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From the notebooks of Doctor Brain
Minister Faust
Adult Fiction MINISTE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Masquerading as a self-help book for superheroes, this sharp satire of caped crusaders hides a deeper critique of individual treatment versus social injustice. Faust (The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad) provides funny and knowing caricatures of the famous figures of American comic books via an extended therapy session by Dr. Eva Brain-Silverman. Analyzing their various mental hangups, Dr. Brain attempts to help heroes like irascible billionaire crime-fighter Festus Piltdown III ("Flying Squirrel") overcome the rejection of his foster ward, Tran Chi Hanh ("Chip Monk"). But African-American hero Philip Kareem Edgerton ("X-Man") resists, insisting that recent events in "sunny Los Ditkos" are signs of a coup within F*O*O*J ("Fantastic Order of Justice") and not RNPN ("Racialized Narcissistic Projection Neurosis"). Faust's well-aimed jabs spare no super sacred cows nor many pop idols and pychobabbling media stars. Underneath the humor, careful readers will find uncomfortable parallels to real-world urban tragedies in the novel's "July 16 Attacks," where Faust gives a double meaning to the "Crisis of Infinite Dearths." (Jan. 30) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

It's the 1980s, and Earth's greatest team of superheroes, the Fantastic Order of Justice (FOOJ), has finally rid the world of all supervillains. Now its members have nothing to do but turn on one another or seek out the therapeutic services of Dr. Eva Brain-Silverman, counselor to the super-dysfunctional. Then the world's most beloved superhero dies unexpectedly, and the heroes of FOOJ must find the killer, even if it's one of their own team. Faust (The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad) continues to demonstrate his talent for genuine humor in an affectionate spoof of the superhero genre suitable for most sf collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Eva Brain-Silverman
Attempts to help superheroesovercome their mental hangups.

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Crime fighter; trying to overcome the rejection by his foster ward.

Philip Kareem Edgerton
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