on April 6, 2013 :
I have never been so surprised to enjoy a book so much as I have with this one. I have read plenty of comics (maybe not THAT many) and seen plenty of superhero movies, but I have never actually read a superhero book. And I really really enjoyed it. It's better than the movies and better than the comics.
The book was ridiculously fun to read and full of action. There was plenty of superhero description and the action was highly detailed as well. I didn't miss the pictures, and I appreciated the absence of comic thought bubbles. There was plenty of humor and there was quite a bit that "poked fun" at the superhero world that most of us "know" already.
If you are a fan of superhero comics, pick this up. If you are a fan of action stories, pick it up. This book is an awesome way to spend an afternoon.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
on July 10, 2012 :
Very fun book! I'm fan of superheroes and comics so it was surprise for me to read the book about it. But I can relate to the characters and the story flows very well. There is some hilarious stuff in it, i.e. con scene.
I really recommend this book highly.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on July 3, 2011 :
Superheroes for me have always been about comics from Marvel and DC Comics - flashy drawings and not so much text - so I didn't really know what to expect or whether I'd like a superhero story that's all text and no pictures. The novel starts a bit slow, but that lasts only a few pages and when the action starts, it just doesn't stop and the thing is basically a page-turner: I found it very difficult to put down.
The characters are described well enough that you can "see" them, so that takes care of the lack of pictures. The good guys are all fun and kind of down-to-earth despite their powers, so in a sense you can at least relate to their "civilian" persona. Loads of actions, lots of subtle and not-so-subtle humor and dialogues that don't try to be more than they should be make this a light, addictive story. While I wish the book was longer, at the same time it doesn't overstay its welcome and does not fall into the trap of boring the reader with too much details or details not related to the story. I don't know if there will be a follow up to this, but I'll definitely be on the look out.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on June 27, 2011 :
If, like me, you were a fan of Marvel comics and graphic novels back in the 80s, Paul Batteiger has written a book for you. The Union of Heroes is a largely unique world filled with unique heroes and villains (no mean feat considering how many have gone before him) that are equally likeable and/or hate-able, depending on which side of the fence you happen to be on. The writing is accessible and the pacing, after the first couple of chapters, is crisp and engaging. I found myself caught up in the story very quickly and would often read way more than I intended to in any given sitting. The end came far too quickly and I am looking forward to the next book of Heroes adventures.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on June 7, 2011 :
Fun read! I got through it in one sitting! Paul really knows how to describe classic superhero fights with building-destroying smashing crashing action, witty commentary and character development.
Highly recommended for the superhero comics fan. I could see every detail in my mind as I read the book. I hope there is more! The Union of Heroes has more villains to fight!
(reviewed the day of purchase)