Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man
by Michael Chabon, illustrated by Jake Parker
HarperCollins, 2011. Unpaged. Picture Book.

Awesome Man is . . . well, awesome. He can shoot positronic rays out of his eyes, to the dismay (and destruction) of giant killer robots. He can, against all odds, hug Jell-O. Awesome Man's power grip is a thing of beauty, his Defense Against AntiMatter Slime textbook in its execution. But when Awesome Man's arch-nemesis, the Flaming Eyeball, escapes him he realizes he needs to retreat to the Fortress of Awesomeness under the Arctic Ocean and recharge. Feeling better, he slips into the hidden entrance of the Secret Headquarters of Worldwide Wickedness where he discovers the Flaming Eyeball playing poker with Sister Sinister and the Red Shark. Awesome Man takes care of those baddies in short order, and whisks back home to the Fortress of Awesomeness where his secret identity is revealed at last and he "throws a power grip" around his secret identity mom. Michael Chabon and Jake Parker are Awesome Men. Read their book.

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