Goodreads Review: The League of Regrettable Superheroes

The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book HistoryThe League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History by Jon Morris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable trip down the darker corners of memory lane that many comic book fans would probably have preferred to leave alone, The League of Regrettable Superheroes has a few winners, cast from the limelight for reasons that have nothing to do with their ridiculousness – Rom the Space Knight comes to mind – but is mostly chock full of folks like Dr. Hormone – with magical hormone powers that let him live forever and become a giant Nazi-crushing machine – and U.S. 1 – who can psychically command his big rig to fly into space.

Organized by the various ages of comics, and never short on laughs or glances of shame, this book will make you glad the assorted comic giants decided to stick with folks like Batman, Superman, Spider-Man and Captain America. Because lame as some of them have been over the years, they’re at least better than Doll Man, Thunderbunny or Fatman the Human Flying Saucer. (And yes, those are all real.)

Worth a peek if you have any interest in comic books, their culture, and where they’ve been in the last several decades.

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