Man of Steel novel by Greg Cox

man of steel

Growing up I love the original Superman I, II and III (we’ll just say IV – The Quest for Peace never took place, like X-Men 3:  The Last Stand – let us erase the memory of bad superhero flicks) with Christopher Reeves.  Warner Bros. put out some amazing trailers for the Man of Steel and I couldn’t wait for the anticipated spectacular in 3D IMAX.  It should be good since it’s produced by Christopher Nolan who brought us 3 terrific Dark Knight films, Zach Snyder of 300 & Watchmen fame and screenplay from David S. Goyer (Blade films & The Dark Knight trilogy).  I’ll say this is good film that was inspiring to be great, let’s just say it’s better than Superman Returns and as friend mentioned it was like watching a Dragon Ball Z movie.  I’ve watched the movie, now I read the book “Man of Steel” by New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox, who should be familiar to DC fans as he wrote the novelizations of Infinite Crisis, 52, Countdown and Final Crisis.

 

[Spoilers Ahead!!!]

Everything that happened in the “Man of Steel” film is in the book novelization by Greg Cox, so that’s a huge plus as I read each chapter I remembered which scene it was from the movie.  The planet Krypton is nearing the end as Kryptonians depleted all of the planet’s resources and an aging red sun ready to explode.  After many generations of bio-engineered births, Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van decide to have a natural birth for their son to build a better world than theirs, this reminds me of Gundam SEED (2003) somehow with the “Naturals” and “Coordinators” duking it out, but I digress.  General Zod and his band rebels decide on a coup d’état on the Council but fail and sent to the Phantom Zone forever banished.  As Krypton begins its destruction, Lara is able to send their baby Kal-El in a spaceship to Earth, and this begins the journey of Clark Kent (Kal-El) as he becomes Superman – the Man of Steel.

The 300 pages further expound scenes from the movie and delves into the characters of Clark Kent, his birth parents Jor-El & Lara and various other characters.  Besides the amazing action special effects stuff in the film, I really enjoyed the flashback scenes with the younger Clark Kent as boy and teenager with step-parents Jonathan Kent (played by Kevin Costner) and Martha Kent (played by Diane Lane).  As you read the flashbacks you really get a sense of Clark feeling out of place in his adopted home world of Earth.  He wants to discover who he is and why he was sent here.

If you’re a Superman fan and really enjoy the Man of Steel film, this is great companion book to have in your Superman library.

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Paperback:  Man of Steel:  The Official Movie Novelization

Author:  Greg Cox

Publisher:  Titan Books

MSRP:  $7.99USD

Available:  Now

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