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Who Can Save Us Now?: Brand-New Superheroes…

Who Can Save Us Now?: Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short)…

by Owen King

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This is a fun little collection. All of the stories within somehow relate to superheroes and extraordinary powers, be it by satire, parody, send-up, or homage. Some are fun and funny romps, while others touch upon the super only tangentially, focusing on people who are somehow different from the rest of the world. Perhaps my favorite use the superhero only as a metaphor for the struggles of everyday life. If you happen to come across this book in the remainder bin -- as I did -- please pick it up and give it a chance. You'll like it. ( )
  Magus_Manders | Dec 14, 2011 |
This is a more-enjoyable-than-not collection of mostly superhero stories. It tends to showcase the tried and true tropes (no alliteration intended) of contemporary comic books. We have a lot of mistrust of government, quite a bit of angst caused by superpeople seeing themselves as different than non-superpeople, musings about the nature of heroism, and a few stories told from the perspectives of supporting characters. You've read this before. But if you like comic books, you're probably used to stories that you've read before.

It's been a while since there was any new ideas in comic books, and this collection does not present much in the way of innovation. It's an enjoyable read if you like the genre and have a few half-hours to kill here and there. I highly recommend "Bad Karma Girl Wins and Bingo" for anyone and "The League of Justice (Philadelphia Division)" for anyone living in Philadelphia who loves to point out proof that the author hasn't spent a whole lot of time in the City-of-Brotherly-Love-So-You-Don't-Have-To. ( )
  danconsiglio | Apr 1, 2010 |
A really original collection of short stories about "super-heroes" loosley defined. Some are really pretty great, a couple are really pretty boring, but an enjoyable book overall. ( )
  melancholy | Jun 24, 2009 |
Solid writing so far, 1/5 of the way in. Not sure exactly what to make of it so far, though. The more I read, the more I liked! I wondered if this was going to be a collection of "literary" writers writing down to the "genre." I couldn't have been more wrong. Having read this, I can't wait to get to [book:The Darker Mask], which claims to follow in the footsteps of [book:McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales]. I have a theory that this collection might do that a little better. ( )
  donp | Nov 17, 2008 |
An excellent book, one I was reluctant to put down. The concept is simple - what would be the stories of modern day superheroes. Not the Batmans and Supermans of this world, but still possessing powers that defy explanation. Like the Rememberer. Or the Silverfish. Or the Meerkat. A collection of short stories, I was genuinely disappointed to finish the book - it was *that* engaging. Recommended. ( )
  Meggo | Sep 5, 2008 |
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With mutations stranger than the X-Men and with even more baggage than the Hulk, this next generation of superheroes is a far cry from your run-of-the-mill caped crusader.

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