Less than Heroes

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Overview

In the city of Philadelphia there is a tall building at 18th and Market Street, atop of which lives four individuals. They are the official protectors of the city. Their job is to be around when traditional law enforcement fails. But are they really heroes? Meet Philadelphia's contracted super-hero team, Threshold. A quartet more interested in milk and cookies than crime and punishment. A team more concerned with battling indigestion than their arch enemies. Sure, they have super-powers. They can leap tall buildings, fly, and do all the stuff other heroes do. More than human? Probably. Less than heroes? Without a doubt.
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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. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Top Shelf,143p. illus., Ages 15 to adult.
—George Galuschak
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891830518
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
  • Publication date: 7/7/2004
  • Edition description: Not Appropriate For Children
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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