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Captain Freedom : a superhero's quest for truth, justice, and the celebrity he s
Robillard, G. Xavier.
Adult Fiction ROBILLA

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From Publishers' Weekly:

What do you get when you give a metrosexual superhero a sidekick, an identity crisis and the ability to predict the weather? The answer: Captain Freedom, the lovable hero of Robillard's debut novel. Once a popular superhero, Freedom's celebrity is on the wane, and instead of going quietly into retirement, he goes in search of his origin. Along the way, Freedom visits with a life coach, tries to find his lost father and writes his memoirs. He also laments his lack of a completing other half: an arch-nemesis. Causing trouble for Freedom, meanwhile, is the sniveling journalist/would-be superhero Skip Goodwin, whose antagonistic history dates back to the superhero school he and Freedom attended. Although Freedom manages to maintain a successful career into retirement and stay in the public eye, he also has a lot to learn about personal relationships. Robillard keeps the satire fast and furious, with laugh-out-loud moments competing with strangely insightful quips. It's funny and smart, and even readers who've long given up comic books will enjoy the ride. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Verdict: Written as a superhero's memoir, this debut novel by Robillard, a McSweeney's contributor and humor blogger, is full of creaky old jokes that weren't funny ten years ago. In the same genre, Austin Grossman's Soon I Will Be Invincible and Joss Whedon's short online film Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog do a better job of walking the line between relatability and schadenfreude. Not an essential purchase. Background: Captain Freedom, despite his ability to fly, predict the weather, and evade attack with amazingly fast reflexes, is kind of a jerk. He has a ridiculous ego, a pathetic backstory, and he doesn't even understand the difference between spam and regular email. Our hero drives a gas-guzzling FUV (Freedom Utility Vehicle), his adopted son/sidekick thinks he's endearingly lame, and he's never found his true archenemy, even after placing an online ad. Captain Freedom has so many failings that he's not much fun to read about.-Jenne Bergstrom, San Diego Cty. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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