It’s a good time to be a superhero geek: Marvel movies rule the theaters and caped heroes are popping up all over our television sets. And New York Comic Con’s Super Week begins October 5!
The fall 2015 TV season is introducing a whole bunch of superhero shows, including Supergirl, Mondays at 8:30 on CBS, and Jessica Jones, coming to Netflix November 20. And who could forget Legends of Tomorrow, a spin-off of Arrow and The Flash, coming in 2016? We can’t wait to watch all these costume-clad heroes fight their way across our screens. But while we’re patiently waiting for our new favorites to air, we’ll just be over here bingeing on our old favorite superheroes. Here are three shows—and one book!—to devour before the fall TV season picks up in earnest:
We make no secret of our Arrow-love here at BookTrib—and why would we? The show follows Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) when he returns to Starling City after being shipwrecked on an island for five years. He’s suffering from PTSD, is barely functional, and is basically a killing machine. No one knows what happened to him in those five years—not even the audience, who slowly gets told the story through flashbacks interwoven into each episode. Three seasons later, and Queen is an established hero, has a new love, and — spoiler alert! — recently gave up the mask to live in domestic bliss in the suburbs. We’re sure he won’t stay there for long, but before the show comes back on October 7, binge your way through the first few seasons. You won’t be sorry, trust us — this show is worth it for Amell’s abs alone.
Where to see it: Streaming on Netflix
If Arrow is the dark and damaged older brother, The Flash is its plucky younger sibling who’s always telling jokes and getting into trouble. Oliver Queen already went through his crucible on the island, but Barry Allen (Gustin Grant) is just learning the ropes of what it means to be a hero. The Flash starts out by showing the lighter side of superpowers — Barry is painting houses, running up and down buildings, and generally having a blast. But toward the end of the first season, the dark reality of the superhero life begins to creep in. I can’t wait to see where this show takes us in Season 2, but in the meantime, I’ll just binge on the heartfelt first season again.
Where to see it: Coming soon to Netflix.
Die hard comic book fans might groan their way through the CW-drama that creeps onto both Arrow and The Flash, but even The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy would approve of the Netflix Original Series Daredevil. It tells the story of Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who fights crime by night. There’s romance, bad guys and plenty of kickass fighting scenes. Thank goodness this series was renewed for a second season, although the release dates haven’t yet been announced. In the meantime, Daredevil and Jessica Jones will also be joined by their super-powered New York City neighbors, Luke Cage (also known as Power Man) and Danny Rand (aka Iron Fist) in 2016.
Where to see it: Streaming on Netflix.
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits: A Novel by David Wong (Thomas Dunne books; October 6, 2015)
Wong’s snarky sense of humor is perfect for this superhero book about a future world where humans are getting enhanced with powers and the world of the super rich is a mind-field of danger and bizarre business ventures. Zoey Ashe is a girl from a trailer park and her only confident is a very smelly cat. When her estranged father dies, she’s thrust into the world of billionaires, genetic enhancements, and crazy technology. Will she survive? Read Wong’s Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits to find out.