Ray Sirico used to have it all. Once, he was the brilliant and outrageous Clown Prince of Comics, who reinvented the venerable superhero Skylord, and ranted and rollicked everywhere from TV talk shows to Hollywood premieres. But that was in the ’70s and ’80s. Now it’s 1993, and Sirico is a drunken has-been. His wife has left him, his movie flopped, and his comics’ publisher is doing so poorly that its new corporate parent has come up with a radical marketing stunt: the Death of Skylord. Together, antihero Sirico and his superhero Skylord stand at the crossroads of comics and commerce, where quirky creators, fervent fans, conniving businessmen and preening celebrities converge. Deal-making, drug-dealing, love-making and truth-telling all collide at the riotous climax of a fateful weekend that leaves no one unchanged.
Publisher: Wattle, May 2013
Reviewer: Sharley Phillips
It may be a story based in the comic book world but you don’t need to be a fan of comic books to enjoy this book. It’s the story of a man who had it all and lost it and now he has a second chance, sort of. Obviously not everything is as it seems and it is worth reading for the climatic event.
I enjoyed the way in which the author provided background information to the characters, by using ‘historical’ media pieces about them to show what they had done and/or achieved.
Look at this book as a story about people within media and business not just comic books. It is a funny read if you enjoy satirical comedy.