Saturday, 19 April 2014

Review: 'Ex-Heroes' by Peter Clines

The Mighty Dragon. Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap.

They were superheroes fighting to make Los Angeles a better place.

Then the plague of living death spread. Billions died, civilization fell, and the City of Angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland.

But the ex-humans aren't the only threats the heroes face. Another group is amassing power . . . led by an enemy with the most terrifying ability of all.

This is going to be a fairly short one: there really isn’t that much to say about Peter Clines’ Ex-Heroes other than that it’s full of zombies, superheroes and fun. (Think ‘X-Men’ meets ‘The Walking Dead’.)

Set in a post-apocalyptic future where the majority of the world’s population are zombies, or ‘ex-humans’, a small community struggle to survive in their makeshift town: a converted film studio in Los Angeles. Beset from all sides by millions of ‘exes’ and the remnants of a mean LA gang called the SS, the survivors are almost wholly dependent on the help of a group of superheroes. Yes, that’s right. Superheroes.

St. George can fly and breathe fire; Gorgon can drain the strength from his opponents just by making eye contact; Stealth is a super-fast ninja who can blend with her surroundings; Cerberus has a kick-ass metal suit with cannons loaded onto the arms; and Regenerator can heal both himself and others with a touch. And that’s not even all of them. They’re basically the Avengers, but somehow cooler. And they have to work together to protect the survivors against a new threat: someone is co-ordinating the ex-humans, giving minds to the mindless and making them more dangerous than ever. And this mysterious someone has a personal grudge against one of our heroes . . .

I honestly can’t remember the last time I had this much fun reading a book. I flew through the story in less than a day and was annoyed that I didn’t have the next book to hand. The heroes are all hugely likeable – my personal favourites were Gorgon, Zzzap, and of course St. George – and there’s a great blend of excitement, humour, horror and pathos. The action scenes are frequent and imaginative, and the author manages to strike a perfect balance between ridiculous and brilliant when it comes to the exaggerated powers of the superheroes. I can’t tell you how happy I am that there’s another three books in the series still waiting to be read.


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  1. This one really does look like a lot of fun. Must be for the author as well, he has what, four out in a couple of years?

    1. I think he's brought one out every year since 2010! Maybe he could give GRRM some tips?