Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is in theaters worldwide right now, and whether you loved or hated it, it's certainly an interesting take on The Caped Crusader and The Man of Tomorrow.

A great many independent comics have taken the core ideas of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and other iconic characters and given them a unique spin that could only be explored outside the confines of DC Comics mainstream continuity. If you're looking for superhero stories with a bit of an edge, we've got five of the best to recommend to you.

  • Irredeemable

    Mark Waid & Peter Krause

    This tale could have gone very wrong, very quickly with the premise of a Superman that turns evil because he can hear all the mean things people say about him behind his back. Mark Waid and Peter Krause manage to craft a rich, complex story with their Supes-analogue, The Plutonian.

    Irredeemable (along with its sister series, Incorruptible) builds a vast superhero universe from the ground-up, and without revealing the ending, circles back around to be one big love letter to The Man of Steel in its final moments.

  • Astro City: Confession

    Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson & Alex Ross

    If you're a fan of superheroes in general, you can't go wrong with any of Astro City, but fans of Batman will want to check out "Confession," which features Busiek, Ross & Anderson's take on The Dark Knight, The Confessor, taking on a new sidekick in Altar Boy.

    "Confession" is a tale about sacrifice and legacy as strong as any of your favorite Batman stories, which features Confessor struggling with far more literal demons than Bruce Wayne deals with on a day-today basis, and Altar Boy's quest to save his mentor.

  • Glory

    Joe Keatinge & Sophie Campbell

    The 90s saw Rob Liefeld pumping out superhero analogues at Image Comics at an incredible rate, with characters like Supreme, Youngblood and his Wonder Woman analogue, Glory. Glory was retooled by Joe Keatinge and Sophie Campbell in the early 2000s, and is one of the best Wonder Woman stories of this decade.

    The new series recasts Glory and her enemies as extra-terrestrials rather than people of myth, and Campbell's take on the character is more muscular and physically intimidating than Liefeld's original take. Packed full of violence, comedy and heartbreak, Glory's got it all.

  • Edison Rex

    Chris Roberson, Dennis Culver & Steve Downer

    What does Lex Luthor do next after he kills Superman? That's the high concept behind Edison Rex, and it turns out that after killing Superman analogue Valiant, our eponymous evil mastermind puts his money where his mouth is and sets to work saving the world.

    Edison Rex is a nuanced take on super-villainy, the motivations behind it and the steps required to reform. It's also super fun and inventive, not only in content but in how it utilizes Comixology's Guided View technology.

  • The Boys

    Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson & Tony Avina

    If you're going to read The Boys and you love superheroes, you need to be ready to see them in some compromising positions, morally, emotionally and physically, as Ennis and Robertson take no punches.

    When an innocent Scottish lad named Wee Hughie witnesses the love of his life splattered into paste as collateral damage in a superhuman fight, he's invited to join The Boys, a team put together to keep superheroes in check. The series is full of gross-out humour, but at the heart it's about how far Hughie is willing to compromise in order to get revenge that he's not so sure he wants.


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