The full title of this book by Tea Krulos is “Heroes In The Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement.” I imagine that most comic-book readers have wondered what it would be like to be the heroes they read about. In this book, the reader gets an “on the ground” view of what that might be like.
Tea spends a lot of time with a variety of real-life super-heroes, or RSLH, as they’re commonly known. You have to wonder what makes someone really, for real, put on a costume and go out looking for bad situations to get involved with. The spectrum of motivation seems to run between good-hearted idealism to tenuous-grasp-on-reality. There’s no doubt that the people Tea profiles want to do good, but when you really get down to it, a costume hardly seems the best way to do that. Still, for many people, that is the route they take. What is neat, is that for the better-balanced individuals, they do find a way to be “heroic” – and that often includes helping the homeless, organizing food and toy drives, and being a fun, “look out for each other” presence in their neighborhoods.
The book also has a pretty neat angle for me, as the author lives in the same area of Milwaukee as I do, and he spends a fair amount of time with a Milwaukee RLSH named The Watchman. 🙂
The book was a pretty quick read, has many photos of the RLSH, and does a fair job of examining these people. Tea seems to keep a pretty objective view of these people and their exploits. Whether or not you’re a fan of comic-books, this would be a worthwhile read!
And, to buy the book, visit my favorite local bookstore, Boswell Books!