Wanted: Superheroes

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Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

I need a (super)HERO!

I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for a good superhero story. Superman from the 70’s? Yep, watched them ALL (including the crap-tastic Superman IV AND the sh*t on a stick remake Superman Returns) and loved them. (Well mostly. The soundtracks were good at least.) Batman? Lois and Clark? The Avengers? League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? Green Lantern? Heroes? I’ve seen them all, at least in part (there’s a lot out there!) and own quite a few on DVD for re-watching on a regular basis. Despite my obsession with superheroes on visual medium, I have a terrible confession to make – I can’t make myself finish a graphic novel to save my life. I’m fine with Manga, and several web-comics. I just… don’t do American style comic books.

You know what would be great? Superhero novels! I know I can manage novels (obviously) and I would get one of my favorite kinds of story at the same time! I would eat it up like candy, I tell you! Sadly superheroes, while able to jump tall buildings in a single bound, seem unable to make the simple hop over the genre barriers.

“But what about Paranormals?” you say, “They’re kind of like superheroes!” And you’re right, they are. They have super-strength, super-hearing, super-whatever, so they could be superheroes. The defining line for me is how they use their super-whatever. Most paranormals being published now are so concerned with concealing their identity that they completely squash their powers, or they only tell a few people, without even bothering to figure out a way they could use their powers secretly. I love me some secret identities! Few of them use their powers to help anyone (other than their romantic interest, of course) and none of them seem to be interested in the vigilante type of justice that superheroes always seem to favor. (I’m not condoning this kind of behavior, mind. Just because I happen to find it very attractive…) I know I’m being picky, but there is a difference – let’s have our super-paranormals stand for something, instead of just hide out behind their secret identities!

Some novels I’ve read that do work as superhero novels:

The Falling Machine by Andrew P. Mayer

The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix

White Cat by Holly Black (sort of, and I don’t know if this holds through the whole series, as I haven’t finished it yet)

I’ve also heard that The Vindico by Wesley King is a sort of reverse superhero novel, and I’ve been dying to get my hands on it since the first review I saw.

Do you know of any superhero books that I’m missing out on? Am I just being too picky? What kind of novels do you want to see become the next big trend?


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4 Responses to “Wanted: Superheroes”

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever pegged supernatural beings as superheroes … and I’m not sure if I’ve ever really read a good superhero book! I’m eager to see what some suggestions might be.

    As far as graphic novels go, I do really like them. I haven’t read a lot, but enjoy Neil Gaiman’s the best. :)

    • Anne says:

      Really? See, I’ve always seen supernaturals as having the *potential* to be superheroes but they never follow through :(

      I love the stories of graphic novels, but for some reason I just can’t get into the format! I don’t know what my problem is! (Well, with that. I have many problems, I know what some of them are, but that’s not one lol).

  2. Smash Attack says:

    Yay for superheroes! I love the idea of paranormals being superheroes! And um, aren’t they paranormal themselves? In a different light maybe, but still not normal, right? I think Vicki Pettersson’s Signs of the Zodiac is a cool spin off on superhero paranormals. :)

    P.S. I just saw the new movie poster for Man of Steel. Um, Henry Cavill as Superman? Genius. :)

    • Anne says:

      Oh I know right? I’m SO looking forward to the new Superman! PLUS! The same guy as the Dark Knight trilogy is directing, so you KNOW it’s not going to be a flop like Superman Returns! 😀

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