hutchinson. He's the Robin-like sidekick to Batman-like hero Phantom Justice. But he's having some growing pains. Struggling to do what his adoptive father (Trent, i.e. Phantom Justice) wants him to do vs. what his own mind is telling him.

At the same time that he's dealing with all the superhero stuff (he's a plus/plus more strength and speed than a normal human, he's only missing the intelligence plus). He's also dealing with normal human/young teen boy stuff too. Some of which he's dealing with in an unfortunately public way.

The main story starts when one of the duo's oldest 'arch enemies' Dr. Chaotic is back with his sidekick Monkeywrench, and then it gets interesting when Monkeywrench and Bright Boy find out each other's secret identities).

I really liked this novel. It was sort of a parody of superhero tropes and such, but it poked fun at them in a surprisingly respectful way. There was also a bit of a social/political commentary within the story.

And while at first, I thought that the characters seemed like Batman, Robin, etc. rip-offs, it wasn't too long into the novel that the characters revealed themselves as unique super characters.

I really found that I liked this novel. And there was even a twist at the end that I did not see coming (although along with the surprise twist there was a less surprising twist as well). ( )
  DanieXJ | Dec 12, 2016 |
So it starts with the poor sidekick getting a boner on live tv. How embarrassing! I thought the sidekicks were in hig school but apparently its middle school? Feels like YA to me though. I’d love to say the twist in the plot was original but after reading over 10 superhero books for work I saw this coming. Still very enjoyable. also phantom justice and bright boy are sooo much like batman and robin #ijs. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
So it starts with the poor sidekick getting a boner on live tv. How embarrassing! I thought the sidekicks were in hig school but apparently its middle school? Feels like YA to me though. I’d love to say the twist in the plot was original but after reading over 10 superhero books for work I saw this coming. Still very enjoyable. also phantom justice and bright boy are sooo much like batman and robin #ijs. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
So it starts with the poor sidekick getting a boner on live tv. How embarrassing! I thought the sidekicks were in hig school but apparently its middle school? Feels like YA to me though. I’d love to say the twist in the plot was original but after reading over 10 superhero books for work I saw this coming. Still very enjoyable. also phantom justice and bright boy are sooo much like batman and robin #ijs. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
So it starts with the poor sidekick getting a boner on live tv. How embarrassing! I thought the sidekicks were in hig school but apparently its middle school? Feels like YA to me though. I’d love to say the twist in the plot was original but after reading over 10 superhero books for work I saw this coming. Still very enjoyable. also phantom justice and bright boy are sooo much like batman and robin #ijs. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
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"Batman has Robin, Wonder Woman has Wonder Girl, and Phantom Justice has Bright Boy, a.k.a. Scott Hutchinson, an ordinary dude by day and a superfast, superstrong sidekick by night, fighting loyally next to his hero...despite his doubts about the social benefits of wearing yellow tights. After an embarrassing incident involving said tights and the revelation that his lifelong nemesis, supervillain sidekick Monkeywrench, might be one of the most popular kids at his school, Scott begins to question his role. How long can he stay on the sidelines and still hope to have a life?"--Dust cover flap.… (more)

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