The Man of Steel: Superman and the Poisoned Planet: A Review

A book review for NetGalley, from a free copy provided by the publisher:

The Man of Steel: Superman and the Poisoned Planet

Matthew K. Manning

Capstone Young Readers


Well, what can I say?  This book is just such an absolute disappointment.  I’m not given to being negative, but this really does call for it, even at the price being asked – $5.95 USD.  I used to love reading comics.  I also developed an appreciation for the quality of the artwork.  Now, this book is being touted as a potential big seller with the new Superman movie coming out shortly, Man of Steel.  If that’s the reason for its publication,m then it’s sheer profiteering.  If you have young, unfussy children or grandchildren, please – oh please! – keep them away from this book!

The book is not a comic book!  It is text with illustrations.  That was the first, and biggest, disappointment.  The text is a fancy font, in large print, and is not particularly well written.  The illustrations, while they may be in full colour, are dreadful, being so simple that it’s like comparing Hannah-Barbera’s Yogi Bear with Disney’s The Lion King!  All in all, I simply can’t find any redeeming features about this volume at all.

This, I fear, qualifies as an epic failure.  Number of stars?  Please, don’t ask (how, after all, can you give negative stars?).

~ Steve

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About Steve

An author since the age of 13 years, writing again dominates my activities. My "Imagineer-ing" blog is my primary site. Also: Beginner knitter since November 2010. Favourite knitting techniques: cable and lace. Beginner cross stitcher. Beginner jewellery maker. With the promotion of self publication and all the other work that has been going on here, Dad decided around 2am this morning (22/11/2013) that it was time to begin his next adventure. He was seen off earlier the previous evening by myself, my brother, my sister in law, and my sister, as well as his wife (our mum), and an enigmatic being known only as A Lorraine. After this time of story telling, laughing, crying, joking and mickey taking, we saw how tired both mum and dad were, and we decided to leave them under the (sometimes) gentle care of The Lorraine. When Dad found the timetable for his travels, he let Mum know gently, which woke her from her drowsing, then, with the same gentleness he showed in this universe, he boarded his favourite mode of transport, the Interdimensional Steam Train, and set off with a smile and a wave. For those of us closest, that smile was a reminder that his pain has ended, and the wave, an indicator that he will pop in to all those that knew him, from time to time. Usually at the most inconvenient and in opportune moments he can. While we are sad that he is no longer here, we are happy he now has no pain, and is experiencing more extraordinary things that his writers mind will be frantically weaving into a new story. Posted by Son Damien

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