Capes aren’t just for kids anymore! Smart, mature superhero fiction in the vein of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Young Justice animated series.
The Identity Crisis Universe (IDCU) takes the comic books you grew up on, gamma-irradiates them, and sets them loose upon the world!
HUNGRY GODS Identity Crisis: Book One by J. D. Brink
Superheroes. Undead. 'Nuff said.The country’s premier superhero team is missing, so it’s Spitball to the rescue! He’s a third-string hero today, determined to be first-string tomorrow. And the Army may be giving him just the chance he needs. He’s been invited to undertake a secret mission into America’s heartland. What he’s about to discover, however, is not a chance at stardom but a horror movie come to life...
DEUS EX MACHINA Identity Crisis: Book Two by J. D. Brink
What deadly secret hides behind Deus Ex Machina? In Hungry Gods, rookie superhero Spitball was recruited to stave off the zombie apocalypse. Now his mentor, the Miracle Worker, has a new assignment for him: infiltrate an international supervillain summit and determine the secret meaning behind its cryptic theme: God from the Machine.
Key Words: Superheroes, James Bond, Supervillains Galore, Dark Humor, Young Love, Action & Adventure, Undercover, Gadgets, Smart Ass Hero
A doomsday cult has risen in Mesa City. Signs of the Never-Ending Serpent haunt alleyways and nightmares, and the police seem powerless to stop it. Medicine Man and Coyote stood against them and Coyote paid the ultimate price. Her partner hasn’t been seen since. Gone off the deep end, they say. Is there no one who can save us from the End of Days? Includes the short novel Masks and the stories Medicine Man and Puppet Theatre.
Keywords: Superheroes, Rookie Heroes, Noir, Doomsday Cult, Snake Cult, Native American Heroes, Latino Hero, Loser Hero, Werewolf, Shapeshifter, Story Collection, Working Class Heroes
SECRET IDENTITIES Secret Origins: Book Two by J. D. Brink
Everyone has secrets. The game is keeping yours and finding theirs. Lose the game, you lose your life. Gabriel has just joined the inner circle of the most infamous supervillain in America. And Warlocke’s newest plot may light off a crime war with terrible consequences. The only way to stop it is to uncover one very important secret... Includes the short novel Secret Identities and the story Dreams of Flying.
Keywords: Superheroes, Supervillains, Crime, Noir, Atlantis, Mutants, Mad Scientists, Investigation, Detective, Mystery, Pumpkin Head, Working Class Hero
INVASION Secret Origins: Book Three by J. D. Brink
The future of the Identity Crisis Universe hangs in the balance. Earth’s Apex superheroes—a physicist turned nuclear colossus, a hyper-intelligent silverback gorilla, and an otherworldly gladiator —are all that stand between an alien beachhead and the billions of lives below. Their ultimate mission, however, may be darker than they ever expected.
Keywords: Superheroes, Aliens, Dark Future, Female Badass, Insectoids, Seduction, Cosmic Sex, Gladiator, Mechanoid, Unrequited Love, Deep Space, Space Opera, Space Travel
Silk Spider tracks eight tuxedo-clad felons are committing copycat robberies. She’s putting her detective skills to work, as well the vast resources of a superhero HQ. And when she catches up to this new Eight-Ball Gang with her bullet-proof corset and anger-fueled super-strength, she’ll make them sorry they ever put on their masks. A story of mature spandex, pulp action, and dark humor.
Nakai and Nizoni Proudtree are Navajo kids growing up on the wrong side of the tracks. In Shadowtown, it’s not cool to root for superheroes. Even so, stealing the high-tech car of a vengeful crusader on the warpath is probably not a good idea… But sometimes good kids do what they must to survive.
Key words: Superhero, Young Adult, Story/Novelette, Lower Class Heroes, Native American, Latino, American Southwest, Shaman, Middle School
Herb Collins doesn’t just dream about flying, he takes to the skies. And as soon as this self-conscious grocery store manager can figure out a proper secret identity, he’ll be the biggest superhero Cleveland has ever seen! But be careful what you wish for. When Herb dons his costume and takes on his first, real super-powered fight, he learns a lesson he’ll never forget.
Keywords: Superhero, Secret Origins, Origin Stories, Loser, Inspirational, Working Class Hero, Underdog
In Mesa City, there’s one hero you can count on to defend justice. Okay, there’s two: the mysterious Shadow Puppet and that show-off, Mr. Wonderful. After his last tragic encounter with the villainess Kitty Kat, the Shadow Puppet is thought to be dead. And the man behind the mask would almost prefer that, but can’t let the Mr. Wonderfuls of the world get the best of him. Tonight he returns from the grave!
Keywords: Superhero, Supervillain, 60s Batman TV show, Comedy, Fedora and Trench Coat, Loser Hero
THE ICDU NEWSPAPER LOOK I, personally, am a fan of the newspaper covers. I don't know where that came from in my imagination, but I thought it a cool, unique look. Each cover had not only its own colorful characters on the front, but also the headlines, date, and location of the newspapers varied. You just had to look a little closer to see those details. I must admit, though, that is new darkened alleyways covers are more dynamic and pop a heck of a lot more. At the time of this update, the paperbacks still come in newspaper covers. And I don't see that changing anytime soon. :)