Not your kid's comics
Three new books offer adult takes on superhero tales.
A Once Crowded Sky (Touchstone) by Tom King is an illustrated novel by a former CIA counterterrorism officer (and Marvel/DC Comics intern) about a troop of superheroes. All but one of them lose their powers, then must confront new dangers.
Spandex: Fast and Hard (Titan) by Martin Eden collects the first three comics in the Spandex series about "the first all super-powered, all-gay superhero team," with bonus afterword and character bios from the author.
Wayne of Gotham (It Books) by Tracy Hickman is a novel about Batman's alter-ego, Bruce Wayne, whose belief that his parents' murder was a simple mugging gone awry is challenged — along with his whole sense of identity — by an unexpected guest at Wayne Manor.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor