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Superhero book genre recommendation for your pal DV


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Darth Virul

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Hello. I've recently started reading superhero books and I'm looking for recommendations from those brave foolhardy souls who have travelled this path before I. So far I have read Richard Roberts "Please don't tell my parents I'm a supervillain" series (5 books and all mucho excellento), the two books from Ralph Angelo's "Hyperforce" series (is two books series? Maybe not) and few standalones from different authors like "Supervillain and Me", "Soon I will be invincible" and couple of others. Genre like this is bound to be full of trash among which few goodies can be found so post here recommendations and a brief description, please and thank you!



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In roughly descending order of vehement enthusiasm :

 

  • Al Ewing's portion of the Pax Brittania series - that'd be El Sombra, Gods of Manhattan, and Pax Omega (apparently, all three are collected in The El Sombra Trilogy omnibus)
  • Elliot S! Maggin's two Superman novels - that's Superman : Last Son of Krypton and Superman : Miracle Monday
  • Robert Mayer's Superfolks
  • the Masked anthology of short stories edited by Lou Anders - incl. work by Paul Cornell, Gail Simone, and Mike Carey!
  • V.E. Schwab's Vicious (although I can't even half-vouch for the sequel or anything else in that particular series; but I did read much of this'n and it wasn't too bad)
  • Ian Tregillis' Milkweed Triptych series (again, didn't finish what I read of the first one, Bitter Seeds, but it was okay enough, just not too compelling to me but, as always, the mileage of others may vary)
  • Andrew Kaufman's All My Friends Are Superheroes (can't recall exactly what led me to put this on my hold list from the library years ago but surely, certainly, something must have)

 

I also hear good things of Dreadnought by April Daniels, Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher, Devil's Cape by Rob Rogers, After The Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn, and two other books whose titles, authors, and exact premises escape me and whose genre may be closer to sci-fi than superhero (one might be about the sudden and unexplained re-occurrence of genderwide superpowers, the other is possibly about a subaltern group of Haitian (?) immigrants who kinda become the X-men) but I figured I'd mention 'em anyway just in case.


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On the last point, yes, you're right, there's a difference between superpowers stories (the Red Queen series, like Hunger Games but with superpowers) and superhero stories. And thank you for these suggestions, I'll make a list a check my library system's availability.



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I don't read a lot of fiction books these days (I read non-fiction a lot, now), but years ago I read this one:

https://www.amazon.c...r/dp/0553282700

 

I believe it was written around the time Batman 1989 was released in theaters, but I didn't read it until the early 1990s at about the same time Batman TAS debuted.  So, naturally, in my mind, I envisioned each short story as a TAS episode.  I haven't re-read it in years, so I am not sure it holds up now, but back in the day, I loved it.



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As a teen I enjoyed the book titled Superheroes, which was edited by John Varley. However I think it is out of print, but if you find it cheap or in a library I think it is worth a read. The book is an anthology, there are some rather amusing stories in this collection, even one about the unfortunate Captain Swastika. Comic Book legend Denny ONeil also contributed with a story titled Bicycle Superhero. I havent read this book in ages, but I remember it whenever superhero books are talked about so maybe that means something, I dunno.

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one might be about the sudden and unexplained re-occurrence of genderwide superpowers

 

I'm not a hundred percent positive but I most probably may have been thinking of Naomi Alderman's The Power.

 

On the last point, yes, you're right, there's a difference between superpowers stories (the Red Queen series, like Hunger Games but with superpowers) and superhero stories. And thank you for these suggestions, I'll make a list a check my library system's availability.

You're welcome!

 

 

I don't read a lot of fiction books these days (I read non-fiction a lot, now), but years ago I read this one:

https://www.amazon.c...r/dp/0553282700

I remember way back when really liking the short story in this'n about Gotham City's tailor-for-hire. (Google tells me this was 'Neutral Ground', by Mike Resnick, about a guy named Kittlemeyer who made, maintained, & replaced the costumes & specialized gear for Batman and all his villains.)

 

 

As a teen I enjoyed the book titled Superheroes, which was edited by John Varley.

Don't think I've read that one! May add it to the list! Thanks!





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