Superman: Secret Identity

Superman and his multi-dimensional counterparts have a complicated history, and Kurt Busiek manages to explain most of it in his introduction, telling us that this book is the story of the Earth-Prime Superman, the one that exists on a world exactly like this one–the world where there were comics about Superman, and then there was a boy named Clark Kent who was born with superpowers.  Superman: Secret Identity is the story of this Superman. The story is told in four parts: the first is about an often-teased boy named Clark Kent who discovers that he, like Superman, has superpowers. The second is about Clark going off to Metropolis, becoming a writer, and meeting a girl named Lois. The third is about Clark and Lois’ life together, having children, and about Clark trying to deal with the government, who wants him under their control. The final section is about Clark passing the Superman legacy on to his daughters. This book is a great introduction or re-introduction into the Superman comics for anyone who comes along and says, “I want to read about Superman.  What’s a good book to start with?” Though this may not be the Superman of everyone’s childhood, this is a realistic and interesting version of Superman nonetheless. Stuart Immonen’s art is delicate and realistic, and Kurt Busiek is a great story-teller.

Superman: Secret Identity
by Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen
ISBN: 1401204511
DC Comics, 2005

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