The Back Pain Avenger

2012 Illinois Arts Council Award Recipient. The Back Pain Avenger is a non-medicated memoir of rehabilitation. This alternative back pain relief book is loaded with comics, not endless chiropractor bills.

Discover how one eccentric leader in the disability community finally overcomes his back injury and no longer suffers from chronic back pain. Find out if the unorthodox methods he uses in healing back pain will work for you. This hard to believe, funny, yet true story is written and illustrated by award-winning author Joe Chiappetta.

Disability advocates, people with disabilities, their family members, as well as healthcare professionals and businesses that employ people with disabilities will be aching with laughs, insight, and the awareness that brings healing in this lighthearted yet powerful journey. Alternative medicine meets cartoon humor and the Bible. The book also includes Disability in Comics: a chronological index of major characters with disabilities featured in the history of comic books and strips.

Features over 175 Silly Daddy comics and illustrations plus 30,000 words. Bonus features include stories by Denise and Maria Chiappetta as well as Jillian Moyet.

The Good
Not many people could take something like chronic back pain and create a book out of it that isn’t pages of medical boredom.  The author certainly managed to successfully with his Back Pain Avenger tale.  Weaving in illustrations and amusing events throughout the story of his trying years of suffering, he does a great job of sharing this journey and educating the masses.

The Bad
Although this remains a fun way to tell such a story, this kind of topic can be tough to keep everyone’s attention.  Personal beliefs aside, the religious insight may also go over the heads of some audiences.

The Summary
Regardless of your ability to relate personally to the author’s situation, this is an inspiring book. Joe Chiappetta gives us a powerful tale about overcoming challenges in life and those who get us through them. It’s far from a typical superhero tale, but the underlying tale of triumph is there.

For more on Joe Chiappetta and his work, check out his Blog.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All comments, thoughts and back pain from hunching over a computer to write this belong solely to the individual reviewer.

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