This is an odd book. I can completely see where the less glowing reviews are coming from. There is a certain amateurish quality to it, and it's nothing too mind-blowing in terms of the actual writing. Still, I had a blast reading it. It was funny and touching, and the characters were memorable. I had so much affection for Thom and his band of misfits, and while I wish the author had really gone into the notion of superheroes and masks and how that makes a neat parallel to the closeted gay life, in the end I had fun with it. It has a heart to it that makes up for technical failings. It feels very sincere, and that goes a long, long way in my book.
Very sad to hear that the author had passed away, because I would have picked up a sequel in a heartbeat.