Superman: Secret Identity

November 15, 2004 | Trades


Superman: Secret Identity
Kurt Busiek, Stuart Immonen
DC Comics
$30.95 (paperback)
**** (out of five)

Perhaps no one in the comic industry has done a better job over the past 10 years of bringing depth and humanity to comic book characters than Kurt Busiek.
With series like Marvels and Astro City, Busiek crafted stories of heroes that are real on a much deeper level than readers have ever been privy to an he continues that theme perfectly with Superman: Secret Identity.
In the real world, — the same one you live in — in a small Kansas town lives a boy named Clark Kent. Clark is a bright, but shy teenager who takes nothing but grief for having been named after the fictional Man Of Steel.
Until one day he wakes up and he has all of Superman’s powers.
After years of ridicule and humiliation, Clark Kent IS Superman.
But this is the real world? And regular people can’t fly or shoot laser beams out of their eyes. How is this possible? What should Clark do with his newfound gifts?
Told in a perfectly suited first-person style, Secret Identity is moving and thought provoking. Slowly moving through four different key periods in Clark’s life, the story of what a real man might do if he becomes super is a highly compelling read.
Complimented perfectly by what is the most breathtaking art in the career of Toronto’s Stuart Immonen, Secret Identity is one of the most innovative takes ever on the Superman mythos.

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