This is a little late due to my vacation, but here are some of last month’s new superhero books. I’ve got short reads if you’re pressed for time, and the latest installments in multi-book series if you want something long and epic. As usual, I haven’t read all of these personally, so please check out the samples and reviews before buying. And if you’ve read any of these, let me know what you think in the comments!
Empowered: Rebel (The Empowered Book 4)
by Dale Ivan Smith
What do you do when a conspiracy suppresses super powers?
Mathilda Brandt fights to keep her fellow Empowered friends and the Imbued refugees from Sanctuary alive and safe. Environmental disasters are ravaging the world. Her former master, the secretive government agency known as Support, hunts her and the other rogue Empowered and Imbued across the world, seeking to capture or kill them. Only the strange Dark-Net, an extra-dimensional road, keeps Mat and her friends free.
Mat is also desperate to find her mother, who until a few months ago Mat thought was dead. Her mother’s fate is somehow intertwined with the people hunting her, and Mat wants to learn how.
When the Dark-Net begins to fail, Mat realizes she’ll have to do the last thing she ever wanted to do: lead a desperate rebellion to save her mother and free the world.
by Jamie Zakian
Welcome to Gemini City, where super-battles disrupt rush hour, insurance claim adjusters rival rock stars, and villains stash the souls of murdered superheroes inside little children.
It’s been ten years since Shay Sinclair’s parents were murdered by a super villain, leaving she and her sister to fend for themselves. Now at age sixteen, Shay has something that villain wants. Something he needs. After a chance encounter with a superhero in a stairwell, something awakens in Shay, something that could get her killed.
Max Steel has spent the last ten years searching for one particular soul. Now, a coincidental run-in with Shay Sinclair leaves Max closer than he’s ever been to everything he’s ever wanted. But Max hits a brick wall when he goes after her. Unlike other girls her age, Shay isn’t into superheroes. So, if Max wants to win her over and be reunited with the soul inside her, he must get creative. He invites Shay into a seductive world of fame, glamour, luxury, and epic battles with villainous foes.
Now that Shay’s in the mix with superheroes and crazed villains, everyone wants a piece of her. A super villain wants to devour her soul, a superhero wants to love her, and Shay just wants to go back to her normal life. It’s not like in the movies. In real life, superheroes suck.
Unbreakable Arsenal (Full Metal Superhero Book 5)
by Jeffery H. Haskell
Amelia’s lost in space. Trapped on the other side of a quantum gate she can’t access. When she wakes up on an alien starship, her first order of business is going home. But that isn’t as easy as it sounds. Between pirates and giant metal robots, Amelia has her work cut out for her.
And if she does get home… will she even recognize it?
Storm Girl: A Short Superhero Novel
by Ben Mason
Comic book length chapters. Blockbuster movie style action.
Most fifteen year olds don’t get thrown in the desert with no food and water.
Most fifteen year olds aren’t experiments by evil scientists who don’t care whether they live or die.
Most fifteen year olds don’t have superpowers.
But Katie isn’t like most fifteen year olds. A good thing too, because if Katie’s going to survive, she’s going to have to bring the thunder.
Fantasy on the Run. Epic stories for busy readers.
The fantasy you love built for the time you have to read it.
Masks & Mysteries #9
Welcome to Empire City, bigger than the Big Apple and rotten all the way to its core. In Empire City, the law will get you only as much justice as you can afford.
But when the law won’t bring justice, the outlaws must! Enter the various mystery men of Empire City. The mysterious Whisper, the avenging Black Mask, the gentlewoman thief Scarlett, the golden Crusader, and more! These men and women will strike at injustice from the shadows!
Masks & Mysteries is a monthly fiction magazine that publishes serialized stories of the vigilantes and heroes of Empire City. Created by master storytellers Daniel Swensen and Joshua Unruh, each issue is guaranteed to bring you thrilling tales to astonish in the style of the pulps.
Jack Poww and GO-Girl: Escape from Trogg
by Mik Hetu
Because genetic engineering becomes commonplace, humanity changes. Some people are better, some are barely people, and a few are . . . unexpectedly special.
After young Jack accidentally angers the local crime boss, Trogg, he urgently needs to leave town. Everyone under Trogg’s influence is hunting him. To escape, to survive, he partners with mysterious GO-Girl. And GO-Girl, well, she has a score to settle. Both Trogg and Jack are in for surprises, though, because during the pursuit, Jack discovers he can do the incredible.