I’ve always loved superheroes. To most people who know me this will come as no surprise. In fact, I think blinding flash of obvious would probably be an apt descriptor. While my friends were learning, you know “facts”, and getting “useful knowledge,” I was reading Mad Magazine. While they were studying to be better people I was learning about the heroes who saved the Earth again and again.
Yeah. Who’s laughing now, suckers?
So, with that in mind it really should come as no surprise that I enjoyed Adam Oster’s “The Legend of Buddy Hero?” No, not really. It was a creative take on a genre that is wide open with possibilities but usually falls into the large guy in tights beats hell out of the other large guy in tights. What we get instead is the human side of superheroism and a creative solution to a problem. Rather than donning the cape (no capes!) and relying on his fists our hero has to work with a team and find a way to take down a bigger problem. And that right there is a nice change in the traditional superhero model.
The story is well written, full of nice twists, good action, and no small amount of humor. Is it for you? If you like superheroes, yes it is. If you don’t, well, it’s still a damn good story and well worth the price of admission, so yeah, it’s for you. Also, as an added bonus, Damon Memphis is the kind of villain name I wish I could have come up with.