If you're the sort of comic book geek that can listen to arguments about whether Superman could beat up Hyperion, this one is for you. If not--- well, no.
There's some cool comics history in here, and a lot of fairly good science used to split hairs.
The authors tackle Superman, Green Lantern, the Atom, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Batman, and many more. The premise of the book is actually pretty weak, as you KNOW Superman is just a comic book. And sometimes you wonder if they really needed to bother analysing a particular power. But these are times where you learn something... and it's startling to see what actually holds up.
I love comic books and I love science books and I hated this book. The science wasn't past anything you couldn't have learned in high school. Even worse, the authors seemed to randomly pick and choose which superpowers they think are impossible, like superspeed, because you would get too hungry, and the possible, like Aquaman. Your own estimates on what superheroes should really be able to do are just as valid and probably more interesting.
One reason I got the book was because of the Dean Koontz intro but he never recommends the book. He just talks about how he is not interested in comics and has never read them.
I'm an avid audio book listener as well as a long form voice over (audio book narration) performer.
This book is a huge yawn. I felt like I was sitting in a science class the entire time I was listening to it. It would invariably wander off topic to some inane science point that had very little relevance to the hero being discussed. And it would wander for so long that I actually forgot a couple of times what hero and power they were talking about. From the main reviews I expected something witty and clever, instead I got dull and dry.
If there's no part of you that appreciates superheroes, then this book may not be for you. Yet, it's a wonderful, entertaining and accessible way to teach science. I can easily imagine that it would be an excellent book for younger readers (although the book makes it clear that comics are not just for kids), who may be more current with super heroes, Even if you stripped away all super hero references, the authors' scienticfic descriptions easy to understand. What's more, it's evident that they have chosen superheroes and super powers that serve as a launching point for a wide range of scientifc topics.