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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: AiT/PlanetLar; Cmc edition (June 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932051171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932051179
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,139,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Using ingenuity and a nice sense of humanity, Beechen and Bello provide an original take on the notion of superheroes and super villains by focusing not on the stars but on the bit players: the villains' henchmen. Readers don't pay much attention to such characters; they're just the awkward thugs in drab outfits who get thrown out of the way as the attractively costumed hero lunges at the equally stylish boss evildoer. Nobody really notices them as people or wonders how they ever could imagine that they'd be more than anonymous losers. Beechen's script gives one henchman, Mike, a convincing history, and Bello's simple but clear art gives him a stoic yet vulnerable face. Mike's just an average guy with more brawn than brains. He wants to provide for his family and thinks the pay a super villain offers for henching is worth the risk. Even knowing he's probably going to fail, Mike doesn't know how to stop. In-joke references fill the writing and art, but the overall effect is serious as Mike discovers things about himself and the other characters, in particular the fact that dangerously obsessive, monomaniacal heroes are much closer to the villains than they'd like to admit. At that point, Mike can stop being a henchman, and readers can put down the comic feeling satisfied that they've watched someone grow up.
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About the Author

Adam Beechen has been one of the most sought-after writers of animation and comic books of the last decade. He has written for DC Comics' BATMAN BEYOND, JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED, TEEN TITANS, ROBIN, BATGIRL, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, and such animated series as TEEN TITANS, THE BATMAN, THE BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, X-MEN EVOLUTION and BEN 10. Needless to say, he's thought a lot about superheroes and the worlds they live in. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ramesh Kula on November 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
Okay, right off the bat, this ain't as much a review of HENCH as it is an ode to Beechen.

Adam Beechen is certainly the brightest star in the DC universe (and beyond)! His stories are fresh, fun and compelling. But what makes him such a gifted writer is his uncanny ability to write "all-ages" stories without insulting the intelligence of the adult reader or having to "dumb it down" for the kids. Think Mark Waid - another master of the comics medium. They are both able to capture the magic of the Silver/Bronze Age and tweak it just enough to make today's cynical and savvy readers not cringe or roll their eyes in mock condescension. That's sayin' sumthin!

Of all the stories he's written so far (and that includes the TV animated episodes of Batman and Teen Titans) HENCH is without a doubt the best! To my mind no one has ever tackled this subject before (well, perhaps the late great Will Eisner, back in day, in THE SPIRIT!)

Beechen delves deep into the world of the henchmen (generic flunkies to all manner of super-villains). We've all seen them in comic books but they were always faceless and nameless. Until now. And what a story this is! Beechen breathes life into the two-dimensional make-believe comic book universe. A world in which "real" people co-exist with "super-beings", human drama betwixt capes and spandex. Just do y'self a favor... pick up a copy! You can thank me later.

Now I wonder what Beechen's up to next?
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For 80 pages, this book tells a great story. Mike, the protagonist, is your average blue-collar guy, that finds himself involved in the professional henching industry. It's basically a good look into the personal life of a henchman. The art isn't blockbuster, but works great with the script, and it's very easy to identify with the main character. Overall, a 4.5, and a great read.
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This is an altogether wonderfully written, paced, and drawn comic for any fan, casual and deeper alike. Though the sequel was a bit different from the central story, it's still a wonderful book to have
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