Cinema: The Hero in the Mirror

In the hip, funny Mystery Men, saving the world is less important than finding yourself

Are we not all dreamy or daft enough to think of ourselves as superheroes in the comic book of our lives? Are we not tickled to think that the world is somehow dependent on our skills and charisma? And do we not come to understand, in the bleak clarity of reality, that some heroes--especially the one staring at us in the bathroom mirror--will never be truly super?

It was the inspiration of comic-book artiste Bob Burden to answer these ornate rhetorical questions. He created, in his Mystery Men stories, "a bizarre hodge-podge crew of second string, blue collar, milltown heroes." Now...

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