Whether you want to admit it or not, everyone wants to be a hero. You want to be able to swoop in and save the damsel in distress and rid your city of a villain that is ready to decimate the entire population without blinking an eye. I believe this is the driving force of Tommy McMahon’s engaging novel ‘Hero of the Day’.
E.K Fox, the novel’s protagonist, is like an amalgam of every titular hero that’s graced the inquiring minds of popular fiction. He has the traits of a modern-day Spiderman without the webs annoyingly spewing out of his wrists. He is like Dracula with his quest for perfection and for living life to its fullest, sometimes regardless of how his decisions may directly or directly impact other characters.
I think it’s interesting that McMahon describes his work as a comic book novel because that perfectly and succinctly captures the uniqueness of the book. Like a comic books ornate and sometimes graphic images, the words of ‘Hero’ act as a visual guides for the viewer. It encourages imagination and the suspension of belief from the reader, resulting in a thoroughly engaging narrative that I found entertaining and original.
I’ll be the first to say I am not usually a big fan of comic related stories, but Tommy McMahon’s novel is a refreshing and groundbreaking turn at turning an over-played dead horse of a genre into a new style that will undoubtedly find much success. I can even see ‘Hero’ helping to usher in a hybrid of narratives that appeals to many demographics, me included.