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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613747756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613747759
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you’ve seen the movies Mystery Men and Kick-Ass, you’re familiar with real-life superheroes (otherwise known as RLSH). These are men and women who dress themselves up in costumes and patrol the streets of their cities, trying to combat evil. Clearly that sounds silly, and the author certainly explores the silly elements of RLSH, but there’s a serious side, too. These are ordinary people taking, in some cases, extraordinary risks, often motivated by a deep need to make their world a safer, better place. The notion of the real-life superhero dates back centuries, at least as far back as Robin Hood, and its modern-day incarnations have formed a community, with online forums, fans, even a “secret text” (a 1980 self-published book called How to Be a Super-Hero). It probably would have been easy for Krulos to make fun of these people, but, for the most part, he treats RLSH with respect because, if you factor out the comic-bookish elements, these are men and women who are risking their own safety to make others feel a bit safer. And it’s hard to make fun of that. --David Pitt

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"It probably would have been easy for Krulos to make fun of these people, but, for the most part, he treats RLSH with respect because, if you factor out the comicbookish elements, these are men and women who are risking their own safety to make others feel a bit safer. And it’s hard to make fun of that."—Booklist

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By -jet on September 26, 2013
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If you ever wondered exactly what the heck a Real Life Super Hero (RLSH) was this is the book for you. The author takes a look at the diamonds in the rough, the true gems, as well as the slugs under rocks. He doesn't dress it up or put it down. Instead he provides an inside glimpse without judgment, facts as he experienced them. Hollywood has glamorized the RLSH movement with Movies like Kick-Ass and Mystery Men but the truth is something more subtle. From people who went through abuse or violence as children and are now focused on making a difference for others (in spandex), to everyday Jane's and Joe's walking the streets of their communities handing out food to the less fortunate. These men and women are at a minimum not apathetic about their communities. It makes me wonder if we could all say the same. In the end, while dressing in costume might not be your cup of "tea", you will still find things to inspire you and others that make you shake your head in concern. Recommended reading if you're interested in this sub-cultural phenomenon. But look out; the next RLSH in your neighborhood might just be you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Demeter on February 10, 2014
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While the subject matter of grown men and women dressing up and becoming super heroes is compelling enough in its absurdity, what truly makes this read sparkle is the way the adventures of your friendly neighborhood super hero are told. It's sometimes funny, sometimes terrifying and even pulls at the heart strings here and there. If you've ever daydreamed of protecting Gotham City or just love a look into the unusual, this book will be tough to put down.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Dietz on October 18, 2013
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Journalist Tea Krulos accurately captures both the optimistic joy and the disappointments and heartbreak involving this fascinating movement.

Superheroes among us in real life! I suppose this book couldn't help but be entertaining but Krulos' style adds plenty to the book. His voice is trustworthy and engaging. The reader can easily share in the optimistic potential of this movement (people doing good, in costume--both good for the planet and fun!) as well as the parallel disappointments (superheroes engaging in un-superhero-like activity, or in activity that bumps up against laws or societal norms in a negative way).

It's a great introduction to the phenomena, told in a fair and open voice, from a man who got as involved as possible. The book does a good job of building on to each chapter, starting with an introduction to the lifestyle and climaxing with a walk-along patrol with the most famous real-life superhero of them all, Phoenix Jones. The book's finale is the author's own attempt at suiting up. Will the author join them? You'll have to read it to find out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dec22007 on January 2, 2014
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I won a copy of this book in an online contest.

I was very impressed with how the author handled the subject matter. It was both humorous and informative delving into the world of real life super heroes. The book provided an in depth study of the many faces of those who are out helping people in their own destinct way.

The author does a great job dissecting the different types of heroes. Those out to fight crime, fight injustice, poverty and those who just like dressing up to march in parades and give people hope that there are people out there who want to do more.

I suggest this read for any fan of superheroes!
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