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Book review: The World According To Superman

Written by Omair Alavi

Omair Alavi|Published August 4, 2018

In the world of superheroes, the position that Superman holds is that of a king among his people; he is not only the most complete superhero but is also the one who started the trend way back in the late 1930s.

We all know that he is ‘faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound’, but do we know how Superman feels about the people he saves for free; what he thinks about the people he works with and what does he think of the villains he saves the world from?

To know that, read on The World According To Superman which tells us all there is to know, from Superman’s perspective.

The insights in this heavily-illustrated book are sure to entertain fans of all ages, after all, The Man of Steel has been the role model for all, be it young or old. You can discover many things about your favourite superhero including his parents and why they sent him away when he was a baby; why is his elder cousin Supergirl still looks young and where did Clark Kent work before joining The Daily Planet! Furthermore, this book also tells you how Superman rates his enemy, why he thinks they hate him and whom does he consider the most dangerous of them all.

And then there are the details that not many know, such as the different types of Kryptonite and how they affect Superman; what are his superpowers and how does he control them; how Superman and Clark Kent look different to others and how does he know so much about his home planet Krypton without ever being there, after he was sent away as a baby.

You will be surprised to know how his pet dog Krypto survived the destruction of his home planet, why Brainiac considers Superman his enemy and why he has a secret identity when he is on saving-the-world duty 24×7.

This book has a few pop-ups as well, including the blueprint of one of Lex Luthor’s armoured suits, the aim of which is to eliminate the Last Son of Krypton. And since you can’t have a book about Superman without mentioning his Super Friends, this book covers everything from his on-and-off strained relationship with Batman, why he regards Wonder Woman so highly, why he doesn’t reveal his secret to Lois Lane and what he thinks of his friends from underwater (Aquaman), those who are half-man-half-machine (Cyborg) and the one who is as quick as him (The Flash).

Add to that a map of Metropolis, an exclusive Superman poster and a few more collectibles, and you get a perfect book that will make you an expert on all things Superman!

Published in Dawn, Young World, August 4th, 2018

About the author

Omair Alavi