The Cuckoo Cage

Edited by Ra Page

One of The Guardian's books to look forward to in 2021.

AKA. BRITISH SUPERHEROES

The superhero of comic books and blockbuster movies might be a State-side phenomenon, with its conservative notions of ‘truth, justice and the American way’. But the cultural DNA of the superhero arguably lies in a much older, more progressive, British tradition: the folk heroes of British protest history.

In this unique experiment, ten authors have been charged with resurrecting this tradition: to spawn a new generation of present-day British superheroes to bring the fight back to these shores, and to more progressive causes. From the statue-toppling Bristolian with otherworldly powers, to the Essex resident protecting public spaces and parks, these characters prove that it is possible to create a new breed of superhero in ways that capture essential truths about the society we live in.

Afterwords by: Richard Sheldon, Rhian E Jones, Briony McDonagh, Rose Wallis, Katrina Navickas, Lewis Brennan & Ariel Hessayon.

For fans of the writing of Alan Moore, the ‘pioneer of serious superheroes’ - Watchmen, V for Vendetta and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

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Book Details

ISBN-10
1912697408
ISBN-13
9781912697403
Published
23 Sep 2021