Superhero Book Lists

I’ve been busy with work and the two classes I’m taking this summer, but I’ve still managed to write some blog posts, just not for my own personal blog.

They are all about superheroes!

On the library’s blog, I shared a superhero book list — for grown ups.

On the library’s tumblr, I made a “what would the Avengers read?” booklist. More superhero book matches coming later this summer!

At YALSA’s The Hub, I shared a young adult fiction superhero book list.

I made this YA superhero booklist for my library’s readers’ advisory print materials and it’s slightly different from the one I made for The Hub. It includes a few graphic novels as well, and a few novels that aren’t exactly 100% superhero novels, still would appeal to fans of the genre. So, here’s yet another superhero booklist.

YA Fiction and Graphic Novels: A Superheroes, Supervillains, and Superpowers Booklist

superheroes expanded

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

May and her childhood best friend Libby created Princess X stories, with Libby drawing and May writing—until Libby died in a car accident. Now that she’s a teenager, Princess X is everywhere: she sees sticker, patches, graffiti inspired by the character, and there’s even a webcomic. Does this mean Libby might be alive?

Dangerous by Shannon Hale

Teens go to astronaut camp venture into space and develop superpowers, but still have time for a little romance.

Who is AC? by Hope Larson

Magical realism + girl power! Lin’s cell phone zaps her with special powers, and she must defeat a villain who spreads evil through binary code.

The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell
Goodreads | Amazon

Damien has trained his whole life to be a supervillian, only to find out he’s a superhero instead.

Dull Boy by Sarah Cross
Goodreads |Amazon

This team of misfit superheroes with inventive powers are here to save the day!

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette

Audrey’s never had to worry about much, since her mom is a superhero. Then a new threat emerges, and it’s Audrey’s new psychic abilities that will be needed to save the day. Action, with a hint of romance.

Hero by Mike Lupica

Billy must step up and follow in his father’s footsteps—which means inheriting his superhero abilities and saving the world.

V is for Villain by Peter Moore

Brad has always been fine living in his brother’s shadow. While Blake is a superhero, Brad is a genius. When he becomes friends with Layla, a girl who has a secret and illegal superhero, he has to decide for once and all whether he’s a good guy–or a bad guy.

Super Human by Michael Owen Carroll

Thousands of years ago, Super Humans with enormous amounts of strength and psychic powers walked the Earth. Now, plans are in motion to bring them back, but what does this mean for the rest of humanity? Packed with epic action sequences, this series will be a hit with fans of comic book superheroes.

The Vindico by Wesley King

What’s the difference between a superhero and a supervillain? These teens join forces with a notorious group of villains in exchange for powers, then must fight their way out in this darkly funny superhero adventure.

Hero Worship by Christopher E. Long

This superhero story is full of action and moral ambiguity!

Hero by Perry Moore

Thom is keeping two secrets from his superhero dad: that he’s gay, and that he has the power to heal people. But when he and some other misfit superheroes uncover a plot to kill all superheroes, they band together to save everyone in this adventure-filled, fun novel.

Sidekicks by Jack D. Ferraiolo
Goodreads | Amazon 

Growing up as a sidekick is definitely not all it’s cracked up to be.

Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Goodreads |Amazon
Criminals with superpowers are racing to find the source of their abilities in this action-adventure sci-fi thriller.

Legend of the Mantamaji by Eric Dean Stanton

An Assistant District Attorney learns he’s not even human, but descended from a race of warriors who protected humanity.

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
Goodreads |Amazon

This reboot of Ms. Marvel features an amazing Muslim heroine from Jersey City! Fantastic art, great coming-of-age plot, and so much superhero fun.

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang creates an origin story for the obscure Green Turtle, the first Asian American superhero.

Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
Goodreads | Amazon

Even superheroes have to do laundry. This is a cute look at a young girl growing into her powers and dealing with regular teenage concerns.

The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
Goodreads | Amazon

Will is just trying to blend in when he accidentally scores off the charts on an exam and learns he has extraordinary abilities, both mental and physical, and is drawn into an ancient conflict.

Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith

A post-apocalyptic Wild West where people have developed superpowers. A fresh spin on superhuman abilities and the post-apocalpytic genre, with lots of diversity.

Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruhac
Goodreads | Amazon

Lozen has a unique set of survival skills and magical abilities, and is destined to be a hero like those of Apache legends in this post-apocalyptic thriller.

The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney
Goodreads | Amazon

Ballerina Anthem is a privileged ballerina until she is drawn to Gavin and ventures to the dangerous part of Bedlam, then dies and wakes up with a bionic heart and a taste for revenge.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Goodreads | Amazon

10 years ago, a burst in the sky game ordinary people superhuman powers. Now, these Epics wish to rule over humans. Only the Reckoners, regular humans who study Epics, fight against them, and David wants to join their cause after an Epic killed his father. Every hero and villain has a weakness, and figuring out what it is is the key to bringing them down.

CC image by Julian Fong

5 thoughts on “Superhero Book Lists

  1. Love this! Thanks for sharing! I love that you have a grown up list and YA list! Consider adding El Deafo to a YA list. I know it’s middle grade lit, but I think it could cross over to YA (I loved it as an adult!)

  2. This. Is. Amazing.
    Firstly, thank you for taking the time to put this together. It must have taken forever but it is by far one of the coolest lists I have ever seen.
    Secondly, my poor TBR will never be the same again.
    Thirdly, I can’t wait to start reading!!!!!!
    So excited to try some of these out :D

  3. This is great! I must admit that I am not very well versed in superheroes anymore, which means that I need help choosing books for my superhero-loving friends and family. Thanks!

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