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Turncoat
2016
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In a spit-in-the-eye against superhero archetypes, this quirky tale introduces a hit man who never hits his targets-who are superheroes. In fact, Duke is a not-so-lovable loser all around, even if we sympathize with him because a superhero ruined his childhood. His ex-wife and rival assassin (drawn with unglamorous, sturdy malevolence) steals his hits and runs off with another man, who fathered the kid Duke thinks is his. But the superheroes Duke is trying to get rid of are not so likable either, especially the one impersonating Duke's ex-wife. In fact, nobody is quite what they seem in this snarky saga, which provides nonstop, entertaining plot twists. O'Sullivan (Twisted) manages a fitting ending that surprises readers as well as Duke. Klaus (The Glimmer Society) has fun overexaggerating an already exaggerated concept with unpretty illustrations and commedia dell'arte touches, using -coloring that varies from atmospheric to realistic to sepia flashback. VERDICT This dark and dirty satire paints blood all over superhero clichés, supplying chuckles and snorts along the way. For older teens and adults who like a dollop of "anti" with their heroes.-MC © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Turncoat follows the story of Duke, the world's worst superhero assassin, and his constant battle with his ex-wife-and-rival assassin, Sharon. Duke is always one step behind Sharon, constantly missing out on the "big hit" that will set him for life. (It certainly doesn't help matters that he only ever seems to go up against D-list superheroes like "Bug-Boy" and "Freedom Fighter".)<br> <br> ...so when Duke receives a contract for the most famous superhero team in the world, he realizes his time has come. Not just to finally make the big hit, but to finally move on from his ex-wife.<br> <br> If only it were that simple.<br> <br> Turncoat is a collection of the entire six-issue run of the popular webcomic of the same name (www.turncoatcomic.com). Created by Ryan O'Sullivan and Plaid Klaus in 2014, despite the two of them never having met. Ryan is from London, England, and Klaus is from New York.
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