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PROJECT: Hero (Volume 1) Paperback – September 26, 2014
About the Author
Rick L. Phillips was born in Covington, Kentucky to Louis and Margaret Phillips. He received a BA in Radio, Television and Film Communications from Northern Kentucky University. He is an announcer and voice actor and his agent is the Heyman Talent Agency in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. His first professional story was a short story titled "War Between Two Worlds" published in the book "It's That Time Again Volume 3". It was edited by the late, great writer and editor Jim Harmon. His next book that was published was a children's book. It was his creation called "Dinky the Elf". He is the author of the murder mystery "Last Train to Murder",the superhero book "Project:Hero" and wrote short stories for as well as conceived and edited the book "With Great Power". Both of his parents were Sunday School Teachers and his father was a Deacon in his church. Rick accepted Christ when he was 9 years old. He was a Sunday School Teacher for 3 years and is active in the church choir and has sang solos and as part of a group at other churches. Like his Father he is now a Deacon in the church. He lives in Kentucky with his wife Violet.
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Told with warmth, humor, self-awareness and action, PROJECT: HERO successfully sets up a series of adventures for a new, but comfortingly-familiar, group of super-heroes.
The characters are just a hair different from members of the Justice League, substituting The Terror for Batman (with Philip instead of Alfred), Mr. Stretchable for Plastic Man, Venusian Visionary for Martian Manhunter, and so on. This doesn't bother me in concept -- I really enjoy Squadron Supreme, for example, which does the same thing. However, the characters are developed about at the level of Golden Age DC heroes. I enjoy the classic Golden Age stories, but that level of depth doesn't really suit a lengthy prose book.
I am also reading an anthology by Mr. Phillips and other authors. It is called With Great Power and features heroically moral action by ordinary people who are inspired by Spider-Man. I will review it after I finish it, but if given the choice of that book or this one, I think that one is the better buy.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
In some ways, I would say this book captures the fun of the Golden Age and Silver Age - both of which still had their dangers and their villainy - but isn't as "gritty" or "depressing" as some modern Super-Heroes can be. I would happily recommend this to older Primary School and Teenagers to read. I also think it would make a pretty cool Graphic Novel.
Whilst it took me a little while to get into it properly, I then found I that I got quite involved in the story - and this brings me to my main complaint - it was too short - and perhaps this fits in with the Graphic Novel mentioned above. I was left wanting to know more about the characters that I was just starting to get to know - so hopefully the Author does supply a sequel or two :)
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This is a great book for those who like comics and superhero's. Original and fun story line will keep you entertained.Read more