Prepare to Die!

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Nine years ago, Steve Clarke was just a teenage boy in love with the girl of his dreams. Then a freak chemical spill transformed him into Reaver, the man whose super-powerful fists can literally take a year off a bad guy’s life. Days ago, he found himself at the mercy of his arch-nemesis Octagon and a whole crew of fiendish super-villains, who gave him two weeks to settle his affairs–and prepare to die. Now, after years of extraordinary adventures and crushing tragedies, the world’s greatest hero is returning to...
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Overview


Nine years ago, Steve Clarke was just a teenage boy in love with the girl of his dreams. Then a freak chemical spill transformed him into Reaver, the man whose super-powerful fists can literally take a year off a bad guy’s life. Days ago, he found himself at the mercy of his arch-nemesis Octagon and a whole crew of fiendish super-villains, who gave him two weeks to settle his affairs–and prepare to die. Now, after years of extraordinary adventures and crushing tragedies, the world’s greatest hero is returning to where it all began in search of the boy he once was . . . and the girl he never forgot.

Exciting, scandalous, and ultimately moving, Prepare to Die! is a unique new look at the last days of a legend.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The deconstruction of superheroes has been accomplished before, but rarely has it been done with the vigor and affection of comics veteran Tobin in his nearly pitch-perfect superhero tale for grownups. Steve Clarke’s teen years of playing baseball, smoking pot, and falling in love were interrupted by a catastrophic accident that transformed him into Reaver, an indestructible muscleman whose every punch takes a year of life from his victim. As an adult, Steve undertakes a journey of redemption and retribution to his small Oregon hometown, grimly aware that supervillain Octagon has given him only two weeks to live. With minimal angst, maximum humanity, and equal parts hilarity and pathos, Tobin (Marvel Adventures; Gingerbread Girl) crafts an entirely new collection of heroes and villains and their corresponding secret identities against a backdrop of fierce action, sexy romance, warm nostalgia, and wry observations on being a superhero in the age of YouTube. This is a contemporary and satisfying paean to superheroes and their fans. (June)
Library Journal
What does the world’s greatest superhero do when he has only two weeks to live? In Paul Tobin’s Prepare to Die! (Night Shade. ISBN 9781597804202. $26.99), with the clock counting down, Reaver, born Steve Clarke, whose special ability is housed in his fists, heads home to reconnect with his high school girlfriend. Standing in his way are his own insecurity and grief as well as a crew of villains. Thrilling, hysterical, poignant, and joyously crude.

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597804219
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books
  • Publication date: 8/13/2013
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 805,049
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Paul Tobin lives in Portland, OR, despite not having a single tattoo. He has written the adventures of Spider-Man, Batman, the Hulk, Superman and hundreds of other comic book characters, bringing a sense of realism and character to a genre filled with over-the-top action. He and his wife, artist Colleen Coover, are the creators of two graphic novels, the acclaimed Banana Sunday as well as the recently released and oddly wonderful Gingerbread Girl.

Paul enjoys studying history, burlesque theater, thunderstorms, pretty girls on bicycles, good bagels, evil muffins, and occasionally claims that he would like to punch-fight a mastodon, though those claims have significantly tapered off after he stood next to a life size model at the Natural History Museum in Paris.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Awesome!

    I couldn't put it down. Possibly the most relatable superhero story I've read. Action-packed but full of emotion as well. Two thumbs up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Good but not great

    This book suffered from many failures. The worst of which was the ending. It was trite, childish, and sophmoric. The problem with success is soon no one is willing to tell you, 'bad idea'.

    This book makes an attempt at being profound but falls far short. The author needed another run through with a good editor. There is the seed of a good idea here but it was buried in half-baked high school pseudo philosophy and a weird preoccupation with adolescent sexuality.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Wow

    Unexpected, but worth the read

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Loved it!

    A perfect book for summer!

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    Posted July 23, 2013

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