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Favorite Superman Novels

  • Aug 12, 2010
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I'll admit that my list is small but I am always on the look for a good Superman read. Most of the books I have come across are just compendiums of comics and not actual books. As these books are all so good, it is surprising that none have yet been attempted as a film. With the success of The Dark Knight films, I would love to see one of the darker Superman books like It's Superman" make it to the big screen.
The Death and Life of Superman
Based on a series of Superman comics, the author rewrote the story into a novelized form. The author did such a great job that you couldn't tell that it was created from individual comics. Superman fought the one "unstoppable" foe that required all his physical powers and wit to defeat ending in Superman's death. With him gone others tried to take up the mantle and though they had limited success, were never able to successfully fill his boots. Like Arthur Conan Doyle did with Sherlock Holmes, the author had to find a plausible way to bring Superman back. This is pulled off quite well. I remember reading this book during a 12 hour layover in the Chicago airport and not noticing the time passing, since I was so rapt by this tale.
See the full review, "The Best of its Genre".
The Last Days of Krypton
Though we only get glimpses of Superman as baby Kal-el, the author has created a science fiction novel about Superman's homeworld that is "Hugo award" worthy. The book is loaded with everything, including the passionate love between Jor-el and Lara, jealousy, greed, et al. We also see a political system where nothing gets done due to warring factions (sounds like our Congress), a miitary strongman who usurps power (like Chavez), a fantastic new weapon in the Phantom Zone device and we learn about Brainiac and what happened to Kandor. A great tale!
See the full review, "Excellent Science Fiction Tale!".
It's Superman!: A Novel
A very "raw" version of Superman. He is not the "Goody Two Shoes" that we always thought about but more the rough and tumble hero who was portrayed in the 1940's cartoons. This is a more realistic Superman, who costume is normal cloth (that gets ruined in just about every encounter). This Superman is more like the James Kirk character portrayed in the Abrams Star Trek film. We also have a tough and "promiscuous" Lois Lane. I am hoping the author has a sequel up his sleeve for this one.
See the full review, "A Darker and More Interesting Superman!".
Enemies & Allies: A Novel
This is a fun first meeting between Superman and Batman. Superman the hero at first is trying to catch the rogue Batman. Then when Superman gets in real trouble, only Batman is willing to help. The two need to marshall their resources or the world may be doomed.
See the full review, "Loved the First Meeting Between Superman and Batman!!".

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