Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Review - The Last Superhero by Stephen Altrogge


The Wagners are a superhero family dynasty who have always protected the city of Coreopolis. The grandpa, John Utticus Wagner, is revered in the superhero community. He’s consistently invited to speak at superhero symposiums, has dined with the President, and has a sterling reputation as a model superhero. Every young superhero wants to be like John Utticus Wagner.

Unfortunately, John’s son, Orville Wagner, is not the man his father is. He’s a terrible klutz who always manages to create disasters, like derailing subway trains and accidentally injuring innocent bystanders. Orville is mocked in the superhero community, and the family’s once sterling reputation is tarnished. They no longer are seen as the protectors of Coreopolis. They are the laughingstock of the city.

When a new super villian starts terrorizing Coreopolis, it’s up to John, Orville, and Orville’s son, John II, to stop the villain and restore the family’s honor. The question is, can an old man, a klutz, and boy stop a maniacal super villain?

4 stars

The Last Superhero by Stephen Altrogge is a very quick read, I knocked out most of it in a cardio session, about a multi-generational superhero family.  It looks at the burdens of being a superhero a little differently such as the trouble that a teenage boy has to have in order to keep his super strength under control while still living a somewhat normal life.  There is also a whole new level of pressure when your grandfather is one of the most famous heroes to ever live and your dad... let's just say isn't.

There is a strong message of family unity in this book with a scene that contains a moderate amount of violence making it great for young teens and up.  I'm personally well past the minimum of that mark and still enjoyed the story quite a bit.  The good guys are well done and have some fairly amusing personalities the bad guy is a bit stereotypical, but I mean that in a good way.  He fits the story perfectly.

The end wraps up well with the hint that there could be more to come.  I personally would enjoy seeing the Wagner family together again.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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