Alejandro’s Much Ado About Books


This week, I’ll continue the cycle of novels about super-heroes, and this week it’s up to the prose novels that have been published by recognized publishers, famous houses to publish comic books, such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, 2000 AD and Dark Horse, but also engaged in the field of prose novels, using their created characters, these books can be completely original novels whose stories can only be read in this format, but there are also books that are novelizations of stories previously published as comic books, where by its length and impact, it’s a good choice to have a novelized version that is cheaper to purchase and also seeks to reach readers, accustomed to read comic books, but also readers interested in reading about super-heroes but who prefer to do it in prose format, instead of the traditional illustrated comic book.

01The Last Days of Krypton

This novel published in 2007 by author Kevin J. Anderson, whose popularity is known for his collaboration novels “Star Wars.”

In “The Last Days of Krypton” found an excellent book that tells the pre-destruction of the planet Krypton as Jor-El and Lara met the General Zod and Faora, also the role of Zor-El, Jor-El’s brother events during that time. But obviously this has been told many times and in different ways, Kevin J. Anderson really creates a wonderful story that not only takes classic elements of the Golden and Silver ages of comics, as well as the Superman film saga with Marlon Brando and Christopher Reeve. Even the story is not limited to these last few years, but within the narrative you will find fascinating moments of the distant past of Krypton, suggesting the development of this advanced society but doomed to disappear. Some other surprises and great moments for each main character. This novel is highly recommended for fans of Superman and science fiction in general. But that really does not require prior knowledge to appreciate the essence of the story told.


This novelization published in 1994, written by Dennis O’Neil, the iconic DC Comics editor in charge of the Batman titles, and was also a writer of popular comics in the 70s, is in charge of writing the novelized version of the long “storyline” published in 1993 in several titles of comic books.

Bane comes to Gotham and his plan is to break Batman, literally. “Knightfall” is one of the most famous Batman story lines, where he faces a new villain who formulates a plan that will force him to leave his role as the protector of the city and meanwhile he tries to get back again, the unthinkable happens and he will give the mantle to an unexpected new character becoming the new Batman, which won’t hesitate to apply his new role in his own way. The Dark Knight will fall … how will he rise again?

03The Further Adventures of The Joker

And as has been usual, as well as I mention options of Super-Heroes, I am also mentioning Super-Villains and there is no one more known and popular as The Joker.

This great anthology of short stories published in 1990, the editor Martin H. Greenberg, gathers an impressive gallery of novelists which there are highlight names such as Joe R. Lansdale, Robert McCammon, Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Dan Simmons, and many others, where each one will tell a short story where the protagonist is the Clown Prince of Crime. Never before there have been so many stories about crime, madness, horror and twisted humor, dedicated to the most popular villain in the history of comic books.

04Civil War

In 2007, the Marvel Universe was shaken by a civil war. In 2012, the novelization of that event is published, under the hand of Stuart Moore.






Iron Man and Captain America: two core members of the Avengers, the world’s greatest super hero team. When a tragic battle blows a hole in the city of Stamford, killing hundreds of people, the U.S. government demands that all superheroes unmask and register their powers. To Tony Stark – Iron Man – it’s a regrettable but necessary step. To Captain America, it’s an unbearable assault on civil liberties.


Teams will be divided, families will be separated, unexpected alliances will be formed, secrets will be revealed, and the Marvel Universe will never be the same…

05Mary Jane

This is an excellent option that shows that the world of super-heroes is not just for male readers, because this pair of novels aimed at female readers, but that can be equally enjoyed by readers of both sexes, the famous writer of romance novels, Judith O’Brien is responsible for presenting the wonderful life of a teenage girl who is none other than Mary Jane Watson. Setting the plot within the Ultimate Marvel Universe, between 2003 and 2004, these two books tell the life of Mary Jane where she must deal with the bitter divorce of her parents, her aspirations to ballet, and the swirl of emotions due meeting a boy who seems to be going through some sort of transformation, Peter Parker.

This is the life of one of the most interesting characters emerged from the re-invention in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, who didn’t need super-powers or a showy costume to get a whole fan base which made possible the publication of this pair of novels.

06Mutant Empire

“Mutant Empire” is a trilogy of novels written by Christopher Golden, with experience in other series such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Hellboy”. The books were published between 1996 and 1997. The books are titled: “Siege,” “Sanctuary” and “Salvation”, respectively.

Magneto takes control of New York, backed up by an army of reprogrammed Sentinels, it is likely that the US Government is left with no other option than to ask for the help of the team of X-Men to stop the established new Mutant Empire.

072000 AD

The company 2000 AD is the stronger and most popular publisher of comic books in England, existing since 1977, which has even gotten faithful followers in the United States competing with giants like DC and Marvel, but also 2000 AD has been well positioned in other countries such as Spain. 2000 AD has its own cast of characters created by them, which it highlights the very popular “Judge Dredd”. Apart from all the titles of comic books, 2000 AD has invested heavily in a line of prose novels using the “Judge Dredd” but in addition, you can also find novels with “Judge Anderson: PSI Division”, “ABC Warriors”, “Strontium Dog “” Rogue Trooper “,” Durham Red “and” Fiends of the Eastern Front “, between all the characters, there are easily more than 30 prose novels.


Hellboy is a comi books character created in 1993 by Mike Mignola and published by Dark Horse Comics. Since then the character and his world have become very popular to the point of achieving filmed two live-action movies directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Hellboy appeared as an infant in our world in the midst of World War II when Nazi occultists sought to use him as a weapon, but the Allies were on time and he is rescued by Prof. Trevor Bruttenholm, which realizing that the Nazis are resorting to paranormal forces, drives the U.S. to create the BPRD (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense), and from then to date, along with Hellboy and the BPRD agents, they are the final line of defense against evil paranormal forces.

Outside the TPBs of comic books, about the prose novels, which is our topic to discuss here, there have been published about 14 books.