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Preview: Michael Midas Champion: Book 1


by Jordan B. Gorfinkel, illo. by Scott Benefiel
Pub Date: August 4, 2105
Pages: 144
Format: Trade Paperback
SRP: $19.95
Age Range: Teen +
Trim: 10-3/16 x 6-5/8
Publisher: InkLit (an imprint of Penguin Random House)
Distributor: Penguin Random House
Item Code: JUN151391
ISBN: 9780425280782

What happens when the hero doesn’t — or can’t — save the day? What happens when he has to juggle a family with a duty to humanity and starts to crack under pressure? What happens when the world ends before the book is over? The new graphic novel Michael Midas Champion asks all these questions and more in a thought-provoking super-romp that still has plenty of brawling, flying, rescuing, and ninja (!).

Brought to you by writer Jordan B. Gorfinkel — known as “Gorf” to the legions of fans who grew up reading the now legendary superhero storylines he edited for DC Comics — Michael Midas is the story of a bullied kid who, like all superheroes, gains extraordinary powers in a freak occurrence. But unlike the rest, Michael has to pump iron and eat healthy to keep it up, and he has a family that needs him (not just a sometimes-significant other). The hardworking hero has to balance everything that’s important to him, and the pressure to be a father, a husband, a role model, and a superhero gets a little too tough to manage.

Along with Gorf (Batman: No Man’s Land, Birds of Prey), veteran artist Scott Benefiel (Transformers, Superman) adds a slick, fluid visual style making this a superhero book for those who’ve never tried one before; a tale of growing up in a genre that normally doesn’t allow its characters to change.