The world of superheroes stretches beyond the cinema screen and comic book page – now there are myriad ways we can get a superhero fix.
For fans of audiobooks, Audible has a raft of great superhero-related titles that dive into the stories behind your favourite Marvel and DC characters. There’s plenty outside of that, too, like Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick Of Light, one of the final projects from the Marvel mastermind. Lee’s first audiobook puts a modern-day twist on the superhero, following two teens, Cameron and Nia, who possess the ability to manipulate technology.
To mark the release of Stan Lee’s new story, here’s our pick of the best behind the scenes stories, superhero novels and fresh new takes on classics you can listen to right now on Audible.
Infighting and backstabbing with a strong dose of imagination and a hero or two to save the day – no, that’s not the latest X-Men story, it’s the very real world of Marvel Comics. But in this tale, it’s the metaphorical claws threatening to come out, not Wolverine’s retractable adamantium. Through more than 100 Marvel insider interviews, Marvel Comics: The Untold Story tells the gripping tale of how a small American publishing company on the brink of collapse worked its way right into the heart of pop culture. There’s unprecedented access to the brains that brought you some of the most beloved superheroes and villains of all time, including Marvel founder, Martin Goodman, the legendary Stan Lee, and Captain America creator, Jack Kirby.
If you thought the internal battles at Marvel were dramatic, brace yourselves for the publisher’s long-running rivalry with DC. Slugfest tells the juicy history of the two most iconic comic publishing houses – from sneaky spies to snatched ideas, the fighting hasn’t always been fair but it has been evenly matched, making for some unbelievable stories. Truth really can be stranger than fiction…
Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a must-listen for superhero fans. Brought to life by award-winning narrator, David Colacci, it tells the story of two cousins who combine their talents to make an impact in the newly-developing comic book industry, around the time of the Second World War. Inspired by the life of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Kavalier & Clay brings to life a daring new hero, The Escapist, and weaves in real-life figures like Stan Lee, Salvador Dalí and Orson Welles.
Bringing you audio novelisations of the films that gave you the origin stories of Captain America, Hulk, and Thor in one collection, Marvel’s Phase One Box Set is a fun trek back into the MCU’s early years. With excellent narration and insight into the characters’ deepest thoughts that only a novel can bring, listen to how Bruce Banner got his superhuman strength, Steve Rogers became the first Avenger and Thor went from arrogant royal to world hero. If you race through Phase One and crave more, Marvel’s Phase Two and Three are also available, bringing you Ant-Man, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange and Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2.
When the world met Superman, it immediately wanted more. The Man of Steel paved the way for a whole host of superpowered beings, each with talents more extraordinary than the last. But what’s our fascination with this fantasy and what can it tell us about our own lives and society? In a deep exploration that’s part biography, part superhero history, one of the most highly acclaimed comic book writers, Grant Morrison, asks: what do superheroes mean to us, and what can they tell us about ourselves? If you’re looking for something deep and reflective on the genre, Supergods is a must listen.
New takes on beloved characters often bring about a sense of dread, but this one’s actually pretty great. In this offering from the Young Adult DC Icons Series, New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo tackles the teenage years of legendary superhero, Wonder Woman. Diana, Princess of the Amazons, is a young girl longing to prove herself to her fierce warrior sisters. In her haste to impress her people, she makes a potentially disastrous error by rescuing Alia, the lone survivor of a shipwreck near the coast of Themyscira. Alia turns out to be a “Warbringer”… unsurprisingly that’s not a good thing!