The Legend of Buddy Hero – Books

* * * * * * * * * * 10/10

Adam Oster

I’m a sucker for humorous super-hero stories. I never tire of the endless fun that can be had at the expense of Good and Evil, death-defying battles and powers mortal man can only dream of.

Buddy Jackson is what you get when you have government that’s sick of cleaning up after the mess super-heroes make. His success and achievements taken from him, Buddy turns to alcohol, gains weight, stops showering and becomes the last person anyone would ask for help. When comic-book style villains appear, comic-book style mafia types swoop in and try to remind him of who he used to be before his greatest nemesis can destroy the world.

Though there is a lot of humour to go with an excellent plot, I couldn’t help but feel sad for Buddy. He’s not the man he used to be, he absolutely doesn’t want to be that person, and there is reason to sympathise with the bad guy. There’s good in Buddy still, for a man that gave up on himself years ago he would not stand back and allow harm to come to his friends. Trouble is, Buddy Hero no longer exists.

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