Bif! Zap! BAM! Chabon has a lot to say in <i>The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier & Clay</i> beyond the rather classic comic romance and the in depth examination of the birth of superheroes in comic books. The elaborate backdrops and flashbacks are worth it in the end; the reader who slogs through it all can't help but feel he has a stake in the fates of Josef, Sammy and Rosa. Still, in the end, the issues that might have been examined more closely—homophobia, revenge, loyalty, responsibility, to name a few—were overshadowed by the excitement of venture capitalism and amazing feats of daring do. I was at once happy to accept the comic book ending and disappointed it all appeared so simple there might have been some misdirection involved. How apropos.