Printer Friendly

Yurkovich, David. Less than heroes.

YURKOVICH, David. Less than heroes. Top Shelf. 143p. illus. c2004. 1891830511. $14.95. SA

Threshold, a super-hero team based in Philadelphia, has four members--Mr. Malevolence, the team's strong man; The Cosmopolitan, an inept magician: Meridian, wielder of the Meridian Effect and chronicler of the adventures of Penny Rabbit: and Recoil. who is obsessed with oral hygiene and has no super-powers at all. Threshold is "the officially sanctioned super-team serving the Delaware Valley." Ever since Madame Emory's rampage in Seattle, in which 25,683 people died during contract negotiations between Seattle's mayor and the Establishment (the firm representing the super-hero team NYSS alpha squad), all major American cities now pay for super-hero protection. Threshold comes cheap because they're the only non-union gig in the country; simply put, they're scabs. Fortunately, Philadelphia isn't exactly a hub of super-villain activity--there's Root Canal, who has the power to give people toothaches, and that's about it. The situation changes with the arrival of Lightning Man, who is from outer space; and the malevolent Stamp Collector, who uses black magic to suck Threshold into his stamp album. Will Philadelphia be next?

Less Than Heroes is an entertaining send-up of super-hero comics. The bizarre villains remind me of Grant Morrison's run on Doom Patrol, and the quirky characters remind me of James Robinson's Starman, a series notable for the number of times its main character gets beat up. Less Than Heroes contains comic-book violence and mild vulgarity. A highly enjoyable read, recommended for older readers who like super-hero comics. George Galuschak, YA Libn., Montvale PL, Montvale, NJ

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

A--Recommended for advanced students and adults. This code will help librarians and teachers working in high schools where there are honors and advanced placement students. This also will help extend KLIATT's usefulness in public libraries.
COPYRIGHT 2005 Kliatt
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2005, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Galuschak, George
Publication:Kliatt
Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 1, 2005
Words:301
Previous Article:Kochalka, James. American elf: the collected sketchbook diaries of James Kochalka, October 26, 1998 to December 31, 2003.
Next Article:Baca, Jimmy Santiago. The importance of a piece of paper.
Topics:


Related Articles
Crusader: The Hell-Raising Police Career of Detective David Durk.
Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development.
John Mulholland and Alan Jordan. Victoria Cross Bibliography.
A Ravel Reader: Correspondence, Articles, Interviews.
Adler, David A.: Heroes of the Revolution.
McPhail, David My Little Brother.
Bordowitz, Hank, ed. Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright: The Bob Marley Reader.
A 'holy alliance'.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters