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Best Superhero Novels for Grown-ups

Joel & Michelle Gates "JG"
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
Hero
"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."
Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel
Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel
"Loved this one as well. This book took itself very seriously and delivered a darn good superhero story while doing so."
Wild Cards (Wild Cards, Book 1) (Volume One) (v. 1)
Wild Cards (Wild Cards, Book 1) (Volume One) (v. 1)
"Start with volume 1 and read this whole series. If you like superheroes and haven't read Wild Cards, then get to it."
The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1)
The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1)
"Ostensibly teen fiction, but this is really, REALLY cool. The whole series is awesome!"
Devil's Cape (Discoveries)
Devil's Cape (Discoveries)
Chance Fortune and the Outlaws (Adventures of Chance Fortune)
Chance Fortune and the Outlaws (Adventures of Chance Fortune)
"Great superhero novel! Great for adolescents, but also really good for adults. Great world. Crisp writing. Supremely enjoyable and just darn cool."
Those Who Walk in Darkness
Those Who Walk in Darkness
"Good read here as well."
Cyber Age Adventures
Cyber Age Adventures
"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."
Superfolks
Superfolks
"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."
Paranormals
Paranormals
"This is a great addition to the superhero genre!"
Watchmen
Watchmen
"Great story!"
Life in the Big City (Astro City, Vol. 1)
Life in the Big City (Astro City, Vol. 1)
"Very cool!"
Ultra: Seven Days
Ultra: Seven Days
"Loved this one."
Kingdom Come
Kingdom Come
"Awesome story"
The Darker Mask
The Darker Mask
"Great collection of superhero short stories"