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#1 Amazon Best Seller! ─ A Deeper Look at Superhero SoldiersMilitary heroes in comic books. Comic book superheroes have been influenced by the true heroes of our armed forces for decades. They frequently recreate the actions of presidents, military leaders, and soldiers. From Captain America punching Hitler in the jaw on his very first cover, to The Punisher surviving the battle of Firebase Valley Forge, there are countless instances when the military has crossed over to the pages of comic books.Soldiers and superheroes. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, author Jason Inman re-discovered his childhood love of comic books during long days at the Tallil Air Base in southern Iraq. He couldn’t help but ask why so many comic books are filled with service members. Maybe it’s their loyalty to everyday citizens and the never-ending quest for justice. The men and women who lace up their books and sacrifice their lives know that battle can change a person. What kinds of soldiers were these fictional characters, and how were they changed by war?Perfect military enlistment gift or gift for veterans. Super Soldiers: A Salute to the Comic Book Heroes and Villains Who Fought for Their Country looks at the intersection between war and pop culture to understand these questions and more. Each chapter revisits military comic book characters and compares them to personal stories from Inman’s military career; describing superhero soldiers from DC comics and Marvel comics, including lesser-known characters lost to time. Super Soldiers is a perfect gift for soldiers and fans of military science fiction or non-fiction heroes, and everyone who wants to know the stories behind their favorite comic books.You’ll love Super Soldiers if you enjoyed DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New Edition, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, The League of Regrettable Superheroes, The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains or non-fiction books such as Alone at Dawn, Saving Bravo, or Across The Fence.


Customers Reviews

Bravo Zulu!

5.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Schweigart on June 18, 2019
I truly enjoyed and appreciated Jason Inman's exploration of comic book service members. More than just a deep dive into a handful of characters - and believe me, nobody knows how to plumb the depths of a comic like Jason Inman - the author also explores his own time in uniform, which adds a heartfelt authenticity and hard won authority to the subject. I could listen to Jason geek out on the ins and outs of the characters all day (and as a fan of his Geek History Lesson podcast I have), but what I'm really grateful for is how he conveyed what it feels like to have that slice of home. As a Coast Guard officer, I was at sea on a medium endurance cutter for months a time, and like Jason, it was during these deployed periods that I reconnected with the heroes of my youth. I may have been at sea (and safer) than Jason was in the sand, but he absolutely nails just how much these characters, these friends, these heroes can mean to people like us when we need them the most. Bravo Zulu, Jason!
Great read for comic fans (new and old) and those interested in the experiences of service members!

5.0 out of 5.0 by Dan on June 23, 2019
Jason Inman (great comic writer, podcaster and youtuber) details several comic characters who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and compares their experiences to his own. First, it is a great read if you want to learn more about these characters, whether you have never heard of them or are long time fans of them. Inman's analysis goes into great depth about the characters experiences and the effects it has on them. Also, I appreciate how each character has some central theme that connects to Inman's experiences. As for each character, Inman refers back to his own experience in the Army. Which brings me to my second point, Inman's reflection on his military experiences and those of the characters is informative, interesting, honest and connective. I know a few people who have served or are serving, as well as read quite a few books and seen a lot of movies about military experience. From tent pole blockbusters of movies/books to smaller, more thoughtful ones and very few have given me an understanding and appreciation as Inman has in this book. It is also a fun read in many parts, where Inman will make jokes and such to break whatever tension has or will happen. I thoroughly enjoy this book and cannot recommend it enough. Please read it!
Summaries from a unique perspective.

5.0 out of 5.0 by Erik S. Burnham on June 25, 2019
I’ve known Jason Inman for a bit, and having finally sat down and read Super Soldiers, I’m pleased that it was exactly what I was hoping it would be.We see the characters explained (for better and worse) through the perspective of someone who has served. It’s given plenty of food for thought, and my biggest complaint is that I think many of these characters could’ve weathered far more analysis — that’s not much of a complaint; you do want to leave your audience wanting more, and every chapter features a solid rundown and some intriguing takes. I’ll be waiting for the sequel.
Comic book characters and real-life heroes!

5.0 out of 5.0 by Ken A Napzok on June 25, 2019
Jason Inman is a veteran of the pop culture discussion industry with a reputation for a thoughtful and passionate love for the stories and characters close to his -- and our -- hearts. This book, Super Soldiers, is a perfect combination of his comic book knowledge and real-life experiences as a combat veteran for the US Army. Here Jason gets to present fans the connections our favorite superheroes and villains have with the military, allowing us to look at them in a new light, while also sharing powerful revelations of his own time in the military as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Its both fun and insightful, deep and honest. It's everything I've come to expect from Jason Inman. I know you'll enjoy this book.
A Fantastic Read For the New and the Old

4.0 out of 5.0 by Cody on August 24, 2019
Jason Inman weaves an interesting web of nonfiction with his first (I think?) prose work. Being influenced by comics and the heroes that inhabit that world Jason goes down a path where he exams the soldiers and people who have served their country, intermixing their experiences with his own as he adds personal anecdotes and harrowing experiences that range from scary to the mundane.The heroes and villains of DC and Marvel are broken down into 16 chapters where Jason goes through their military history and explores the many facets of military life. From being a "military brat" to an enlisted solider he tries to paint a mural (figuratively and actually in one chapter) of what the military experience was and is using iconic characters as stand ins for us civilians to understand.Truly a great read, and a quick one, as Jason treats each chapter like a mini-Geek History Lesson episode (his podcast with his wife where they talk about the history of a comic character every week) infused with his charisma, whit, and personality. It doesn't matter whether you're a hard core geek or a total newbie, each chapter is written like a classic comic issue where you don't need to know anything to enjoy what you're getting.
MUCH more than I expected.

5.0 out of 5.0 by Dave Adams on July 19, 2019
When I first heard about this I pre-ordered it because I like Inman's work on YouTube and Jupiter Jet. I was expecting a catalogue of military themed super heroes and basic information about each one.What I didn't expect was the superb introspection that takes this to the next level. Jason's insight based upon his service took approaches to each character that I had never considered. I agree with some, disagree with others, but in every instance I was forced to reevaluate my thoughts on each character. This was where I was impressed. Many years ago I was in the Infantry (no combat though) and although we are a generation or two apart the Army never changes. I was able to relate to almost all Inman's experiences and empathize with both him and the comic character being addressed. This felt less like a book and more like a conversation. It has changed how I view some of these characters by making them more than one dimensional.It's thought provoking, funny, and a fresh approach to comic characters that are now old enough to qualify for Social Security. I highly recommend giving this book a look. You won't regret it.My only dissatisfaction was in the omission of The Haunted Tank in the Honorable Mentions. But that's a minor quibble for a comic book that hasn't been published in decades.It's a good read and well worth your time and money.