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Island of the Super People

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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, 177 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Eraserhead Press
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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
Dustin Reade
Sep 28, 2011 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
Sep 19, 2011 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’
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro, read-2011
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
Mike Maski
Sep 12, 2011 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,
David Barbee
Mar 04, 2012 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
Craig Rettig
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've come to the conclusion that I only like the bizarro genre in theory. Generally speaking, the author has a neat "what if" idea that s/he wants to explore and attempts to have fun in that world.

In practice, however, the genre seems to have a template/formula that just doesn't work for me. The first third to half of the book involves a lot of description and exposition as it sets up the world. Once the plot is established, it runs in a relatively straightforward direction and ends either predi
Jan 22, 2012 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
R.A. Harris
Jul 20, 2012 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
S.T. Cartledge
Dec 04, 2011 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
Nov 10, 2012 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.
Melanie Catchpole
Oct 19, 2015 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.
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