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The Top 5 Superhero Novels for All You Super-Fans

Superheroes are often underrepresented in literature. To be sure, they dominate the landscape of comics, television, and movies these days, but actual books about superheroes are pretty scarce. Nevertheless, they do exist and there are some real gems among the throngs. You just have to dig deep. But to celebrate the release of Avengers: Endgame, here are some recommendations for the best superhero novels to add to your collection, super-fans!

 

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5. Soon I will be invincible by Austin Grossman

Soon I Will Be Invincible is a loving commentary upon superhero tropes that also embraces the concepts that make them so endearing to audiences. It tells the story of two characters, a rookie superhero named Fatale and a villainous mad scientist called Doctor Impossible. Both are quite compelling points of view, each chronicling their attempts to become a superhero and rule the world respectively. Eventually, their paths cross, and the novel deconstructs the cliches around superheroes while still making them compelling for an audience. It’s very well-written and highly recommended for any comic book lovers.

 

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4. Princess Paragon by Robert Rodi

A hilarious satirization of superhero comics, Princess Paragon tells the story of a renowned comics cartoonist Brian Parrish who has fallen on hard times. Bang Comics hires him to redesign one of their iconic superheroes, Princess Paragon, an innocent super-heroine who is considered outdated and needs a grittier makeover. Brian’s solution is to make her lesbian and embrace her sexuality, bringing him into conflict with Princess Paragon superfan Jerome, who tries everything he can to stop Brian. The result is a deranged sendup of superhero stories, providing a great look at the minds of comics fandom and behind the scenes work on comics in general.

 

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3. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Renedages  by Marissa Meyer tells the story of a syndicate of humans with extraordinary abilities. Champions of justice, they overthrew a corrupt society and built a better one, making a utopia. The Renegades are beloved by all, except, of course, for the villains they ousted. Now, Nova, a former villain, wants to defeat the renegades and return to power. But then, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who falls in love with her. Now, Nova’s loyalties to the villains are tested as she finds herself caught between two worlds. An alternate history from the villain’s POV, this is a great superhero novel that is heavy on grey morality and showcasing a world where the good guys win… and not everyone is happy.

 

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2. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo 

Wonder Woman: Warbringer is part of the DC Icons series, a collection of novels about their most iconic characters. By far, the best yet is this novel Wonder Woman: Warbringer, which delves into the origin of Diana Prince before she becomes a superhero. Diana wants to prove herself to her warrior sisters on her hidden island. But when she finds a mortal woman washed up on her isle, a direct descendent of Helen of Troy, she’ll risk everything to defend her new friend. This novel is great both as an origin story, having fun action against monsters and mythic creatures while also forging a powerful friendship between Diana and the woman she saved, Alia Keralis.

 

 

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1. Wild cards edited by George R.R. Martin

Wild Cards is an anthology series of books, centering on different superheroes throughout different ages of history, all written by various authors, including George R.R. Martin himself! An alien virus struck the earth in World War II, giving various members of society superhuman abilities. Some became heroes, some became villains, and the world turns into an alternate history from there, chronicling the so called ‘Wild Cards’ throughout the long history of Earth. From the backdrop of World War II to the Cold War to Vietnam to the modern age, the Wild Cards have a role to play in everything. Some of the best characters of the series include: Fortunato, a man whose abilities are powered by sexual pleasure; the Turtle, a telekinetic who builds a huge armored shell to fight inside; and Jetboy, a legendary hero from World War II who sacrificed himself to save the world. Full of complex, weird, and tragic figures, Wild Cards is the ultimate superhero series.

 

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Prize-Winning Graphic Novel ‘Sabrina’ Is Coming to the Big Screen

Partnering with New Regency and RT Features, Director Drew Goddard is in the works toward a film adaptation of the graphic novel Sabrina, the first graphic novel ever to win the Booker Prize award.

 

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Not to be confused with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series, the graphic novel Sabrina is the intimate tale of a missing girl and the impact her loss has on her loved ones.

 

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Conspiracy theories, breakdown, murder: Everything’s gonna be all right―until it isn’t

When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. He reports to work every night in a bare, sterile fortress that serves as no protection from a situation that threatens the sanity of Teddy, his childhood friend and the boyfriend of the missing woman. Sabrina’s grieving sister, Sandra, struggles to fill her days as she waits in purgatory. After a videotape surfaces, we see devastation through a cinematic lens, as true tragedy is distorted when fringe thinkers and conspiracy theorists begin to interpret events to fit their own narratives.

 

 

Drew Goddard will be working on the script for the film adaptation. Goddard received an Academy Award nomination for his adapted screenplay for Neil Weir’s The Martian, and one of his past credits includes Marvel’s The Defenders. The man’s mastered the art of the adaptation as both The Martian and The Defenders were both amazing!

 

 

On top of that, New Regency is the production company behind critically acclaimed films such as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Birdman”, “12 Years a Slave,” and “The Revenant.”

 

 

As a huge fan of graphic novels, it does my heart some good to see a graphic novel given the same attention and care as these fantastic films.

 

 

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4 Essential ‘Shazam!’ Comic Stories to Read Before the Movie

Shazam! comes out this Friday (April 5th) and its going to be great to see a favorite superhero of the comics, not to mention an icon who outsold Superman in his day, get his debut on the big screen. But before the movie comes out, it is probably best to get at least a little familiar with the character in his home series of comics. But where to start with Shazam? Well, have no fear, here are a few of the best and essential storylines of the so called Big Red Cheese.

 

‘Shazam! And the Monster Society of evil’ by Jeff Smith and Alex Ross

 

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Shazam! And The Monster Society of Evil is an all-ages condensed adaptation of Shazam’s origin story. Capping out at 4 issues, the story tells of how young Billy Batson got his powers, his first battle against his rogues gallery, and the introductions of supporting characters like Mary Marvel and Freddie Freeman. This story serves as a great introduction to the Shazam universe, as well as being well written, full of dynamic action, and showcasing Billy Batson’s inner hero for a new generation of readers.

 

Shazam! The Power of Hope’ By Paul dini and Alex ross

 

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Famed Batman: The Animated Series creator and writer Paul Dini takes a swing at Shazam with this comic, with wonderful artwork provided by Alex Ross. It’s a very simple story that shows the inherent purity of the character, showing Shazam visiting a terminally ill children’s hospital and granting their birthday wishes. Few comics capture Shazam so well and this one is his character distilled to its basic form, showing him without fighting villains or around other heroes, just doing what he does best: bring hope. It’s a wonderful, sometimes tear jerking read that excels in showing its character with minimal dialogue.

 

‘The Power of Shazam!’ by Jerry Ordway

 

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A title so popular it helped launch an ongoing comic, The Power of Shazam! is an original graphic novel that offers another take on Billy Batson’s origin. Lushly painted and an epic in its own right, this comic chronicles Billy Batson’s first adventures against a backdrop of an adventure that takes inspiration from horror movies and pulp serials. Black Adam becomes Billy’s first nemesis here and the reader roots for Billy as he rises above his traumatic circumstances to become a superhero. Highly recommended and a great take on the character’s origins, even if some of the writing is slightly dated.

 

‘Superman/Shazam: First Thunder’ by Judd Winick and Joshua Middleton

 

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Superman and Shazam have always been connected, this team-up showing their strengths as superheroes as they team up together. When Superman meets Shazam, they initially throw down but afterwards, just talk and learn about each other, becoming fast friends over a mutual bond. Then, several villains including Lex Luthor and Eclipso team up, the two heroes joining forces to take them down. It’s a great story, full of fun character interaction between the leads, great action, and a fun contrast between the different worlds of these two iconic superheroes.

Are you looking forward to Shazam! this Friday? Which comics featuring the character are your favorites?

 

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‘Danger Girl’ Adaptation Finds Director!

So many kick-ass female comic book heroes are getting film adaptations, and another big one just found a director.

Danger Girl is coming to the big screen. It tells the story of three female secret agents, Abby Chase, Sydney Savage and Sonya Savage, as they go on adventures across the country battling evil for the U.S. government. Many of their adventures draw inspiration from other franchises such as Charlie’s Angels and Indiana Jones.

 

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Jeff Wadlow, who previously directed fellow comic adaptation Kick Ass 2, signed on to direct the movie. He will also contribute to script rewrites. The film comes from the producers of the Resident Evil film series.

 

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No word yet on casting or filming dates.

 

 

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Viz Media Launches Imprint to Publish Manga-Inspired Graphic Novels

Viz Media, North American manga publisher who distributes famous works such as My Hero Academia, Pokemon, Tokyo Ghouland Dragon Ball: Super has announced they will be creating Viz Originals! Viz Originals will be a new imprint that will publish original graphic novels by artists, with massive inspiration from manga and anime. The imprint will be doing a “soft launch” of the imprint by 2020, which artists already lined up to produce the imprint’s initial stories.

 

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The new imprint will offer multi-volume releases, as well as single volume releases. The imprint expects to feature young manga artists producing original content as their primary brand, as well as adaptations of video games and novels in manga format. Viz Originals will aim to create a work environment where creativity for its young artists are encouraged—allowing them to spread their creative wings and be given the support they otherwise wouldn’t have in the industry. The works will be creator-owned, first and foremost.

 

We look forward to seeing what original graphic novels Viz Originals produce! 2020 can’t come fast enough!

 

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