Cheyanne Young’s three-book superhero series City of Legends (not to be confused in any way with Legend City) was recently published by Alloy Entertainment. Congratulations to the author for striking a deal with a primo company. Because of its affiliation with Warner Bros., Alloy has become a high-profile media imprint responsible for best-selling novels and entertaining television shows (such as The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, and (our favorite) Pretty Little Liars). Who knows, maybe we’ll see Young’s series (here, here, and here), on the CW someday. For more information, check out an interview with the author (here).
Charles F. Millhouse recently announced that he would be writing a new superhero series called Identities. The storytelling will mimic the bronze age of comics, he says. That sounds good to us. Here’s more info from Millhouse: “The world is growing stranger and more dangerous. Madmen look to wreck havoc and destruction on a global scale. Grown out of desperation (or destiny) humans have come forward with amazing abilities. Some use them for good, and some use them for evil. Others walk a fine line between both.” Watch out world, your new champions have arrived: The British Lion, Lady Powerhouse, Slipstream, Ink, Neo Frost, Bob, and Defender.
The fourth (and latest) Cosmic Girl novel is now available (Cosmic Girl: Unmasked / By RSJ Gregory / First Printing: January 2016). The series is about a wheelchair-enabled teenager who suddenly finds herself imbued with superpowers. Says the description on Amazon: “Britney soon discovers that the life of a superhero is very different from the comic books.” Catch up with the series with the handy three-in-one box set (here).
Keep your eyes open for the Super Dudes in 2017. Elise Gravel’s two-book series features Super Bob and Super Sue and their quest to dismantle Captain Evil’s plans to take over the world. When they have a few moments to spare, the super duo also rescues kids who don’t like to eat broccoli.
It isn’t easy growing up in a world where super powers are real, just ask Kya Roberts, a 32-year-old “normal” stuck in a dead-end job (Second Class Supers / By Annie and David Peralty / First Printing: December 2015 / ISBN: 9780994940612). After suffering the day-to-day torments of her super-powered boss and coworkers, Kya starts poking around for a way to get her own super powers. What she finds, however, is the deep dark secret behind all superhumans. It sounds like a promising debut for a long-running series. But that’s not the case, according to coauthor David Peralty. “Second Class Supers is a complete story,” he says via email. “It’s not the first volume of an infinite number of sequels. We took all of our great ideas and put them in one 95,000-word novel.” More information (here).
Daniel Halayko (The Prospects and The Prospects: Nothing Poorer Than Gods) has published a new collection of stories (The Prospects: Above the Stars / First Printing: January 2016). The series is about a group of characters who are learning what it means to be heroes and villains “in a world where superpowers can save the day but doom the future.”
Super Born: Seduction of Being by Keith Kornell came out in 2010 and was one of the first reviews we published on this site (here). Now we see that a sequel is on the horizon. Super Born 2: World on Fire will be available 04.22.16. (Hopefully by then, Amazon will fix all the incorrect solicitation information.)
Interviews: Peter Clines, author of Ex-Isle (here). Tom King, author of A Once Crowded Sky (here). Matthew Phillion, author of The Entropy of Everything (at the 11:15 mark here). Ian Thomas Healy, author of Blood on the Ice (here).
Reviews: Othergirl by Nicole Burstein (here). Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (here). DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #1: Study Hall of Justice by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen (here). Searching for Super by Marion Jensen (here). How to be a Superhero by Mark Edlitz (here).
For your reading pleasure: The Invincibles by Michael McNichols. Sleepernet by Mike McCool. Freaks Anon by Matt Darst. The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics by Famzi Fawaz. Batman’s Arsenal: An Encyclopedic Chronicle by Matt MacNabb.