Friday, February 27, 2009

In the Library with Holo-Man


Tumbling down one of those unmappable internet rabbit holes, I somehow found myself searching for a book that I recalled checking out incessantly from my hometown library. The book was Holo-Man, the only superhero book the library had. It was a paltry fourteen pages of comics, a 45 record, and completely insane. The book features a super team that never appears in the comic, a villain on the cover that never shows himself, and it all ends in a cliffhanger, never to be resolved (as no future issues or editions were ever published).

It was everything I could have hoped for. Disco insanity and science fiction balled up in perpetually unanswered suspense. A tip of the nostalgic hat to you, Holo-Man, you've affected me more than I probably care to analyze.

2 comments:

brad w said...

A book with only 14 pages. References to characters who never appear. How nice was that public library of yours? Are you sure someone didn't tear out the second half?

Paul Hornschemeier said...

Oh, no, I'm sure. The book was just insane. To clarify, there were, I believe, 16 pages (making it even increments of 4, for you production nerds out there wondering at a 14 page book's existence). The last two pages were a brief and heavily simplified dissection of holograms and how they work. So allow me to add nerdy science explanations to the reasons I loved this book...