The New Heroes (Quantum Prophecy Stateside)
is a trilogy of novels by Irish author Michael Carroll. The books are set in a universe where superheroes and supervillains were commonplace until 10 years previously, when every one of them vanished. The books detail the adventures of three young superhumans: Colin, Danny and Renata, the first of the new generation of superheroes to come along.
Sometimes subverts the conventions of the superhero genre and sometimes gleefully embraces them.
The three books are:
- The Quantum Prophecy (The Awakening)
- Sakkara (The Gathering)
- Absolute Power (The Reckoning)
Have a prequel series Superhuman
These books provide examples of:
- Towards the end of the third novel, Renata discovers how to turn other things solid in addition to herself. In order to stop a global conflict, she froze the entirety of the planet for two hours at the cost of her own power.
- Action Girl: Renata and Stephanie Cord both qualify.
- Action Mom: Caroline continued to fight as Energy after she gave birth to Colin. Even after she loses her powers, she can still take care of her fair share of mooks, stand up to Dioxin and make everyone in Sakkara do his or her homework.
- Anti-Hero- Max Dalton is an Unscrupulous Hero throughout the first book.
- Artificial Limbs: Danny.
- Badass Normal (Sol, Razor)
- Brought to You by the Letter "S" (Titan)
- Cloning Blues: Yvonne and Mina are clones of Ragnarok.
- Dark Age of Supernames: Too many to mention, but the worst offender is probably shapeshifter Facade.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Razor's real name is Garland Lighthouse. He won't tell anyone his middle name.
- Five-Man Band:
- Flying Brick Titan, formerly. Colin also develops the power of flight towards the middle parts of the third novel.
- Full-Name Basis: Max is almost always referred to as Max Dalton by the narration. The characters usually use his first name.
- Gadgeteer Genius Multiple. Most notably Razor unexpectedly morphs into this from Sakkara onwards. He ends up being the driving designer behind the new Paragon armor and Danny's mechanical arm.
- Heel-Face Turn (Yvonne, at the end of Sakkara.)
- Human Popsicle (Renata for 10 years)
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold (Razor, Book 1)
- Knight Templar (Max Dalton)
- Knight Templar Parent
- Ordinary High-School Student (Colin and Danny, at the start of the books)
- The Obi-Wan (Sol, from the second book on.)
- Parental Abandonment (Everyone but Colin to some extent.)
- Prophecy Twist: Danny does not lead an army of evil superhumans, but leads a group of them to freedom.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock (Facade who ended up stuck as Danny's Dad Quantum. It didn't work out too badly for him and he went on to raise Quantum's kid, have a child with Quantum's wife and pretty much be a much better dad to Danny than Quantum ever could.
- Stock Superpowers
- Superpowerful Genetics
- You're Not My Father: To poor Facade...