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Young Adult Fiction 1085
Who Cares About Superheroes
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
Reader reviewed by Jessie Hall

Personally, I could care less about a bunch of overly buff men and women running around in spandex fighting each other.  But Brian & Bobbi isn't a story about superheroes.  Sure one of the main character has superpowers and the other is a superhero's daughter, but all that takes back seat to the characters themselves.  

Brian & Bobbi is a graphic novel by writer Adam Wilson with art by Franco Viglino.  The story follows two teenagers who have had drastically different childhoods.  Brian is the forgotten son of a family where even having superpowers isn't enough to get anyone's attention; while Bobbi has to deal with an overbearing mother and the fact she's the illegitimate daughter of a superhero.  

When the two meet by chance both their worlds are suddenly turned upside down.  Brian finds himself being thrust into the world of superheroes, fumbling his way through fight after fight, only to discover in the end he actually enjoys doing it.  And though Bobbi tries her best to be a mentor to Brian, she eventually finds out her intentions may not be as sincere as she thought.

Wilson sets up an interesting dynamic between the two main characters.  Though some of the moments are a bit ridiculous, he manages to find a real emotional core for each character which makes them realistic and relatable, even when they're dealing with an army of giant robots.  Viglino's art plays a huge part in this as well.  His style suits Wilson's storytelling perfectly and his ability to capture emotion only emphasizes some of the more emotional points in the story, making them really hit home.  

So while I can't say whether or not this book will have much appeal for fans of traditional superhero comics, I can promise you that anyone who enjoys fun and heartfelt storytelling will find Brian & Bobbi to be a real treat.
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