Best Superhero Novels for Grown-ups

A Listmania! list by Joel Gates "JG" (North Carolina)
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The list author says: "Having loved superheroes since the days I read four-color comics as a kid, as my tastes have changed, I have found it harder to locate novels about superheroes (metahumans if you like) that aren't campy. This list has books that are more than just prose versions of comics, these are novels set in a world were superpowers exist, but so do real life issues."
Hero
1.  Hero by Perry Moore
The list author says:
  "Love, Love, Love this story. Maybe some thinly veiled Justice League knock-offs, but it only added to the appeal for me. The main characters is a hero for today's world."
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Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel
2.  Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel by Austin Grossman
The list author says:
  "Loved this one as well. This book took itself very seriously and delivered a darn good superhero story while doing so."
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Wild Cards (Wild Cards, Book 1) (Volume One) (v. 1)
3.  Wild Cards (Wild Cards, Book 1) (Volume One) (v. 1) by George R. R. Martin
The list author says:
  "Start with volume 1 and read this whole series. If you like superheroes and haven't read Wild Cards, then get to it."
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The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1)
4.  The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1) by James Patterson
The list author says:
  "Ostensibly teen fiction, but this is really, REALLY cool. The whole series is awesome!"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (919 customer reviews) | 13 customer discussions

Devil's Cape (Discoveries)
5.  Devil's Cape (Discoveries) by Rob Rogers
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Chance Fortune and the Outlaws (Adventures of Chance Fortune)
6.  Chance Fortune and the Outlaws (Adventures of Chance Fortune) by Shane Berryhill
The list author says:
  "Great superhero novel! Great for adolescents, but also really good for adults. Great world. Crisp writing. Supremely enjoyable and just darn cool."
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Those Who Walk in Darkness
7.  Those Who Walk in Darkness by John Ridley
The list author says:
  "Good read here as well."
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3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Cyber Age Adventures
8.  Cyber Age Adventures by Jade Walker
The list author says:
  "These guys are good. There used to be a e-zine of these stories and there have been some novels out there, but this collection is a good mix of these characters and the world they live in."
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Superfolks
9.  Superfolks by Robert Mayer
The list author says:
  "Okay...a bit dated and a bit campy, but this is sort of a campier version of the Incredibles and is still cool to read."
$14.50   Used & New from: $1.84
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Paranormals
10.  Paranormals by Christopher Andrews
The list author says:
  "This is a great addition to the superhero genre!"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

Watchmen
11.  Watchmen by Alan Moore
The list author says:
  "Great story!"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,308 customer reviews) | 35 customer discussions

Life in the Big City (Astro City, Vol. 1)
12.  Life in the Big City (Astro City, Vol. 1) by Kurt Busiek
The list author says:
  "Very cool!"
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Ultra: Seven Days
13.  Ultra: Seven Days by Joshua Luna
The list author says:
  "Loved this one."
$15.72   Used & New from: $2.80
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Kingdom Come
14.  Kingdom Come by Mark Waid
The list author says:
  "Awesome story"
$12.83   Used & New from: $8.70
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Darker Mask
15.  The Darker Mask by Christopher Chambers
The list author says:
  "Great collection of superhero short stories"
$16.28   Used & New from: $0.01
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Super Weapon in Dr. Manhattan 5 Jan 10, 2014
Is Watchmen appropriate for teens? 10 Oct 26, 2013
Rip off of Television Show? Or Vice Versa? 10 Oct 1, 2013
Should I start this series? 0 Apr 7, 2013
Why is Alan Moore not getting any credit? 7 Mar 23, 2013
Would my 9 yr old boy like this? 5 Mar 4, 2013
No ribbon in 2011 reprint? 3 Jan 15, 2013
Did 'Watchmen' plagiarize this earlier novel? (*SPOILER!*) 16 Jan 5, 2013
Audio book Voice Actors 0 Aug 7, 2012
Hm. I Enjoyed this One, but Couldn't Get Through the Second...Anyone feel the Same? 6 Apr 27, 2012
kindle edition 1 Feb 18, 2012
Kingdome come cover 0 Jan 24, 2012
 
   

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