Challenge: DC vs. Marvel

Once again, the wonderful Michael is hosting another reading challenge for our science fiction and fantasy book group, Dragons & Jetpacks. Similar to last year, each participant chooses a team (either DC or Marvel), and reads books that fit each ‘trait’ of a superhero or villain to recruit or defeat them. Only books read during 2015 count (they can be re-reads), and villains can only be defeated in the month they are ‘active’. However, there are some extra additions this year, which you can read about in the original thread on Goodreads. If you want to take part, then join our group on Goodreads and sign up! I have chosen Team Marvel this year (naturally!)


Heroes recruited: 8/12 | Villains defeated: 3/12

Heroes

Spiderman
Spiderman
  1. Does Whatever A Spiderman Does: Read a book with a spider on the cover or with spiders in it
  2. Peter Parker: Read a book with a character wearing a lab coat on the cover or where a character is a photographer (The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman, read 01/07/15)
  3. Aunt May: Read a book with an elderly lady on cover or where a character lives with his aunt and/or uncle (Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings, read 14/01/15)

Daredevil – RECRUITED
Daredevil
  1. The Man without Fear: Read a book with predominantly red cover or where a character conquers his fears (Drawn by Cecilia Gray, read 19/04/15)
  2. Matt Murdock: Read a book with scales on the cover or an attorney as main protagonist (Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid, read 02/09/15)
  3. Trained by the Hand: Read a book with a ninja on cover or which has a blind character in it (Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz, read 18/07/15)

Dr. Strange – RECRUITED
Dr Strange
  1. Sorcerer Supreme: Read a book with a mage/wizard on the cover or where a mage/wizard is one of the main protagonists (The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker, read 25/06/15)
  2. Eye of Agamoto: Read a book with a pendant/necklace (can be worn by a character) on the cover or where a pendant/necklace plays a significant role in the plot (A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, read 12/03/15)
  3. Sanctum Sanctorum: Read a book with a house on cover or where a mage’s lab/sanctum is one of the settings (The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, read 02/08/15)

Mr. Fantastic – RECRUITED
Mr Fantastic
  1. First Family: Read a book with the number 4 (must be the number, not the written word) on the cover or where a father is one of the main protagonists (Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, read 02/01/15)
  2. Stretch: Read a book with a character with elongated limbs on the cover or where an inventor is one of the main/side characters (The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North, read 03/06/15)
  3. Negative Zone: Read a book with a black and white cover or where characters travel to another dimension (Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, read 11/08/15)

Invisible Woman – RECRUITED
Invisible Woman
  1. Force Field: Read a book with a shield on the cover or where a character is able to shield others with force fields, telekinesis or by a similar power (Firefight by Brandon Sanderson, read 04/03/15)
  2. Susan Richards: Read a book with a mother (female character with a kid next to her) on the cover or where a mother is one of the main characters (See How Small by Scott Blackwood, read 01/02/15)
  3. Flirt with Namor: Read a book with water on the cover or which has a love triangle in it
  4. (Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, read 03/05/15)

The Thing
The Thing
  1. Orange Skin: Read a book with a predominantly orange cover or where a character gets turned into stone temporarily or permanently (The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey, read 06/07/15)
  2. Benjamin Grimm: Read a book with a space ship on the cover or where a pilot is one of the main characters
  3. It’s Clobberin’ Time!: Read a book with a brawl/fist fight on the cover or where characters get into a fist fight (Those Above by Daniel Polansky, read 20/04/15)

Human Torch – RECRUITED
Human Torch
  1. Flame On!: Read a book with fire on the cover or where a fire burns down a house/village/town (Gone by Michael Grant, read 11/07/15)
  2. Johnny Storm: Read a book with a blond male character on the cover or where the main character has siblings (Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris, read 19/07/15)
  3. Spidey Team-Up: Read a book with two characters on the cover who seem to be friends (not fighting or arguing) or where the main protagonist has a best friend/sidekick (Breathe by Sarah Crossan, read 04/01/15)

Punisher
Punisher
  1. Walking Armory: Read a book with at least 3 different weapons on the cover or where a character carries around 3 or more weapons (Fable: Blood of Heroes by Jim C. Hines, read 31/08/15)
  2. Frank Castle: Read a book with a skull on the cover or where the main character loses her/his family (The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones, read 10/08/15)
  3. Battle Van: Read a book with a van/truck on the cover or where a character drives a van/truck

Valkyrie – RECRUITED
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  1. Armored Warrior: Read a book with an armored warrior on the cover or where a character wears armor plating/body (The Great Bazaar and Brayan’s Gold by Peter V. Brett, read 15/06/15)
  2. Over The Rainbow Bridge: Read a book with a rainbow on the cover or where Nordic mythology plays an important role (The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell, read 21/09/15)
  3. Riding A Winged Horse: Read a book with a horse/Pegasus on the cover or where the main character has a horse/Pegasus (The Six Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher, read 15/09/15)

Groot – RECRUITED
Groot
  1. Alien Tree: Read a book with a tree on the cover or where a forest is one of the settings (Skin by Ilka Tampke, read 04/10/15)
  2. I am Groot!: Read a book with a plant in a pot on the cover or where one of the characters is mute or has trouble communicating (How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, read 03/01/15)
  3. Guardian of the Galaxy: Read a book with a galaxy panorama on the cover or where one of the main characters is a guard (Tracer by Rob Boffard, read 31/05/15)

Rocket Raccoon
Rocket Raccoon
  1. Talking Raccoon: Read a book with a forest animal on the cover or where an animal can talk
  2. Blam! Murdered you!: Read a book with a gun on the cover or where the main character is an assassin (Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood by Oliver Bowden)
  3. Krutack!: Read a book with a censored word on the cover (word that is crossed out) or where one of the main characters curses a lot (The Empress Game by Rhonda Mason, read 26/10/15)

Deadpool – RECRUITED
Deadpool
  1. The Merc With A Mouth: I want you to read a book with words on the cover (which are not part of the title/author/blurb publishing bits) or where the main character is annoyingly funny like me, Deadpool. I know that you’re putting me into this challenge, dude! (Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks by Justin Richards)
  2. Meta: Furthermore you should read a book with at least two blurbs on the cover, you know, to show everyone that the book is as awesome as I am or where the story is written in first person, so the hero is talking to you just like your favorite hero! (Armada by Ernest Cline, read 13/06/15)
  3. Hack, Slash: I like to kill stuff, so you should read a book with a lot blood on the cover, you know, the more the better or where one of the main characters kills at least over 9000 other people… what daya mean… too much… it’s my fricking challenge… sigh, okay where the main character kills at least over 9 people, content now? (The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson, read 30/01/15)

Villains

Joker (January) – DEFEATED
Joker
  1. Why So Sad?: Read a book with a clown on the cover or which is considered a comedy (Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest by A. Lee Martinez, read 20/01/15)
  2. Arkham Asylum: Read a book with a hospital/asylum on the cover or where a character is a sociopath/psychopath (Asylum by Madeline Roux, read 06/01/15)
  3. Joker Venom: Read a book with fog/mist on cover or where a character gets poisoned (Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson, read 17/01/15)

Mysterio (February)
Mysterio
  1. Fishbowl Helmet: Read a book with a glass/crystal bowl/globe or an aquarium on the cover or where a glass/crystal bowl/globe is mentioned (doesn’t have to be important for the story)
  2. Quentin Beck, the Unknown Stuntman: Read a book with a stage/raised dais the cover or where a character is an actor or doubles for someone (Pawn by Aimee Carter, read 10/02/15)
  3. Hypnosis: Read a book with concentric circles on cover or where a character gets hypnotized

The Riddler (March)
Riddler
  1. Riddle Me This!: Read a book with a question as a title or where the protagonists have to solve a riddle
  2. Cane You Solve This?: Read a book with a cane the cover or where a character uses a cane (The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon, read 31/03/15)
  3. E. Nigma: Read a book with a pun in the title or where there is a character who makes a pun

Kang the Conqueror (April) – DEFEATED
Kang the Conqueror
  1. Nathaniel Richards: Read a book with a scholar/wise person on the cover or where one of the pov characters is a scholar/wise person (Doctor Who: Engines of War by George Mann)
  2. Time Ship: Read a book with a clock on the cover or where time travel happens (The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer, read 02/04/15)
  3. Rama-Tut: Read a book with a pyramid/Sphinx/Egyptian symbol on the cover or where Egypt is one of the settings (Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters, read 30/04/15)

Gorilla Grodd (May) – DEFEATED
gorilla grodd
  1. Not a Human: Read a book with a monkey/ape on the cover or where the characters interact with a monkey/ape. A monkey/ape character works as well (Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, read 10/05/15)
  2. Gorilla City: Read a book with the word “city” in the title or where the characters encounter a city inhabited by non-humans (City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte)
  3. Brain-Eater: Read a book with a brain on the cover or where brains are eaten (Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, read 07/05/15)

Bullseye (June)
Bullseye
  1. Target Marker: Read a book with a crosshair on the cover or where a character is the target of an assassination
  2. Thunderbolts: Read a book with the words “thunder” and or “bolt” in the title or where a villain turns into a hero
  3. Dark Avenger: Read a book with the words “dark” or “avenger” in the title or where a character pretends to be somebody else (Way Down Dark by James Smythe, read 23/06/15)

Bane (July)
Bane
  1. Vengeance of Bane: Read a book with “Vengeance” or “Bane” in the title or where a character is on a trip of revenge.
  2. Backbreaker: Read a book with a disabled person on the cover (missing limbs, eye-patch, wheelchair, etc.) or where one of the main protagonists has a disability.
  3. Wearing a Mask: Read a book with a person wearing a mask on the cover or where a main character wears a mask

Ultron (August)
Ultron
  1. Age of Ultron: Read a book with “Age”in the title or where the main protagonist is 47 years or older. (Ultron appeared first in July 1968 and was named Ultron in August of 68, so it’s kind of his birthday)
  2. Masters of Evil: Read a book with “Master(s)” or “Evil” in the title or where a robot/cyborg is a leader of a faction/group/nation. (No androids, cause they are too human-like)
  3. Jocasta, the female Ultron: Read a book with a female robot/cyborg on the cover or where a female robot/cyborg is one of the characters (can be a side-character). (No androids, cause they are too human-like)

Sinestro (September)
Sinestro
  1. The Power Ring: Read a book with a ring on the cover or the word “ring(s)” in the title or where a ring is a significant object
  2. Sinestro Corps: Read a book with a predominantly yellow cover or where a military unit makes up the the main pov(s) (The Fearless by Emma Pass, read 06/09/15)
  3. Master of Fear: Read a book with a person showing an expression of fear/horror/panic on the cover or where a being is able to actively induce fear/terror in its enemies

Venom (October)
Venom
  1. Alien Symbiote: Read a book co-written by two authors (no anthologies) or where someone is inhabited by a symbiote/parasite. (Zer0es by Chuck Wendig, read 29/10/15)
  2. Agent Venom: Read a book that the author dedicated to their agent or where an agent/spy is the main character.
  3. Creator of Carnage, the serial killer: Read a book which is the last of a trilogy or longer series or where a serial killer is the main antagonist.

Lex Luthor (November)
lex luthor
  1. President Luthor: Read a book with “president” in the title or where someone is the president of a country (it should be an elected leader, not a king or emperor).
  2. Lex Corp: Read a book with the word “company” in the title or where the main character owns a business. Ubik by Philip K. Dick, read 17/11/15)
  3. Battle Suit: Read a book with “battle” or “suit” in the title or where a character wears a powered armor (All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, read 15/11/15)

Portal Heroes

Bigby Wolf
Bigby Wolf
  1. Big Bad Wolf: Read a book with a wolf on the cover or where the characters encounter wolves/werewolves (Thud! by Terry Pratchett, read 07/07/15)
  2. Fabletown: Read a book with a fairy on the cover or which is a fairy tale/fairy tale retelling
  3. Chain Smoker: Read a book with a cigarette/cigar/pipe on cover or where the main protagonist is a smoker Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, read 28/08/15)

2 responses to “Challenge: DC vs. Marvel

  1. Tori

    Do you mind if I borrow this challenge for my blog? I am new to blogging but this looks like a great challenge to start in the new year. Of course I’d source your blog & the creator of the challenge.

    • Hi Tori – I think for that you’d really have to contact Michael, the creator of the challenge. I don’t want to give permission for something I didn’t create! There’s a link to his Goodreads profile at the top of the page.

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