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CONTEST OVER [BD Contest] Tell Us Your Zombie-Killing Superpower And Win A Copy Of ‘Ex-Heroes’!

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Peter Clines’ genre-mashing novel Ex-Heroes hit the market hard last year, quickly becoming a cult classic. “Ex-Heroes” pits a small group of courageous, flawed, terrified superheroes against hordes of undead. Love superheroes? Love zombies? It doesn’t get much better than this and we’re giving away two copies from Broadway Books!

Head to the comments and tell us what your superhero power is and how you would you use it to kill zombies.

We’ve also got an exclusive excerpt from the novel that you can read below! The book lands from Broadway Books on February 26th, 2013.

Copyright by Peter Clines, published by Broadway Paperbacks, an imprint of the Crown publishing group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York

“Ready Player One” author Ernie Cline says of the book: “I loved this pop culture-infused tale of shamed superheroes struggling to survive a zombie apocalypse in the ruins of Hollywood. It’s The Avengers meets The Walking Dead with a large order of epic served on the side.”

Originally published by a small, print-on-demand press without any publicity or marketing support and almost no physical distribution, Peter Clines’s brilliant debut,Ex-Heroes, which combines the best of the sci-fi, thriller, horror, and adventure fiction genres, still managed to draw an incredible cult following. Now, Broadway is thrilled to introduce Ex-Heroes (Broadway; On Sale February 26, 2013; $14.00) to a whole new slew of fans with the release of this paperback original. With three more novels to follow in the series, including Ex-Patriots (April 23, 2013) and Ex-Communication (July 9, 2013), Ex-Heroes is sure to appeal to fans of such hits as Watchmen, World War Z, and Ready Player One.

1. You head to the comments section and submit your best zombie-klling superpower.

2. You can enter as many times as you like and submit as many ideas as you want, but each caption must be in a separate comment. Otherwise it will be too hard to tell where one caption ends and the other begins. Your entries can be posted anytime after the still is announced – just be sure to check that I haven’t announced that the contest is closed in the comments (you don’t want to submit your winning zinger after we’ve picked the winner). Also any racist, sexist, homophobic or generally hateful jokes will be disqualified. You don’t have to be insanely PC – just use your best judgement. Try and keep it brief! It has to fit on the photo now!

3. We pick the winner and announce them soon. We will address you by your BD Infected name. You can then DM me your US mailing address (no PO boxes) and we will arrange for the publisher to send you your prize. You must be a US resident to receive your prize!

Prize: Two copies available of “Ex-Heroes” for the best two comments.



  • copefiend2

    Spitting Acid…and chewing tobacco. Think of me as a mutant Josey Wales. Six shooter blazing and acid spitting zombie killing cowboy.

    • johnnyrk

      I’d be able to fly… I’d fly them to the north pole, wait until they freeze, then turn them into a “Undead Pageant of the Masters” which I could later visit.

      We’d be safe until global warming hits… which according to Fox News is never… so we’d clearly be safe until that God guy Bill O’Reilly always talks about does something with them.

  • firedog25

    I would have the head smashing ability like the dude in that kung fu movie where he smashes heads with his bare hands. This one.

  • Ima_horror_fan

    Chain saw!!

  • Ima_horror_fan

    Put the zombie through a wood chipper.

  • Ima_horror_fan

    .308 Winchester to the head

  • Ima_horror_fan

    Light the zombie on fire

  • Ima_horror_fan

    Crow bar to the skull!

  • Ima_horror_fan

    Molotov cocktail

  • Ima_horror_fan

    Firing a Grenade Launcher at them.

  • Ima_horror_fan


  • Ima_horror_fan

    Lawnmower them all down

  • My superhero power is using my mind to make the zombie’s head explode like in the film ‘Scanners’. That and squinting my eyes like Clint Castwood as I’m doing it.

    • Clint Eastwood dammit. I was squinting too much to see the keyboard.

  • I’d want a power where my saliva can heal all wounds, infections, and diseases. So I could potentially bring the dead back to life.

  • Ultrazilla

    I would be able to produce a barrier field that I call the Decompositionier. Living organisms are not affected, but dead tissue matter is instantly decomposed to dust and bones when passing through the barrier. “Everyone stand behind me!”

  • AndreaLee

    I’d be ‘Super Zombie’.a Zombie that eats Zombies…

  • Raze55

    Superpower-flight/extreme speed.

    Uses-flying just above the reach of a horde leading them into ingenious traps and dropping random objects onto their heads…just to see what happens.

  • Ima_horror_fan

    Just call Will Smith. He’s an expert!

  • eyes_only510

    read it vogon poetry till it’s head explodes

  • Noel

    Like agent Smith, I don’t know if my power is something I was born with or something that developed at some point in time. Not that it matters. Not now, anyway. It keep me alive, when it’s not trying to kill me.

    It took a lot of trial and error and a few close call to learn the best way to use it too, but that’s another story. I can summon almost whatever I want. Almost. Because like a Genie’s wish, one should be very careful what you wish for.

    Ever had a very dull object try to occupy the same space as your hand? Yeah, me neither and I’d like to keep it that way.

    It works best if I ‘know’ what it is I want. The better I know a thing, the easier, faster and safer it is to call. Anything, I’ve touched before is easy enough, anything I’ve seen up close is safe so long as I’m careful.

    Before the world went to hell and ordered a room next to the furnace, I was engaged. Not just to the ‘love of my life’, but to ‘the One’. She is the one thing that I can call in my sleep. I know this because I call her in my sleep.

    It’s a shame she died so early in the outbreak.

  • montrealDesigner724

    Using one of those racing lawn mowers with flamethrower attachments!

  • bozodeathgod

    They call me Baby Boomer, and I would pitch out loads of squealing shat factories into the zombie hordes and then detonate my Cherubombs in the middle of the zombie feeding frenzy.

  • johnnyrk

    I’d be able to fly… I’d fly them to the north pole, wait until they freeze, then turn them into a “Undead Pageant of the Masters” which I could later visit.

    We’d be safe until global warming hits… which according to Fox News is never… so we’d clearly be safe until that God guy Bill O’Reilly always talks about does something with them.

  • blastocystosis

    Like most things in life, the zombie problem can be solved with a rocket launching fist right in the face.

  • I find it interesting that when BD is giving something away, so many people come to comment. But if it were a regular article, the number of comments would probably hover around 3. Why is that?

    • grayghost

      My superpower would be to make this guy stop asking stupid questions.

      • ChelseaGoneAwry


  • macdeth

    My bite cures zombie-ism. In the further decomposed bodies they just revert to corpses, in the recently turned they slowly lose their minds as they are forced to watch their bodies decompose.

  • macdeth

    This is a little similar to an earlier idea, but my body gives off pheromones that cause nearby organic tissue to rapidly age. When concentrating it can cause Zombies to liquify or humans to lose years off their life instantly. Consequently I’d be very lonely and a much more complex character.

  • Sick_skwerl

    My body would be made of malleable metal; negating bites and allowing me to form stabbing and edged weapons.

  • Sick_skwerl

    I have a suit that carries giant high-powdered speakers plus a handy guitar and I shred so loud that it vibrates the zombies brains to the consistency of applesauce.

  • Duckman73

    Organic steel body, like Colossus. They can’t bite me to infect me, and I can just backhand their heads clean off.

  • dalern63

    I would be able to grab the sunrays and moon rays and throw them right threw the zombie head and qatch them explode!!!!

    • dalern63

      watch them explode

      • bozodeathgod

        I like qatch them explode.

  • I would have the ability to take a host and control it, much like a parasite. In fact, that would be my super awesome Super Hero name: The Parasite. I’d attach myself to the zombie as a symbiotic organism and control it to start killing other zombies, with no worry of my under-control zombie suffering wounds, since he/she is already dead. This also takes care of the getting bit scare, as a zombie can’t be re-zombified after it’s already zombified. Once my host is exhausted, I can move to another host to continue on. This way, humans don’t have to fight back if they’re barricaded up somewhere, as I can be causing the zombies to turn on each other simply by bouncing around as a parasitic organism.


    My zombie killing super power would be “The Nag”
    It would be just like my wife’s power except after I use my power against a zombie, he would put a bullet in his own head..

  • carter-john

    microwave breath, cook’em where they stand!

  • Ravinus

    I present the plot to Warm Bodies and wait for their heads to explode in rage.

  • grayghost

    my super power would be Oprah…does messes with Oprah.

    • grayghost

      my super power would be Oprah…Nobody messes with Oprah.

  • grayghost

    I would be able to excrete “bitter apple’ ..thats the stuff you spray on things so Your dog wont chew on it.

  • grayghost

    sarcasm…extreme sarcasm. wait I think I have that power already. i’m not sure how it would help in an zombie apocalypse though.

  • Highpursuits

    Use Mind Control to explode there brains inside of them with just a single thought.

  • ClubClover

    The power is called (because I like naming everything) “Tastes like Control.” It allows me to control anything that tastes my blood, converts them to my side if you want. It even works for viruses. I discovered my power after I was bitten my a zombie, but the zombie stopped all of a sudden. I realized something was up when I didn’t turn into a zombie. The major flaw is that not only do I needed to be harmed in order for it to work, but the participant actually needs to taste my blood for it to work.

  • ClubClover

    The power is called “Bust a RedCap in yo Ass!” It allows me to infuse bullets with magical qualities. However, the huge downside to this power is that I MUST kill one living thing before I use it. So I only use it when I absolutely need to. (Is that too much of a drawback?)

  • ClubClover

    The power is called “Reanimated Muscles.” It allows me to emit a small electrical charge that slightly shocks something. While, it doesn’t appear harmful if I aim it specific parts of the body (my own) it “Wakes up” those parts, amplifying their capabilities. For example, if I charge my legs I will be able to run faster and kick zombie’s faces 128% more gooder!

  • ClubClover

    The power is called “Sharp Wardrobe.” It allows me to transform clothing into weapons. For example, I could change my scarf into a dagger. However, while they act like weapons they are still clothing and made from the same material. As such, they are very easy to rip apart or destroy.

    I should probably stop now because I could go on forever…

  • CDevil

    (While a lot of interesting ideas are listed here, most of them miss the point of how many of those in Ex-Heroes had power at a price. Barry can’t touch people in his Zzzap form without hurting or killing them. Gorgon can’t look at people without his goggles without draining them. Even Stealth is to a degree affected, needing to sacrifice her personal identity to make her superhero persona work effectively.

    My power has its own price.)

    I have the ability to absorb the ex-virus (as well as other harmful viruses and diseases), from living humans or exes. I do this using tiny, needle-like spikes I extrude from the inner surface of my hands, piercing the skin and tapping into the flesh and blood of my target.

    A you may guess, it’s a painful process for living people. On the other side, I can drop an ex in seconds, faster if I get a grip on their head.

    Interestingly enough, absorbing sickness from others (I call it “cleansing” them) temporarily enhances my body, making me stronger, faster, and tougher. I regenerate damage faster, too. It’s come in handy more often than I care to dwell on.

    Unfortunately, there’s another, more gruesome effect.

    You know how they say you are what you eat? Well, I’m not very pleasent to look at. My skin is a mottled mix of green and grey, making me look much like a newly revived ex. It doesn’t help when people see that exes ignore me like I’m one of them, either.

    That’s why I wear the head to toe leather outfit, complete with full-head mask and eye protection. Better for people to think I’m a little strange than condemn me as a freak. That happens eventually anyway once someone’s bitten and I have to cleanse them to save them.

    And so I wander, a unique being, existing somewhere between the world of the living and that of the walking dead, while having no true place in either.

    I am human.
    I am ex.

    I am… the Monster Man.

  • BornVillian

    My power would be able to travel between dimensions/alternative universes. And to go along with the book my power would also be flawed. I don’t have complete control over my power. When I open a portal to enter a different dimension it does not close immediately behind me. Nor do I get to choose my destination.

    I use my powers in order to find a cure in other dimensions/alternate universes. In the early travels, I wasn’t aware my portals stayed opened for a brief time after I crossed over. Zombies from my original planet followed through the portal and infected the first planet I visited.The infection spreads like wildfire and can’t be contained. In trying to save my own planet I have destroyed so much more.

    Now after I cross over I guard the portal until it closes and kill anything that stumbles through. Sometimes there are just to many of them and I have to flee. I make my escape when a new apocalypse begins for a sad innocent planet. But no matter what one always slips through and starts the cycle over again.

    Even if I manage to save a planet before the infection spreads, karma seems to send me back to a previous visited planet that is infected. I leave and they follow once more.

    In my care for others I’ve just become a bringer of death. A transporter of death and destruction.

  • ClubClover

    After getting bit by a toxic plant (that was saying “feed me” for some reason…) I got the power “Spring Bud Green Thumb” (that’s a nice color). It allows my body to absorb sunlight and then create plantlife through the touch of my thumbs. I have one major weakness with this power. While I can produce a limitless amount of plants during the daytime (so much light!) I can only produce as many plants as I have sunlight stored in my body at night. So if I only have two plants worth of sunlight and use it up I am completely useless for the rest of that night. This power is perfect for zombie apocalypses because of all the mulch lying about…

  • LaDestruct

    This is to easy. STOP TIME and go to town 🙂

  • Erebus Dirge

    I would become The Axeman. With my sentinent demonic guitar called Doomsayer given to me by The Metal Gods, I would lay waste to them all. Playing licks, stings and riffs that kill,tearing them to pieces with waves of sound while turning a few strategically placed zombies into explosive pyrotechinics.All the time a constant twenty foot pillar of flame shoots out of the top of my guitar, as I play.

  • NecroMan

    My power would be probability manipulation; I can change the likelihood of events from occurring. The draw back is the probability of what I don’t focus on also occurs. It’s not so much like being a tactical computer as it is like pulling at a string on knit sweater; one gets more pronounced, but the others shift as well. That sometimes means people around me unexpectedly will get harmed, but also means the likelihood of a good head shot will increase.

  • DoktorH

    Telekinesis. Quickly and quietly remove heads/destroy brains, easily erect barriers/shelters, quickly excavate nice deep trenches… it has all kinds of uses.

  • Erebus Dirge

    I could be called Time-Lapse. My power would be isolated time acceraltion. A psychic ability used by focusing on the target(s) creating a time pocket around it and fast-forward time,decades pass in split seconds – rotting the zombies until they’re just dust. The power can also be used on self so that I can move forward in time in a matter of seconds.

  • Erebus Dirge

    I would be called The Bloodletter, a mysterious vatican super-assassin, my – Combat Stigmata. Being able to bleed any weapon into existence from my palms,giving it solidity from the iron in my blood, does even more devestating damage than the real thing. Handguns, assault rifles, shotguns , chaingun, chainsaw, samurai swords and shuriken stars, the list goes on and on. Best thing is you never run out of ammo. Can also remote control any ammo shot, changing it’s nature i.e. incindary, armour piercing or make it enter and exit multiple targets.

  • Crystal

    I would be be the superhero version of a day octopus. I would be able to camouflage by changing my color and my skin texture. My arms would be able to morph into powerful, long tentacles which I would use to snatch zombies apart. I could also spray them with ink to confuse their sense of sight and smell if I needed to make a quick getaway.

  • BornFilthyRaisedDirty

    My super power would be Telekinetic Brain Surgery, and i would remove the zombies brain without them even noticing.

  • BornFilthyRaisedDirty

    My Superpower would be to harness the power of microwaves and direct the waves at the zombies brains, and cook their brains inside there skull and it would smell like burnt popcorn.

  • Erebus Dirge

    Due to some scientific accident. I would be called Big Bang. I would be mixture between The Hulk and Dr. Manhattan with rage based cosmic abilities.When I get angry I grow in size and become composed of both and anti-matter disturbances, calling forth black holes, white dwarfs and supernovas, meteroite strikes and cosmic surge explosions by pounding my fists against the ground.

  • Joe-Banger

    My toxic breath! It burns like acid!

    • johnskies23

      i will be flying to hawaii if you do that too stinky

  • ChelseaGoneAwry

    BEAR with me on this one, but I would want the ability to turn into a bear. Think about it – most zombie movies tell you that zombies don’t eat animals. Think of the damage I could do as a giant grizzly bear! Ohh the carnage! I would be the boogeyman of ZombieVille. Zombies would write about the Great Grizzly Apocalypse of 2013. It would be… beautiful. At the end of each day of hunting, I would stare at the massacre before me and shed a single tear of hope from my beady bear eyes before lumbering silently back into the wilderness to rest up in preparation for the next day’s attack.

  • Erebus Dirge

    I would simply be called Smite. I would be bearer of God’s Wrath.A Biblical Bad-Ass. Able to access all the “smitings” from the bible The Plauges of Egypt , The Judgement of Gommorah, The Great Flood etc. Turning Zombies into salt before tearing them apart by a tsumani, or sending a horde of Locusts to strip them clean, calling forth the Angel of Death to Passover them and claim them for himself.Lighting bolts, fire and brimestone airstrikes the possibilites are endless.

  • johnskies23

    i will do i catch jason while he is sleeping then put his body where the zombies are 10 minutes before friday the 13th and a water gun if he shockingly wake up

  • grayghost

    I would be able to fly but once a took flight I have no control over the height I will travel another words i could fly uncontrollable into the stratosphere. What I would need to do is wear weights to control how height ill fly, because of this I need to be weighted down anytime I may be in need to fly so my ability is also a hindrance.

  • grayghost

    I’d would have the same ability Crash Bandicoot has so I’d spin like a tornado and the zombies would be thrown away from me.

  • Evan3

    I simply reserve the power of the Scanners. This clip is self-explanatory!

  • Davin

    Cellular regeneration, causing the living to heal and not die, thus causing the dead to continuously regenerate before zombifation. Leaving the infected in the throws of death eternally.

  • Falk

    I’d be able to coat my body with ice. Anything that touches me freezes instantly, allowing me to smash them into pieces.

  • Falk

    The ability the phase parts of my body out of sinc with reality, allowing myself to move through objects. I could stick my fist in the zombies head and squish its brain with no danger to myself.

  • Erebus Dirge

    I would have the power of “Harsh Words”,basically whenever I shout and swear at them they get blown apart or tossed around by a telekentic Akira-style blast. ” Die You Zombie Fucks!” would all I need to say for my mega-blast, then when I’m amoungst them I can just call them random swear words for more minor attacks.

  • Kinga Paine

    My Zombie Killing Superpower is that I have the uncanny ability to catapult cotton-wool covered zombies into rivers of beer.

    Allow me to explain 🙂 …

    As the zombies come closer, I release birds that drop cotton wool onto them, they find it to be quite confusing so they stagger about and fall into my catapults, created from the bones of other dead zombies. I then release their cotton-wool covered bodies into rivers that I have filled with beer. They drink from the river, get drunk and then have some good-old zombie fisticuffs down by the riverside!

    Not really a superpower but just a thought.

  • Kinga Paine

    Using the power of my mind I would turn their hands into a distant cousin of Edward & Freddy, whereby they would start cutting and slashing themselves to death, unable to work out how to stop themselves!

  • macdeth

    I would have a desiccating touch. Anything I come in contact with looses its moisture and turns into a husk. My body would consequently look withered and somewhat mummified (not all that different from the zombies we’re trying to kill). Lack of blood would make me largely ignored by the zombies and my nervous system wouldn’t be able to actually process the virus, making me effectively immune. This would make it easy for me to kill zombies by touching them, though impossible to actually be intimate with another human being.

  • macdeth

    I’d have a cybernetic brain. When bitten my body would turn but my mind would stay clear. Effectively I’d be a human in the body of a zombie, ignored by the hoard, able to infiltrate and kill them. Eventually the body would rot and I’d need to find another (living) host or remain trapped in a liquifying corpse. If I got caught up in the herd a baser instinct would take over, forcing me to watch as my body followed along with its brothers in wanton destruction.

    The cybernetic brain also would allow for a super-human memory, brilliant mind and computer level processing abilities.

  • macdeth

    Playing the song of nullification I am able to sever the ties between rotting corpses and their zombie consciousness. While my music box plays the zombies temporarily revert to mundane dead bodies. This only works on a limited number of the undead and also has the side effect of eliminating the powers of super-beings nearby (severing all connections between humanity and the supernatural world).

    This only works in a more fantastical realm, but you get my drift.

  • Erebus Dirge

    They would call me Hemospaien. I could deconstruct myself into sentient anti-bodies that I control remotely. I view the world as a living breathing organisim that I reside within, I am it’s immune system. My cells would attack any infected matter and aggressively tear it apart, seeking it out and removing all traces of it.

  • johnskies123

    i will have a power that releases worms or organisms that eats the brains of the zombies if they done eating they will grow up to 1 inch if they ate all the zombies i will have the power to destroy them

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