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Superman dead The Daily Planet On November news of Superman s death shocked the world as the legendary Man of steel was killed defending Metropolis from the monster called DoomsdayHere at last is the dramatic story behind the best selling comic book of all time the fates of Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Ma and Pa Kent, the Justice League, and the reign of the four super beings who mysteriously appeared after Superman s funeral, each claiming to be the real Last Son of Krypton And finally, here is the complete incredible story of Superman s triumphant retum In this thrilling novel, Roger Stern, a veteran writer of Action Comics, chronicles the most amazing comeback in comic book history told with gripping detail and background than ever before I liked this well enough, but it was pretty dry at times I can see how it works as a comic, since so much of it is visual, but in novel form it felt off comicy dialogue, too many expository flashbacks, a lot of Suddenly prose moments, etc That being said, it s still a great story, and an iconical arc in the DC timeline Stern does a great job filling everyone in on who the players are, even the arcane ones like Guardian, Bibbo and the Newsboy Legion His lengthy fight scene between Superman I liked this well enough, but it was pretty dry at times I can see how it works as a comic, since so much of it is visual, but in novel form it felt off comicy dialogue, too many expository flashbacks, a lot of Suddenly prose moments, etc That being said, it s still a great story, and an iconical arc in the DC timeline Stern does a great job filling everyone in on who the players are, even the arcane ones like Guardian, Bibbo and the Newsboy Legion His lengthy fight scene between Superman and Doomsday was probably the best part of the book But, unlike Greg Rucka s Batman No Man s Land novel, which I foundentertaining than the comics, I d say only read this if you don t have time to read the plethora of comics that make up the Death of Superman arc I commend Stern for being able to seamlessly squeeze a couple years worth of comics into 450 pages, and he s a good writer, but I think, ultimately, it s better in comic form The novelization of an epic journey Don t worry, I have youIt shocked me this quote on the book since it took me back to 1979 when I was like 6 years old and I went to a local cinema theater to watch Superman, the movie with Christopher Reeve Yes, I know that the film was premiered on 1978, but on those sweet old times, a synch global premiere was something that you didn t even dream about, in Latin American countries, we used to wait several months, even sometimes a year to watch a mo The novelization of an epic journey Don t worry, I have youIt shocked me this quote on the book since it took me back to 1979 when I was like 6 years old and I went to a local cinema theater to watch Superman, the movie with Christopher Reeve Yes, I know that the film was premiered on 1978, but on those sweet old times, a synch global premiere was something that you didn t even dream about, in Latin American countries, we used to wait several months, even sometimes a year to watch a movie coming from United States, but since Internet didn t exist, we haven t any spoilers HeheheAlso, you have to know that back then, in my country, Costa Rica, the exposition to Marvel stuff was quite limited, and the coolest animated TV show was Superfriends, so, there was a general sense that Superman was the best ever Nothing was better than Superman then Well, just pictured me, six years old, with a white t shirt with a Superman shield and a plastic cape Which both items were cleverly sold in the hall of the theater and you can bet that any child without those valuable items will have a sad experience on the theaterLike 45 minutes later, Superman appears Since in those sweet times, kids weren t used to special effects, so to me, and I bet, most of the kids on the theater, the guy on the blue red suit wasn t an actor, he wasn t Christopher Reeve, he was SupermanMe, and the rest of kids on the theater, we were jumping in our seats, since a man was flying on the screen A man was flying Since, again, in those sweet times, we weren t being exposed to so many characters flying, in those times we still can be getting excited to watch a flying super hero Superman appears, flying , and right away he catched Lois saying Easy, miss I ve got you , Close enough to the quote that I mentioned first , and after having a woman on one hand, he catched a helicopter with the other hand That moment got printed in stone on my memory, and even now, when I am quite aware that it was the smart combination of special effects, I am indulging myself and I get excited again believing that a man can fly most of today s heroes would probably never have gotten started if it hadn t been for Superman I m not even sure there was such a term as super hero before he came along I made a comic book collection when I was a kid, mostly from Spanish translated reprints done by a Mexican publishing house named Novaro , which reprinted American comic books, from DC Comics After some years, I guess that the company broke or something since the comics stopped to come here, to Costa Rica So, for many years I was kinda disconnected from comic books And then, in 1992, I read in newspapers, No, not the Daily Planet, but real newspapers, since it was a worldwide news , that Superman was going to die due a bloody battle against a monster known as Doomsday I couldn t believe it But what shocked me evenwas the reason The article said that due the Superman titles were selling so bad, they thought best to kill off the character Then, I realized that there were already some comic books, in English, selling in some stands in my country Yes, I had to get back to comic books.So, my formal current comic book collection started with Superman 75, I did like the following year of the four titles related to Superman, later I expanded to other DC titles, also Marvel titles, and even later I was able to get some Indy titles And now my comic book collection only get bigger and bigger All thanks that the death of Superman made me to realize that I had lost something important to me, something from my childhood, and I wanted to do it again I learned to read thanks to comic books, and it was time to include them again in my literature genres He is hate death and bloodlust personified Nothing This novelization, is the prose adaptation of the three major events that re shaped the universe of Superman in comics books, back in the 90 s And if you have some hesitation of reading it, just because, you don t know much about Superman and the related characters, don t worry, since Roger Stern, the author and also, editor writer for several years on DC Comics , did an impeccable job doing detailed explanations and flashbacks commentaries, where you will get to know anything that you need to know about Superman and the rest of the characters on the related comic book titles on that moment So, you will be able to understand totally this wonderful adaptation that even offersdetailed scenes of the original storyline presented on its comic book format DOOMSDAY The first part will guide you through the epic battle between Superman and Doomsday, crossing thousands of miles, in the middle of the heart of the United States, causing millions of losses in properties, generatingthan 500 deaths, and even sending the Justice League of America to the hospital FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND The second part will show you how grim is a world without Superman The world s greatest hero has fallen and people starting to realize how much they had been taking for granted The safety that living in a world with Superman was lost, but also, in secret, some people had lost even , some of them had lost a fianc e, a workmate, an ally, a friend, a son THE REIGN OF SUPERMEN The third part will impact you with one of the best storylines ever crafted in the history of comic books Four mysterious characters rise, all four reclaiming the mantle of Superman Who are they What are they planning to do Early in his career, he d had to recognize the simple fact that he couldn t save every life So, this great novelization will take in a journey like none other prose novel has ever done before to get to know the death and life of Superman An epic story of sacrifice, duty and most of all heart You re able to do so many wonderful things with your powers, Clark, but even you can t solve all the world s problems And if you are so kind to indulge me once , I just want to finish the review, with a couple of lines from, again, the Superman movie, that they are dialogues that when I was a kid, I didn t get their impact, but after keeping watching the movie, over and over again, at some point, I matured enough to appreciate the greatness of those lines, that they showed the most powerful trait of Superman his humility A lesson to all mankind and to all those who think that they are better than the rest of us Warden This country is safe again, Superman, thanks to you.Superman No, sir Don t thank me, Warden We re all part of the same team Good night. I remember reading this sometime in high school and really enjoying it I never got the actual comics though I really don t know where my copy is now but I am quite sure it should be in storage somewhere. Stern did a really good job here of incorporating all of the little details and sidebars from a baffling array of incidents and events from interconnected magazines that made up the death and re birth of Superman Back in the day DC as well as Marvel was muchconscientious about maintaining perceivable and believable chronology, and they weren t so quick to retcon and reboot their whole universe at the drop of a hat No one believed that Superman was really dead or, rather, that he would Stern did a really good job here of incorporating all of the little details and sidebars from a baffling array of incidents and events from interconnected magazines that made up the death and re birth of Superman Back in the day DC as well as Marvel was muchconscientious about maintaining perceivable and believable chronology, and they weren t so quick to retcon and reboot their whole universe at the drop of a hat No one believed that Superman was really dead or, rather, that he would stay dead , but it was quite the comics event of the time This novel is well constructed in the prose narrative form, and does a good job of character exploration, as well as translating the comics storyline I enjoyed itthan I thought I would