IMMUNE! The Origin of Ryan Scammell, Superhero (Approximately 72% Non-fiction)

Using simply drawn rotoscoped animation, Ryan Scammell ponders the contemporary phenomenon of people wanting to be real-life superheroes and, not surprisingly, finds the root causes to be feelings of impotence and mortality. In voice-over Scammell explains how his unusually strong immune system in childhood convinced him that he possessed superpowers, which shaped his experience as an adult; ultimately he and another delusional amateur crime fighter (who called himself the Black Shield) tried to expel a trio of drug dealers from a public park. The story takes a poignant turn near the end as Scammell recounts his father’s death from cancer, and for the most part his winsome, self-deprecating narration compensates for the obviousness of his theme.