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Captain Freedom: A Superhero's Quest for Truth, Justice, and the Celebrity He So Richly Deserves Paperback – Feb 3 2009
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“Captain Freedom is a truly funny and energetic romp of a social satire, a terrific send up of not only of super heroes, but the cult of personality in general.” (-Christopher Moore, author of Lamb and Fool)
About the Author
G. Xavier Robillard writes for several humor sites, including McSweeney's Internet Tendency and Comedy Central. He lives in Boston. Captain Freedom is his first novel.
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The book is billed as the memoir of Captain Freedom, a has-been superhero telling his rags-to-riches-to-washed-up-but-still-rich life story, taking us through his days as a sidekick ("Liberty Bill") to his early hero days, to being the top hero around, and then down to being a nobody and trying to claw his way up.
The recurring theme is around heroism versus self-interest; Captain Freedom is so convinced people only do heroic things for the fame--and the heroes around his agree--that he isn't even able to be cynical. His sidekick, DJ, has a better grasp of the world but no better view of people and the assembly-line, Hollywood studio system-inspired hero industry does nothing to change their minds.
The plot, weak as it is, falls apart a few times and the flashbacks and memoir structure isn't well handled, but none of that gets in the way in this type of book.
I like these light satires and I wish they were more common these days (they come in and out of fashion like most things). Don't expect too much going in, but enjoy the observations and the jokes.
It helps to know a little something about comics, at least in broad terms, but it isn't any more necessary than knowing about psychology is to watching The President's Analyst.
Non stop fun. A constant stream of whit fired at you from beginning to end.
There are certainly parts that stand out as especially funny but the book often falls back down to earth with the end of each paragraph. I described this to a friend as following the "2 Broke Girls" school of comedy: Make sure you end every paragraph or bit of dialogue with a witty aside. As the book is now 4 years old, some of the pop culture references are a bit stale and played out ( I suppose this is partially my fault for waiting so long to read the book.)
It's not bad but it had great potential to end up as a self-deprecating genre piece like S.G. Browne's "Breathers" and "Fated." I would definitely give Robillard another shot but this book was a struggle to finish.