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MAIN STREET, USA-Against incredible odds, jobless crusader UNEMPLOYED MAN and his sidekick PLAN B embark on a heroic search for work-and quickly find themselves waging an epic battle against The Just Us League, a dastardly group of supervillains including THE HUMAN RESOURCE, TOXIC DEBT BLOB, PINK SLIP and THE INVISIBLE HAND.

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Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 18th 2010 by Little, Brown and Company
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Elizabeth
Aug 10, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This was completely great and well worth the read. I was drawn in by the sort of silly premise, not fully knowing what to expect, and I was really pleased with the whole thing.

On the lighter side of it all, this is a great parody of comics. The various superhero names and parallels to DC and Marvel characters were great. I loved the retro art as well as the "amazing facts" and silly little ads, everything that made it feel like a real comic from decades past was great. I loved how not subtle it
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Lucy
Feb 01, 2011 Lucy rated it it was amazing
FANTASTIC FACTS
Grab your bootstraps! Thirty years ago, corporate CEOs like The Man were paid only around 78 times more than minimum wage earners, but thanks to the hard work of the Just Us League, today's CEOs earn over 4000 times more! In fact, they can make more in one year than average earners (not the lowest) make in 90 years! They're that good.
Reach for the sky! If the USA maintained the same income distribution we had in the 1970s, heroes in the work force would earn at least three times a
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Jen Kanke
Apr 01, 2016 Jen Kanke rated it it was amazing
So much clever word play! It almost gave me back all the hope that's been sucked from me by teaching critical theory during the primary season.
Jesse
Jun 07, 2011 Jesse rated it liked it
A modern superhero satire on our current economic crisis with characters such as Wonder Mother, Everyman, Plan B, and Lemur Brothers. It hits on a lot of the issues of the Great Recession and offers actual facts that helped our current situation to happen. A very fun read unless you're one of the few who weren't hit that hard by this.
Sonic
Feb 20, 2011 Sonic rated it liked it
Spot on take on America's recession, and how "in denial" most Americans prefer to be about it.
A refreshingly cynically harsh take on our current descent into new medieval times.
Hilarious!
Thom
Nov 23, 2010 Thom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
While not exactly an even-handed treatment, this book is still a good, thought provoking read. Should be on everybody's shelf right next to Howard Zinn.
Giovanni Gelati
Nov 26, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
I enjoy reading graphic novels for many reasons and The Adventures of Unemployed Man is a prime example. It takes the basic premise that the economy is bad right now, but incrementally worse if you are the one laid off and without a job. The graphic novel does its job through incredibly sarcastic humor and a poignant narrative that is bound to hit home with those that are struggling and those that are rich and cruising along. No one goes away unscathed from this story; it is really a great plotl ...more
Joe Collier
Aug 10, 2011 Joe Collier rated it it was amazing
Follow the amazing adventures of Unemployed Man, formerly known as The Ultimatum until good intentions and a stand against The Man got him The Boot. Shrewd, witty commentary on the state of the economy and the roots of our nation’s fiscal woes inform the action in this cleverly written, beautifully illustrated graphic novel. The parody is ripped straight from today’s headlines—supervillains like Cobra (he’ll cover your insurance after being laid off, only $200 a month!) and Kollectus (he comes a ...more
Anastasia
Nov 01, 2010 Anastasia rated it liked it
Caveat: one of the authors is my neighbor.

I really enjoyed this graphic novel. While I usually prefer the more serious type of GN (like Persepolis), this very comic-book-style work was great. It was a visual treat to look through it and note all the tiny little details subtly embedded in the pictures. The creativity and humor were exactly what one needs when looking true evil right in its ugly mug. Best of all, for me, was that Origen and Golan have their finger right on the pulse of what's goin
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M
Apr 06, 2012 M rated it liked it
In this massive pastiche of comic book heroes, Erich Origen uses pop culture characters to take a closer look at the current United States recession. Opening with the multibillionaire crimefighter Ultimatum (and his Batman-like existence), our saga sees the positive-thinking hero runs into a sweatshop crew that makes all his merchandise. When he raises a stink, he gets canned by the Boot and ends up as Unemployed Man. His efforts to get back into crimefighting lead Unemployed Man to cross paths ...more
David

Some people called this 'propaganda', and I suppose to some it might seem that way. I felt it was a fantastic way of explaining some political issues without the usual hate and venom... there is instead satire and humor, along with a BIG dose of the 'clue-by-four' of thinking- how can people not see these mistakes? Sometimes it's the background noise! We get so caught up in the whole picture and the details, we fail to see the world/country as one giant system that we ALL live in! Putting it int
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Sandro1981
Jan 19, 2011 Sandro1981 rated it it was amazing
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Ryan Mishap
Nov 05, 2011 Ryan Mishap rated it it was amazing
This was aces! Need an explanation about why all those folks are "occupying" places, here it is in a comic book.

I was in from the start as Origen takes a shot at Positive Psychology with Ultimatum Man urging people to be positive, after all, if you're poor it's your own fault for not thinking good thoughts and working hard! This dastardly super-being pushes the party-line until he's fired, suddenly becoming Unemployed Man. On a quest to find work he uncovers the reasons for economic woes, why t
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Chris
Jun 01, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
I picked this one up because I love off center/out-of-ordinary superheroes. Superman? Meh. But give me Unemployed Man, Master of Degrees, Wonder Mother, and Plan B, and we have a winner. Political satire, detail oriented, well written, and FUNNY. Definite win.
Ryan Miller
Dec 11, 2012 Ryan Miller rated it it was amazing
I loved this casting of the housing crisis and our current economic system in superhero terms and with different superhero (and supervillain) characters. (See: The Liquidator, Golden Sack, Blowhard, Buzzword, Fellowman, White Rage, Master of Degrees, Wonder Mother and the evil genius over everything: The Invisible Hand.) While I'm sure some would call this a misrepresentation of reality, the authors even represent that idea with a cameo from the villain named Spin Doctor. This reframes conversat ...more
Keith Akers
Jun 02, 2011 Keith Akers rated it really liked it
Nice comic-strip, graphic-novel treatment of the problem of inequality and debt. It doesn't really deal with peak oil, limits to growth, or resource shortages, but does deal with the huge and growing problem of inequality in a humorous comic-book satire. A take-off on "action comics," the heroes battle the toxic debt blob, the invisible hand, and other enemies in the "Just Us" League. Unemployed man finds other heroes such as Fellowman, Wonder Mother, Plan B, etc. and tries to get the Hero-in-Ch ...more
Sarah
Jul 28, 2011 Sarah added it
Shelves: graphic-novels, humor
Calling this a quirky and unusual taste is a massive understatement, but I highly enjoyed this thinly veiled satire of the flaws in capitalism (namely greed without regulation) and our current economic collapse told in a humorous retro superhero story. Its peppered with facts to show how the 'american dream' is largely a crock of shit as corporate wealth runs unchecked but it is also full of good humor. My favorite is White Rage, a normal man turned into a giant hulk-esque man whenever words lik ...more
Zoe
Dec 23, 2015 Zoe rated it it was amazing
Painfully observant and funny parody of marvel supercomics and the economic crisis of recent years. Witty and brilliantly drawn and coloured. A real joy to read.
Stacie
Jan 25, 2016 Stacie rated it liked it
This was pretty witty. You get the Superheroes and Super villains of life, including Good Grief and Pink Slip. The art is retro, which is a nice through back to the originals.
Charlie
May 10, 2014 Charlie rated it liked it
I liked a lot of the satire and social commentary, especially towards the beginning, but it got more repetitive and boring as it went along.
Kris
May 22, 2012 Kris rated it liked it
I liked this a lot more than I expected to; this partially explains a lot of the messed up economic/social policies that led to the current recession, but it's also an over-the-top superhero parody. My one criticism is that in trying to do both it never fully achieves either. A lot of economic realities are mentioned but not fully explained and it never achieves a full superhero narrative either: it's really stringing together various economic concepts and news events and overlaying a different ...more
Brian
Aug 02, 2015 Brian rated it really liked it
Very broad, heavy-handed satire of the economic collapse of 2007...but dead-on and funny as hell. Really enjoyed it.
Derfman
Dec 07, 2011 Derfman rated it it was amazing
If you have been laid off and wondering how things got this way in America, look no further than this excellent graphic novel. Can you blame anyone for being downsized other than your former employer? Turns out, yes you can. Interspersed within the fictional story of ex-superhero Ultimatum Man the author puts in fact sheets that explains the American economy. One warning if you plan on reading this: this book will enrage you. The author was able to have the good guys squeak out a win at the end, ...more
Dustyloup
Jan 09, 2016 Dustyloup rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-french, bd
par le pouvoir d'accouchement, je l'ai adorais!
Jewel
Sep 05, 2013 Jewel rated it it was amazing
this book was awesome! clever, witty, good artwork, HILARIOUS! 5 stars, all across the board!

great for those of us who can't find a job or at least a REAL job and I don't just mean recent college grads! there are sections with clever passages representing working mothers, glass ceilings, humanitarian workers and immigrants. definitely a positive lift from the job-hunting blues. make sure you take a close look at everything in each panel; there are tons of little hidden punch lines!

great, great,
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Eli
Jun 16, 2011 Eli rated it it was amazing
This is not a work of great literature. But it is a great book. It knows what it wants to do and does exactly that: entertain and enlighten. I know more about what went wrong in the recent financial collapse after reading this than I did after the dozens of hours I spent listening to the policy wonks on NPR try to explain it to me. Plus high-quality artwork and more cheesy '50s-comics-style puns than you can shake the Hero in Chief's Clintonite staff at! Success all 'round.
Stephanie Griffin
Jul 04, 2011 Stephanie Griffin rated it really liked it
At first I was confused because Unemployed Man is called something different in the beginning of this graphic novel. Then he became Unemployed Man and it started making sense. This old-school type comic about the current economic crisis should be required reading for everyone in an Economics 101 class. Its very clever, succinct, and the plays on names are funny. I recommend this book to everyone!
Meadow
Sep 13, 2011 Meadow rated it it was amazing
This was hilarious! Sad, because it is all so true, but hilarious. This graphic novel is full of everyday heros, out of work due to the recent economic troubles. The author gives background stories for the main heros, all relevant to the lives of so many people today. The names and appearances of all the characters are brilliant.
Andrew
Sep 11, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Very funny based on the 1950's style superhero comic, I loved the list of arch villians of Just Us League like The Outsourcer, Pink Slip, especially The Invisible Hand. I love the hall of fame of free market icons like Ray Gun (Ronald Reagan), Fried Man (Milton Friedman) and Ayn Brand (Ayn Rand).
Laura
Mar 05, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
Having been laid off from two middle school librarian positions in the past few years this is a fun but difficult read for me.

I finished and really appreciated the scathing social commentary, accessible explanations of the economic crisis, and the outrageously snarky humor and art.
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