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Super F*ckers Paperback – April 13, 2010
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A superhero team book like no other, Kochalka's gleefully disjointed romp explores what a group of young, confused people with superpowers would probably actually do, which is to say what the ones without superpowers tend to do: spend all their time playing cruel social-hierarchy games, indulging in awkward sexual experimentation, one-upping each other's potty-mouths, and figuring out creative ways to get high. Naturally, Kochalka draws it in his standard ultra-cute, clear-line style. Even his lines are mostly in a palette of simple, flat colors, giving the artwork a sense of candy-cane playfulness. The bulk of this collection was originally published as issues 271, 273, 277, and 279 of an ongoing series (no other issues exist, of course, but it's a hilarious excuse for Kochalka to dispense with pesky necessities like exposition and resolving cliffhangers); they're accompanied here by a solo story about the sycophantically adored and wildly irritable hero Jack Krack. There's a disarming sweetness about the whole thing, despite the satirical over-the-top vulgarity and the patina of angst and nastiness; even the occasional explosions of violence are adorable and briskly healed up. (Apr.)
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Targeting the rarely lampooned superhero-team concept, Kochalka ratchets his depraved-innocents schtick up a couple notches in the most ridiculous superhero parody since Jeffrey Brown’s Incredible Change-Bots (2007). Setting their frolics in the “field behind his house,” Kochalka portrays a leadership struggle among the titular crew after SuperDan and his lackey, Percy, get lost in the Zero Dimension. Jack Krak barges into the gap, and neither team aspirant Radical Randy nor rival team member Orange Lightning successfully challenges him. Nor does Kyle bringing Jack to Jesus improve either his temper or his language. As to the latter, sanitizing his tongue may be self-defeating for Jack, because at least a, if not the, primary distinctive of being on the team is swearing like a naughty 13-year-old (apparent rule No. 1: insert the f-word wherever possible). Improvisatorily mundane and silly, rendered in Kochalka’s customary swoopy lines and brilliant colors, this is for the annoying, funky early teenager in anyone, if not everyone. --Ray Olson
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Details are not neglected here. Kochalka fills each page with foul language, violence, and off-color jokes, all aimed at making fun of both superheroes and slacker teens and young adults. Small silly asides are even slipped into the original floppy comics' publication information. The book starts with "issue 271," but this too is a joke, since that is actually the first issue of the comic. The plot meanders a little, but its randomness fits with the never-linear characters. Kochalka's art is unique and instantly identifiable. He uses crayon-like colors, with thin outlines and simple shapes, giving his art a childlike quality that plays nicely against the adult humor. Body shapes are simple with an elastic, Play-Doh-like appearance. His backgrounds are equally simple and he occasionally uses photographs (taken in the field behind his house) to spice things up.
In case the title isn't a tipoff, this book is for adults only. Nudity, drug use, graphic violence, and foul language are all prevalent in copious quantities. But it's all in fun, so adults who aren't afraid of a little crude humor should get a kick out of this superpowered bunch.
-- Snow Wildsmith
The book is basically a parody of superhero comics but with dialogue that seems to have been written by 17-year old stoners. I might have found most of the humor funny when I was that age, but today in a world of cartooning that has given us gems by Jeff Smith, Frank Cho, Craig Thompson, Jeff Lemire, and Alex Robinson, this is just does not satisfy me as a reader. The characters are bland and with little dimension to them (with a couple of small exceptions) and the story lines are fractured.
As for the plots, it was fractured for a reason, I will give it that, but it lead to a somewhat annoying reading experience. As for super hero parody, there are a few good jokes in there but overall it is more just about a bunch of kids who find cussing and doing drugs amusing. It is a lot like South Park, but without the social satire. I think that it where I lost interest. I do not mind the language or anything else as long as it is there for a purpose and makes a satirical or cynical point, but unless I am missing something huge, that seems to be completely lacking.
Overall I give it three stars for the cartooning and it is an interesting book to have in my collection, but as a piece of literature, I have to say no. I would not recommend this to anyone who is getting into comic and graphic novels as something that they need to read or have in their collection. If you can pick it up cheap, go for it, but don't waste too much cash on this.
If the pages weren't glossy it would probably make good material for starting a fire, but other than that, there really is no reason to even glance at this thing unless you feel like giving up IQ points and time you'll never get back.