Set in a post-apocalyptic future where a handful of superheroes defend the last remnants of humanity from the relentless zombie horde, the Ex-Heroes series is a triumph of genre blending and storytelling.
Since first picking up Ex-Heroes and I’ve been drawn into Peter Clines’ world of imperfect superheroes that are struggling to do the right thing against seemingly impossible odds, where sometimes the legions of zombies scratching at the gates of your movie-studio turned fortress are the very least of your worries.
Packed with dry wit, pop-culture references and a story that belies the author’s love for the genres he’s bravely mixing, the Ex-Heroes series is an easy yet compelling read which contains a depth that you may miss on your first pass.
I love these books (I cannot stress that enough) in a way that I haven’t experienced since reading Fritz Leiber’s tales of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser (different genre I know) when I was in my very early teens.
Dry, gritty, humorous, irreverent, compelling – it’s like Watchmen and The Walking Dead got drunk one night and spawned an illicit love child.
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In Ex-Heroes, it’s zombies versus superheroes—a face-off we’ve never seen before—complete with a cast of fresh, interestingly flawed new heroes that will appeal to even the most jaded comic-book fans and horror junkies. Los Angeles has been devastated by the zombie apocalypse, devoid of human life—except for one last stronghold, the film-studio-turned-fortress known as “The Mount.”
Protecting the city’s last survivors who are huddled within the walls of the Mount are the superheroes Stealth, Gorgon, Regenerator, Cerberus, Zzzap, and The Mighty Dragon. Terrified by the overwhelming responsibility of protecting what may be the last members of the human race and scarred by the horrors they’ve endured, the heroes struggle to hold back the zombie hordes, keep the Mount’s inhabitants alive, and be the symbols of hope the survivors so desperately need. But the heroes are about to learn that the zombies are the least of the threats they now face. Former heroes, their psyches and powers hideously twisted, lurk in the city’s ruins…and just a few miles away from the Mount’s walls waits an enemy with the most terrifying ability imaginable.
In Ex-Patriots, it’s been two years since the plague of ex-humans decimated mankind. Since then, the superhero called St. George, together with fellow heroes Cerberus, Zzzap, and Stealth, have protected the people of Los Angeles at their film-studio-turned-fortress, the Mount. But the fight is getting harder every day—and the heroes are wondering how much longer they can hold out. Then hope arrives in the form of a surviving U.S. Army battalion, and not just any battalion. The men and women of the Army’s Project Krypton survived the outbreak because they are super-soldiers, created before mankind’s fall to be better, stronger, and faster than normal humans—and their secure base in Arizona beckons as a much-needed refuge for the beleaguered heroes and their charges. But there is a secret at the heart of Project Krypton, and those behind it wield an awesome and terrifying power.
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