Middle-Grade Graphic Novel

by Max Brunner
illustrated by Dustin Mackay
October 2017 – Running Press Kids/Hachette Book Group (US)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Big Hero Six when a group of young superheroes attempt to save the day, but there’s just one problem—their powers are defective!

Laser vision isn’t so hot when you’re cross-eyed, and supersonic flight’s a real downer when motion sickness keeps you grounded.

Twelve-year-old Marshall Preston is a Defective–a person with superhuman abilities that are restricted by some very human setbacks. While other kids are recruited to superhero teams, Marshall’s stuck in seventh grade with a kid who can run at super speed but can’t turn a corner, another with a radioactive peanut allergy that turns him into a swollen Hulk, and a telepath who reads everyone’s thoughts out loud.

Defectives like Marshall aren’t exactly superhero material, but when he uncovers a plot to destroy one of the greatest superhero teams of all time, Marshall and his less-than-super friends set out to prove that just because you’re defective doesn’t mean you can’t save the day.

With full illustrations throughout and a funny, heartwarming story, SUPERFAIL is the perfect book for reluctant young readers and the superhero fan.

Max Brunner began his professional career as lead writer for David World’s Press’s popular web comic, Barbiespawn. He’s a hardcore comic book nerd and a debut author. Max lives in Cypress, California.

Dustin Mackay is an animator and story artist for Disney and most recently worked on Planes: Fire & Rescue and Tinkerbell: Legend of the Neverbeast. Dustin lives in Cypress, California


« Brunner has delivered a story full of quirkiness and self-deprecating humor, and… Mackay breathes uproarious life into a delightfully awkward and occasionally gross narrative. »—Kirkus Reviews