The League of Regrettable Superheroes

The League of Regrettable Superheroes Book Cover The League of Regrettable Superheroes
Jon Morris
Humor
Quirk Books
June 2nd, 2015
Hardcover
256

You know about Batman, Superman, and Spiderman, but have you heard of Doll Man, Doctor Hormone, or Spider Queen? InThe League of Regrettable Superheroes, you’ll meet one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever to see print, complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary. So prepare yourself for such not-ready-for-prime-time heroes as Bee Man (Batman, but with bees), the Clown (circus-themed crimebuster), the Eye (a giant, floating eyeball; just accept it), and many other oddballs and oddities. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The League of Regrettable Superheroes will appeal to die-hard comics fans, casual comics readers, and anyone who enjoys peering into the stranger corners of pop culture.

The Review

The Regret is Strong in This One: The League of Regrettable Superheroes

I looked through The League of Regrettable Superheroes when I was down and/or needed a laugh and it never ceases to entertain me. My mom’s fiancee and I giggle through the book and all the regrettable superheroes. The characters Jon Morris features are truly regrettable and downright embarrassing.

When I first started reading The League of Regrettable Superheroes, I thought that it was a joke; I was under the impression that Jon Morris created all these unfortunate superhero’s but when I read the intro (something you must do!) I realized that many of these were, in fact, actually real superhero’s that were published; don’t ask me how they went public…

I don’t know how, on God’s Green Earth, these superheroes made it to print but they did and now they are featured here in The League of Regrettable Superhero’s for us to giggle at. Jon does say that a lot of these hero’s show potential to be great, with some major changes.

Jon Morris divides the sections of the book by year they were published, making it I’m torn between telling you I’d buy this book and telling you I wouldn’t.

If I’d buy The League of Regrettable Superheroes it’d be…

  • Because it gave me a million laughs, particularly “Fatman” and “Slapstick.”
  • I had the flexibility of jumping chapters and reading the page or two that came with each regrettable superhero
  • The style of illustrations mirrors comics from the 60s or so that I’ve seen in comic book shops. The pictures have the look of being drawn on comic book paper, the kind that was made to be a mass-market production to make it affordable to everyone. However, the paper this book was printed on is not even close to comic book paper; it’s thick and sturdy.
  • The creativity is endless. Fatman and Doctor Hormone, for instance, are quite unfortunate just by looking at their name.
  • The one-page comic page accompanying each character has dialogue relevant to the characters’ character.

These characters are incredibly embarrassing and I’m a fan of embarrassing (just look at my life….). I enjoyed flipping to random pages and reading all the regrettable-ness that went on. It was a pleasure to read, and an easy read at that, perfect for even the non-readers in your life.

Quirk Books, thank you for sending me this book. It’s always a pleasure to review for you <3

Happy reading, peeps!

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