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Of heroes and villains
Delaney, Mark.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Atlanta : Peachtree, [1999]

Physical Description:
202 pages ; 18 cm.
While the Misfits are attending a comic book convention and waiting for a sneak preview of the new Hyperman movie, they see the film stolen by someone dressed as Hyperman's nemesis, the Jester.
Reading Level:
780 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.7 7.0 42782.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 4.7 13 Quiz: 53163.
Format :


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X Young Adult Mass Market Paperback Paperback

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Meet Misfits, Inc. Investigations...
*Peter, the genius
*Jake, the athlete
*Byte, the computer whiz
*Mattie, the "magician"
These four teenage super-sleuths have a knack for uncovering and solving unsolvable crimes.

In their second case, Of Heroes and Villains , the team is mysteriously summoned to a comic book convention, where they anticipate the premiere of the exclusive new Hyperman superhero movie. At the convention, the Jester (a comic book villain come-to-life) terrorizes the audience and commits a daring crime.

When the Misfits attempt to solve the Jester's riddle, they discover that someone close to them may be involved in the heist. As they draw dangerously close to unmasking the villain, the Misfits uncover a longtime wrong that only they can right.

Author Notes

MARK DELANEY earned a masters degree in comparative literature from the University of California at Irvine. He taught English at the secondary level for nine years before relocating to Tennessee, where he operated a bookstore.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-10. The lines between action comics and literature blur in this second adventure featuring the Misfits, an unlikely but likable quartet of teen sleuths. Here, Peter, Jake, Byte, and Mattie attend Bugle Point's annual comic-book convention, highlighted by a preview of comic hero Hyperman's new movie. But at the screening, the film is stolen by Hyperman's nemesis, the Jester, who seems to have jumped straight from the comic's pages. As the four try to help recover the film, a dastardly plot is revealed, with dangerous repercussions. This mystery gently parodies the current comic-book industry and pays affectionate homage to the golden age of comics, when superheroes were truly defenders of the weak and crusaders for justice. Hyperman is a ringer for Superman, illustrating how comic-book heroes change to reflect the times. Delaney obviously knows his stuff, from publishing companies' rivalries, marketing hypes, and artist exploitation to conventions and obsessive collectors. With a great ensemble cast, appealing villains and heroes, and lots of action and surprises, this is an excellent transitional bridge for reluctant readers from comics to novels. Comic-book fans will also enjoy Delaney's references to real-life people and characters in comic history, then and now. --Shelle Rosenfeld