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sppn.info: The Death and Life of Superman: A Novel () by Roger Stern and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books. The Death and Return of Superman - Free download as PDF File .pdf), Text File But anyway, long story short, Superman died, came back to life (because he. The completed multi-issue story arc was given the title The Death and The crossover depicted the world's reaction to Superman's death in.
I also remember back in when the announcement came that DC Comics was going to kill off Superman.
So, maybe not so indestructible after all? This book is the novelization of that storyline as told in the actual comic books and, surprisingly at least for me is quite good. I was worried at the beginning of the book because, by necessity, there were a lot of info dumps. Many characters are introduced including the entire newer version of the Justice League, many of whom are not common household names for readers.
Not being much of a follower of the DC Comics universes myself, I found myself frequently consulting internet sources to see how these people all fit together.
The info dumps were handled pretty well for the most part, in the sense that most were done via short flashback sequences. For example, Superman would be flying along and see a particular building and flashback to the time he first met Jimmy Olsen. It seemed like there were a few too many of those flashbacks but now, looking back at the entire novel, I can see their importance because every one of those characters played important roles in later events and at least I knew them.
Happily, this book read like a novel, not like a pieced-together word version of a series of comic books. It had pretty good characterization, a complex plot, and plenty of action mixed in with well-written drama.
May 18, Ngutierrez31 rated it liked it. I have ambivalent feelings concerning The Death and Life of Superman. I very much enjoyed many things! Doomsday, the build up to the appearance of the pseudo Supermen, and the return of the Hero that cannot be slain in either body or spirit were all absolutely fantastic.
It was great to see the world miss Superman so earnestly, though I wished the author would have conveyed the mourning in a brusquer manner.
Regardless, the extravagant amount of time spent showing the reader how much the world I have ambivalent feelings concerning The Death and Life of Superman. Regardless, the extravagant amount of time spent showing the reader how much the world loved Superman really paid off when his imitators began arising from the ashes of the world in need. I think this was the strong point of the book as we saw that the world loved Superman so much that collectively, the world refused to accept his death.
There was an ecumenical attitude saying, if our Superman has been vanquished, we will continue in his spirit! The Justice League truly sounded like a complete joke from the very start. I could not stand a moment concerning any of them. In addition, the book really did read like a comic book. Everything was said in the most straightforward way possible. In conclusion though, I feel like the book was worth the time it took to read. Now I know why Superman is a badass, and I think a lot of people probably overlook this.
Lame but true! Feb 20, Katie rated it it was ok. First let me say that my husband talked me into reading this book; I generally do not enjoy superhero fantasy novels. I've never been a reader of comic books, and other than film adaptations, my prior knowledge of Superman was practically nil. The story begins with a brief background of Superman, including his arrival on Earth, his life, loves, and death at the hands of Doomsday. The majority of the book focuses on the time after his death, where several imposters try to take his place.
Who are First let me say that my husband talked me into reading this book; I generally do not enjoy superhero fantasy novels.
Who are the imposters, and are they really imposters? Did Superman really die? These are all questions answered in the action-filled plot. While mildly entertaining, the writing was downright cheesy and amateurish.
The dialogue was terrible. It was unrealistic, full of stereotypes, and felt very dated, not to mention the "cringe worthiness" of the many one-liners.
The Death and Return of Superman
For being easy reading, it took me awhile to get through this; it just couldn't maintain my interest. View all 3 comments. May 21, Strawberry rated it it was amazing. Can you tell i love Superman.
Mar 10, Robert Bisbing rated it it was amazing Shelves: I want to emphasize that this is not bad but it did take me months to read.
Still, I was glad to read the arc as a novelization because it was easier than reading comic panels for such a massive story. I would definitely recommend the book but be aware that it was written in the 90s. I have not finished reading yet but my feelings on the book have changed because of the scene. Feb 17, Stephanie Mendoza rated it it was amazing. This is a novelization of one of the most epic stories in the DC Universe. The graphic novels were amazing, but this book gives detailed insight into the lives of the people most affected by the death of, arguably, the greatest hero of all time.
Sometimes, the dialogue got quite "comic-y," but I appreciated it anyway, considering that it was written over two decades ago. Fans of classic Superman should not miss out on this. Nov 28, Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it. Excellent vignette of what happened to the Man of Steel's legend.
And Supergirl was in it. Aug 15, Paul Baughman rated it really liked it. Surprisingly good for a novel based off of a comic book story. View 1 comment. I remember reading this back when it first came out and being very disappointed with it. Granted, I did not understand [or think about] how enormous the novel would be if it truly followed the multiple storylines of every single comic involved in this 'event' in the life of Superman.
I had most of the comics in this 'story'; one of the things that bugged me the most was Green Lantern [Hal Jordan] not playing a part in the novel like he did at the end of the story in the comics. Ah, youth! The novel was written well after the comic's story was completed. I read it to see what I was missing in the comics I did not have for this story; needless to say I was severely disappointed the first time I read it because it did not include any of what I remembered in the 'later issues.
Having read it a second time, I thought the author did an amazing job composing such a large number of comics into one novel [when he could easily have written two novels out of the material available]. I still would have liked to have seen some more backstory in some parts, but that is a personal preference [and would have increased the size of the already enormous novel].
Doomsday was enclosed in several cells [vaults], each cell [vault] inside a larger cell [vault] composed of some kind of metallic alloy[s] buried deep within the Earth. And the beast wakes up while soaring through space, anticipating landing on some planet somewhere so it can begin killing again.
Y'know, basic stuff. Somehow or other, Doomsday awakens and batters his way free from his prison. The JLA is called into action and soundly defeated. Superman joins the battle and realizes he is in for the fight of his life. The next section of the book deals with Superman's death and how various agencies are vying for control of his body. I think I most enjoyed how Batman handled a bomber during Superman's funeral procession. People recollect how much Superman meant to them and how his death has changed everything.
Luther is still a jerk - how could Supergirl have fallen for this guy!?! Well after the funeral, Superman's body disappears, is recovered, and disappears again. Strange things are afoot! The next section deals with the appearance of various individuals who either claim to be or are claimed to be Superman in some form or another.
One individual appears half-Superman, half-Cyborg; one appears most like Superman but wears a visor; and one man is wearing a form of hi-tech armor [a la Tony Stark, I'm sure].
The 'final' individual is an escaped clone of Superman, only this clone is in his teens view spoiler [ and future storylines reveal that this Superboy clone is a mix of Superman's DNA and Lex Luthor's DNA hide spoiler ]. Some good is done in Superman's name; the chap wearing the visor has no problem dealing Punisher-like 'justice' in how he deals with criminals.
The armored-clad chap is trying to rid the streets of weapons he recognizes as being based on former prototypes of his. The Cyborg is the most convincing, despite his appearance view spoiler [ at first hide spoiler ]. Tough job there! The next part of the book involves tussles between the various characters.
Steel [the armored guy] has it out with the Eradicator [the visor-wearing Superman] and they end up in Coast City. Using a prior conversation the Eradicator had with Lois Lane, Steel is able to talk some sense into the Eradicator on how Superman would truly have acted. The Eradicator remains in Coast City [important plot point!
Meanwhile, an alien warship enters Earth's solar system and heads for Earth. Eventually, the alien warship heads for Coast City.
The bombs explode and the Eradicator is believed to have been killed by the villain[s]. Superboy flies out to help the Cyborg and is captured. Mongol intends to turn the Earth into another Warworld, making him the most powerful, the most deadly, being in all the universe. Superboy learns that Metropolis is the next target, and he manages to escape. A giant robot appears in Metropolis and a short fight ensues. The robot is knocked out of commission, spilling its contents.
A man dressed in black appears and convinces Lois he is the one and only Boyscout. Upon arriving, Superman picks up a buncha big guns as his powers are not at their peak.
Steel leads the charge into Mongol's fortress. An all-out battle ensues. Will the heroes save the day? He uses his powers to knock the missile off course. Steel and Superman continue their invasion of the fortress.
Steel learns that Superman's secret weapon is Supergirl [who can turn invisible]; she has tagged along with the group to assist them. Eradicator arrives and ends up killing Mongol! Totally hard-core! Cyborg ends up being defeated as well.
The story ends on a positive note.
The Death and Life of Superman: A Novel
Well, other than Doomsday waking up chained to an asteroid on a flight to nowhere, it was a positive note. Tough job! Any kind of adaptation can be a tough thing, so kudos to Roger Stern for doing such a good job! It moved at a fast pace; despite it being over four hundred pages of relatively small print it still took me maybe ten hours [spread out over two days] to read it [if that much time]. The action was well-written; the dialogue and interactions between characters were believable [in my opinion]; obviously the title of the book gives away the fact that Superman does not remain dead, but that still did not take away from the book.
It does get toe the 'deep end' in terms of scientific stuff, but always remains readable and understandable. Other reviewers have complained about 'dues ex machina' stuff and the dialogue in the book - it's based on a buncha comic books! What did you expect? Comics from the 60s and 70s used to have brief backstory explanations as to how a villain [or the hero] managed to escape from what was believed to have been certain death. DC even did that with some of their titles when they rebooted their titles under 'the New 52' runs.
Perhaps it has to do with rereading it when I am older, but I have a much greater appreciation for Roger Stern did in this novel a second time around. A resounding five stars. Oct 09, Paul Riches rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. And yes, I have used this line before. If you look aways back here on the blog to my review of Superman Doomsday, ye shall see my perspective and that same opening line on the YA novel that adapted the epic storyline featuring the demise of our hero Kal-El.
That something new involved a very old trope of killing the hero. And this spontaneous idea steamrolled into one the biggest and most well known comics stories ever, adapted into a cartoon movie, and the aforementioned YA novel, and what I am looking at today, a hardcover fiction book. The Death And Life Of Superman by Roger Stern is a five hundred plus page book which translates, condenses, and in some cases changes, well over six months worth of storylines that weaved through multiple comics and crossovers, all to tell this massive tale.
We start with Superman and his life at the time. Protecting Metropolis, working as Clark Kent at The Daily Planet, engaged to Lois Lane who also knows his secret, still flying home to Smallville to hang out with Ma and Pa Kent, trying to figure out to get this newest version of the Justice League to work, and saving people from falling off of a construction site. In other words, a typical status quo day for Kal-El.
Into this normalcy comes a mindless monster from a prison in the depths of the Earth. He becomes known as Doomsday and quickly starts laying waste everywhere he goes. When the Justice League arrives, he quickly rips apart their ranks. Superman arrives and a pitched battle storms through the countryside, causing horrendous damage, and ends up in Metropolis. Amidst the devastation, Superman finally kills the rampaging beast, but at the cost of his own life as well. The world mourns with a huge funeral, while Lois, Ma and Pa, and Lana share quiet sorrow together.
With the wound of his passing still sore, four beings arrive in Metropolis, all to fill the void of Superman. One is a Superboy, a cocky loud mouthed teenager who is partial clone of Kal-El. Created by a secret government organization called Project Cadmus, but freed before he was ready, this young man really wants the world to call him Superman. Using more lethal tactics is the Last Son, a strange being who claims to be a resurrected Superman, but needs to repower off of a matrix egg in the Fortress.
And finally we have the Cyborg Superman, another hero claiming to be Kal-El brought back, but this time with slight memory loss and parts of his body replaced by Kryptonian technology.
Having read and completely enjoyed this storyline from way back when it first came out over twenty years ago, I mostly expected a beat by beat recreation of all that had occurred. But along the way, changes crop up, some big, some small, and some downright annoying. The book version slightly truncates this, taking away some of the impact, and I cannot understand why.
Towards the last hundred pages or so, it is noticeable the sudden condensing of the comics with whole issues being summarized in a paragraph or two.
Once the final leg of the journey starts, the pace returns to a more normal routine. At this point, another veering from the source material pops up, a very major one which I can understand this time since the ramifications from this plotline would pad this book out by another whole whack of chapters. The book just feels disjointed to me and far too episodic. The fault for this does not lay with veteran comics writer Roger Stern, who has literally penned thousands of stories including acclaimed runs on Spiderman, The Avengers, Action Comics and Superman, but with the deadline I heard the book was produced under.
A few of my favourite Geek out moments with the book which survived any tampering by the know nothings includes the awesome cover featuring the blood dripping S symbol popularized during this storyline, a list in the front of all the creators whose work was adapted, the writing of Lois and Clark as a couple, and the merry inclusion of Bibbo liberally throughout.
Superman Geek OCD is like that. For the uninitiated, it will serve as an okay introduction to what the mythos were at the time. A snapshot of Superman And, by the way, Superman dies. But not for long. Jan 06, A. Superman isn't just a favorite for me; as a youth, I idolized the Man of Steel.
In , I didn't follow the comics closely, but when I came home from school, Mom had a copy of the Death of Superman graphic novel waiting for me. I devoured that graphic novel, just as I had devoured the book. I am willing to argue with anyone that the Death and Return of Superman was one of the greatest science fiction stories ever told. This book was a tremendous literary adaptation of that story. The book read we Superman isn't just a favorite for me; as a youth, I idolized the Man of Steel.
The book read well, it flowed, and I didn't find myself lost at all. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys anything Superman related. Nov 26, Carmie rated it it was amazing. I can't believe this wasn't on my shelves. I loved this novelization of the best comic book run in Superman history. I probably read this way back when it first was released and then a million times since then. So I don't know how it was not shelved and or reviewed by me before then. Actually, I was looking for a kindle version of this and I'm sad to say there is no e-book of the Death and Life of Superman novelization.
Jul 08, Printable Tire rated it liked it. I've always been morbidly interested in this time of comics history, and I remember vividly the television news reports of my childhood proclaiming Superman's death and the progression of stupidity to follow.
I've kept myself vigilantly ignorant of the whole narrative until I had the chance to read this novelized form of the comic books, which I've been saving for a summer read since probably The first part is great. It is epic in scope, encompassing a cast of thousands, and if you can get I've always been morbidly interested in this time of comics history, and I remember vividly the television news reports of my childhood proclaiming Superman's death and the progression of stupidity to follow.
It is epic in scope, encompassing a cast of thousands, and if you can get past the cheesy comic book dialogue, a fast and action-packed read. This part, Superman's battle with the mysterious Doomsday, is the part I am most familiar with from my comic book collection. I remember being frustrated with the character Doomsday, dismayed that Superman would meet his end at the hands of a walking Dues-Ex-Machina of Death, instead of in some climactic and picturesque battle with his old nemesis, Lex Luthor.
The second part Funeral for a Friend quieted everything down and here the novel entered soap-opera mode, as various characters reflect on Superman's passing, which is pretty annoying to read about when you think about it since even from the title of the book the reader knows He's [sic: The Third part, Reign of the Supermen, was the part that intrigued me the most since I didn't know much about this part of the story. It was a bit of a disappointment, more silly than everything else.
Roger Stern's retelling of the mammoth storyline gets severely chopped up and edited here, and gone are characters like Gangbuster omitted entirely from the novel and instead are re-imaginings of the first appearances of the four false-messiah Supermen.
I remember vividly the comic book where Superman comes back to life, after appearing in a heart-attack induced dream Johnathon Kent, his father, is having. After the storyline ends, there are four short chapters where the future Supermen are introduced, and it ends with the Cyborg one leaping in the sky after burning a memorial plate for Superman's death at the hands of Doomsday outside the Daily Planet.
In the novel, this part is handled in a totally different matter that just ruins any sort of dramatic foreshadowing and the Krypton Superman is the one that burns the plate. I don't know, that little change grated me, as did Stern having to resort to a lot of exposition and recaps of comic book issues he couldn't fit into the novel without it being thousand of pages long.
Anyway, if I were to tell the four supermen stories and this is only interesting to me, I guess , here's what I would do. Anyway, when Mongul shows up this story really enters ham-fisted hammy comic book cosmic comic fartland, which is a real departure from the second part, which was so "human interest" related. It was more action-packed, but it just seemed silly and deflating by this point. There were many instances of groan-inducing unironic meta-ness sprinkled through this novel.
It's no secret that when Superman died in the comics it was a huge money-grubbing scheme, with pollybag "collector" issues complete with giant-size posters and commemorative memorial black armbands flying off the shelves.
It seems like a mean trick to play on an unsuspecting hero-worshiping populace. All through the book there are people cashing in on Superman's name, from a vendor at his tomb selling armbands to Superboy's broadcast sponsor trying to copyright the Superman logo.
It's a bit weird to read about, and reminds me that although the Superman story is full of nods to Christianity his body goes missing from his grave, he returns as the Man in Black , Superman's shield is also pentagonal in shape, which gives a little unsettling Anti-Christ edge to the Man of Steel.
Anyway, everything from a gnome-controlled robot to a giant squid to a telekinetic shape-shifting Supergirl from another dimension in love with Lex Luthor's heir that is really Lex Luthor's brain transplanted into another body appear in this sprawling book so it's well worth the price of admission. View 2 comments. Oct 14, James Welsh rated it it was amazing. Anyone wanting to get into the superman comics should start here. Roger stern does a great job of telling the greatest superman story ever while also filling on years of back story so no one is left behind.
Just reading this one book and a few key issues can get any new fan up to date on the man of steel in no time. This is by far my favorite Superman novel. Feb 10, Andrew rated it it was amazing. For a person who has never been overly fond of the Superman comic's the novel 'The Death and Life of Superman' is a superb read. A good riveting story especially as the tome of the book is pre-internet so has a more of natural feel.
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 Nothing more. 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. So, you will be able to understand totally this wonderful adaptation that even offers more detailed 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, generating more than deaths, and even sending the Justice League of America to the hospital. The world's greatest hero has fallen and people starting to realize how much they had been taking for granted. 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 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 more, 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 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.I highly enjoyed reading this book, but felt that something was missing.
The Man of Steel 22— If he is an alien, was he brought to this planet for a reason? Intertwined as we are, those of us who have hope for some kind of better future—transhuman or otherwise—must be concerned not just with saving ourselves or our home cities, but with saving the world.
It was more action-packed, but it just seemed silly and deflating by this point. Both books included cover enhancements to attract customer attention. Retrieved August 1, For instance, the first cut-away from Landis is to the late s when Superman was first created. On that subject, I wish that I could find more comic book novels of this sort.
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