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Super Friends meets Gorillas in the Mist Four students and their anthropology professor journey to a remote island to study its indigenous population. But this is no ordinary native culture. They're super heroes and villains with flesh costumes and outlandish abilities like self-detonation, musical eyelashes, microwave hands, whalemancing, super boobs, and the power to tur ...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Eraserhead Press
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Dustin Reade
Oct 01, 2011 Dustin Reade rated it it was amazing
A few months back I took a College Course on Screenwriting.
The teacher was always going on and on about the importance of foreshadowing.
Seriously. He never stopped talking about it.
As examples of perfect foreshadowing in a story, he had us watch "Erin Brokovitch" and "the Matrix".
I am convinced that, as fixated with foreshadowing as he was, he would make a mess of himself--drooling and making waste in his breaches--were he to read this book.

The storyline (briefly): Four anthropology students and
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Eric
Sep 25, 2011 Eric rated it liked it
There are a lot of super “heroes” on the Island of the Super People. And the permutations are endless: rock fists, swamp faces, claw hands, spiked bodies, capes, masks, big tits, tight asses, glowing balls of super energy, giants, bug-swarms, invisibles, and plasma orbs. It’s almost like being inside a video game says a grad student doing research for his master’s degree in cultural anthropology.

There’s one “capeback,” however, who stands out among all the rest. And he’s a bad guy. In fact, he’
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Sam McCanna
Let's start this off by saying I am already a large fan of Bizarro fiction in general and comic books... though I am NOT a fan of the "superhero" genre.

I went into this book having neither read the back, nor any sort of summary of the story, much like I try to do with movies that I hear good things about... and I was NOT disappointed in what I found inside. I was sort of expecting a somewhat typical superhero story with a lot of insanity thrown into the mix, and there is NOTHING like that in thi
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Jason
Jan 04, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011, bizarro
I had some reservations about reading Island of the Super People at first. To be honest, I’m not all that into superheroes, which is a strange thing to say in this day and age. But to be fair, I decided to give Kevin Shamel’s book a chance.

And I’m glad I did.

What I was expecting versus what I got were two separate things. I expected the book to be a form of cheap entertainment with very little in the way of story or characterization. And yes, before you go and start accusing me, I know that I c
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Mike Maski
Sep 12, 2011 Mike Maski rated it it was amazing
Wow! Awesome book! This is one of the best super hero books I've read. Kevin Shamel created a very unique take on the super hero genre. This book does a great job combining heroes and bizarro together into a very captivating story.

Trent, three other students and their anthropology professor travel to a remote island to study its indigenous population, super heroes. Kevin builds an interesting plot and develops the characters into people that you care about. Trent, Death Killer, Squiggles, Jen,
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David Barbee
Mar 04, 2012 David Barbee rated it it was amazing
The Mellick blurb on the cover is true: this is the MOST ORIGINAL superhero genre story to date. Kevin Shamel takes everything awesome about superheroes (and villains) and crams it into an adventure story with a nerdy National Geographic vibe. The result is bizarro brilliance. Only a few super people are featured as characters, but there are TONS of awesome and weird superhumans filling the background. Great characters, great concepts, and now one of my favorite novels in the bizarro genre. Also ...more
Frank
Jan 27, 2012 Frank rated it really liked it
ISLAND OF THE SUPER PEOPLE is a Bizarro novel of the fantasy sort. Author Kevin Shamel presents a fun offbeat super hero tale that is anything but a super hero tale. The story is more of a morality tale about the perils of racism masked (if you will allow the pun) by heroes and villians.

One of the great aspects of the story is the super hero angle. This is not your run of the mill super hero. The heros (and villians) are actually an indigenous people on a seculded island. They are being observed
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R.A. Harris
Oct 21, 2012 R.A. Harris rated it really liked it
ISLAND OF THE SUPER PEOPLE by Kevin Shamel is one hell of a read!

A group of anthropology students led by their tutor go to an island to study the inhabitants, the "Super People". Once there, it becomes clear that some sinister force is at work, causing the population to disappear, and it's up to the students and their new "super-friends" to save the day.

The characters are all unique, the super powers the super people have are imaginative, and lead to some superb action scenes. The most powerful
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S.T. Cartledge
Aug 09, 2012 S.T. Cartledge rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro, reviewed
This is what you’re looking at when you get behind the guys in the New Bizarro Author Series. This is Kevin’s second book, his first being part of the first group of New Bizarro Authors. This book is like The Incredibles, but set in a world where superheroes don’t comingle with society. They’re of an entirely different breed local to a small, obscure island. The story is about a group of anthropologists who are studying the superheroes and trying to learn more about them. I guess you could say t ...more
Melanie Catchpole
Dec 01, 2015 Melanie Catchpole rated it it was amazing
Really fun! Enjoyed reading this. Story is about super people, both heros and villians coming together and fighting a bigger enemy.
Not much else i could say, interesting easy read.
Madeline Bridgen
Apr 15, 2012 Madeline Bridgen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Comic book fans
Shelves: funny-business
Very funny story of anthropologists studying a primitive tribe of super heroes, if you're a comic book fan you should be reading this because it's savvy to the genre and crazy to boot.
Josh
Apr 21, 2013 Josh rated it it was amazing
Great book, full of humor, awesome super powers, and it even includes some bad ass robot soldiers. You can't go wrong with this one.
NumberLord
Jan 22, 2014 NumberLord rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, bizarro
Kevin Shamel is America's Bizarro laureate. And this book shows why.
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I'm a bizarro author who bounces around the world, most recently in a custom 1985 van. I like dogs (LOVE mine), peanut butter, outside, being the different one that everyone talks a bunch of smack about because they don't usually understand me, and searching for ancient ruins in any forest I find myself.

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