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‘Starling’ by Sage Stossel

Abook like “Starling,’’ Sage Stossel’s story of the misadventures of a superhero on and off the job, would not have seen the light of day 50 years ago. Classic comic-book superheroes, when first conceived, were role models — their superpowers became merely extensions of their otherwise irreproachable personalities.

Since the opening of Tim Burton’s “Batman,’’ and perhaps before that, Americans have come to like their superheroes a bit damaged. A dark back story or an addiction can go a long way toward making a superhero more interesting; after all, even Achilles had his heel and Superman his Kryptonite.

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