A cross between a graphic novel and literary work, The Man: A Hero for Our Time is a moving and exhilarating story that examines one man's fight to conquer hatred in American society. Unable to forget the brutal death of his lover at the hands of a gay-basher, Adam reinvents himself, becoming The Man--America's first gay superhero. 13 full-page illustrations.
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The co-editor of Indivisible, an anthology of West Coast gay and lesbian fiction, offers an seemingly pointless attempt at an illustrated novel about the adventures of a gay superhero. After his boyfriend Matthew is bashed to death in his presence, Adam turns himself into "The Man", training at a boxing gym and striking out against perpetrators of anti-gay hate crimes wearing a black costume with a gay pride pink triangle. Meanwhile, Michael, who prides himself on killing gays rather than just bashing them, recruits homophobic thug Jimmy to harrass intended victims in preparation for Michael's fatal assault. In the novel's most absurd moment, killer Michael rapes basher Jimmy, theorizing that "You cannot kill what you have not been." In a subplot, Jimmy turns out to be the son of the local police chief in charge of homicide, who frets over the possible embarrassment his son's bashing might cause him if discovered and aired by a lesbian news anchor. Although Drake has a taut, clean narrative style, Buisch's illustrations do little to enhance the slim storyline. In keeping with this first volume's subtitle ("Why?"), much of the narrative seems to be a meditation on the origins of the savagery that characterizes hate crimes, but the cartoon aspects of this superhero tale trivializes the subject it aims to explore.
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Matthew and Adam are a great young couple: they talk, laugh, put the groceries away together, have a nice apartment, go out and do things with another couple--Ophelia and Elizabeth--and basically have a wonderful life until they are gay bashed and Matthew is killed, Adam severely injured. Recovered, Adam wanders into a gym one day and learns to box. He goes on a physical training regime, gets stronger, and learns to scale walls. He then decides to avenge Matthew's death by finding his killer and protecting other gays from attacks. Adam becomes "The Man," a gay avenger who wears a black costume with a pink triangle and saves gays from attacks. Matthew's murderer turns out to be a serial killer, and in the book's climax, The Man and the killer meet. Said to be an "illustrated novel," the book's chapters are divided by drawings that, as submitted for review, were less than ideally clear. Regardless of their eventual quality, great characterization, pacing, humor, and originality make Drake's gay take on the superhero a great read. Charles Harmon
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Book Description Plume, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110452274478
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