Supers and Heroes

The recent release of the Umbrella Academy on Netflix left me with a big obsession for the series. And imagine my surprise to know that The Order (a Netflix Original that was released after The Umbrella Academy) was renewed for a second season while The Umbrella Academy’s Netflix fate is still up in the air.

In any case, I believe this series will be renewed for a second season. And once it has, fans will have to wait some more for Season 2 to come out as the show’s producer has revealed it took them 18 months to make Season 1. But having experienced disappointing 2nd seasons after an awesome 1st season, I say that I’m willing to wait as long as Season 2 promises to be just as fun as the 1st.

Some things you might notice about the super hero genre is that they are always set in a world where the majority are normal people living everyday lives. And then for whatever reason, a large number of individuals with special abilities appear. Though not enough to outnumber the normals, these supers are known by the world to exist and the world of normals are often left with no choice but to accept this reality.

As always in a world where some have things the majority does not, you can expect hatred and suspicion on both sides. The normals for being afraid that the supers will abuse their powers. And the supers for being afraid that the normals will at best see them as nothing more than useful tools.

The origins of supers may vary with each universe or individuals. Some were born with their powers while some seem to acquire it by some accident. But whatever the case, each super has in some way learned how their abilities set them apart from others. And depending on the character, they can either use it for their own ends or for the good of others.

The Umbrella Academy is no exception to this set up. And if you have been similarly charmed with this series, here are a few titles you might want to check out

  • The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way (this is the only comic recommendation)
  • Super Powereds by Drew Hayes (Aspiring heroes have to go through a certification program in this series in order to become professional heroes. So this can be described as a sort of Harry Potter meets X-Men type of book)
  • The Velveteen series by Seanan Mcguire (The story of a young woman who spends most of her childhood in the limelight as a child super heroine. She has since broken away from the life. Unfortunately, the superhero company she used to work for just won’t leave her alone)
  • Forging Hephaestus by Drew Hayes (Another superhero series from Drew Hayes. Set in a different universe from Super Powereds, this book differentiates itself by focusing on villains and aspiring villains)
  • Vicious by VE Schwab (What do you get when two geniuses meet in college, become best friends and try to prove a theory that near-death experience gives people powers? A dark but definitely engrossing tale of vengeance)

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