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Saving the world is no easy task. Sometimes, what the day calls for is a team of superheroes. To celebrate the cinematic reboot of Justice League (or Super Friends, as some will know), VPL’s reading experts dive into the inner workings of superhero teams with this list of super reads:
Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
The gods of Olympus are alive and well and living together in a townhouse in London. Enter two humans, who inadvertently start a godly roommate squabble that threatens to end in catastrophe. Can two ordinary people save the world from the tantrum to end all tantrums?
Powers by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
Who killed Retro Girl? Homicide detective Christian Walker teams up with rookie detective Deena Pilgrim to investigate the murder of superhero Retro Girl. Their investigation leads them all over the city, and Walker discovers he may have to unearth his past in order to solve the case.
Do Big Things by Craig W. Ross, Angela V. Paccione and Victoria L. Roberts
A group of individuals is thrown together, given a mission and expected to deliver results quickly. Sounds like every team of superheroes, right? But what happens when super crime-fighting turns into super bickering? Do Big Things is a seven-step guide that helps teams of all types succeed.
The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios
How well do superheroes know their physics? Explore the real science behind Spider-Man’s webbing, Superman’s abilities on Krypton versus Earth and more. You’ll geek out with your favourite comic book heroes in this amusing guide to what is possible on Earth.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Loner Rosemary Harper joins the diverse crew of an aging space vessel and must unexpectedly risk her life when their motley crew is offered the job of a lifetime. She learns lessons about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t the worst thing in the universe.
Masked edited by Lou Anders
In this collection of insightful stories, you’ll discover the inner workings of the superhero (and super villain) heart. The book features some of today’s most exciting voices in comics, science fiction and fantasy: Bill Willingham, Marjorie M. Liu, Mike Carey, Gail Simone and more.
Heroes in the Night by Tea Krulos
All over North America, real people hit the streets every night to assist the homeless, stop overdoses and feed the needy in their communities. Who are these masked (and unmasked) heroes? Are they hiding in plain sight?
Action Movie Hero Workouts by Dave Randolph
Want to get fit like Aquaman or Wonder Woman? Maybe you just want to stretch your fabulous Cyborg costume to one more Halloween. Whatever your motivation, this guide includes eating advice, workout programs and exercises to get you ready for anything.
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