Synopses & Reviews
Using superheroes as the allegory, this colorful photo narrative explores the not-so-glamorous and sometimes dark realities of those who strive to live their dreams against all odds. The creators of Mime Very Own Book have reunited to pair trademark imagery with witty snippets to create a hilarious visual smorgasbord of real people and their quest to see themselves as more than they really are. From fast food to the simple pleasures of gardening, this lighthearted spoof reveals the superhero in all.
"'Sometimes, those with the most extraordinary abilities are the most ordinary people,' co-author Mock writes in the forward to this collection of candid shots of everyday superheroes. Instead of Batman, Superman and the Hulk, Mock and company focus on a curious mix of oddball also-rans: Infinity Girl is a young woman whose ability 'to make things happen over and over' has relegated her to spending eternity in a dead-end job at a bar; Fast Food is an overweight, uninspired lay-about with a multi-holster belt of sodas; and Vane is a smug, self-satisfied pretty boy with mirrors on his gloves and boots, enabling him to admire himself from all angles. Operating from an unoriginal premise, the execution is hit and miss. Photographer Curtis's shots are crisp, well-lit, and unique, highlighting the figure in question and creating a unique sense of melancholy that carries through the book. But conceptually, the trio has a long way to go captions often rely on fading internet memes and clichÃ©s. Ostensibly meant to show 'the vulnerability of life, our embarrassing failures, and those colorful people who dare to dream light-years beyond themselves,' Curtis, Perry, and Mock's collection of washed-up superheroes falls short of its mark. Photos. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Eric Curtis is a professional photographer. Scott Allen Perryis an actor, an independent filmmaker, and a writer. He is the writer and director of "Bobbi's Bedroom," "MC Outdoorz," and the documentary "The Outdoorsmen"." "They both live in Los Angeles. Adam Mock is the president and creative director of Medallion Media Group. He lives in Montgomery, Illinois. They are the photographer and authors of "Mime Very Own Book."