Welcome another post in my new weekly Fandom Reads series! This week, obviously we’re going to be donning our capes and delving into the world of superheroes. What superpower would you want if you were a hero (or a villain, I won’t judge)?
If you like superheroes, there are so many comics and books out there that will appeal to you. I wanted to give some recommendations that weren’t related to the specific heroes we might be familiar with like Superman or Spiderman, but rather books that would give you the same feel.
Without further ado, here are my book recommendations if you’re a fan of superheroes:
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Ten years ago, normal men and women were gifted with extraordinary powers – and as we all know, with great power comes great responsibility. Unfortunately, those gifted with abilities didn’t do good with them and now there are others that must fight them to protect the world. Basically superheroes (minus the powers) versus villains.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Sometimes the best super powers come from scientific experiments… and sometimes they just create villains. Vicious is the latter, but since it is a book written by V.E. Schwab you know it’s going to be fantastic and you’ll love it if you love the villains.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Juliette has the ability to kill someone with a single touch. That premise reminds me of Rogue, from the X-Men and how she fears her powers because she cannot touch anyone. A single touch starts a process where she absorbs the other person’s life force, powers, and memories – and if she doesn’t stop, she can kill them. There’s always a struggle of what to do with her powers and whether she can have normal relationships. If Rogue’s story resonates with you, then you’ll probably enjoy this series.
The Young Elites – by Marie Lu
This is another series where people gain special abilities and have to decide what to do with them – be the hero or the villain. Fans of superheroes will love this series, even if the main character is more of an anti-hero.
Gone by Michael Grant
This is a world with no adults, in which the children gain extraordinary powers. These abilities divide the kids as some use their new found powers to control or bully. One of the most important messages in comics is that you have been given the opportunity to do great good or great evil with your gift, and you have the responsibility to make the world a better place – but not everyone will. This series shows how children/teens would behave in that situation, which is really unique because they haven’t yet developed enough to fully understand their actions and consequences.
Hero by Perry Moore
In Hero, we are not only introduced to a group of dysfunctional superheroes who each have their own struggles and issues, but there is some diversity in this book which is fantastic. There is definitely not enough diversity/rep in books, so to see some in a superhero book is nice. He also doesn’t have a perfect life, so that reality helps to ground the more campy heroics of the story.
Evil Genius – Catherine Jinks
Were you the kid that loved the villains in the stories and not the heroes? Always played the bad guy in imaginary games? Wanted to delve deeper into the psyche of an evil genius? Then this book is perfect for you, maybe. As with many of the other books that I recommended, it shows the struggle to walk the line between good and evil.
Being Released This Month:
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Coming Soon (2018 Releases):
Batman by Marie Lu
Superman by Matt de la Pena
Catwoman by Sarah J Maas
What did you guys think of these recommendations? If you love superheroes and I totally missed a book/series that you think would be perfect, let me know! I am really bad at coming up with clues and I’m sorry.. so you’ll just have to randomly guess. What do you think next week’s fandom will be?