EX-HEROES, by Peter Clines


One of my favorite superhero/zombie mashups so far has been Peter Clines' Ex-Heroes novels. This five-book series creates a whole new detailed universe of superheroes and supervillains, but stages most of the action a year after the undead have taken over the planet. The story is about a group of superheroes (Stealth, Gorgon, Zzzap, Cerberus, The Mighty Dragon, Regenerator) who scout, scavenge and fight to protect a community of survivors who've transformed a Hollywood film studio into a survival enclave. Problem is, many of the zombies banging at the gates are super-powered also, creatures who used to be superheroes or supervillains.


The format is engaging, because it toggles the timeline between current post-apocalyptic events and individual superhero stories as they played out when the dead started to attack the living. Ex-Heroes is a really fun, well-written, immersive series, and if you're into audiobooks, the audio versions are very well narrated.

(Note: The link above leads to the five book collection, which is a little cheaper than buying each book individually, but they're all available as stand-alones also.)


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