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Hero (2007)

por Perry Moore

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Thom Creed, the gay son of a disowned superhero, finds that he, too, has special powers and is asked to join the very League that rejected his father, and it is there that Thom finds other misfits whom he can finally trust.
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Thom Creed appears to most as a normal teenaged boy. Except for the fact that he experiences unpredictable seizures. But what many don't know is that they just might be a side effect of his special powers. Powers he would love to explore by joining an organization of superheroes known as the League. But his dad isn't keen on heroes and powers, having had his own bad experiences in the past. But when Thom's invitation comes up, he needs to decide if he can be the hero he wants and needs to be. And he needs to find the courage to tell his father the truth--not only about his powers and his involvement but also about the boy he just might like more than a friend...

This is a fun and entertaining story overall. There are parts that were a little bit more challenging to follow, I felt, and some faults that I would think a typical young adult reader would be willing to overlook. Worth considering for a read. ( )
  crtsjffrsn | Aug 27, 2021 |
So here's the thing. I really, really hate how Moore had his superheroes be so blatantly based on the DC comics, right down to the team being called the League led by a guy named Justice (Justice's League, get it, gross). Superman got to be two people, the bland loser Uberman for his powers and Justice for his exact fucking backstory (he was even raised in Kansas, people, Jesus). Justice also had a bit of the Martian Manhunter in his powers and attitude to round him out. Then of course Warrior Woman was an offensively bitchy Wonder Woman and Silver Bullet was an offensively boring Flash. I guess the Dark Hero was his Batman, which was probably why he didn't suck like everybody else. Everyone loves Batman. Maybe I would have liked the book more if I wasn't more of a Marvel fan but considering how annoyed I was at the "subtle" Captain America jab (represented by a guy named American Agent pumped up with a super serum and an inflated sense of pride) I might have been more mad at the one-dimensional caricatures of familiar characters. It was lazy and stupid and it took me out of the story every time that they showed up.

However, I did like Thom and I loved Ruth, who honestly just reminded me of Marvel's Destiny, the old lady clairvoyant with a twisted sense of humor that used to be Mystique's lover. I also didn't mind Miss Scarlet and Golden Boy, although they didn't really do much, and I forgot that Larry existed until just this moment. He was fine. Ultimately I didn't love that this was another traumatic coming out story, just with superhero stuff thrown in, but that's my own personal dislike of so many stories with gay main characters having to be a coming out story. If this was a series, I probably would have liked the sequel more but as a standalone I can only recommend it if you don't know much about comic books. In which case I don't know why you would want to read this but at least it wouldn't annoy you as much. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
This is a DNF for now. I think my mood is not right, will come back later.
  Shile.J | Apr 19, 2021 |
Superheroes. Teen Angst. Diverse characters. More superheroes. Bad decisions. Action. Corny names. Even more superheroes.

I found this to be a really great, emotional coming-of-age story. It’s about finding yourself, but also finding validation in being yourself. But around all the teen angst and bad decisions are sprinkled in some of the most blatant totally-not-copyright-infringement versions of popular superheroes, and I found them pretty hilarious. It’s like a fun little mini game you can play while reading: What Marvel/DC character is this referencing? ( )
  Erandir | Feb 1, 2021 |
There is a word synergy that really describes this book. All the multiple layers really work together for a pleasant read. The main character is about as dumb as rocks given all the clues he misses along the way. The end should be blindingly obvious about 20 pages in, but that is not a dis-recommendation. The characters are so well drawn and the levels work together like a nice clock. So the upshot is its just fun. ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
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