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By Ray Johnson on 02-21-18
A New Hero for the Pulp Era
Bagman is not one of the old guard pulp heroes, but he certainly does belong in their stable. He fits right in with the Shadow, Crimson, Mask, Green Lama, Spider, and so on. I was curious about the book, as I love pulp, masked avengers, and th 30's and 40's. This book slaked my thirst for pulp without a doubt.
Mac is a former bag man for the mob, who in a moment of inspiration, puts a grocery bag over his head to foil a crime. The mask effect is less than he'd hoped for. Even his pals warn him that he'll get his behind stomped if he keeps putting a bag over his head, but he continues, and what fun that he does. McCullough is a fanboy, and he models himself after his heroes. He creates a lair because Doc Savage has a lair. He has a library of pulp novels that he uses like roadmaps, and he gets upset when he misses an episode of the Lone Ranger. This pays out well, as we finally get to see a cosplayer get to live out their fantasy. This is brilliant work. Bell's writing packs a Hawaiian Punch, and the 30's setting is the perfect backdrop for his bagged hero.
May I say that, Roberto Scarlato's narration is pitch perfect, and carries the tone of the novel well. He is one of my favorite narrators, and at this point I'd trust him to read the ingredients on a pack of chewing gum to make it exciting.
This is a great new character, one who is deserving to stand in the same ranks as DOc Save and the Lone Ranger. Get it, read it, love it.
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By RFRMAC on 05-07-18
A Bag of a Tale
I picked this book up on a lark. I did not know what to expect. B.C. Bell has created a character that is easy to love and follow his exploits. Roberto Scarlato did a fine job of presenting the book. I look forward to more tales.