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Official Review: Badman by Bonz Buonopane

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Official Review: Badman by Bonz Buonopane

Post Number:#1 by CataclysmicKnight
» 20 Nov 2016, 15:54

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Badman" by Bonz Buonopane.]

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3 out of 4 stars
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I love superhero stories. Between TV shows like Gotham and all the Marvel and DC movies, it's a heck of a time to be alive! While I was certainly aware of countless superhero comic books, what I was surprised by was the idea of a superhero book. Badman by Bonz Buonopane introduces the titular Badman, who is more of an antihero than a hero (like Deadpool or the Punisher) and far from super (he has no superpowers whatsoever), but he still scratches that comic itch quite nicely.

Bonz Buonopane (the name of both the author and the main character) has been sent to South Carolina to help his uncle with his business. This isn't just any ol' family business, though, it's the Mafia! Bonz may be low-level, but he's as smart as he is tough and skilled. While things had been peaceful in their little town, it suddenly seems like a new gang is in town and causing trouble. But why would someone want to battle for such a small town, and why does Bonz feel like it's all some kind of set up?

My favorite thing about Badman is the amount of witty wisdom Bonz imparts to the reader. Little gems of knowledge include things like never leaving free guns behind, which guns are disposable after a gunfight and to always carry a knife for when your gun inevitably jams or runs out of ammo. Because the book is written in first person, the way Bonz thinks/inner-monologues these things lends a very comic book feel to it all while making it feel like Bonz has taken us under his wing. At one point Bonz even casually explains his typical outfit, including his "$5 Winchester shooting googles from Walmart."

The book also sneaks plenty of humor and action in where it can. The name Badman, for example, came about from his sister doing a nasal impersonation of Michael Keaton's Batman saying "I'm Batman!" He also comments on his own inner monologuing and spews the occasional one-liner. The action reminded me very much of the movie Taken - it's straight-forward, realistic and gritty. It does get slightly gory at times, but it's certainly not enough to be gross even by my squeamish standards.

The book did, however, have some flaws. It goes off course frequently, and while this works to fill in additional history and character backgrounds it sometimes gets slightly confusing or just goes on a bit too long. It could also use a little editing - there are a few errors here and there, although in over 120 pages I can count the errors on both hands.

Overall, Badman (the character) reminds me a bit of Deadpool minus the superpowers and invulnerability if he had people to answer to. It was a very enjoyable read for the most part, and as such I'm giving it 3 out of 4 stars. This is also the first book in a series, and I'm psyched to see what else Badman will get himself into! Anyone who loves a good, twisty crime story or a good antihero should give it a read!

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Re: Official Review: Badman by Bonz Buonopane

Post Number:#2 by Silvermoon
» 21 Nov 2016, 16:22

Interesting take on a superhero. I like Superheroes to some degree, I always enjoyed their vigilante aspect. This Badman (Bonz) sounds like an amusing and fascinating character. You did very well with your review. Great job!
:oops: Sorry I had to repost, my cursor has been going bonkers and wiped out part of a sentence just as I posted.
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Post Number:#3 by Guppy
» 27 Nov 2016, 19:17

Great review! I love superheroes too, especially the vigilante types (like the Green Arrow). I like that Bonz doesn't have powers, sometimes that can make it easier to relate to a super character. Will definitely give this book a go.
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Re: Official Review: Badman by Bonz Buonopane

Post Number:#4 by Tammy Le
» 05 Dec 2016, 22:54

Is Bonz really a sociopath? He shows signs of trust and loyalty. He has a weakness - a soft spot for underdogs. He's no heartless machine.
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Post Number:#5 by anneloretrujillo
» 07 Jan 2017, 21:23

This sounds like an interesting take on a hero book. Great job on the review!
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Post Number:#6 by David Nash
» 09 Jan 2017, 08:36

Interesting twist that the author and the main character have the same name. So, in a way, this is a anti-hero autobiography. Interesting review, thank!.
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Post Number:#7 by Magickangel102
» 11 Jan 2017, 22:28

I would have never second glances this book before reading your review. You did an amazing job describing your perception If this book. I love a good antihero story. More then I care for a superhero movie I love publisher and deadpool. I will now be adding this to my shelf to be read. Thank you.
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Post Number:#8 by mratdegraff91
» 14 Jan 2017, 19:41

Great review. This sounds lie an exciting book. I am a huge Marvel and DC fan. I didn't read much in the comics, though. I will have to give this book a try. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Official Review: Badman by Bonz Buonopane

Post Number:#9 by HannahGreendale
» 15 Jan 2017, 15:18

A fair number of comics can be gritty or dark. I like that you've emphasized this book as being witty and funny amidst the action.
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