I recently finished reading Worm
, an original web serial in the superhero genre written by a pseudonymous author between 2011 and 2013.
I'll start with some caveats: the author is talented but has no editor, and it sometimes shows. There are mechanical errors here and there. By the author's own admission, some sections could use rewrites, including the first story arc. All told, it's about as long as six Wheel of Time
books and has scores of important characters. Although not unrelentingly depressing, it's pretty dark, and the reader isn't necessarily meant to like the main character. The pacing is a bit uneven; while I was often deeply drawn in, I was sometimes briefly bored.
All that said, I liked it a lot. There are colorful, deep, and morally complex characters who evolve over time. There are intense, vivid action scenes. There is a well-planned overarching story with a good conclusion. There is a delightful sense of engineering surrounding superhero powers and how they can be used.
The author doesn't want public ebooks (to raise the bar for plagiarism cash grabs), but doesn't mind privately distributed copies; I can provide a link to one by PM. The chapter-by-chapter story is on the web here