Supervillainz is not your normal superhero novel (if indeed there is such a thing). It is a small press publication (from Suspect Thoughts Press) which won something called the Project QueerLit contest and was also a finalist in the transgender category of the Lambda Literary Awards. In the front of the book author Alicia E Goranson says:
This book is dedicated to the next author who writes fun, believable trans folk into popular lit.
Perhaps that means Ian McDonald for Brasyl, but I may be missing someone. Anyway, Goranson does the job. Supervillainz is all about how two plucky trans people (one male, one female) and a bunch of assorted genderqueer friends (which Karen Burnham insightfully described in her ICFA paper as a Scooby Gang) take on a superhero group backed by right wing industrialists. Because there are many different types of trans people, I suspect some trans folks will be very annoyed to find a book that portrays them as part of a sexually enthusiastic lesbian community, but Bit and Devon are indeed fun and believable people and may well be very representative of their particular corner of transdom. Compared to the usual science fiction fare, in which trans people are either used as window dressing or to make a political point, it is all very refreshing. I’m not going to recommend the book as great literature, but it has a lot of interesting things to say. More in Karen’s review.