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Super Powereds by Drew Hayes

A story of what comes before the capes and cowls. 

Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop student with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

Five of this year’s freshmen are extra special. They have a secret aside from their abilities, one that they must guard from even their classmates. Because for every one person in the world with abilities they can control, there are three who lack such skill. These lesser super beings, Powereds as they are called, have always been treated as burdens and second class citizens. Though there has been ample research in the area, no one has ever succeeded in turning a Powered into a regular human, let alone a Super.

That is, until now . . . 

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Hero Certification Program is a tough school

By Fiona Gregory, editor

May 13, 2014: This long-running serial has been getting some buzz for awhile now, but I didn’t get around to reading it until my curiosity was sparked by a recent Webfiction World podcast of the prologue and first 2 chapters. I found two chapters of it just weren’t enough! It’s quite the engaging read once you get into it.

Since it’s about superhero college, I’ll compare it to two other popular serials, Worm (superheroes) and Tales of MU (magical college). If you haven’t read either of these, well you probably should, but bear with me anyway. The Super Powereds world is not unlike the Worm world, most notably in that superpowers are randomly cropping up among the population; some superpowered individuals are steered into the highly regulated official hero status and work under government rules, while the rest are left to their own devices, or become villains. The Super Powereds world is divided into Supers, who can control their special abilities, Powereds, who can’t (big problems), and ordinary humans, and each group has some resentment for the others. Super Powereds is considerably lighter than Worm. The protagonists are still in training, so instead of battling monsters and villains they battle other Super students for the top spot in class. Literally – the typical way to evaluate the superhero trainees is to pit them against each other in crazily violent power vs, power sparring matches or other contests.

It’s like Tales of MU in that we get a detailed slice of college life in a unique context- new friendships, romances, rivalries, betrayals, classes and tests of the Hero Certification Program (it’s super tough, like boot camp), but, compared to Tales of MU, less kinky sex and more drunken parties. The author obviously has fond memories of college keggers, and we get to relive them.

The five (six?) main characters, who dorm together due to a shared feature of their background which is better kept hidden, have distinct personalities, powers, and backgrounds. Despite this, they soon become a tightknit group of friends (or do they?) My favourite part of the series is learning more about the mysteries contained in their backstories, and a certain dramatic event that takes place at the end of Year One. I found the fights and parties started to feel repetitive after awhile, although they certainly give a consistent picture of the college life of an aspiring superhero, as characters, powers, and relationships continually evolve.

So far we have Year One, Year Two, and Year Three still serializing. There’s also an offshoot story, Corpies, which follows a students’ father in his attempt to make a comeback as a hero, letting us see the world from a new perspective. Smashing up rampaging robots is all in a day’s work, and the boss still isn’t happy. I enjoy this story even more than the main one.

Definitely worth checking out; you may get hooked.

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Editor’s First Impression

By Linda Schoales, editor

Mar 2, 2010: The writing in the prologue is fairly solid. Two mysterious men, Mr. Numbers and Mr. Transport, are appearing all over the country to meet with Powered teens. Those they approve will join a program to help them control their powers.

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Fun Superschool Series

By Annie, member

Aug 20, 2012: The Good: Nicely developed superhero world with some twists; Main Characters are interesting and grow more developed and complex throughout the serial

The Bad: Some pacing quibbles

The Lowdown: Super Powereds is an entertaining and highly readable addition to the superhero webserial collection, despite having a slow start. With some creative touches in the setting and characters, and with a solid (and steadily building!) plot, I’d say it’s definitely worth a look, [more . . .]

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It keeps getting better

By EramosE, author of Kaiserin

Oct 17, 2013: This is the story of five powerds (people with powers that lack the ability to control such powers) that undergo an experimental procedure to become supers (people with powers and control over them). After the procedure they enlist in an university that teaches them how to become super heroes. Isn’t that interesting enough? The first year is very entertaining and takes you through the struggle of this previously outcasts as they try to hide the fact that they were powereds and try to fit into the world as supers. [more . . .]


School’s Out?

By Rhodeworks, author of Not All Heroes

Aug 4, 2018: Super Powereds is a serial I’d always poked around at but never sat down to devote my full attention to. It’s always felt like one of the older, established superhero serials in the ecosystem. Recently, feeling in the mood for some YA superhero fare, I decided I’d give it a solid read and see what it was like. I discovered two things in quick succession.

One, the TWF link to read it leads to an error message.

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