Posted By trish on May 2, 2013
• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: Dark Coast Press (April 9, 2013)
This astounding original debut tells the tale of Lenard Sikophsky whose father has fed him plutonium since the age of six in the hopes of making him the world’s first superhero. He is forced to 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 Moskowitz doesn’t make his life any easier. But with the guidance of the Sikophsky men, the antiquated rulebook, and of course a healthy amount of plutonium, Lenard accepts his fate as an exactor of justice. . . .
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 is a dazzling investigation into masculinity and hero-making. Crazy, troubled, hilarious, endearing—his characters are unforgettable.” –Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban and The Lady Matador’s Hotel
“How to explain this mystic monster League of Somebodies? Part old-school epic, part coming-of-age tale, and part comedy in the spirit of Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein . . . Sattin is a mad scientist!” –Victor LaValle, author of Big Machine and The Devil in Silver
“In our been-there-done-that world, Sattin has managed to create something new: a graphic novel without the graphics. This non-comic comic-book is a big-themed story-telling bonanza whose major elements are not only thematic, they’re chemical. If you crave a wild and original read, you’ve come to the right place.” –Amanda Stern, author of The Long Haul
“Sattin’s first novel is a whirling force that blends the family saga, superhero lore, and a coming of age story to a frothy cocktail. Imagine The Godfather remixed with Chabon’s classic Kavalier and Clay.” –Joshua Mohr, author of Fight Song, Damascus, and Termite Parade
Samuel Sattin’s work has appeared in Salon Magazine, The Good Men Project, io9, Kotaku, and has been cited in The New Yorker. He is a Contributing Editor at The Weeklings, and author of the debut novel League of Somebodies, described by Mat Johnson as “So rich with originality it’s actually radioactive,” and by Joshua Mohr as a “Whirling force that blends the family saga, superhero lore, and a coming of age story to a frothy cocktail.” He lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, beagle, and tuxedo cat. Please visit him at samuelsattin.net.
Samuel’s Tour Stops
Sunday, June 23rd: A Dream Within a Dream
Tuesday, June 25th: Book Addict Katie
Tuesday, July 2nd: Lectus
Wednesday, July 3rd: Must Read Faster
Thursday, July 11th: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
Tuesday, July 16th: Excellent Library
Wednesday, July 17th: Man of La Book
Wednesday, August 21st: Unabridged Chick