Podcast Review #138: Other Peoples Heroes

1792929Title: Other People’s Heroes
Author: Blake Petit
Genre: Comic book superhero fantasy
Released: 12 July 2011
Located: Podiobooks, iTunes
Formats Available: podcast, ebook
Rating: PG – 13 for violence

Like many boys, I grew up reading comic books whenever I could. Being one of three boys that shared most things, that meant comic books with missing pages and rips galore. (On an aside, who else remembers large dots used for colored printing?) In the 90s I went through a period of being a serious comic collector. The stories were fantastic.

During the time I listened to Escape Pod, Jeffrey DeRago’s Union Dues stories were some of my favorite. However, since then, I’ve also found (and reviewed) at least one comic book podcast that should have stayed hidden.

So when I found Other People’s Heroes I knew I’d listen, I just didn’t know what I’d find.

So, on to the review.

Synopsis: Josh Corwood has spent his life admiring the superheroes that protect Siegel City. He’s wanted to join them, wanted to be like them… but eventually, had to settle for reporting on them from the sidelines. When an undiscovered talent reignites his hope to join the world’s protectors, he suddenly discovers that their world isn’t everything he’d been led to believe. Surrounded by false idols, Josh decides to turn the tables on them and reveal the greatest con game in history… and hopefully, in the process, find the real heroes that have long been gone. (Stolen from Podiobooks.com)

Production: The production of Other People’s Heroes , in my memory, was very good. I do provide this caveat however: I listened to Other People’s Heroes during my hiatus and write these reviews from memory, so it is possible that the production isn’t quite what I remember.

I’ll also say that the theme music for
Other People’s Heroes nailed it and added to the listening experience.

Grade: A-

Cast: Other People’s Heroes is a self read by author Blake Petit. Mr. Petit nailed it. I don’t know if he modeled Josh Corwood off of himself, but I do know that he really did read his main character with flair and understanding.

Grade: A

Story: Other People’s Heroes follows in the vain of many novels based off of comics in the respect that it starts off by letting us know that not all supers are really all that heroic. Union Dues, Secret World Chronicles and Playing for Keeps all have done similar things, each in their own way. I still found the devices Mr. Petit used in Other People’s Heroes fresh and fun and the listener was engaged throughout.

Grade: A

Verdict: I admit. I LOVED this story all the way through. It was fun. It had the feel of a comic that I could have shared with my kids and not be afraid of what the next page would bring, while still being written by an adult with an adult audience in mind. If you enjoy a story of a persons humanity being worth more than any super power, give Other People’s Heroes a listen. I think you’ll be glad you did.

Disclosure: Nope. Don’t know Mr. Petit. At all.

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There are 14 Comments to "Podcast Review #138: Other Peoples Heroes"

  • Thomas says:

    Another one to add to my list

  • Jeff Hite says:

    I am not a huge comic book fan. I know huge surprise right? But I have read and listened to other works by Mr. Petit and really enjoyed them so I am hoping this will be the same. Thanks for the great review. I am glad to see you doing them again.
    -Jeff

  • Going to go get this one, right now…… I have always appreciated you being here, and providing a great service to listeners as well as readers. Thanks!

  • When I found out Odin was going to review a superhero podcast novel, I had to give it a listen. Short version, I loved it.

    I’ve been reading superhero comics for over 40 years with no real breaks. I’ve read super-hero novels, & watched superhero movies and TV shows for years.

    From the beginning, I enjoyed the premise and the single voice read. For most of the first act and a good bit of the second act, I pretty much guessed where things were going – but I’m a veteran on thousands of super-hero stories, I’m pretty hard to surprise at this point.

    Then somewhere in the second act, the story took a unique turn. It pulled me in and I just had to power listen until I got to the end.

    Is this the best super-hero stuff ever, “No”. Is this a story that I thoroughly enjoyed? Do I want to hear/read more in this story universe? Would I recommend it to other people?

    “Yes” “Yes” and “Yes”! 🙂

    • odin1eye says:

      Thanks Richard! I’m glad I wasn’t the only active listener/reader that was pleasantly surprised by the change in direction.

      Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the comment!

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