Opening with the young Clark Kent on a date, the novel takes an entirely fresh approach to the emergence of his superpowers and the start of his newspaper career, following him from rural 1930s Kansas across America to Hollywood in its golden age and then to New York City. He meets a worldly Lois Lane and conniving political boss Lex Luthor, and begins his battles against criminal masterminds, mad scientists, and super villains inspired by fascists.
This fun and fast-paced novel of thrilling invention, heroic escapes, ill-fitting costumes, and super-sized, coming-of-age angst is sure to appeal to devoted fans.
©2005 DC Comics; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Comic noir with a super-keen edge, in De Haven's best book yet." (Kirkus Reviews)
"One of the finest interpretations of Superman in any medium." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"Delightful....De Haven's cartoon world will entertain readers for a long time to come." (New York Times Book Review)
After about two hours into this book you will probably realize that this is not your traditional superman - man of virtue and steel, nor is Lois Lane the modern, charming yet moral person.
First, Clark Kent is a rather weak minded individual. His actual role in the book is very limited. One thing is certain Clark Kent is a self-proclaimed atheist - "I don't believe there is a God" - exactly what would expect from our superhero. But what else should we expect when early on we are told Clark's father is a pagan.
My dear Lois is a fairly loose woman, having sexual encounters with at least 3 different men, but not Clark. If fact Lois sleeps with a guy who is to be Clark's best friend. Sleeps with another guy who is to be the husband of one of Lois's best friend. And lets not forget the older professor. Of course as Lois says "A modern girl should have experiences with a variety of men, including older men"
The only thing that draws you into this story is the excellent narration and the hope that the story will actually take you somewhere.
The narration is awesome and really the only redeeming quality of this book.
Yes. It's Smallville. America. 1930's. The Kent Farm has no phone, & no electricity. A Model-A Ford truck driving down a county road finds a baby-boy out in the middle of no-where. No-one no-where to report this lost child to. In a society that's fighting smallpox & dust storms, no-one who could even afford to care.
In a society that's fighting smallpox & dust storms, no-one who could even afford to care about 1 orphan boy? Them; the Kents. And they taught this caring to the boy, Clark, who would grow up to become …Superman. Saying the "Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag" in "Citizen-Ship Class" because Europe & the Pacific was tearing it-self apart in a WORLD War so violent it seemed like the coming of the next Dark Ages.
This is a red spot on Clark's smooth teenaged face from him stepping into the cruel path of a bullet meant for a young black friend.
This is SUPERMAN written by RAY BRADBURY in golden-vintage-comic-books fluttering along endless Mid-Western summer dandy-lion-dotted grassy plains, as thunder-storms march along the horizon like purple-monsters.
Best yet, this is a young Clark Kent reading an issue of "Weird Tales" featuring strange-green aliens & heroes rocketing from Phantom Zones through a fresh imagination into a mid-century Mid-America seamlessly creating a new reality where a teenaged boy gains super-powers. It's perfect, as if it's all carved from the same piece of strange-green Krypto-nite.
I'm a big Superman fan and this take on him, while different, was entertaining and held my attention well. I think fans will enjoy the story.
Pretty, good, a charming and engaging book. Set in the 1930s to coincidence with the actual historical introduction of Superman. I'd never read a novelization of a comic book superhero story, so I wasn't sure what to expect. But in fact it did not disappoint and was a real page-turner.
The voice acting was brilliant and perfect of course, because this was Scott Brick -- the Superman of voice acting. Of course I found this book upon searching for more Scott Brick readings, but there's a good reason I'd do that, he's the best.
I really enjoyed hearing a different take on the Superman story. This version focused on historical references of places, people, and happenings.
Coming from a big superman fan, the story is well written. I own a version on CD and now this one.
Unfortunately my CD version has actors and music which was awesome, but this one is simply a man reading it. It was a let down but maybe I had too much hope from my previous experience.
Adding actors, sound effects and music made a different version of this story unforgettable. I wish I could find that version through Audible.com.
Yes, it is a great start to having fun with "RE-imagining" the story of Superman.
This listening experience of this audiobook was the best part of reading this book. If it had not been for Scott Brick's charming performance of this novel, I would have put the novel down almost halfway through it.
Scott Brick did a fantastic job with the Midwestern voice given to most of the characters from Smallville, but Brick really shined with the one character I felt the author got right: Lex Luthor.
I was very disappointed in a novel called "It's Superman!" that barely had the titular character in the story. The supposedly major characters felt like underdeveloped supporting characters while De Haven spent much of his time developing the original "supporting" cast, who felt more like the main characters.
This is definitely a novel to avoid if you are hoping to read a novel about Superman. I would rather recommend "The Last Days of Krypton" by Kevin J. Anderson.
This book was OK but definitely not anything special. The narrator did a good job for the most part, but sometimes his inflection or rhythm would bring you out of the story and focused on him. These are the times when he keeps repeating the word 'said' and while this is normal an unemphasized word he felt the need to overemphasise it.
The story really doesn't go anywhere and while I did care about the characters it wasn't because of this story but rather because I knew them from before. I guess it really did add anything to the characters and before listening to this book, all the reviews seemed to point that this book would change the story we knew and add to the excitement.
Well it changed the story but not in a memorable way at all.
With that said I did enjoy the 1930's setting and think the author and narrator did a good job sticking to the 30's, but it could have been great and not merely OK.
It's Superman in ways we might have imagined, but never before read or saw. This Superman has sex, has to learn to fly, has to go through umpteen costumes before being given (from an unlikely terrestrial source) an indestructible one, and has wounds that bleed literally and metaphorically. The novel is absolutely empathetic to the original story and yet leaps out of bounds with inventive twists and turns. It's Clark Kent's Bildungsroman as he leaves Kansas on the road to self-discovery and, ultimately, his place in the universe. His place, by the way is a very specific, richly detailed and textured metropolis: New York City in the late 1930s. Lex and Lois are there, but far more interesting than they have ever been before in comics, films, or television. One probably has to have a fondness (but not a compulsive fanaticism) for the mythology of Superman to love this novel. I do love It's Superman and I love its astonishingly stylish reading on audio.
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