Comic book readers are definitely a passionate bunch. What is it about comics that draws us so? I'm not specifically a Marvel fan, but loved Archie, and Betty and Veronica when I was a kid, and the Robotech - Macross Saga when older. Comics (and their video spin-offs) are of course huge in Japan. And I've loved all the Superman film and TV series remakes.
There's something about the larger-than-life possibilities.
In The Never Hero, Hodges looks at the mental and psychological reasons that would push any regular guy into becoming a hero.
College student, Jonathan Tibbs, is suddenly beset with inexplicable events in his life that lead him to completely change how he views his life. He both meets a mysterious blonde man, and has a strange, somewhat violent, encounter with an off-world being that pushes him into changing what he is going to do with his life.
Interestingly, while the theme of comic books and heroes runs through the book, it is not written like a comic book at all. We are brought into Tibbs' mind and see his memories with his dad, and his thinking in response to the bizarre circumstances that are introduced into his life and how he changes (somewhat obsessively) as a result of them.
This is a well written and well thought out novel. The author teases us too with the idea that Jonathan is possibly not fighting against something real.
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The ending is very clever, and we are prepared for book 2. If you're interested in reading a book about what develops a hero, you'll enjoy The Never Hero.
Book #2 is currently titled The Never Paradox, and is in the works!