The book will make an excellent Christmas gift, of course, even though it won't be available until the end of January. Still, you can pre-order it... I believe there's a discount for orders of one thousand or more.
From Publishers Weekly:
"Masquerading as a self-help book for superheroes, this sharp satire of caped crusaders hides a deeper critique of individual treatment versus social injustice. Faust (The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad) provides funny and knowing caricatures of the famous figures of American comic books via an extended therapy session by Dr. Eva Brain-Silverman. Analyzing their various mental hangups, Dr. Brain attempts to help heroes like irascible billionaire crime-fighter Festus Piltdown III ('Flying Squirrel') overcome the rejection of his foster ward, Tran Chi Hanh ('Chip Monk'). But African-American hero Philip Kareem Edgerton ('X-Man') resists, insisting that recent events in 'sunny Los Ditkos' are signs of a coup within F*O*O*J ('Fantastic Order of Justice') and not RNPN ('Racialized Narcissistic Projection Neurosis'). Faust's well-aimed jabs spare no super sacred cows nor many pop idols and psychobabbling media stars. Underneath the humor, careful readers will find uncomfortable parallels to real-world urban tragedies in the novel's 'July 16 Attacks,' where Faust gives a double meaning to the 'Crisis of Infinite Dearths.' (Jan. 30)"
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