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Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement Paperback – October 1, 2013
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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
A "colorful new page-turner." —Milwaukee AV Club
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A few are actually what you would think of as vigilantes. and a few even fit the bill pretty well...as The Real Deal.
Some people will read this book as a form of amusement...like watching a Professional Wrestling match. Some ill laugh, point fingers, and joke about the silly people in the silly costumes. Not me. I read real stories of courage, public service, sacrifice, and putting their money where their mouth is.
At first I was fascinated by these people..then envious. They are living a dream. ..and that dream is helping others. What are you doing with your evenings?
You might be surprised at how effective some of them are, but the perils and dangers are also very real.
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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