Have you ever wanted to be a superhero but didn’t know how to get started? After all there are a lot of things that go into becoming a superhero. What kind of outfit should I wear? What kind of secret headquarters should I get? How do I find an arch-nemesis? If you want to know all of this and more then How to Be a Super Hero by Doctor Metropolis is the book for you.
First of all it should be noted that this book is not meant to be taken seriously. I don’t think anybody would miss that considering the author goes by the name of Doctor Metropolis but I thought I would make sure. How to Become a Superhero is a very humorous spoof of a How to book which obviously gives you types on how to become a Superhero
The tips that Doctor Metropolis gives are very insightful. A lot of things he tells you to make sure you do while becoming a superheroes are things that you would never really think about a super hero having trouble with but now that Mr. Metropolis points them it you start to wonder about them. For instance every good superhero needs a secret hideout. Well this book tells you not only why you need a secret hideout but it tells you the different kinds of hideouts and what kind you should get. I bet that’s something you’ve never thought about but it’s really a very important decision. Take Batman for example, the bat cave hideout works great for Batman but if Batman’s hideout was somewhere else, say the Fantastic Four’s Baxter Building, then that would totally not fit his character.
There is a lot of other helpful information too. Like a guide on all the different super hero poses. There is the traditional Heroic Locust Pose or the increasingly popular Hysterical Tiger Pose. And let’s not forget the great tips on picking your costume. If your shoulders and torso are narrower than your hips ten you should choose dark fabrics to lengthen and flatter your upper body but if your shoulders and torso are wider than your hips then you should go for some nice spandex.
There are also several quizzes inside that will help you on your decision process, including a Choose your Arch-nemesis test. Here is an example of one of the questions.
Your arch-nemesis has somehow managed to capture you. You hope he doesn’t:
a) Strap you inside a giant piano and start playing “Chopsticks”.
b) Lash you to a conveyer belt that leads to an enormous hero-shredding machine
c) Lower you into a pit where you’ll face your brainwashed comrade, teammate, or lover in brutal hand-to-hand combat
d) Discuss his religious beliefs.
If your answer is A then you’re just looking for a good time, you’ll be just as happy fighting art smugglers as masterminds. But if you chose D then you like em big and evil; you like the type that tries to take over the world.
This book has a many hilarious lines in it, starting with the very first chapter where there is a quote by Doctor Metropolis that says, “I truly believe that inside each of us is this extraordinary person, and to release him or her we need only have the good fortune to get caught in a potentially disfiguring and almost certainly lethal industrial accident.” I do have one problem with this book though. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s a hilarious 120 page book. The problem is the book is 200 pages. Once you get in the 100 – 120 page range the author is just dragging out the joke too long and it starts to get monotonous. It’s much like many movies today. There is a lot of good stuff but it would’ve been made better if the author took a chunk out of it.
Also I probably wouldn’t recommend this to the average book reader; you certainly have to be a fan of comic books to get a lot of what the author is talking about. But if you are a comic book fan then you should definitely check out this book. Even though it drags in the last portion of the book it’s an easy read, it’s not a normal sized book and there are a lot of diagrams and pictures. So reading it goes back a lot faster than a normal 200 page book.