Challenge: DC vs. Marvel 2016

DC vs Marvel

Once again, the wonderful Michael is hosting another reading challenge for our science fiction and fantasy book group, Dragons & Jetpacks. As with 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 2016 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 again this year!


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

Heroes

Nova (RECRUITED)
  1. Nova Corps: Read a book with a soldier on the cover or where the main character is a soldier (And I Darken by Kiersten White)
  2. Space Cop: Read a book with a planet on the cover or where the characters travel through space (An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield)
  3. Cancerverse: Read a book with “cancer” in the title or where the characters travel to another dimension/alternate reality (A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab)

Thor (RECRUITED)
  1. Goddess of Thunder: Read a book with storm/lightning on the cover or where one of the characters is a god (Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi)
  2. To Asgard We Fly: Read a book with a Viking on the cover or which includes elements of Norse mythology (Viking Age England by Julian D. Richards
  3. Dr. Jane Foster: Read a book with “doctor” or “Dr.” in the title or where a character is a doctor (Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye)

Ms. Marvel (RECRUITED)
  1. Marvelous Girl: Read a book with “Miss” or “Ms.” or “Marvel” in the title or where a character has a secret identity (Powers: The Secret History of Deen Pilgrim by Brian Michael Bendis)
  2. Fangirl: Read a book with a fan (it can be the device as well) on the cover or where a character is the fan of someone/something (For the Win by Cory Doctorow)
  3. Nobody Understands Me: Read a book with “parents” in the title or where a character has issues with their parents (Vicious by V.E. Schwab)

Vision (RECRUITED)
  1. Android: Read a book with “android” in the title or where an android/robot is one of the characters (Speak by Louisa Hall)
  2. Married To A Witch: Read a book with a characters in wedding attire on the cover or where a character related to the main character has magical powers, but not the main character (How England Made the English: From Hedgerows to Heathrow by Harry Mount)
  3. Laser Beams: Read a book with laser beams on the cover or where a characters uses laser beams as a weapon (Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Squirrel Girl (RECRUITED)
  1. Squirrels: Read a book with a squirrel on the cover or where a small rodent is one of the characters (The Bees by Laline Paull)
  2. Squirrel Tail: Read a book with a character with a tail on the cover or where a character has a tail (Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick)
  3. Tippy-Toe: Read a book with a slip knot/bow on the cover or where a character can talk to animals (All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders)

Blade (RECRUITED)
  1. Daywalker: Read a book with a sun on the cover or where a character is a vampire (Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  2. Cool Shades: Read a book where a character wears sunglasses on the cover or where a character wears sunglasses in the story (Us by David Nicholls)
  3. High Stakes: Read a book with a stake on the cover or where a character risks their life for someone else (Revenger by Alastair Reynolds)

Jessica Jones (RECRUITED)
  1. Alias Investigation: Read a book with “alias” or “investigation” in the title or where the main protagonist is a private investigator (Modern Romance: An Investigation by Aziz Ansari)
  2. Jewel: Read a book with jewellery on the cover or where jewels are an important part of the story (Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas)
  3. Danielle: Read a book with a child on the cover or where on of the POV characters is a parent (The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie

Iron Fist (RECRUITED)
  1. Dragon Tattoo: Read a book with a dragon on the cover or where a main character has a tattoo (Divergent by Veronica Roth)
  2. Danny Rand: Read a book with a character wearing a suit on the cover or where the main character is rich (Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas)
  3. K’un-L’un: Read a book with mountains on the cover or where a mountain village is one of the settings (Deep South by Paul Theroux

Agent Coulson (RECRUITED)
  1. Agent of Shield: Read a book with a shield on the cover or where the main character is a spy/agent (The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu)
  2. Flying Car: Read a book with a car on the cover or where the main character owns a car (The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson)
  3. Cheese: Read a book with cheese on the cover or where the main character has a nickname (The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien)

She-Hulk (RECRUITED)
  1. Hulk It Out!: Read a book with a predominantly green cover or where a character is known to wear green (The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne)
  2. Lawyer Up!: Read a book with scales on the cover or where one of the characters is a lawyer (Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  3. Hercules Is My Lover: Read a book with a kissing couple on the cover or where a character has a relationship with a god (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemison)

Star Lord (RECRUITED)
  1. Peter Quill AKA…: Read a book with “Star” or “Lord” in the title or where the main character is funny (Calamity by Brandon Sanderson)
  2. Elemental Guns: Read a book with a gun on the cover or where the main character uses guns (Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton)
  3. Spaceship Captain: Read a book with a spaceship on the cover or where one of the main characters is a captain (can be a nautical ship as well) (The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers)

Black Panther (RECRUITED)
  1. Black Panther: Read a book with a panther or other predatory cat on the cover or where a feline predator (lion/tiger etc.) is part of the story (New Pompeii by Daniel Godfrey)
  2. T’Challa: Read a book with “King” or “Queen” in the title or where one of the main characters is a king/queen (Shakespeare: The World As A Stage by Bill Bryson)
  3. Wakanda: Read a book with a jungle on the cover or where a jungle is one of the settings (Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton)

Villains


The Penguin – January (DEFEATED)
  1. Top Hat: Read a book with a character wearing a top hat on the cover or where a character is the head of a crime organisation (Bossypants by Tina Fey)
  2. Where Penguins Live: Read a book with snow the cover or where one of the settings is made of snow or ice (Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier)
  3. Umbrella: Read a book with an umbrella on the cover or where a character uses an umbrella (A Room With A View by E.M. Forster)

Mystique – February (DEFEATED)
  1. Shapeshifter: Read a book with “shape” or “shift” (or variations of the word) in the title or where a character has the ability to shapeshift (Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas)
  2. Skull Belt: Read a book with a skull on the cover or where one of the characters is a skeleton (Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin)
  3. Raven: Read a book with a raven or crow on the cover or where one of the characters is a bird (Holy Cow by David Duchovny)

Poison Ivy – March (DEFEATED)
  1. Queen of Plants: Read a book with plants on the cover (trees, flowers, grass) or which has living/animated plants in it (Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt)
  2. Toxic Plans: Read a book with “poison” or “toxic” in the title or where one of the characters is poisoned/is harmed by radiation (Poison Study by Maria Snyder)
  3. In Love with Harley Quinn: Read a book with a clown/jester/fool on the cover or where one of the characters is in an LGBTQ+ relationship (The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness)

White Rabbit – April (DEFEATED)
  1. The White Rabbit: Read a book with “white” or “rabbit” in the title or which has a rabbit or hare in it (I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett)
  2. Lorina Dodson: Read a book with any form of money (coins, bills) on the cover or where the main protagonist has rich parents (The Vatican Princess by C.W. Gortner)
  3. Dating Arcade: Read a book with an arcade, computer or game console on the cover or where people get to be part of a video game (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)

Black Manta – May (DEFEATED)
  1. The Black Manta: Read a book with “black” or “manta” in the title or which has a fish in it (The Black Guard by A.J. Smith)
  2. Conquest of Atlantis: Read a book with a siege battle on the cover or where Atlantis is one of the locations the characters visit (The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins)
  3. Serum: Read a book with a syringe on the cover or where people get a shot of serum/vaccine/antidote (Insurgent by Veronica Roth)

Grim Reaper – June (DEFEATED)
  1. The Grim Reaper: Read a book with “grim” or “reaper” in the title or which has a manifestation of death (can be the death god of a fantasy world) as a character (Going Postal by Terry Pratchett)
  2. Brother of Wonder Man: Read a book with “wonder” in the title or where the main character has a brother, who is also a character in the book (Allegiant by Veronica Roth)
  3. Magical Scythe: Read a book with a scythe on the cover or where the main character gets a magical weapon (The Novice by Taran Matharu)

Brainiac – July (DEFEATED)
  1. Brainstorm: Read a book with a brain on the cover or with “brain” in the title (The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr)
  2. Green Skinned Alien: Read a book with a predominantly green cover or where aliens appear (Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor)
  3. Shrinking Ray: Read a book with a snow globe or ship in the bottle on the cover or where someone gets shrunken (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll)

Man-Ape – August (DEFEATED)
  1. Man-Ape: Read a book with an ape/monkey on the cover or with an ape/monkey appearing in it (A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett)
  2. The White Gorilla Cult: Read a book with a predominantly white cover or with any sort of blood ritual (magic) in it (Nevernight by Jay Kristoff)
  3. Lethal Legion: Read a book with “lethal” or “legion” in the title or where a POV character is part of an army/military unit (The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

Deadshot – September (DEFEATED)
  1. Gun for Hire: Read a book with a gun on the cover or with a mercenary as a POV character (Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd)
  2. Deadshot: Read a book “dead” or “shot” in the title or with a sniper/assassin as a POV character (The Dead by Charlie Higson)
  3. Suicide Squad: Read a book with a group of armed characters (3+ characters) on the cover or where a POV character turns from a villain into a hero (The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett)

Jack O’Lantern – October (DEFEATED)
  1. Jack O’Lantern: Read a book with a lantern (no modern streetlights) on the cover or where a character is named Jack (Nerve by Jeanne Ryan)
  2. Pumpkinhead: Read a book with a predominantly orange title or which belongs to the horror genre (The Fireman by Joe Hill
  3. Hovercraft Disc: Read a book with a hovercraft on the cover or where the characters ride in a hovercraft (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)

Indigo – November (DEFEATED)
  1. Robotic Control: Read a book with a robot on the cover or where a character is able to control machines/robots with their mind (Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
  2. Brainiac 8: Read a book with a computer on the cover or where characters interact with an A.I (Prey by Michael Crichton)
  3. Member of the Outsiders: Read a book with a landscape on the cover or where the main character changes from being a villain to being a hero (Long Cloud Ride by Josie Dew

Dormammu – December (DEFEATED)
  1. Fire: Read a book with a “fire” in the title or where a fire occurs (like a fire fire, not a camp fire) (The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima)
  2. Dark Dimension: Read a book with “dark” or “dimension” in the title or where characters travel to another dimension (The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman)
  3. Lord of the Mindless Ones: Read a book with “mind”, “less” or “one(s)” in the title or where people’s mind are controlled/enslaved/possessed by someone else (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey)

Portal Heroes

Snoopy
  1. A-Dawg: Read a book with a dog on the cover or where a dog has a POV
  2. Aviator: Read a book with a character wearing an aviator cap/helmet on the cover or where a POV character is a pilot
  3. Woodstock: Read a book with a yellow colored cover or where the characters visit a music festival/concert (How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran)

Energy Cells