Mavericks is a Web Serial Novel written by a user named Joker. The series explored the superhero genre through a different lens that combines both deconstruction and reconstruction, story-telling aimed at adults and Black Comedy.
The story follows a group of four unlikely heroes in the crime-ridden Rust Belt city of Blackburn. The threats to the city are immense, and each of them will have to fight internal battles to find the strength to keep the city from falling into complete chaos. Along the way theyll assemble a supporting cast and learn to work together to combat villains they wouldnt be able to alone.
Mavericks launched in August 2018 and updates twice a week.
This series provided examples of:
- Crapsack World: Blackburn is absolutely crawling with thugs and gangbangers, has one of if not the highest murder rate in the country and at the start of the series doesn't even have a superhero team.
- Darker and Edgier: Mavericks relies heavily on Reality Ensues and the tropes of the superhero genre being brought into a world where people react to them realistically.
- Differently Powered Individuals: Referred to as anomalies.
- World Building: Blackburn is heavily based on worldbuilding. Much of the story is dedicated to the lore of the city, and introducing tons of characters who will be more important later.