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10 thoughts on “Zephyr: Phase One

  1. says:

    Zephyr is one of, if not the, best superhero books I ve read in the past five years It s not going to be for everyone but it is definitely up my alley and has a smart Transmetropolitan style feel which combines the absolutely insane with the mundane in a way that feels both subversive as well as cool The book stars Zephyr, the world s perhaps 3rd or 4th most famous heroes He s a big deal, don t get me wrong, and plugged into the world s celebrity culture However, he s jaded, cynical, and depressed He also has a terrible home life with a wife who has come to view his superheroism with less pride and understated shame.This definitely feels like an adult Warren Ellis esque comic with Zephyr s world being one where superheroes are stalked by the paparazzi, get in sex scandals, and are genuinely likely to embarrass themselves than inspire you Despite this, they live in a world with such Silver Age antics as renegade Greek God robots and banks which uproot themselves to attack people.I happen to like Zephyr, himself, because despite the fact his every other thought is about how much he dislikes the people around him he s a surprisingly heroic guy He spends his days going out into society and rescuing them from horrific danger for almost no reward You actually manage to feel bad for a world famous guy with his own toy deal because he gets no respect at home despite all the lives he saves.The world building really manages to sell this is our planet but gone in a very odd direction A lot of the changes don t make much sense in a literal way but underscore how just BIZARRE this planet and it s life is For example, the star of the movie Troy and one of Hollywood s top buff A list actors is Macaulay Culkin of Home Alone fame Some readers may be put off by the fact there s a subplot involving Zephyr s pre teen daughter being expelled from an all girl s school for her homosexuality which her mother is decidedly not supporting her through Also, the fact Zephyr has a lesbian pair of mothers but is deeply uncomfortable with the idea anyone thinking he s gay himself It s the kind of thing which many readers may not find entertaining but isn t played for laughs Zephyr, himself, is supportive of his daughter even though he s flawed This is a bizarre R rated superhero novel with lots of sex, oddball encounters, and cool I think people who like that sort of thing will love this book I know I did.

  2. says:

    Well the concept of this book had me interested, but it was too much I only got about 1 3 of the way in Zephyr is incredibly foul mouthed and while I m in no way a prude and will curse like a sailor, I felt like it had no purpose in this book other than to just be there And the excessive celebrity name dropping was kind of the same It all really distracted me from the story itself, so I wasn t able to keep going.

  3. says:

    This book seems to be pretty heavily promoted on but I heartily suggest before you consider buying you use the Look Inside feature Straight away you plunge into a stream of consciousness of a character busily swearing, checking out other characters breasts and butts, and name checking celebrities in a fairly implausible way Eric Clapton goes past and high fives me and then immediately makes a face aghast like he mistook me for someone else The story is a superhero one but set in a real world environment How would our world react if superheroes really existed And what would those heroes be like in a world which would fete them as celebrities, even with their personality flaws It all reads like some weird wish fulfillment fantasy and not a pleasant one at that For example, early on, the hero uses a static electricity power to make the nipples of girls at a party harden Really Now if this is your kind of thing, then hey, the look inside will prepare you for it If that s for you, go for it It wasn t for me Throw in the cover looking like it s riffing off the far superior Zenith comic book and the whole thing is a package that I wish I d left on the shelf.

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    When I saw Warren Hately promote Zephyr somewhere on the social media space, I wasn t sure what to expect of the book The cover image at first glance looked like a black and white version of the Joker, which I must admit was what drew me to it Also, he was giving Zephyr kindle edition away for free on , and well free stuff Zephyr.As a comic book reader, I was yet to read a novel type version of the same genre The beauty of comic books is in seeing the colourful characters come to life in vivid detail, facial expressions expressive than words, action sequences spanning across the panels with exaggerated font detailing the action I must admit that I had no problem imagining the world and characters in Zephyr with the same amount of detail The description is just as vivid, bringing Warren Hately s world to life in my mind I loved this about his writing style.A unique set of characters exist across the story Bearing in mind that superheroes are as ubiquitous as the skyscrapers they destroy, it is not an uncommon sight to see the costumed crusaders in the day to day happenings of life Which sets a unique world for the story Considering that powers are quite common, many of the celebrities are super powered beings villains and heroes The law knows they exist and do what they can to assist them Newspapers and glamour magazines write up about these heroes like celebrities and in essence that s exactly what they are The world building was weaved into the story so the world felt real, factual Nothing seemed out of place even though it was an alternate history and world One where the Beatles were an influential band and a famous superhero team perhaps Zephyr himself is supposedly another run of the mill hero but really he s not The situations that occur and how he handles them, the villains and the heroes involved, show a much intricate character He s also trying to balance his life as a hero and life as a father and husband, which has it s own complications Let s nor forget the friends in his life, human and super, who add their own complications to an already conflicted man Zephyr is not the great moral being we want to be, the Superman of our souls, but instead he is the human condition exacerbated by powers If we were granted these unique and amazing abilities, how much of them would we use for personal gain and how much for the good of others Would we turn to heroes or villains Why How would those around us be affected by our abilities At what great lengths would we go to save our families and keep them from the dangers that come with being related to a super And let s not mention the big reveal right at the end Zephry as a character is real.And then it get s weird I mean really weird I had quite a few What is this moments And Zephyr has a mouth on him I love his humour and his sarcasm who doesn t like a little wit with their punches and sometimes he just says what he s thinking without filter The villains aren t so villainous as they are desperate, and human It s easy to see a villain as a bad guy who doesn t care, but Warren Hately paints humanity into some of them that is real And then the others, the main villains who propel the story forward well you just have to read this novel to understand the fear that it invokes within me.Overall a really great intro novel to the world of Zephyr.

  5. says:

    This is an intriguing deconstruction of the superhero concept Zephyr isn t Tony Stark or Peter Parker a genius whose upbringing somehow prepares him to be a superhero He s the one in a million working class Everyman who does something stupid, but receives god like superpowers instead of getting killed In his our celebrity obsessed world, he s a rock star But he s also trying to manage a secret identity as a husband and father Much of the story illustrates the difficulty and absurdity of maintaining this lifestyle on a day to day basis All this in a different but recognizable alternate universe makes for an enjoyable story that has me very interested in the sequel.

  6. says:

    I chose this book as my Kindle Lending Library for this month because it looked interesting and I was definitely not disappointed In fact, I liked it so much I bought the next two in the series almost immediately Great writing, interesting characters Looking forward to reading much of Warren Hately s work

  7. says:

    Being a hero is hard, but not as hard as being a dad and good husband.Meet Zephyr, one of the nation s most revered super heroes He s not alone in the tights game he prefers leather , but he likes to handle things solo after a botched attempt at a super group When he s not saving the city, partying with celebs and other supes, he s an unemployed dad to a teenage girl and husband to a successful business woman This first tale of our less than perfect protagonist takes us through the trials of keeping a secret identity from your own flesh and blood, while dodging witchcraft, thrown cars, and other worldly entities This is a fun, upbeat test sarcastic take on the superhero genre that will have you clamoring for the next title in the series.

  8. says:

    Fun superhero fiction, with a hint of Chuck KlostermanIrreverent and fun, although the protagonist is somewhat unsympathetic at times but I guess that s part of the point of capepunk The mixing of superhero celebs and distorted parallel versions of our own e.g A Richard Gere Tom Cruise couple make for an amusing game of trying to match up events across timelines The first person narration feels no need to explain itself, and is consequently filled with blink and you ll miss it riffs on American and British pop culture that never get explained I m sure I ve missed most of them myself Read it if you liked both Watchmen and Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs.

  9. says:

    Definitely not for the four color hero fan Bigotry, misogyny, homophobia and a whole lot of assholes Is this a picture of what the reality of folks with powers would be or is it a nightmare I don t know Best keep reading.

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    Review copied from my blog a superhero story for grown ups There s the super powers, the villains, the slightly ambiguous in betweens I m having to really try to avoid spoilers in this review We get to see our hero Zephyr deal with the press and trying to keep his normal identity secret which isn t something comics really touch on too much Warren Hately also manages to include all the battles and plots that comic readers tend to love, there seems to be something going on around every corner, I really feel for the poor normal people living in that world who have to deal with all the supercharged criminals without any powers of their own.There s a fair bit of adult content in this, well I m not sure how to describe it, novel comic so even though it s great and at certain points quite witty writing I would avoid letting children or anyone a bit on the prudish side read it.The idea that Zephyr is a veteran in the superhero world at just 35 is quite an interesting point, especially in the youth obsessed world we live in ourselves where older celebrities tend to get less press Though really it s likely that he s a veteran because of how dangerous the superhero world is, I mean how many of us would survive in a world where people can control pretty much any element I could easily see myself accidentally injuring myself with my own powers if they were decent ones.Anyway to cut away from the weird rambling in the last paragraph I m seriously recommending this book to someone who likes the whole superhero thing, you don t even have to be the greatest fan I ve never read a proper comic and most of my superhero experience comes from films like The incredibles or Batman and I really enjoyed this book.

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