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408 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 2008
That said, it's easy to understand why some Goodreads reviewers complain that these stories aren't real superhero tales -- none of the authors aims for wonder and delight and magic and thrills, or to capture the joy of discovery that's integral to most superhero origin stories. These stories aren't exactly downers, but they're resolutely uncinematic, almost jaded, as though deliberately undermining the classic tropes we know so well. (Tellingly, none of the authors sets up the reader for a sequel.) So the pleasures of Who Can Save Us Now? aren't quite what you might expect. But they're very real.