About the Book
About the Author
"League of Somebodies is so rich with originality that it's actually radioactive. If you captured Owen Meany in a literary time machine and fed him a strict diet of comic books and plutonium, you would come up with a main character a hell of a lot more well-adjusted than Lenard Sikophsky. Read at your own risk and beware: laughter is the first sign of infection."–Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day and Pym
Lenard Sikophsky’s father has been feeding him plutonium since the age of six in the hopes of making him the world’s first bona fide superhero. First, he must pass the unusual tests of manhood locked in the centuries old tomb, The Manaton, a secret relic passed down for generations. Falling in love with the beautiful, compulsively suicidal Laura doesn’t make his life any easier. But with the guidance of the Sikophsky men, an antiquated rulebook, and of course a healthy amount of plutonium, Lenard accepts his fate as an exactor of justice.
One might think that Lenard’s extreme upbringing would encourage a decidedly different style of parenting. And yet, twenty years later, Lenard’s son Nemo is introduced to the same destiny as his father, only this time the violent entity called THEY are in dangerous pursuit. Lenard’s life and the legacy of his family are put to the test when he is forced to defend everything he loves.
League of Somebodies is an ambitious and unique satire of masculinity, a hilarious take on the conventions of the superhero story and a coming of age story unlike any other.
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