Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

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Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Postby Tam-Rael » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:16 pm

Anyone seen or done a stat up of this excellent superheroes and zombies series?

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Re: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Postby Horsenhero » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:06 pm

How could they? According to the link, it's not released yet.

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Re: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Postby Tam-Rael » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:22 pm

Actually it is, thats the newest release under a new publisher.

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Re: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Postby Charles Phipps » Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:12 pm

I love the series.

Really.

It's awesome.

Everyone should read it.

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Re: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Postby Tam-Rael » Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:22 pm

I agree. Ex-Heroes is what Marvel Zombies should have been but failed to be.

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Re: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Postby Charles Phipps » Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:25 pm

Tam-Rael wrote:I agree. Ex-Heroes is what Marvel Zombies should have been but failed to be.


I actually write at Permuted Press and am working to get published there. I got acquainted with Mister Clines and the short version was "Ex-Heroes" was inspired by what he felt was Marvel Zombie's failures.

"Wait, the book is about superheroes AS zombies versus superheroes VERSUS zombies?"

I love his Batman and Saint George, really.

I'd say that you don't need to do anyone but Raven II for Stealth. Maybe PL 10 Paragon for Saint George (before he gets his fire breath).

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Re: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Postby Tam-Rael » Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:45 pm

I've fiddled with trying to get stats genned up for the heroes, but i keep getting stuck.

Most of them would seem to be well below the standard PL10 of the archetypes. Except for Zzzap maybe.

Maybe we should start a little fan project right here. Pick one of the heroes and work it over till we find something close.

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Re: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Postby Libra » Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:53 pm

This does sound fairly interesting, but I have yet to read the series; mostly because I don't really go for Apocalyptic fiction, as I'd much rather read about an Apocalypse thwarted, if only so I can enjoy the consternation on the face of whomsoever happens to be this years Thorne - or his 'backers' whomsoever or whatever they may happen to be.

This may be part of a pattern, because I LOVE seeing villains handed their head (metaphorically, more so than literally, but it depends on just how vile the villain in question is and how much of a dystopia the fictional setting in question is.
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Re: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Postby Charles Phipps » Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:38 pm

At the risk of misusing the word, it's about as bright as a Zombie Apocalypse can be. There's a large number of survivors (a small city), superheroes protecting them, and none of the superheroes turn evil/go insane/become evil overlords.

In a genre filled with nihilism this is more a construction project.

"Well, everything has gone pear-shaped. How do we fix this?"

It's also the only story I know which can do a redheaded bisexual ninja Batwoman and NOT play her for fanservice.

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Re: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Postby Tam-Rael » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:46 pm

Stealth scares me. You're never more than one practical decision away from being expendable in her world.

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Re: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Postby Charles Phipps » Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:21 am

What I like about her is that while she's the hardest of the characters, it's also clear she IS trying to help. She just needs Saint George (Superman) to balance her.

Even if Supes-EXPY is sort of a horndog.

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Re: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Postby Tam-Rael » Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:55 am

My one real complaint about the series is that it is overplaying the whole Boy Scout thing with George. No one could possibly be that morally upright in that situation.

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Re: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Postby Charles Phipps » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:35 am

Tam-Rael wrote:My one real complaint about the series is that it is overplaying the whole Boy Scout thing with George. No one could possibly be that morally upright in that situation.


Really? I thought his horndog tendencies made him surprisingly human.

"Yeah, I love Stealth but IN THE MEANTIME I'm totally sleeping with this hot B-lister."

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Re: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Postby Tam-Rael » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:43 am

But he eventually stopped sleeping with the b-lister to pine over Her High and Mightiness.

I was referring more to the whole 'no killing' thing. Even when his (non-invulnerable) friends are pinned down under fire, he refuses to step up and do what needs to be done. And then threatens and bullies those that do.

I'm hoping that books 3 and 4 take George out of his comfort zone and force him to make some very hard choices.

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Re: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Postby Charles Phipps » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:53 am

I dunno, in a zombie apocalypse, human-life IS more precious than normal and some people just aren't killers.

I will say, however, Ex-Patriots may be a superior work overall.

We finally get some supervillains *AND* black Captain America.


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