I admit to not being into all this super hero stuff — a bit of batman is as far as it goes with me. So why was i reading this book? Because it was written by Joseph — nuff said.
The reason i don’t like the normal super hero thing is that it’s all just plain stupid: get bit by a radio active spider and suddenly you can climb walls and beat the hell out of super villains. Yeah, whatevah! But The Other Eight takes that just plain stupid thing to the most silly it can get and just has some fun with it. And, i have to say, it actually works.
At last a super hero story that actually sets out to be silly, rather than a silly super hero story trying it’s hardest to be serious.
So yeah, i like it. Because every now and again one needs a bit of silly in ones life and this book fills that spot exceptionally well. And just to make sure you actually get that message, Joseph throws in a relevant quote from the great Willy Wonker:
‘A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.’
Great writing, fun characters, fun story, just fun.