Superfail

Max Brunner

Book - 2017

Twelve-year-old Marshall is a defective--a person with superhuman abilities who is limited by human setbacks--so when he discovers a plot to destroy the greatest superhero team of all time, he teams up with other defectives to stop it.

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Subjects
Genres
Superhero comics
Action and adventure comics
Graphic novels
Published
New York, NY : Running Press Kids, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Chiefly illustrations.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780762462292
0762462299
Main Author
Max Brunner (author)
Other Authors
Dustin Mackay (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Having superpowers isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Just ask 12-year-old Marshall Preston, whose crossed eyes shoot laser beams in different directions and pukes on passersby while flying due to motion sickness. He's a Defective like his telepathic friend Lewis, who can only communicate by vocalizing others' unspoken thoughts. But when the city is threatened by someone known as the Man with No Name, it's up to Marshall, Lewis, and other Defectives to save their home. Brunner and Mackay's underdog tale is part novel, part comic, with the story unfolding through text passages and panel sequences. Marshall's self-deprecating narration gives the story a sardonic tone reminiscent of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. "I mean, I wanted to look like a superhero but I ended up looking like the Hamburgler," says Marshall of his mask-and-cape ensemble. Brunner's caricatures are accented with dull reds, yellows, and blues that feel just right for the idea of second-rate heroics, but the longer narrative sections leave the story feeling unbalanced, hovering uneasily between comic and illustrated novel. Ages 8–12. Agent: Clelia Gore, Martin Literary Management. (Nov.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Twelve-year-old Marshall is a defective--a person with superhuman abilities who is limited by human setbacks--so when he discovers a plot to destroy the greatest superhero team of all time, he teams up with other defectives to stop it.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets BigHero Six when a group of young but defective superheroes attempt to save the day!

Laser vision isn't so hot when you're cross-eyed, and supersonic flight's a real downer when motion sickness keeps you grounded.

Twelve-year-old Marshall Preston is a Defective--a person with superhuman abilities that are restricted by some very human setbacks. While other kids are recruited to superhero teams, Marshall's stuck in seventh grade with a kid who can run at super speed but can't turn a corner, another with a radioactive peanut allergy that turns him into a swollen Hulk, and a telepath who reads everyone's thoughts out loud.

Defectives like Marshall aren't exactly superhero material, but when he uncovers a plot to destroy one of the greatest superhero teams of all time, Marshall and his less-than-super friends set out to prove that just because you're defective doesn't mean you can't save the day.

With full illustrations throughout and a funny, heartwarming story, Superfail is the perfect book for reluctant young readers and the superhero fan.