The world’s most enduring superhero in an extraordinary and thrilling novel that reinvents the early years of the Man of Steel – essential reading for fans of July 2006’s blockbuster movie Superman Returns.
It's Superman! is a fun and fast-paced tale of exciting misadventures, ill-fitting costumes and heroic escapades. Beginning in Smallville, a shooting incident at the theatre reveals to Clark Kent that he's bulletproof, and sets him on a path of discovery to his true identity.
Meanwhile, in Metropolis, Lois Lane's latest ex, Willi Berg, has stumbled upon a horrific murder scene and the involvement of Lex Luthor, a prominent citizen on the rise to power. Willi is framed for the murder, but flees to Smallville, where he meets Clark. Travelling to Hollywood, Clark becomes a stuntman and, given a costume befitting his abilities, discovers he can fly – and Superman makes an unexpected debut in a daring rescue.
Coming to New York, Willi and Clark meet with Lois, who doesn't believe Willi’s tale of a ‘Superman’. Clark attempts to get hired at the Daily Planet, and stumbles upon evidence that will clear Willi. Lex Luthor, now a notable politician, has begun the construction of the sinister LexBots, marketed as the must-buy item of the year. But a LexBot has gone rogue, and Superman must reveal himself and meet his greatest nemesis for the first time…
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“Comic noir with a super-keen edge, in De Haven’s best book yet.” Kirkus reviews
“Convincingly and touchingly depicts the young Clark Kent’s apprehensions and insecurities as he comes to terms with his extraordinary abilities in 1930s rural Kansas. De Haven’s novel shows that, nearly 70 years after his creation, the Man of Steel still has plenty to offer.” Booklist
“De Haven gives readers X-ray vision for determining when his tongue is in his cheek here; using it is great fun.” Publishers Weekly
“Fills in the early years with energy and imagination; colors, sounds and emotions are exaggerated to great infectious effect – will entertain readers for a long time to come.” New York Times Book Review
“Some stories are so powerful they demand frequent retelling… A sophisticated piece of entertainment with strong characters and an especially well-crafted plot. A smashing read.” Times-Despatch
“One of the best novels I’ve read all year.” Manchester New Hampshire Hippo
“Tells the story like you absolutely, positively have never heard it before. If you thought Batman Begins was a revisionist take on a well-known pop-culture legend, you’re about to have your definition rewritten. The Kavalier & Klay-esque treatment of arguably the world’s most iconic superhero is a fully developed, emotionally rich novel – exciting enough to merit its title’s exclamation point!! BookgasmAbout the Author:
Tom De Haven is the author of eight novels, including Funny Papers and Derby Dugan’s Depression Funnies, which have won him acclaim and recognition in the USA. A frequent contributor to Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times, he lives in Virginia.
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Book Description HarperCollins Entertainment, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007236301