Friday, March 19, 2010

Novels about Superheroes - a rare detour for me...

Novels are generally neglected by 1truegl, but there are three that are somewhat intriguing to me.

First, there’s “Black and White” co-authored by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge. It features two female former BFF superheroes as its protagonists who are forced to team up. Black and White is the first in something called the Icarus Project series of superhero novels. Here’s a review from SFsignal. The next novel in the series “Shades of Gray” will be available June 2010.

The second novel I’d like to direct your attention to is “Devil’s Cape” by Rob Rogers. It’s a story about revenge with some “pastichey” characters spanning 35 years. Here’s a review from Sfsite.

The one I’m most excited about is “Ex-Heroes” by Peter Clines. It’s cross-genre novel that actually features a superteam of sorts. Here’s more information.

Throughout this post, you may have noticed my subtle reference to team-ups and superteams (it’s the subtle bolded and italized text). It’s surprisingly rare to have a team-up or superteam novel, considering all them pages that make up them novels. The non-solo aspect is probably a big part of the reason I’m intrigued by above three offerings, because I'm crazy about superteams.

1 comment:

  1. While I'm not sure about the zombies part of Ex-Heroes. I'm not much of a zombie fan. (Er...ignore that pile of Blackest Night comics sitting behind me, please...)

    My only reservation about non-licensed superhero fiction (both novel and short stories) is that I'm afraid it'll be deconstructive. You know, criticism of the superhero genre, the anti-hero, moral relativism, all that. I just want a fun, intriguing (yet not superficial) superhero tale. The review for Black and White starts out with "there's evil in superheroes, too" and I just rolled my eyes. I wish writers would eschew the whole "heroes are relatable only if they're flawed" thing. There's other ways to make heroes relatable.

    But a superhero team should have found its way to superhero novels by now. And a bromance or two. :)