Four on a Theme: Unusual Superheroes

 Superheroes are a dime a dozen. They may come in a variety of costumes, with a wide range of superpowers, but they’re just about everywhere. And frankly, I find them a little boring.

What interests me are the unusual superheroes, the ones who don’t fit the usual superhero mold. Here are four teen titles with four very different heroes.


 The Rise of Renegade X, by Chelsea Campbell
Expecting to become a supervillain on his sixteenth birthday, Damien Locke, son of one of Golden City’s most notorious supervillains, is horrified to discover that he may instead be destined to become a superhero. Local author.

 Shadoweyes, by Ross Campbell
An aspiring young vigilante in a dismal city of the future, Scout is surprised to find she is turning into a blue-skinned creature with unknown powers. Graphic novel series.


 Hero, by Perry Moore
With a mother who has inexplicably disappeared, nascent superpowers and a growing understanding of his gay sexuality, Thom struggles mostly to understand why his famous father was kicked out of the very justice league that wants Thom to join.


 I Am the Messenger, by Marcus Zusak
After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help. No superpowers here, but a great story about learning what powers one truly has.

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