Captain Freedom: He's no Superman
I want to start off this review by telling you that if you like Dave Eggers or his literary journal McSweeney's, you will like this book. Stop reading and go buy it or check it out, now.
The rest of you still with me? OK.
I myself don't really like Dave Eggers.
BUT in this book, G. Xavier Robillard takes that Gen-X mindset, mixes in some hipster disdain and adds superpowers. Basically, if Eggers had superstrength, could fly and predict the weather, this would be his memoir. And I love it SO MUCH MORE than his actual memoir, which bottomed out about of a third of the way through.
Captain Freedom: A Superhero's Quest for Truth, Justice and the Celebrity He So Richly Deserves, is Robillard's first novel, (He also contributes to, surprise!, McSweeneys.net) and it is endlessly entertaining in a pop-psychology kind of way.
Captain Freedom is a modern-day superhero, who has more trouble dealing with sponsors and finding his arch-nemesis via Internet hating sites than he does fighting crime. His life as a superhero reflects our reality-TV world that obsesses over gossip and status rather than right and wrong.
This is exactly what satire is supposed to be: cutting, yet light.
Robillard is a guy who looks at the world around him, really understands what motivates people and then completely skewers it. Nearly every paragraph is a punchline, and if it isn't funny yet, it will be by the end of the chapter.
So the rest of you? You can go get this book now, too.